COLLAGEN is a protein composed of amino acids found in connective tissues such as cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments and skin.
As we age, collagen degrades and it becomes harder to produce more.
Most experts recommend consuming 15 to 30g per day.
There are several types – marine collagen from fish is good for skin and bones, while bovine collagen from cows is good for joint health.
Here, Jane Atkinson explores ways to preserve collagen. . .
MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKE
COLLASLIM by So Body Co is a great idea.
It’s a meal replacement shake powder that contains 5g of Peptan marine collagen (made with quality, from sustainable, wild-caught fish).
It also contains whey protein, skim milk powder, oat flour and many long-named ingredients, namely amino acids and vitamins.
I tried the vanilla flavor.
A 40g serving has 146 calories, 23.8g of protein and about a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins A, D3, E, K1 and C, as well as minerals like selenium, copper and zinc.
A great multitasking idea. The only downside for me is the sweetness – it’s disgusting.
It says to add 400ml almond milk but I used water as I don’t have a sweet tooth.
From £29.91 for 800g, £1.50 per meal. sobody.co.
This is a great new product from trusted vitamin company Vitl – Collagen and Vitamin C Effervescent Tablets.
These peach flavored pills are sugar free and can be taken daily by simply dissolving two of them in a glass of water.
That yields just 1g of hydrolyzed or easily digested marine collagen, but it’s mixed with a whopping 80mg of vitamin C.
They work great together as vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and acts as an antioxidant to improve skin, hair and nails.
It also promotes joint health and immunity.
The peach flavor is delicious—think no-alcohol Bellini—and each tablet is just 9 calories.
Quite expensive for not the largest dose of collagen, but convenient to use.
£9.95 for a one-time purchase of 20 tablets or subscribe to vitl.com for a £1 discount.
NO sea or beef dishes.
Novomin’s Vegan Collagen Gummies are part of their new sugar-free range.
These contain BCAAs, which are a crucial component of collagen but do not exist in the finished form.
To be vegan, however, you have to sacrifice something.
They contain the amino acids L-tryptophan, L-histidine, and L-phenylalanine, as well as vitamins C, D2, and E, all of which promote collagen formation.
I love that they contain hyaluronic acid, which helps lock in moisture in the skin, resulting in a plumper look.
These awesome vegan teddy bear gummies taste great and are super cute too.
From £15.29 for a month’s supply, novomins.com.