Collagen products are popping up in stores left, right and centre. However, few of us really understand what collagen is, how it benefits us, and how best to get enough. Luckily, we’ve got the inside scoop from a registered nutritionist so get your pens and pencils ready!
What is collagen and why should I care about it?
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body and is super important in providing structural support, including within bones, joints and muscles. Thus, to keep our bodies strong and at their best, collagen is vital. The main reason why collagen is receiving so much attention recently is due to the fact it is also responsible for supporting hair, nails, and skin structure and elasticity.
What foods contain collagen?
To naturally boost your intake, eat a combination of protein-rich foods, such as beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs and dairy products. However, the most convenient way consume collagen is through nutritional supplements. You can find collagen in tablets, powders or protein shakes. As quality varies greatly between products, always shop around for the best.
How can I support collagen production?
Collagen production can also be enhanced or inhibited by several factors. For example, smoking and high sugar consumption can be detrimental, whereas vitamin C is essential for supporting collagen production, so be sure to consume plenty of citrus fruits, berries and leafy greens.
Lizzy Cole, MA MSc PGCE ANutr
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