Getting to Know Collagen
Collagen is THE product to take right now. You’ve likely seen TV or magazine ads touting its benefits and all the reasons you need to add it to your diet. At Youngevity, we have a variety of collagen products to help with your health and collagen needs. You may have questions about which is the best collagen to take or how much collage do you need? So let’s get started and see if we can get your questions answered and you taking the collagen that will make a difference in your life.
Turns out, there are dozens of collagen types, but you really only need to focus on four of them. They are Type 1, Type II, Type III, and Type V. Each collagen type offers specific benefits and Type I is the most common collagen in supplements. Still, you should understand what each one is and why they are important.
Type I collagen makes up roughly 90% of the collagen found in the body. This collagen type can be found in almost every tissue in the body including skin, bones, tendons, blood vessels, cartilages, and many other connective tissues. Since it is the most abundant collagen found in the body, as you age, it is also the most visibly noticeable. A decline in collagen type I can be seen in wrinkles, thinning hair, and fine lines. The main source of type I collagen comes from bovine, fish, and eggs (the whites and shells).
Type II collagen is essential for building cartilage which helps support the joints in the body. Cartilage provides your bones and joints the cushion they need for protection. It also helps give structure to the ear, nose, bronchial tubes, rib cage, and more. The best sources of collagen type II are chicken collagen and bone broth.
Type III collagen is the second most abundant type of collagen found in the body along with collagen type I – they are often found in the same location. Collagen type III can be found in skin, organs, and blood vessels. Sources of collagen type III include bovine, bone broth, and fish.
Type V collagen, although a minor collagen component, it still plays a significant part in regulating the development of collagen fibers of connective tissue. It is often found alongside type II collagen helping to support joint cartilage.
There are many benefits of including a collagen supplement in your diet, but these are the main reasons, according to Healthline.com.
- May improve skin health. Collagen helps with elasticity and hydration and is a major component in your skin.
- May relieve joint pain. Collagen helps maintain the cartilage that protects your joints, which may help as you age.
- May prevent bone loss. You may not realize this, but your bones are mostly collagen, which gives them structure and strength. As your body ages, so does bone mass and collagen may help with bone breakdown.
- May boost muscle mass. Collagen may promote the synthesis of muscle proteins, which helps stimulate muscle growth after exercise.
- May promote heart health. Collagen provides structure to your arteries and without enough collagen, arteries may become less elastic and flexible, which could lead to narrowing of arteries.
In addition to these, collagen may help hair and nails with strength and growth. It may also help with brain health and gut health.
What to Take
As with most supplements, the collagen you need is also found in the foods you eat, but many find that they are not getting enough. Youngevity currently offers four collagen products, each designed to support a specific area through they collagen type included and the quantity of collagen provided. Here’s a quick look at each product.
- Collagen Peptides – provides 20 grams per serving of the five main collagen types. It is sourced from grass-fed beef, fish, cage-free chickens and eggshell membrane. It includes collagen digesting enzymes that allow the body to better utilize the dosage.
- Collagen Peptides Joint Health Support – provides 7.5 grams per serving and includes the five main collagen types. They are sourced from grass-fed beef, fish, cage-free chickens and eggshell membrane. It also includes hyaluronic acid, turmeric, MSM, and glucosamine to help support tissues in and around the joints, including cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It also includes collagen digesting enzymes that allow the body to better utilize the dosage.
- Collagen Peptides Hair, Skin, & Nails Support – provides 5 grams per serving of two collagens: fish collagen (type 1) and bovine collagen (type 1 and II). In addition, it has essential B vitamins, including biotin that supports hair, skin, and nails, and an antioxidant blend that helps combat free radicals and support anti-aging. It also includes collagen digesting enzymes that allow the body to better utilize the dosage.
- Collagen Creamer – provides 7.5 grams per serving of type 1 and type II collagens. It also includes MCT to support energy production. It adds a creamy vanilla flavor to your beverages.
While the Collagen Creamer was specifically designed to enhance your beverages, like coffee, tea, or smoothies, each collagen product mixes well with any liquid, so add it to your favorite juice, smoothie, or Youngevity mix-in product.
At our recent R.I.S.E. event, Steve Wallach and Sanjeev Javia discussed the Youngevity collagen products. The discussion supports the above information and includes other great info. We hope you’ll enjoy their interchange.
As collagen product demands change, Youngevity will continue to develop and offer additional options to support your health. For now, we hope this information helps you decide which product is best for you. Now is the time to join the collagen movement and add it to your daily diet routine for a healthy life you’ll love!