What is Collagen? Everything You Need To Know About Collagen

everything you need to know about collagen

WHAT IS COLLAGEN?

Collagen holds our body together

Collagen Makes Up:

90% connective tissue

90% organic bone mass

70% skin

It’s the most abundant protein in our body!

Unfortunately, in our 20s, our body starts producing less collagen

This steady decline leads to wrinkles, saggy skin, joint stiffness, and weaker bones

Our ancestors supplemented this loss with whole animal eating

BUT today we aren’t getting enough collagen from our modern Western diet

Fortunately, daily use of Collagen Peptides can reverse collagen loss

Further Food Collagen is tasteless, odorless, and instantly dissolves in liquids. Add it to anything!

1 scoop of Further Food Collagen Peptides a day keeps aging away!

  • Lose weight
  • Heal your gut
  • Build stronger bones and joints
  • Get youthful, glowing skin, hair, and nails

 

OVERVIEW OF WHAT IS COLLAGEN

1. Our Bodies Are Made Up of Collagen:

Collagen is one of the most abundant and important proteins in our body. Collagen’s unique functional properties make it the most important structural protein in our bodies. It is the long-chain of amino acids that builds our skin, connective tissue and bones. It is in our muscles, bones, hair, skin and nails. Collagen makes up 90% of our connective tissue, 90% of our organic bone mass, and 70% of our skin.

 

2. We Lose Collagen As We Age:

Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but starting in our 20s, our bodies natural production of collagen starts slowing down. This leads to saggy skin, wrinkles, joint stiffness, weaker bones and thinning hair.

 

3. We Don’t Eat Enough Collagen Protein:

The only way to supplement our natural collagen loss is either through diet or through supplementing with collagen peptides such as Further Food Collagen Peptides. To get collagen through our diets, we would need to eat whole animals, including the connective tissue proteins that are rich in collagen. Today however, most people only eat muscle meat proteins, which do not give us adequate collagen protein. The amino acid make up in collagen protein is very different than the amino acid in muscle proteins, and thus work differently inside our body.

 

4. Fortunately, Daily Intake of Collagen Peptides can Reverse Collagen Loss:

Supplementing every day with Collagen Peptides Protein Powder will  replenish our body’s collagen supply and help to reverse the damage from diminished natural collagen supply. Collagen Peptides are short-chain amino acids that absorbed by the bloodstream right away to repair, rebuild and provide energy. Collagen travels to different tissues to help repair our hair, skin, nails, gut, bones and joints.

 

5. Collagen Protein: The Only Protein Powder That Helps You Lose Weight and Reduce Wrinkles and Improve Gut, Joint, and Bone Health:

The health benefits of daily use of collagen protein are tremendous. As we discussed above, because so much of our body is made of collagen and we lose it as we age, taking more collagen translates into health benefits from our hair down to our toes! Discover in detail the scientifically proven benefits of collagen peptides in the next section.

Health Benefits of Collagen

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN

  • Collagen protein powder is 40% more filling than any other types of protein powders (soy, whey, casein) – this means that collagen protein will keep you 40% more full than any other type of protein powder.
  • Supplementing with collagen can help suppress appetite and decrease sugar cravings.
  • Collagen supplementation can help in retaining muscle mass.

Learn more about the benefits of collagen for weight loss here.

  • Collagen is the main component of the dermis, the part of our skin that helps our skin with elasticity and flexibility.
  • Supplementing with collagen peptides can help decrease wrinkles and hide cellulite and stretch marks by strengthening the dermis layer of our skin
  • Daily use of collagen peptides can help hydrate skin and increase skin elasticity, while reducing the effects of sun damage on the skin.

Learn more about the benefits of collagen on skin health here.

  • Collagen helps to regulate stomach acid secretion by controlling the amount of gastric acid. It use helps reduce heartburn, ulcers, and other digestive problems.
  • Collagen peptides help in digestion by holding water in the intestine and helping food move along the GI tract.
  • Daily use of Collagen peptides can help heal  the gut lining and intestinal wall.
  • Collagen contains the amino acid glutamine which plays an important role in healing leaky gut and IBS.

Learn more about the benefits of collagen on gut health here.

  • Collagen protein makes up 90% of our connective tissue, which includes our joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia.
  • Oral supplementation with collagen can support rebuilding of our bones and joints.
  • Supplementing with collagen has been shown to reduce joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
  • Collagen peptides can help increase mobility and flexibility.
  • Daily supplementation with collagen can help increase bone mineral density which is key to preventing fractures.
  • Collagen supplementation can help to strengthen teeth, hair and nails, making them less brittle.
    Learn more about the benefits of collagen on bone and joint health here.
  • As a result of high blood sugar and glycation, diabetics lose collagen at a faster rate than the average individual. Supplementing with collagen can help diabetics reverse the effects of aging from a diminished collagen supply.
  • Supplementing with collagen can help diabetics stabilize their blood sugar levels.
  • The abundant supply of glycine in Further Food Collagen is important in helping to positively impact insulin secretion and regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Learn more about the benefits of collagen for diabetics here.

  • Supplementing with collagen can help the body repair and replenish proteins that are broken down during physical activity.
  • Collagen protein helps speed up the body’s recovery after a torn or ruptured muscle.
  • Collagen supplementation helps to strengthen joints and ligaments, thereby helping to prevent injuries.
  • Supplementing with collagen helps to reduce activity-induced joint pain.
  • Collagen works with Vitamin D and Calcium to play an important role in our bone health.

Learn more about the benefits of collagen on bone health here.

  • The glycine in collagen can help block the compound endotoxin in the body, and help boost the levels of active thyroid levels in the body.
  • The glycine in collagen can help reduce cortisol levels in the body, which can help to minimize the risk of adrenal fatigue and long-term thyroid problems.
  • The protein in collagen can help promote proper thyroid function.
  • Collagen supplementation can help to reduce the painful and stiff joints often suffered by those with hypothyroidism.

Learn more about the benefits of collagen on thyroid health here.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE AMINO ACIDS FOUND IN COLLAGEN

Further Food Collagen Peptides contains 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids. Amino acids help our bodies carry out important functions, such as building, and repairing muscles and tissues. Collagen is made primarily of three amino acids—proline, hydroxyproline and glycine.  Proline and glycine are essential amino acids and need to be consumed through our diet because our body cannot make them. We can get these essential amino acids through collagen supplementation.

Glycine


Collagen Peptides provide an abundant source of glycine. Glycine is an all-encompassing amino acid with many functions. Glycine helps in building lean muscle mass, aids in the formation of stomach ulcers, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Insufficient glycine levels may lead to diminished collagen production in adults. Additionally, low glycine can lead to insulin resistance and even diabetes. Low levels of glycine are also implicated in thyroid function; glycine is essential in blocking endotoxin, an unhealthy compound which activates inflammatory signals, leading to lower thyroid levels.

Proline


Collagen also contains abundant amounts of the amino acid, proline, which is important for stimulating collagen synthesis and works as an antioxidant by scavenging free radicals to prevent cell damage.  Both glycine and proline help heal the stomach lining and prevent stress-induced ulcers.

Glutamine


Another amino acid found in Collagen Peptides, glutamine, has been found to be important in preventing inflammation of the gut and in healing leaky gut.

Arginine


Collagen contains the amino acid arginine which has been linked to increased athletic performance. Arginine may support the synthesis of creatine which can improve athletic performance during short bursts of muscle contraction.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLLAGEN, COLLAGEN PEPTIDES, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN AND GELATIN

Collagen


Collagen consists of three very long chains of over 1,000 amino acids twisted into a helix conformation. Collagen in this full length form is unhydrolyzed, and is difficult to break down during digestion and too large to cross the intestinal wall.

Collagen Peptides (aka Hydrolyzed Collagen)


Collagen peptides are made by breaking down the long full length chains of collagen molecules through a process called hydrolysis. “Collagen Peptides” are exactly the same thing as “Hydrolyzed Collagen.” Collagen peptides contain the same amino acids as collagen but with different structural properties. Collagen peptides are better absorbed (more bioavailable) than pure collagen because collagen peptides are made up of shorter chains of amino acids.

Gelatin


Gelatin is collagen that has gone through partial hydrolysis and become a gel. Since it hasn’t been fully broken down into collagen peptides, gelatin is not absorbed as well as collagen peptides. Also, gelatin retains a lot of water so it can cause intestinal discomfort and bloating. It is most often use in cooking to create gelatin desserts.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF COLLAGEN

There are more than 40 different types of collagen in our bodies. Type 1 Collagen is the most abundant in our bodies, and it is an important component of our skin, teeth, bones, muscles and tendons. Type 111 is the second most abundant collagen in our bodies, and provides similar benefits as Type 1.

Further Food Collagen Peptides are made up of Types 1 and 111, and our Premium Marine Collagen Peptides are made up of Type 1.

COLLAGEN NUTRITION FACTS

Further Food Collagen Peptides

Our Collagen Peptides are a pure source of protein with no added sugar. One scoop of Collagen Peptides (8 grams) contains 7 grams of protein, 29 calories, and only 24 mg of sodium. There is no fat, no sugar, no cholesterol, no carbs .

Further Food Premium Marine Collagen

Our Marine Collagen Peptides are also a pure source of protein with  6.6. grams of protein, 26 calories, and 51 mg of sodium per serving. Our Marine Collagen contains no fat, no sugar, no cholesterol, and no carbs.

All our collagen powders are non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, sugar-free, are acceptable in Paleo and Keto diets.

EASY WAYS TO ADD COLLAGEN INTO YOUR DIET

Our Collagen is tasteless, textureless and blends right into all foods and beverages. Just pour it into your morning beverage, soups, smoothies, or other recipes. You can also bake with it. You can find lots of easy, healthy ways to use Collagen here.

SUMMARY

  • Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our body.
  • Our bodies start making less collagen as we age, leading to saggy skin, wrinkles, weaker bones and thinning hair.
  • Supplementing with Collagen Peptides can help to replenish our collagen supply and help to reverse the damage from diminished collagen supply.
  • Further Food Collagen is made of grass fed, pasture raised bovine hides from South America.
  • Further Food Marine Collagen is made of wild caught cod from Alaska.
  • >Our Collagen Peptides are non-GMO, gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free. Further Food Collagen is acceptable in Paleo and Keto diets.
  • Supplementing with Collagen has many benefits including aiding in weight loss, helping decrease wrinkles, as well as improving gut, joint and bone health.
  • Supplementing with Collagen can help diabetics by helping to regulate blood sugar levels and positively impacting insulin secretion.
  • Supplementing with Collagen can help to improve thyroid health by minimizing the risk of adrenal fatigue and long-term thyroid problems.
  • There are more than 40 different types of Collagen in the body. Our Collagen Peptides are made up of the 2 most abundant types of Collagen, Types 1 and 111.
  • Our Collagen Peptides are a pure source of protein, with no added sugars or other fillers or sweeteners.
  • Each scoop of Collagen provides 18 amino acids (8 essential amino acids).
  • Collagen Peptides contain an abundant supply of glycine, which has many essential functions in the body.
  • Each serving of Collagen also contains an abundant supply of proline, which is important in stimulating collagen synthesis and works as an anti-oxidant.
  • Two other amino acids found in Collagen, glutamine and arginine, provide important health benefits.
  • Collagen Peptides come from the full length chain of Collagen, and Collagen Peptides are better absorbed due to their shorter chains of amino acids.
  • Gelatin is Collagen that has gone through partial hydrolysis. It can cause intestinal discomfort.Further Food Collagen mixes right into any food or beverage, with no taste or texture.

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