What you NEED to Know About Collagen
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Collagen is a buzzword everywhere in the nutrition & wellness community today. You may be wondering, what even IS collagen?
Our Registered Dietitian, Jenna Stangland, covers the biggest things you need to know in understanding the importance of collagen and how to choose a supplement that works best for YOU in this Gear Patrol article.
Here are some key highlights and takeaways from Jenna's insight:
What IS collagen?
"Collagen is the most abundant, naturally occurring protein in our bodies, and is imperative for the health of your skin, nails, hair, joints and bones."
How can you benefit from collagen supplementation? Hint: it's not just for wrinkle repair!
" 'We have our skeletal system, and our muscular system, and then we have the connective tissues that hold everything together, and those connective tissues are made of collagen... Our bodies can make collagen on their own, but by age 30, our ability to make collagen slows down, and we rely more on what we can get from our diet, and from supplementation' "
How should I go about supplementation?
"Always look for collagen peptides specifically, because that means the supplement is already broken into a smaller molecule, which increases bioavailability [increased absorption so the body can use it more efficiently]".
Who should supplement with collagen?
"Stangland notes that collagen supplementation isn't just crucial for the professional athletes she advises — it's vital for everyone. "Supplementation after age 30 becomes important for any activity, like picking up the kids, putting away laundry," she says. "Everyday activities require us to be flexible and limber, so that we don't pull anything."
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