What Is Collagen Anyway?

What Is Collagen Anyway?

Lets talk about collagen. 

The beauty-obsessed rave about it, athletes sing it's praises, but what about the rest of us.

Do we really need it, and what is it anyway?

And if you thought collagen meant anti-aging injections, read on to bust that myth!

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body.

Collagen comes from the Greek word 'kolla', meaning glue - and that is what collagen is, the glue that holds the structure of your whole body together, from your tendons, joints, skin, hair, nails, down to the cells that make up all your organs.

Our bodies make collagen when we are young, but natural production slows down as we age so we must consume it as food.

What foods contain plenty of collagen?

The tough, unappetising bits of animals that we no longer include in our modern diet - like tripe, fatty, gristly cheap cuts of meat, bones, skin, feet and all the bits and pieces your grandmother would have know what to do with.

Humans have known the benefits of boiling down parts of animals to make rich, gelatinous broths since the dawn of civilisation, and only now has modern life meant that we no longer have the time or inclination to prepare this nourishing superfood.

What are collagen peptides/hydrolyzed collagen? 

Collagen peptides are made from gently extracting collagen from animals such as cows, chickens, fish etc.

The best collagen supplements begin with a whole-food product from an animal that has been raised in its natural environment. We then employ gentle heat to break down (hydrolyze) the long, tough collagen molecules into shorter, easily digested chains called peptides. Ref

Collagen peptides are an easily absorbed (highly bioavailable) form of collagen, a supplement that can provide a host of benefits from better sleep, a happier gut and glowing skin.

All of Skip's collagen blends use collagen peptides (hydrolyzed collagen) for bio-availability and easy absorption into your body.

What are the benefits of taking collagen peptides? 

  • More hydrated, smoother, plumper skin
  • Stronger and longer nails and hair
  • Improved Sleep
  • Accelerated Healing
  • Joint and Connective Tissue Health
  • Bone Health
  • Heart Health
  • Athletic performance
  • And a whole lot more! 

So what are collagen injections? 

Injectable collagen fillers involve bovine collagen blended with other ingredients/chemicals injected into the skin to firm it up as an anti-aging treatment.

Sounds pretty appealing (not!).

I think most of us would rather consume a natural collagen product rather than inject a chemical-laden collagen cocktail under our skin! 

Where can I find out more?

Check out our full FAQs page or please get in touch at hello@skipnutrition.co