Jaclyn specialises in hormones, fertility, skin and adrenal health, utilising a range of tools through her naturopathy practice, including nutrients, herbal medicine, movement, and lifestyle education.
Jaclyn has been sharing her tips and tricks, recipes and advice, as well as some key information across our channels. This week, we asked Jaclyn to round up the month and give us 5 reasons our diet needs the collagen Shake Up (for good).
Read on to find out more!
1. Skin healthAs the most abundant protein in the human body, collagen is responsible for skin structure, stability and strength. As we age, the deposition of collagen decreases, which can result in dermal damage and skin wrinkling. From early adulthood, collagen production declines by about 1.0% - 1.5% a year and supplementation can increase your collagen stores and availability to promote healthier skin.
2. Anti-ageing properties
Studies have shown that supplementing with collagen has been shown to improve skin elasticity, firmness, hydration and texture. Promising results have also been found for promoting wound healing.
Collagen supplementation is a fabulous way to increase your protein intake! Adding it into a smoothie or hot beverage is so simple too. An important note here – collagen does contain less protein than protein powders, so if you are using it for this reason, I suggest increasing the amount you use, or be sure to include extra protein-rich foods in that meal. Collagen is not considered a ‘complete’ protein source, due to it not containing the essential amino acid tryptophan - keep this in mind when planning your meals.
4. Joint health
There is excellent research to support collagen supplementation for healthy joints and great results for osteoarthritis and other joint disorders. Supplementation with collagen has been shown to decrease pain, increase mobility and lower inflammatory markers.
5. Nutrient density
Adding collagen into your diet boosts the nutrient density and protein content of your diet. Collagen provides support to tendons, ligaments, skin and our connective tissue structures. What we eat literally becomes our body and we have the choice each day to influence this!
We’ve learnt so much from Jaclyn Cave this month. We hope you have too Beauty Foodies!
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