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Everything you need to know about collagen – and how to take it!

Collagen supplements have risen in popularity in recent years with the collagen market predicted to grow by 8% in the next ten years!1https://www.gminsights.com/industry-analysis/collagen-market#:~:text=Collagen%20Market%20size%20exceeded%20USD,widely%20adopted%20in%20gelatin%20production

Collagen is a staple in our daily gut-brain health smoothies here at Chuckling Goat.  Why? Because, besides its well-known benefits for your hair, skin and nails, collagen is also great for gut health! A recent study found that collagen peptides were able to prevent the breakdown of the intestinal lining2https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28174772/ as well as decrease inflammation inside the gut3https://www.healthline.com/health/digestive-health/leaky-gut-supplements

Let’s explore the ins and outs – what is collagen, which collagen is best and how can you easily add it to your routine?…

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body – so it’s an important one!  Collagen is quite literally the glue that holds everything together. Did you know the word comes from the Greek word “kólla”, which means ‘glue’ and “gen”, meaning ‘giving birth to’?

Chuckling Goat Pure Fish Collagen is a complex structural protein that helps maintain the strength and flexibility of skin, ligaments, joints, bones, muscles, tendons, gut lining, blood vessels, gums, eyes, nails and hair.  You can read more about the benefits here and see the full list of proteins found in our Collagen here.

Which collagen is best?

When choosing collagen, it is important to choose the source. Chuckling Goat Pure Fish Collagen comes from wild-caught, North Atlantic cod so you can be sure that it is free from antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, chemicals and other nasties. It utilises the skin of the fish, which would otherwise be discarded, so the process is a sustainable one.

Fish collagen is absorbed up to 1.5 times more efficiently into the body, meaning it has superior bioavailability over bovine types and is considered the best source for medical purposes.4https://draxe.com/nutrition/fish-collagen/

Our collagen conforms to The Food Safety Act 1990 & Regulation (EC) No 178/2002. Every batch is tested for heavy metals and residual materials before going on sale.

Who can take collagen?

Did you know that you produce your own collagen until around the age of 25, when natural collagen production begins to decrease?  For this reason, we advise that you begin taking collagen around the age of 30. We recommend 10 g of collagen daily, which is equivalent to 10,000mg of collagen.

How can I take collagen?

There are lots of ways to take your collagen.  Here are a few suggestions: 

  1. Add to your daily gut-brain health smoothie.  Find some recipe inspiration here.
  2. Stir into a bowl of yoghurt topped with berries, or into your breakfast cereal, such as porridge, muesli, or chocolate collagen overnight oats.
  3. Add to soups/stews.
  4. Add to baking – why not try chocolate brownies.
  5. Hot drinks – add to hot chocolate and coffee.
  6. Add to your homemade loaf of fibre-rich bread. Recipe here.
  7. Add to a glass of water or your morning glass of Kefir – give it a thorough stir to dissolve.

Heat does not negatively affect the collagen peptides and our collagen does not have an overpowering ‘fishy’ smell, so you won’t even notice it’s there!

Would you like more recipe inspiration?  Click here.

How do you take your collagen? Let us know on live chat! We’re available on weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm.

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Questions? Talk to a Nutritional Therapist on live chat!

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