When it comes to our health, I like to understand both the big picture of whole foods and the whole body; and also love learning the science that explains the intricacy and details of how our cells work. Today I want to take a deep dive with you into a very special protein in the body, called collagen.
Collagen protein gets a lot of airtime when it comes to skin health, and for good reason. Collagen is essential for providing the framework and structure to skin, as well as other tissues in the body. It forms our skin, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, tendons, joints, gut lining, eyes, and muscles. Now, the issue is that our collagen levels drop as we age. When that happens, it shows up in the form of wrinkles, saggy skin, joint pain, weakening muscles, and GI problems (that’s because collagen helps support your digestive tract). That’s why I incorporate collagen into my life every day.
I visited China over 15 years ago and I noticed how youthful and healthy the skin of the women looked. I attributed this to their high intake of collagen-rich foods, such as fatty fish, bone broth, algae, and duck, so I formulated my collagen supplements to help emulate what this culture was doing naturally through their diets—to help fill in the gaps nutrition-wise so women could get and maintain vibrant, youthful skin. When you can increase your collagen, you’re giving your body a natural boost to help support all of these structures important for maintaining a youthful body. So, yes, there are many benefits of collagen, such as a healthier gut and improved skin. That’s because collagen boosts skin elasticity, which helps it glow and fight against signs of aging, like wrinkles. In addition, it has also been shown to help everything from your heart and muscles to your bones and joints.
If you’re interested in learning about the keto collagen connection, check out this blog!