In our quest to improve our health and be Money Viking strong we continue our search for the most effective supplements. What if I told you there was one that has multiple benefits for brain and body: collagen peptides. In this article we will explore what they are and what they can do for us.
What are collagen peptides?
Collagen peptides are a type of protein supplement that is derived from collagen, a structural protein that is found in the body’s connective tissues, such as skin, bones, tendons, and cartilage. Below we list the major food sources of collagen, but it can also be added as a supplement. Here are five benefits of collagen peptide supplements.
Improved skin health
Collagen peptides can improve skin health by increasing skin elasticity, hydration, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is because collagen is a major component of the skin and helps to maintain its structure. Who doesn’t want healthier looking skin?
Collagen peptides may help to improve joint health by reducing inflammation, improving joint mobility, and reducing pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
Collagen is a major component of bones, and studies have shown that collagen peptide supplements may help to improve bone density and reduce the risk of fractures. This is critical as we age.
Collagen peptides have been shown to increase muscle mass and strength, especially when combined with resistance training. You know, we are vikings therefore we need to keep our muscles as strong as possible.
Collagen peptides may help to improve gut health by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and reducing inflammation in the gut. This may help to improve digestion and reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders. Gut health is increasingly linked to many other aspects of our health and well being.
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Food Sources of Collagen
Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues throughout the body and is essential for maintaining healthy skin, joints, and bones. While our bodies naturally produce collagen, the production of collagen decreases as we age, making it important to obtain it through our diet. Here are some food sources of collagen:
- Bone Broth: Made by simmering bones and connective tissue of animals such as chicken, beef, and fish. It’s a rich source of collagen and other nutrients.
- Beef and Pork: Beef and pork contain collagen in their connective tissues, including tendons, cartilage, and skin. Consuming cuts of meat with these tissues can increase collagen intake.
- Chicken: Chicken is also a good source of collagen, especially in the skin and cartilage.
- Fish: Fish such as salmon, tuna, and cod contain collagen in their skin and bones.
- Egg Whites: Egg whites are rich in a protein called proline, which is a key component of collagen.
- Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production in the body.
- Leafy Greens: Leafy greens like spinach and kale contain antioxidants that help protect collagen from damage.
- Berries: Berries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help support collagen production.
- Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds contain amino acids, which are essential for collagen production.
- Gelatin: Gelatin is a protein-rich food that is made from collagen-rich animal bones, skin, and connective tissue.
Essential to Life
As we can see, collagen is essential to life and health. As we age we may need more. I am considering a supplement to ensure enough collagen to retain muscle and be as healthy as possible overall.
*NOT HEALTH ADVICE TO ANYONE, SEE YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.