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

 

ABOUT COLLAGEN

Our Bodies Are Made Up of Collagen:

Collagen is found throughout our bodies, including our muscles, bones, hair, skin and nails. As one of the most abundant structural proteins in our body, collagen makes up 90% of our connective tissue, 90% of our organic bone mass, and 70% of our skin.

Collagen is made primarily of three amino acids—proline, hydroxyproline and glycine-which help our bodies carry out important functions, such as building and repairing muscles and tissues. Proline and glycine are essential amino acids and need to be consumed through our diet or through supplementing with collagen because our bodies cannot make them.

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.

 

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. By the time we are in our 60s, we have half as much collagen as we did in our 20s. This leads to saggy skin, wrinkles, joint stiffness, weaker bones, and thinning hair.

 

We Don’t Eat Enough Collagen:

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, most people only eat muscle meat proteins, which do not give us adequate collagen or the amino acids that we need to help repair and restore our bodies.

 

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

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

BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SUPPLEMENTING WITH COLLAGEN?

Discover the scientifically proven benefits of collagen peptides below.

How Does Collagen Help With Weight Loss?

Supplementing with collagen can play a key role in weight maintenance and even weight loss. Collagen powder is 40% more filling than protein powders (soy, whey, casein) – meaning that collagen will keep you 40% more full than protein powders. Supplementing with collagen may help suppress appetite and decrease sugar cravings.

Read more here how collagen can help with weight loss.

 

How Does Collagen Help Improve Our Skin?

Collagen can help our skin look smoother and younger. Supplementing with collagen peptides helps strengthen the dermis layer, which plays a role in decreasing wrinkles and hiding cellulite and stretch marks. Daily use of collagen peptides may help hydrate skin and increase skin elasticity while reducing the effects of sun damage on the skin.

Read more here about how supplementing with collagen benefits the skin.

 

How Does Collagen Help Improve Gut Health?

Collagen is crucial for proper digestive function. Collagen contains the amino acid glutamine which plays an important role in healing leaky gut and IBS. Additionally, collagen peptides in the GI tract pull in water and attract acid molecules, aiding in the breakdown of food particles and helping move food through our digestive system. Regular use helps reduce heartburn, ulcers and other digestive problems.

Learn more here about collagen gut health benefits.

 

How Does Collagen Help Bones and Joints?

Supplementing with collagen can help strengthen our bones and even prevent fractures. Oral supplementation with collagen helps to stimulate new bone cell growth and replace worn and damaged bone cells. This can help reduce joint pain and stiffness and even increase mobility and flexibility. Additionally, by increasing bone mineral density, collagen supplementation can be helping in preventing fractures. Collagen supplementation can also strengthen teeth, hair and nails, making them less brittle.

Learn more here about how collagen can benefit joint health. You can also learn how collagen helps keep hair shiny and strong here.

 

How Does Collagen Help Athletic & Sports Performance?

By helping to strengthen joints and ligaments, collagen supplementation can help prevent injuries and reduce activity-induced joint pain. Supplementing with collagen can also help the body repair and replenish proteins that are broken down during physical activity as well as speed up the body’s recovery after a torn or ruptured muscle.

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

 

What is the difference between collagen, collagen peptides, hydrolized collagen and gelatin?

Collagen in its full length form is unhydrolyzed, and is difficult to break down during digestion and too large to cross the intestinal wall. 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 is collagen that has gone through partial hydrolysis and become a gel. Gelatin is most often used in cooking as a natural thickener and to create gelatin desserts.

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ABOUT FURTHER FOOD COLLAGEN

Further Food Collagen is made from bovine collagen and contains 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids. Further Food Collagen is made up of Types 1 and 111 collagen, and our Premium Marine Collagen Peptides, made from wild-caught cod, are made up primarily of Type 1. Further Food 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.

If you are looking for a naturally flavored collagen, we offer a Further Food Chocolate Collagen with Reishi Mushroom and Vanilla Collagen with Beauty Mushrooms. Learn more here.

Further Food Premium Gelatin is a perfect natural thickener for cooking and baking. You can learn more here.

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

FAQ

What is collagen?

Collagen is one of the most important structural proteins in our body, located in our muscles, bones, hair, skin and nails. Collagen helps our bodies carry out important functions, including helping to build and repair our muscles and tissues. There are more than 40 types of collagen in the body, and Type 1 and Type 111 are the most abundant.

Why don’t we get collagen through our diet?

To get collagen in our diets, we would need to eat whole animals, including the connective tissue proteins that are rich in collagen. However, today most people only eat muscle meat proteins and are thus not getting adequate collagen to help repair and restore our bodies.

Why do we need to supplement with collagen?

As we get older, our bodies natural production of collagen starts slowing down, and by the time we are in our 60s, we have half as much collagen as we did in our 20s. This can lead to wrinkles, stiff joints, weaker bones and thinning hair. When we supplement with collagen, we help to replenish this lost collagen and reverse the damage caused by our diminished collagen supply.

What are the benefits of supplementing with collagen?

There are lots of benefits to supplementing with collagen. Supplementing with collagen can help hydrate skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, supplementing with collagen can help strengthen bones and joints and improve gut health. And, collagen is 40% more filling than proteins, which makes it a useful supplement in weight maintenance and even in helping to promote weight loss.

What is the difference between collagen, collagen peptides, hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin?

Collagen in its natural state is unhydrolyzed, which makes it hard to digest. Collagen peptides and hydrolyzed collagen are the same thing; they are made by breaking down the full length chain of collagen molecules through a process called hydrolysis. Collagen peptides (and hydrolyzed collagen) are better absorbed than pure collagen. Gelatin is collagen that has gone through partial hydrolysis and becomes a gel.

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“A breakfast with alpha-lactalbumin, gelatin, or gelatin+ TRP lowers energy intake at lunch compared with a breakfast with casein, soy, whey, or whey-GMP.” Clinical Nutrition 28.2 (2009)

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