Collagen, you hear about it more and more and yes – we too have launched an oatmeal with collagen. We ourselves use it as a supplement in our breakfast. We experienced its benefits (mainly skin and hair) so we decided to add it to our oatmeal as well. Along with vanilla extract so the flavor is right.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a compound found in your skin and in the connective tissue that makes up your tendons, ligaments, muscles and more. It is the most abundant protein in the body. But over time, aging breaks these down. This makes it more difficult to make more collagen.
It helps your body perform a wide range of functions. From repairing the skin to strengthening the bones. It is appropriately named after the Greek word “kólla,” which means “glue.”
It is said to offer the following health benefits:
Improved skin health
Collagen provides elasticity and hydration to the skin. However, as you age, your body slows down the production of collagen. The result is drier skin and an increase in wrinkles.
Collagen powder can help reduce the rate of aging. Studies show that the elasticity of the skin increases significantly, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen can also improve skin hydration and overall appearance.
A review of 19 studies with 125 participants (95% women) between the ages of 20 and 70 found that the use of hydrolyzed collagen improved skin hydration, elasticity and wrinkles compared to placebo treatments (view study: source).
Hydrolyzed collagen is a common type used in supplements that is made using a process called hydrolysis. This process breaks down the protein into smaller pieces, making it easier for the body to absorb(source).
Reduction in joint pain and benefits to bone density
It contributes to the strength of cartilage in your body. Cartilage is a rubbery material that acts as a shock absorber between joints. Healthy cartilage reduces friction and protects joints as you move. In addition, there are also studies showing benefits for bone density (read more here: source).
Your body makes collagen naturally. It is found in connective tissue, skin, tendons, bones and cartilage and has many functions. It’s also in some foods, and you can take it as a supplement. It is beneficial for your health, skin and joints. Hence, we eat it often.
Do you use collagen? How often do you eat it? Do you also eat it with vanilla?
Let me know!