The first time I learned about the health benefit of collagen wasn’t from some lecture or textbook in med school. Instead, it was from a recipe for making bone broth with chicken feet (which I still haven’t done.) Bone broth, yes. Chicken feet, not yet.
Collagen is in everything these days, from candy and cosmetics to coffee and creamers. You can apply it as a cream, serum, or mask and take it as a capsule, tablet, powder, shot, or elixir.
If all this collagen has got you confused. No worries. After reading this post, you’ll discover not only who should take collagen but why it’s more important as we age and which type of collagen is best for you. Warning: like me, you might be blown away by the results, before and after collagen!
If all this collagen has got you confused. No worries. After reading this post, you’ll discover not only who should take collagen but why it’s more important as we age and which type of collagen is best for you.
WHY COLLAGEN IS SO IMPORTANT
Collagen is a protein that holds your body together, just like mortar keeps the bricks of a building united. Collagen – often referred to as the body’s glue – is the most abundant protein in your body. There’s collagen in your bones, muscles, joints, gut lining, and organs – including the largest organ in your body – your skin. But you make less of it as you age over 25. So over the years, think of that collagen “glue” slowly disappearing, like a plump grape shriveling into a dried-up raisin.
WHO NEEDS COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS?
Since you make less collagen after 25 years of age, collagen supplementation becomes key in maintaining healthy bone, joints, and skin. Collagen-rich foods, like chicken, fish, and bone broth, naturally contain collagen as long twisted fibers which are hard for the body to digest and absorb. On the other hand, collagen supplements contain collagen peptides – broken down pieces of collagen that are easier for the body to absorb. Getting collagen peptides through your gut and into your body is crucial for the supplement to support new collagen production. As I always say: you’re more than what you eat. You are what you eat, ABSORB, and release.
WHICH COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENT SHOULD I TAKE?
There are over 20 different types of collagen in the body. Still, you don’t need twenty supplements to increase your collagen production throughout your body. Around 80% of the collagen in your body is type 1 collagen. Around another 10% is type 2 and type 3 collagen.
Bovine collagen contains both type 1 and 3 collagen. But, marine collagen is the predominant source of type 1 collagen and up to 1.5 times more bioavailable than bovine due to its smaller molecular size.
The best collagen supplement is a highly absorbable one made from high-quality ingredients. Read: How to Tell If a Supplement is High-Quality.
As a generality, collagen for skin, hair, and nails is associated with marine collagen, and collagen for gut and joints is correlated with bovine collagen. But both marine and bovine collagen peptides support collagen production throughout the body. So, it’s possible to feel joint improvement with marine collagen and skin benefits from bovine collagen.
Collagen – often referred to as the body’s glue – is the most abundant protein in your body. There’s collagen in your bones, muscles, joints, gut lining, and organs – including the largest organ in your body – your skin.
MARINE COLLAGEN ELIXIR
The other day, I saw a picture of me pregnant with our oldest, looking young, hydrated, and fresh-faced! While I’m excited about each gray hair, I must admit I want more glowing skin as I age – with some wrinkles to highlight my wisdom.
I recently started using a marine collagen elixir, featured in Women’s Health, Marie Claire, and Elle Australia magazines. Watch Harvard-trained Dr. Joshua Plant explain the science behind this marine collagen elixir that took 10 years of research, 200 scientists & 50 doctors to bring to market.
Here are three ways this elixir increases its bioavailability to get through the gut and into the body to support new collagen production:
HIGH QUALITY & QUANTITY OF MARINE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
The elixir is made with 5 grams of marine collagen peptides, the most efficacious dose for results. Responsibly sourced from wild-caught cod, pollock, and haddock, these fish have a similar amino acid profile to human collagen, equating to better bioavailability.
BETTER ABSORPTION THROUGH MANUFACTURING
Most collagen on the market shelves is separated, like water sitting on oil, making the collagen hard to absorb. The elixir increases collagen bioavailability through Double-Nutri Technology, like merging the water and oil into one, for better absorption.
REDUCED OXIDATION WITH PACKAGING
Collagen is fragile, and exposure to oxygen lowers its bioavailability. Most collagen supplements are packaged in containers that expose the collagen to oxygen. The elixir is sealed in single-serving recyclable glass containers within 0.15 seconds to protect the fragile collagen from oxygen exposure.
COLLAGEN RESULTS: BEFORE & AFTER
These collagen results (before and after) speak for themselves: hair growth, improved skin hydration, complexion, and firmness, with fewer wrinkles†. Except for hair growth (I don’t need more!), I’ve noticed all of these benefits from using the elixir, and it’s so easy! The elixir does all the work. Simply open and drink anytime, anywhere.
Learn more about this collagen elixir, including frequently asked questions, ingredient breakdown, third-party independent testing for mercury and heavy metals, sourcing, manufacturing, and product reviews.
Hopefully, this post has clarified your collagen confusion. If you’re over 25, consider supplementing with a high-quality, highly absorbable collagen peptide supplement. I hope you’re blown away by your results too! I may not look as young, unlined, and fresh-faced as I did in that picture pregnant with our oldest, but I’m a heck of a lot closer and glowing from the inside out.
#WeAreInThisTogether for #HealthyChange so you can be, do, and give your best self confidently with energy!
Feel Better, Be Better.
P.S. Not sure you’ll get the results you want? With the 30-day product satisfaction guarantee, you can reap the benefits you’re getting worry-free. You’ll get the cost of the product back if you’re not satisfied. You have nothing to lose except a few wrinkles!
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
About the Author: Dr. Sue
Sue McCreadie, MD (aka Dr. Sue), is a Pediatric Physician and Breakthrough Coach for Midlife Mamas. For over two decades, she’s helped thousands achieve vibrant health as a wellness expert. Bringing three daughters into this world, she lost four along the way, and crossed the pregnancy finish line a digestive–hormonal–emotional mess. But, over the following decade, she found a deeper meaning for miscarriages, reclaimed vibrant health, and grew emotional resiliency. Dr. Sue is obsessed with living her soulFULL purpose and helping other growth-minded Mamas do the same. She believes we are in this together to rise up, realize our dreams, and feel fulfilled in every facet of our lives.