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  • Collagen 101: What Is It? Why & How to Use This Therapeutic Nutrient
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    Brian Hoppe

Collagen 101: What Is It? Why & How to Use This Therapeutic Nutrient

Wondering what this collagen health trend is all about? 

Entries for "what is collagen" have spiked to over 7 million. You're clearly not alone in wondering what all the collagen hoopla is about. Perhaps you've heard of collagen injections, collagen serums, and other collagen products that promise to be the latest fountain of youth....

If you're wondering what collagen is, a simple explanation soon follows. Again, the title of this post is "Collagen 101". Many articles explaining what is collagen go way into too much scientific detail that requires virtually a upper-level advanced biochemistry understanding. We'll spare you the academic details and give you the simple version. Ready? Let's begin....

What is Collagen? The Most Abundant Protein In The Human Body

Your body is made of thousands and thousands of proteins. In fact, scientists aren't sure exactly how many proteins we have. It could be as high as 1 million or more. But what we do know is that out of the, let's call it, hundreds of thousands of proteins, collagen is the most abundant type of protein. There are several types of collagen (type 1, 2, 3, etc...). But to keep it simple, collagen provides structure to, well, virtually every part of your body, from your hair, nails, skin, teeth, bones, tendons, ligaments and more....

Without doubt, if you're new to learning about collagen, you've probably heard how collagen products are good for your skin. Considering that the dry weight of your skin is composed of one-third collagen, healthy collagen is indeed vital to having healthy skin. 

Why Are Collagen Protein Products Necessary?

OK. So you just learned that collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Does that mean, then, that collagen products are from human bodies? 

Ew, gross. No! That would be cannibalistic. 

Rather, collagen products derive from animal sources, like LonoLife Grass-Fed Beef Collagen Peptides or Chicken Bone Broth.

(Peptides are easy-to-digest collagen molecules. And here's the difference between bone broth and collagen: bone broth contains collagen but not all collagen products are bone broth, which in addition to collagen from bones, also includes savory spices and vegetables.) 

Now, the main reason why collagen protein products are good for your health is, depending on your age and health, your own body's collagen might be deteriorating. 

In fact, by the time you reach your early 30s, your body loses about 2% of its collagen every year. And that's why by age 40, many people can't do the things they did in their 20s. That's because by the fourth decade of life, the rate of collagen you lose is much faster than the rate collagen can be generated by the body. Moreover, by age 60 or so, you'll likely have about 50% less collagen than you did entering this world!

That means with less collagen in your body, your joints aren't as well cushioned. Also, your digestion can suffer. That's because collagen plays a key role in how much digestive juices your stomach has.

Also, collagen contains certain amino acids, those fundamental building blocks of protein, that provides structure to the lining in your intestines. (To read more about how collagen can improve gut health, read this later in a new window.)

And you already know from above about collagen and skin, i.e. your skin's dry weight is one-third collagen, thus, when you lose collagen, wrinkles develop. (Read this to better understand how collagen can help lessen the appearance of cellulite.) 

In addition to joint health, healthy skin appearance, improving digestion, collagen can also boost immunity (it may even help prevent cancerous tumors from growing). And, it can even help facilitate better communication between your brain and gut. (Your gut is like your second brain!)

Who Should Take Collagen?

So does that mean collagen products only benefit older people? Far from it. In fact, we have many customers in their early or mid 20s who have emailed us about how our collagen products have boosted their health.

Virtually everybody can benefit from consuming collagen protein products on a regular basis. Even though western society eats plenty of meat, the cuts of meat that are widely consumed are deficient in the amino acids that are rich in collagen protein. Steak, chicken breast, fish, and pork are rich in protein, but they are mostly muscle meat. Only the parts of animals that are most usually not eaten in the west (bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, neck, feet, etc.) are rich in collagen protein. 

Now, if that sounds a bit squeamish, don't be put off by collagen protein. In fact, collagen protein products are delicious. Which brings us to ....

How Do You Take Collagen Protein?

The most popular way to get your daily dose of collagen protein is by sipping on a warm or hot cup of bone broth. True bone broth, like LonoLife Bone Broth contains grass-fed or pasture-raised bones that have been cooked for over 24 hours with savory spices and wholesome vegetables. 

Another way to get collagen protein in your diet: drink coffee. But not just any coffee will do. You need Protein Coffee. Our Protein Coffee contains 10 grams of collagen protein per serving in a delicious Kona Blend with Arabica beans. 

Now let's say it's the middle of summer and the mercury is pushing triple digits. The last thing you probably want is a steaming cup of bone broth. For those days, the best way to get collagen protein in your diet is with a collagen powder like this one. Containing 18 amino acids and 20 grams of collagen protein per serving, our grass-fed beef protein powder is neutral-tasting and mixes super easily with water, milk or juice.

The bottom line is supplementing a healthy diet with collagen protein is one of the best things you can do for your health. Collagen is like a 3D scaffolding of glue that holds your whole body’s structure together, including your skin, gut lining, bones and joints.

Stress and the natural aging process degenerates levels of collagen in your body. To regrow your own body's collagen and maintain youthful looking skin, have pain-free joints, enjoy highly-efficient digestion and a healthy immune system and more, consider making LonoLife part of your daily routine. Your body will thank you for it! 



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