The Low Down on Collagen


Once reserved for beauty-circle chat, collagen is fast becoming a wellness staple credited for a soothed gut as well as glowing skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

But between the marketing hype, new research and the fact influencers are all drinking the collagen-infused Kool-Aid, the big questions remains: is the hype worth buying into?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Two of the amino acids found in collagen, glycine and glutamine, are particularly useful for rebuilding the tissue that lines our digestive tract. Glycine, is helpful for calming inflammation in gut conditions like IBS.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

As we get older, we break collagen down faster than we can replace it. We begin to lose about 1% of our collagen per year in our mid-20s and lose as much as 30% during the first 5 years of menopause.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Supplemental sources of collagen are typically from ground up fish, chicken, pig and cow parts, and these tend to act as sponges for contaminants and heavy metals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Collagen in food form is best because you’re not at the same risk of heavy metal toxicity. See fish, chicken, bone broth, egg whites, citrus fruits, berries, garlic, leafy greens and beans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Alternatively, choose your supplements wisely.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Look for companies that get their ingredients from cage-free, free range and antibiotic-free sources. Look for a trusted brand with third party labelling. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Quality control is important in collagen supplements so we’ve listed some of our brand recommendations below. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Gel Pro Australia

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