What is Collagen?
With so many nutritional powders out there, things can get a bit overwhelming. Ever seen or heard of collagen protein and wonder what it is? How can it help?
Collagen is the most abundant and the most important protein in the body. In fact, collagen makes up a massive 30% of the protein in your body.
Where does Collagen come from?
Did you know humans aren’t the only ones with this primary structural protein...animals have it too, and that’s where we get our supplemental collagen from. Ever heard of eating “nose to tail”?
This basically consists of animal bones, organ meats, skin, or any other connective tissue, and cartilage from both land and sea creatures. Most of us are missing out on collagen as we are eating boneless, skinless muscle meat, which provides a different kind of protein, with a different combination of amino acids and functional properties.
To get the collagen proteins, we have to eat the connective tissues, organ meats, etc., and we have to admit, some of those things can be very unappealing to eat.
Why do I need Collagen?
Collagen is an integral part of your diet since it is one of the primary structural proteins in joints, bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and more*. Basically, collagen is the glue that keeps everything together. As collagen diminishes, our bones, joints, and tendons start to become weak.
As we lose collagen, we can become arthritic, prone to fractures, and become less flexible as we used to in our younger years. In all, collagen is an important component of your entire body and has a tremendous impact on how you look and feel.