Collagen is a protein that provides structure and helps hold our bodies together. You might have heard it being referred to as the “glue” for the body’s structure. Collagen is found in many parts of the body – skin, joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, and muscles – but most importantly, it’s a key component of healthy joints, muscles, and skin.
Here are the top three reasons why you should add collagen to your routine:
Benefit #1: Collagen gives your joints the resilience to keep going.
One of the key functions of collagen is to maintain healthy bones and joints. Studies show that consuming collagen can decrease inflammation and joint pain. Decreasing those aches and pains will keep you moving more, better, and faster. The older we get, the body isn’t as efficient at making collagen, so adding it to your daily routine can give your joints the resilience needed to bounce back faster after a solid workout.
Benefit #2: Collagen helps protect and support muscles.
Our early ancestors would have gotten their collagen from eating the bones and tendons of the animals they hunted. As we’ve evolved, so have our collagen protein options. Bone broth, gelatin, collagen peptides, and collagen bars are common sources today and so much easier to get. But did you know our bodies use collagen peptides better than bone broth and gelatin? Because of the shorter structure, collagen peptides are more easily digested and absorbed into the body. If your goal is to maintain your muscles, collagen, combined with a strength training program and eating a variety of protein foods, could help make it happen.
Benefit #3: Collagen improves skin hydration and resiliency.
What you put in your body can be as important for skin health as what you put on your skin.
This study showed that collagen peptides significantly increased skin hydration after 8 weeks. To maximize the benefits of collagen, be sure to eat vitamin C-rich foods daily. Vitamin C is an essential component needed for making collagen, so include one or more of these vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables (oranges, kiwifruit, strawberries, red pepper, broccoli, Brussel sprouts) into your snack rotation, along with a Caveman Collagen Bar. And remember hydrating your body with the right amount of fluids, along with collagen, will keep your skin hydrated and resilient.
So, if you’re aiming for resilient joints, supported muscles, and healthy skin, adding collagen to your daily routine is a good idea.