Benefits of Collagen
Collagen is the glue that binds us. It is a vital substance to the body providing the building blocks for wound healing, skin tone, bone strength, and cartilage, tendon, and ligament health. Collagen comes from the Greek word kolla which means glue. This glue binds proteins together to keep our skeletal structure strong, yet flexible.
Who Needs It?
Whether you’re young and active, a weekend warrior, suffering from chronic inflammation, or over 40 years old, you can benefit from a good source of collagen.
- If you exercise regularly, you are guaranteed to have micro tears to tendons and ligaments. If they do not repair fast enough; the area weakens and a more substantial tear takes place that will leave you injured and on the bench.
- If you are suffering with painful joints due to chronic illness, it will help to repair the damage to cartilage, tendons, and ligaments caused by inflammation.
- As we age, our natural collagen production slows down. This causes sagging skin, wrinkles, and weak cartilage in the joints. Taking a good source of collagen daily will slow down these signs of aging.
Preventable factors that damage collagen production are: smoking, sunbathing, and high sugar intake.
Good food sources that support collagen production are: bone broth, cheese, avocado, cold water fish, and fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamins A and C.
Topical collagen lotion is ineffective because the molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin.
I recommend Great Lakes Gelatin Powder. It can be added to any liquid hot or cold. You can also make fantastic gummy bears and get your collagen as a treat (see recipe below).
Dosage is dependent upon individual need. The average for a healthy adult is 2 teaspoons daily. See your Naturopath for proper dosage.
By Dr. Linda Alva-Crofoot
Sour Gummy Stars
- 3 tablespoons grassfed gelatin
- 1/3 cup lemon/lime or orange juice
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
- Additional flavoring – Try 1/2 teaspoon citrus zest, 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, or a few drops of food grade lemon/orange oil.
- Optional – Non-toxic, vegetable-based food coloring
- Candy molds (optional)
- Whisk or spoon
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
Easy Peasy Instructions:
- Whisk lemon/lime juice, honey and gelatin in a sauce pan until there are no lumps.
- Heat over low heat until it’s nice and melted, stirring constantly.
- Add food coloring and/or extract if desired.
- Grab an ice cube tray or silicone mold. You can use a basic pan, too, and then just cut into squares or use a cookie cutter after it’s set.
- Pour in the mixture, then pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm up. Once they’re out of the freezer they will stay firm at room temperature.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe by Heather, www.mommypotamus.com