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Oct 11, 2018 11:58AM
Oct 11, 2018 12:13PM
Hey Cave Chicks! pardon my tardiness, busy day! Dedicated to our much loved JKL, the inspiration for this post......
TUTORIAL THURSDAY! - Giving it the ol' Collagen try!
I'm not a fan of taking supplements but COLLAGEN, the new kid on the block in the world of healthy eating/diet supplement, has grabbed my attention. What is it? Should we be taking it? Why? Considerations? Let us take a peek shall we?
What is it?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. 25% of your body's overall protein composition is comprised of collegan, and as much as 80% of the protein in your skin alone….hence why you see collagen included in so many skin/haircare products. The premise of collagen is simple: keep the skin elastic, the hair strong, and connective tissue nice and stretchy. Without it, your muscles, bones, connective tissues, GI tract and even blood cells would suffer. Sound interesting to you TAMOXIFEN/AL gals??
Should we be taking it? Why?
:****(many other medical issues can include the symptoms listed below, never assume and self medicate without getting a medical evaluation...this offer is void where prohibited :))))))******
In order to decide, check out the following signs of a collagen deficiency:
- Joint pain (hello!)
- Wrinkles (hello! hello!)
- Aching muscles (greetings!)
- Dental/gum issues
- Hair/nail issues (oh yeah)
- Excess cellulite
- Blood pressure problems (Frequent headaches, Chest pain, Dizziness, Fatigue
- Collagen is good for joints. It concentrates where joints meet and in connective issue. If you're a heavy exerciser or are suffering from joint damage/pain, supplementary collagen will improve your resilience. Human studies are finding that giving collagen hydrolysate supplements reduced pain in athletes complaining of joint pain……same pain a large number of tamoxifen/AI users deal with!
- It balances meat intake. Glycine, the primary amino acid in collagen, is anti-inflammatory. It balances out the muscle meat we eat. In one recent study, people with low glycine levels and high meat intakes were more likely to have diabetes, while heavy meat eaters with higher glycine levels were protected from diabetes. Another study found that low circulating levels of glycine predicted diabetes risk. Indeed, a lack of glycine just may be responsible for the link between meat consumption and various diseases,not the actual meat.
- Collagen is good for the skin. Take note tamoxifen/ AI users, especially those suffering the pain of vaginal SEs……In one study 6 grams of collagen per day reduced skin cracking and increased serum collagen. Collagen peptides reduced wrinkling in another study, and collagen has also been shown to improve skin elasticity…… Reduced wrinkling? Improved elasticity? Oil of Olay, move over!!! Oh yes ladies, don't be duped by L'Oreal & the Gang….topical application of collagen on skin basically has NO effect. Collegan molecules are larger than our pores, so don't waste your hard earned dough! The cosmetic industry's claims will rob you blind with empty BS promises of 'reversing the clock'. Take your collagen via ingestion for the real deal!
- It improves sleep quality. Try big mug of homemade bone broth (plain soup stock) about an hour before bed. A great drug free way to get your sleep on! Human studies show that 3 grams of glycine taken before bed increases the quality of your sleep and reduces daytime sleepiness following sleep restriction.
- It improves wound healing. Makes sense, right? Our collagen requirements increase during wound healing (which involves laying down collagen to build new tissue), so a little extra in the diet can make a big diff. In patients recovering from ulcers, collagen supplementation sped up healing time. Some clinicians are even packing collagen directly into the wound dressing to speed up the healing process. It's for this and the first listed reason that I'll be including a powdered collagen to my diet when suffering my on again, off again vaginal atrophy, or the Big Burn as I like to call it :)))
So how do we get it?
The BEST way to get any essential nutrient is from real food sources:
Eat gelatinous meats. Many meats are low in collagen, but not all. Shanks, necks, feet, cheeks, oxtails, ribs, and all the other cuts that take extra time in the slow cooker to become tender are high in collagen. Favor these meats instead of yet another chicken breast.
Use powdered gelatin. No, not the stuff of nursing homes. The plain powdered stuff. Great as a thickening agent in soups and sauces…..you can even make 'gummy bears' for a daily dose. Gelatin is not only an amazing source of collagen, but (as they say in the interior decorating world) lends itself to many dishes :))))))
Drink bone broth (plain soup stock). Bone broth is trendy right now, and for good reason; it's a rich source of collagen. Bone broth is simple to make but takes valuable time. If you can't do it yourself, there are a plethora of suppliers than can provide organic or grass fed options, most in the grocery store. Amazon is another good source.
Eat skin…Chicken, fish, etc….not Hannibal Lecter's preference. Skin is almost pure collagen. Eat it, and eat the discarded skin from your cavepartner's dinner plate, the way I do :))))).
Clean your bones. You know those crunchy caps at the end of chicken drumsticks? That's cartilage, a big whopping dose of concentrated collagen. Eat it. (I have eaten those caps since childhood, love the gristly texture lol, I bet a few of you are shuddering now) :)))))) Hey, Grok the caveman left nothing untouched!
Still want more? Use collagen hydrolysate. A powder you can buy in bulk that can be added to smoothies, coffee or any other liquid. Apparently yummy. Just be sure to get from a reliable source (most paleo websites carry it)….goes without saying, GMO free, organic & from grassfed bovine.
So there you have it kids There is a ton of info that could have taken this post into encyclopedia format. If anyone wants more detail or links to studies just ask and I'll post or send!
Back later to reply to the earlier posts you fabulous peeps made, going to find a chicken to knee cap!! :)))))
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