The collagen craze is at its peak. Or is it? Collagen seems to be in everything these days. From fizzy waters to kombucha, skin care and gummies it’s the go-to summer supplement that’s gone beyond buzzy to necessity.

First, what type is good for you? Second, how should you be taking it? We tapped the experts at Nature’s Sunshine to weigh in.

Collagen Types and What Collagen Can Do For You

Collagen is an important protein. It is the most abundant protein in our bodies, making up to 30% of protein mass. Found in our bones, connective tissues (joints, ligaments, and cartilage), muscles, hair, skin, nails and even our blood vessels, collagen is quite literally essential.

The body more easily absorbs marine collagen than traditional collagens. Derived from fish, it’s also more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Sourced from high-quality Alaskan Pollock, Nature’s Sunshine Marine formula supports skin hydration. Think stronger, longer nails and healthier hair.

Since you cannot take too much collagen, try combining bovine and marine collagens together. Bovine and marine work synergistically to complement one another, not clobber each other out.

Women, especially pre-and post-menopausal need at least 20g of protein daily or 1.8 to 2.0 grams per kilogram of body weight per day.

There are several types, each with a special job:

  1. Type I: Found in skin, bones, and tendons; it keeps skin firm and bones strong.
  2. Type II: Mainly in cartilage; it helps cushion joints.
  3. Type III: Supports organs and arteries; think of it as a backup for Type I.
  4. Type IV: Forms basement membranes; acts as a foundation for cells.
  5. Type V: In hair and cell surfaces; it supports tissue structures.

Humans need collagen because it provides structure, strength, and elasticity to our bodies. Without it, we’d be a bit floppy and fragile! So, thank your collagen for keeping everything together. Collagen is made of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Specifically, it’s rich in glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. These amino acids form long, twisted chains that bundle together to create strong, flexible fibres.

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The Truth About Plant-Based Collagen

Collagen itself is animal-derived, but you can’t get it directly from plants. However, you can boost your body’s collagen production with plant-based foods. Plants rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, berries, and leafy greens, help your body synthesize collagen.

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A diet rich in leafy greens and colourful fruits and vegetables helps your body produce collagen

Additionally, foods high in amino acids like glycine and proline, found in soy, nuts, and seeds, support collagen production. So, while plants don’t contain collagen, they provide the essential nutrients to help your body make its own!