What Is Collagen? – Beauty & the Broth

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What Is Collagen?

Over the past few years, collagen has been a hot topic in the beauty industry. There has been a huge push to educate women about this so-called beauty elixir, that promotes beautiful hair, skin and nails. But, what exactly is collagen and why is it so important? We are breaking it down to help you understand the benefits and how it promotes beauty. 

Collagen breakdown 

To keep it simple, collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body that helps give structure to hair, skin, nails, bones, tendons and ligaments. The collagen protein is made up of four amino acids, glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine, all of which bind together the body’s connective tissues, hair, skin and nails to keep them healthy and strong. Collagen is the main reason why our bodies are able to move and bend, our hair shines bright, our skin glows and our nails are strong. 

Benefits of collagen 

The body’s beautiful, radiant appearance, muscular growth and joint health can all be attributed to the protein and amino acids found in collagen. Collagen is the most important building block in the skin, making up 70% of it. The dermis, which provides a foundation for the skin, helps with skin’s elasticity. Collagen helps keep the skin firm, hydrated and plump, and helps with its elasticity.

In addition, ligaments, joints, bones and tendons are all made up of collagen. Both ligaments and tendons are a type of tissue that attach and hold bones and muscles together. These tissues are made up of a number of proteins, including collagen (the most important one!). Collagen helps promote strong and healthy joints and ligaments, allowing your body to move and to look and feel strong. It also helps to reduce joint pain, and promote a healthier GI tract in the body so always feel like your best self.

Types of collagen

There are three different types of collagen: Type I, Type II and Type III. Each type is important in its own way. 

  • Type I: This is the most abundant type of collagen found in skin, hair and nails. By consuming this type of collagen, it will help reduce the amount of wrinkles and lines, dull hair and weak nails. This collagen is also responsible for promoting joint, tendon and bone health. 
  • Type II: This type of collagen is almost as essential as Type I, as it makes up the main source of cartilage in the body. Those who live a very active, on-the-go lifestyle will find this type to be incredibly beneficial to ensure joint health. 
  • Type III: This type is found alongside Type I in the body, and it helps promote healthy skin, hair, nails and joints. 

Collagen sources 

Due to aging and stress, natural collagen production in the body slowly starts to deplete. This is the main reason why there has been a big push in recent years to ingest collagen supplements, to help promote collagen production in the body. There is an overwhelming amount of beauty and health brands that produce collagen powders, supplements and snacks, all claiming to help you look and feel younger and beautiful. Some beauty brands have designed face masks rich in collagen to help firm the skin and give it a nice glow. If you are looking for a place to start, always make sure to consult with your doctor to figure out which collagen supplement is right for you and how much collagen you should take on a daily basis. 

Bone broth and collagen

While there are plenty of supplements to help stimulate collagen levels in the body, one of the best ways to promote collagen is by eating a healthy diet full of collagen-rich foods, like bone broth. Collagen is found in the flesh and connective tissues of animals, which are used to make bone broth. The bones in bone broth help promote whole-body healing, glowing skin, beautiful hair and strong nails. When it comes to our bone broth concentrates, our chicken and beef broths are special because they are rich in naturally-occurring collagen - the ultimate beauty elixir. Our broth concentrates are made with USDA Organic bones, organic veggies and herbs that are slowly-cooked down into a gelatin concentrate. The resulting broth concentrate includes nutrients, proteins and of course, collagen! This type of collagen is naturally occurring and not synthetic like other collagen supplements, which helps to soothe and heal gut irritation so it can readily absorb the nutrients and collagen to help you look and feel your best. Your body is also being delivered with a wide range of beauty boosting ingredients that encourages healthy tissue growth in your muscles, bones, skin, hair and nails! This means that by drinking our broth concentrates, you’re healing yourself from the inside out

How to enjoy our beauty broths

In order to provide the body with the proper collagen it needs to promote beauty and wellness benefits, we recommend drinking one cup of our beauty broth a day. Drinking bone broth isn’t a health trend - it is a daily beauty routine. In doing so, this will allow your body to heal daily to promote beauty within. 

To enjoy our broth concentrates, all you have to do is pour our broth into a cup, add 8oz of hot water and start sipping yourself stunning! 

In a rush? Enjoy your daily cup of broth in our reusable cup, allowing you to sip while on the go. 

All in all, take care of your body by ingesting foods rich in collagen to create beauty from the inside out.