Collagen, Broken Down: What Is It, Why Do We Need It, and What Are the Benefits?

Collagen, Broken Down: What Is It, Why Do We Need It, and What Are the Benefits?

The collagen craze is real, but what is all the hype about?


Collagen…

You’ve probably heard that it works like magic for hair, skin, and nails.

But what is it about this protein that makes it so beneficial to the body?

You’re probably questioning, Is it a fad? Is it really necessary to take every day? How do I know if I actually need it?

We hear you. And we’re here to answer all of your questions.

In this article, you’ll see collagen in its true form. Read on to gain an understanding as to what it is, why it’s beneficial, and why you need it.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is dubbed the building block of the body. Probably because it represents one-third of the protein in your body and 75-80% of the protein in your skin.

Here’s the downside though: Collagen is naturally produced by your body, but it begins to decline with age—which can start as early as your 20s and decrease by 1% each year.

Luckily, when you consume collagen-rich foods like bone broth, wild salmon, and grass-fed supplements, you’re counteracting its rapid decline.

Here’s what happens inside your body when you consume collagen: The collagen is broken down into amino acids. The amino acids build proteins in the body. And then the benefits begin to arise: Mood improves, pain is relieved, and the immune system is regulated.

What Are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are another building block. The building block of protein.

They are divided into 3 different groups—essential, nonessential, and conditional.

Out of the 20 that your body needs—11 are already produced by the body (nonessential), and 9 must be obtained from your diet (essential).

Why are they so important, you ask?

Well, here are just a few of their primary functions…

Lysine (an essential amino acid) helps produce collagen, hormones, and enzymes, absorbs calcium, enhances energy and immunity, and regulates stress.

Valine (another essential amino acid) stimulates the growth and repair of muscles while also producing energy.

Is Collagen a Friend or Fad?

By now you may be wondering whether collagen is a friend or fad. Is it really worth your hard-earned money?

Science is great and all, but stories from real-life people are even better...

Take the results of Sue, for instance…

When Sue hit her sixties, it felt like she’d hit a brick wall. She began to gain weight, felt like the world was on her shoulders, and felt unhappy in her emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

It only took a short time for her to take a stand for herself and start seeking out answers.

She began incorporating collagen into her daily routine of grass-fed, organic foods; she started to lift weights at the gym; she transformed not only her diet, but her thoughts and emotions as well.

Fast forward just X weeks—Sue feels energetic and positive. Her skin went from dry and itchy to hydrated and firm. Her hair is growing half and inch every six weeks. Her muscles recover quicker (in 2 to 3 days).

This is just one of thousands of positive testimonials—all thanks to collagen and the amino acids it gives us.

What Are All of the Benefits of Collagen?

Talk about a laundry list of benefits. Collagen lends a helping hand in nearly every part of the body.

Benefits of collagen include:

  • Repels wrinkles and fine lines
  • Firms up skin
  • Repairs gut lining for optimal immune function
  • Enhances muscle recovery
  • Restores joint, bone, and muscle strength
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Nourishes scalp hydration for hair follicle regrowth
  • Strengthens bones
  • Promotes heart health
  • Strengthens nails
  • May improve mood
  • May promote weight loss and a faster metabolism

How Often Do I Need to Take Collagen?

One word: Daily.

And when it comes to how much, it depends on a few different factos—your age, gender, genetics, ailment, and what you’re wanting to acheive (i.e. do you want to gain and repair muscle? Do you want to relieve joint pain? Do you want firmer skin?).

At NativePath, we have two phases of collagen intake: Collagen Loading and Collagen Maintenance.

Collagen loading is a 6 to 8 week long phase where we recommend taking 20-40 grams of collagen daily. This is to restore your collagen levels to where they need to be (AKA where they used to be before your levels started declining).

Collagen maintenance is the indefinite phase that comes immediately after the loading phase. This is where you consume 10-20 grams of collagen per day.

So, you should take it daily. Which leads us to our next question...

How Should I Take My Collagen?

Luckily, with a premium grass-fed collagen supplement, getting your daily dose of collagen is simple.

Here are our 3 favorite ways:

  1. Add a scoop of collagen peptides to your smoothie and blend away
  2. Add a scoop of the collagen coffee creamer to your morning cup of Joe and blend it with your handy dandy frother
  3. Add a scoop of the wild berry flavor to your water bottle and shake it up

The Bottom Line

So now you know—there are no fads here.

Collagen is an fundamental protein of the body, and it will be a friend till the very end.

Support and replenish its production with a healthy diet, grass-fed collagen supplement, and plenty of space for some self-care.

You deserve it.

Learn more about NativePath Collagen here!
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As always, be sure to consult a health care professional before adding anything new to your diet, supplement, or exercise regimen. NativePath and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any diseases. All NativePath material is presented for educational purposes only.

 

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