You often hear about people looking to ‘getting to know themselves’. This is a term that’s used in a few different contexts.
It can be about testing oneself, learning what makes one tick, or in a more literal sense, it might be used about developing a greater understanding of our bodies.
When it comes to the complex systems and dynamic features that make up our bodies, few people will be able to name the protein that is most abundant in our bodies.
The answer is collagen – a structural protein in the extracellular space that features in the bones and connective tissues of our body.
In our latest blog, we take a look at collagen in closer detail and explain how you can ensure you’re getting enough.
What is collagen?
Collagen plays a major role in our bodies’ connective tissues. Connective tissue is one of the four types of tissue found in the human body. As the name suggests, this tissue helps connect various other tissues around our body, helping us move and function.
It also is a major component of our bones, with high levels of collagen associated with having strong bones.
Examples of parts of the body where connective tissues and collagen are found include our tendons, ligaments and skin, while it also forms between 1 and 10% of our muscle tissue.
What does collagen do for your body?
Having ample collagen in your system can improve your skin health, enhancing hydration and elasticity. Additionally, collagen peptides are thought to have a link with slowing down the aging process.
If you ever wake up and feel stiff and achy, it could be due to low levels of collagen in your joints. Boost your collagen and you can feel fresher and freer when being active.
More collagen in your system also gives you a better chance to increase muscle mass, as well as playing a role in the health of your hair and nails.
Other possible effects of collagen include improvements to your heart, brain and gut health.
How can I get more collagen?
As collagen is a type of protein, it’s possible to increase your collagen levels through your diet. But it’s not simply a case of just eating something and all of a sudden your collagen levels are through the roof.
You body naturally produces collagen protein, so it’s about finding the right combination of amino acids to make this happen.
Foods with the necessary amino acids include beef, chicken, fish and dairy products. You also need good vitamin C intake, as well as zinc and copper. Really good ways to get this into your system include nuts, tomatoes and shellfish.
There’s also a number of supplements containing collagen readily available to help boost your levels and allow you to enjoy better skin and mobility.
Our collagen products
Evolution Organics has a wide selection of collagen tablets and supplements to help enhance your levels and help you feel better and healthier.
We have also recently added new collagen products, including the new "hotties" from Planet Paleo which comes in four different flavours: Matcha Latte, Turmeric Latte, Cacao Magic and Keto Coffee, simply add hot water (or mylk). A tasty way to increase your daily collagen consumption!
How do we take collagen? In our coffee of course! A scoop every morning and the great thing about collagen is that is dissolves completely so it won't affect the taste of your coffee, tea or smoothie. If you are not sure, please get in touch and we can help.
Head to the Evolution Organics website and search ‘collagen’ to bring up our full range and make a positive addition to your body intake.
If you have any questions for our team, please email us on email@example.com.