The Benefits of Collagen Protein
Isn't it amazing how often you hear about something "new"? Collagen protein is one of those new terms we are hearing about lately. The thing is, there is nothing new about it. My grandmother knew about it 100 years ago, only she didn't call it that.
Collagen protein is derived from boiling soup bones! The trick is that you need to simmer them for a very long time. After cooling and refrigerating the broth it should gel. That's how you know you did it right!
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is what holds the whole body together. Collagen is made up of 4 specific amino acids and is the main component of connective tissue. There are many types of connective tissue throughout the body, some are the ligaments that attach two bones and consequently hold the joints together. Tendons are similar but a different type of tissue that attach the muscles to the bones. Collagen is a part of the connective tissue that helps with firmness, suppleness and constant renewal of skin cells. Collagen is vital for the elasticity of skin. There is more to collagen, I'm just outlining the highlights.
As we age, collagen production slows down so it's increasingly important to supplement with a form of collagen that our bodies will be able to use. That's why bone broth is an excellent source.
Using bones from organically fed animals is best.
If you don't want to make big pots of broth (which could be frozen in usable sizes) there are many convenient, high quality, unflavored Collagen Hydrolysate powders that are easily mixed into hot or cold liquids. My preference is from www.GreatLakesGelatin.com
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