Liquid collagen. The new culinary craze. It’s in our lattes, it’s in our health food stores, and it’s in our smoothies. Well, that’s certainly happening across LA and it’s only a matter of time before it starts hitting your local coffee shop menu, “would you like collagen with that?”
Collagen is best known for what gives skin its elasticity, its youthfulness – its bright and bouncy look. But it’s not just found in the skin, it’s found in your muscles, tendons and bones. Collagen basically holds the whole body together.
So, why are we drinking it? Why does everyone want their hands on a drop?
The theory goes, that drinking collagen and supplementing your morning cup o’ joe with it is that it will boost your skin health. Which makes sense, right? Collagen is great for the skin! Cya later Botox. Only collagen is a protein, and like every other protein that gets digested, it will breakdown into amino acids and then be taken to where they’re needed in the body. Neurotransmitters, skin, hair, muscles, hormones… Pretty much everything. So, is it going to give us the benefits we think it will be?
With the emphasis these days surrounding outer beauty so much, and as we age our collagen production declines, we’ll do almost anything for better skin. But is liquid collagen going to deliver young beautiful skin to everyone this way?
If you’re not sure about implementing the liquid protein into your day just yet, there are some other things you can try at home that may just do the trick you need to boost that collagen naturally.
Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids found in fish (oily ones such as salmon and tuna) and nuts such as almonds, cashews, brazil nuts and chia seeds help to create an ideal environment for collagen production.
Dark green veggies are also an excellent example of collagen producing agents. Foods such as kale, broccoli and spinach in your meals each day will boost your body full of an antioxidant called lutein, which assists the skin’s elasticity.
Vitamin C (found in dark green vegetables) the nutrient helps to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and utilise the protein effectively.
Have you tried liquid collagen?