Have you noticed the huge hype around collagen supplements lately?
These health and beauty-boosting supplements seem to be only growing in popularity, from powdered peptides to liquid forms.
Since these supplements don't seem to be going anywhere, you might be thinking about giving one a try or wondering which option might be best for you..
There are actually many different types of collagen that can be used in collagen powders or capsules, and they don't all provide the same benefits.
What is collagen?
Comprised of amino acids, collagen is our body's primary protein. Found mostly within bones, ligaments, hair, skin, and nails, collagen works to strengthen our bones and give structure to our skin.
What are the benefits?
We begin to lose vital collagen after age 30, resulting in visible signs of aging and joint pain. Collagen supplements are aimed at improving joint and bone health, as well as promoting stronger, thicker, and more vibrant hair, skin, and nails.
But that's not all these powerful supplements can do. Preliminary studies suggest that collagen peptides may also help to...
- Support athletic endurance & sports nutrition
- Improve gut health & healthy digestion
- Support healthy metabolism
- Promote a healthy gut barrier
- Aid detoxification & protect liver function
How many types of collagen are there?
There have been 28 different types of collagen identified so far. However, 80-90% of the collagen found in our bodies is made up of types I, II & III, making these the types we should look out for when choosing a supplement.
HERE ARE THE THREE MAIN
TYPES OF COLLAGEN
Type I is typically considered the top recommended collagen for hair, skin, nails, and bone support, because it's the most abundant form and the main component of our bones, organs, tendons, ligaments, and skin.
When choosing a collagen supplement, look for a formula that predominantly features this well-rounded, beneficial type of collagen.
Type II collagen is the primary building block of cartilage, making it a bit more specialized than type I, but still highly beneficial. Type II is extremely effective for those looking to protect their joints and cartilage, which is why we've included it in our Primal Flex premium joint support formula.
Usually found paired with type I in the body, type III collagen is mostly found in important reticular fibers, such as bone marrow, as well as in your intestines, blood vessels, and muscles.
This type provides excellent benefits for those looking to improve skin's elasticity and appearance, promote gut healing, and protect bones & joints.
Which types do you need?
Ideally, your body requires all three types of collagen to function optimally.
When it comes down to it, as long as you choose a high-quality collagen peptide (like our Keto Collagen and Primal Collagen powders), and you are consistent in your routine, you will likely experience benefits in your hair, nails, skin, joints, and bone health.
A hydrolyzed bovine collagen peptide powder sourced from pasture-raised, grass-fed cattle is usually considered your best bet for a number of reasons, and generally offers the best-tasting, fastest-absorbing, and odorless option when it comes to collagen supplements.
And if you're not a fan of powder supplements, don't fret! There are also high-quality capsules varieties available as well, like our Multi Collagen.
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