Collagen nutrition

Collagen nutrition

Collagen should be an important part of our diet, but due to modern food processing, collagen has virtually disappeared from our daily diet.

Since the body's ability to produce collagen rapidly decreases by the age of 25, a diet low in collagen can have far-reaching consequences. Collagen is the essential protein for the structure of our bones, joints, muscles, skin, hair and nails.

If we have too little collagen, we age faster and our mobility suffers.

Doctors (gastroenterologists) and alternative practitioners use collagen and all its different types because of its anti-inflammatory effect in various intestinal disorders (including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, chronic intestinal diseases). These are usually caused by an overly one-sided diet consisting of too many carbohydrates and sugar.

This leads to an unbalanced intestinal flora with too many bad and too few good intestinal bacteria in more and more people. This irritates the intestine and can also lead to the intestinal wall being attacked and becoming porous (Leaky Gut Syndrome).

If bacteria and toxins escape through the "permeable bowel", the body quickly becomes inflamed, which can become chronic diseases.

Collagen can be seen as a protective mantle that protects the intestinal mucosa.

Collagen Products from JARMINO

Collagen forming food

In order to supply the body with sufficient collagen, foods containing collagen should be included in the diet on a regular basis.

Collagen-forming foods include:

  • Fish and meat from pasture farming: Supplies amino acids such as proline, glycine and hydroxyproline from which collagen is formed.
  • Eggs: Provide vitamin B, which is converted into the amino acid glycine.
  • Lemons: Contain vitamin C, which stimulates the body's own collagen production.
  • Red vegetables and fruits (e.g. beetroot, red peppers, raspberries, strawberries): have an antioxidant effect to maintain collagen levels, as well as vitamin C.
  • Avocados: contain omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent collagen degradation.
  • Sweet potatoes, carrots: The vitamin A contained in them stimulates collagen production
  • Ginseng has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. A study published in the Journal of Ginseng Research in 2012 found that ginseng increases the amount of collagen in the body.

Foods containing collagen:

These foods contain particularly high levels of collagen that the body can absorb directly, with bone broth containing by far the most collagen:

  • Bone broth, e.g. from beef, chicken, fish
  • Fiber-rich cuts of meat, e.g. neck, shoulder and breast
  • pig skin (rind), salmon skin and chicken skin
  • Seafood
  • Buy Beef Bone Broth Concentrate

Sample calculation:

A 250g beef neck steak with fibers, as known from e.g. restaurants or butchers, contains a total of approx. 0.5 g to 1.0 g collagen. To get 5 g of collagen, you would have to eat at least 5 steaks a day.

A glass of JARMINO beef broth cooked for 20 hours contains 11.9 g of natural collagen per glass. The bone broth therefore makes it much easier to cover the collagen requirement sufficiently.

Natural Collagen

In order to form natural collagen in the body, the collagen must be taken in through food. One of the greatest myths about increasing the collagen content is that collagen can be absorbed through the skin. Manufacturers of body creams, lotions, medicinal ointments and moisturizers that contain collagen often claim that they can increase the natural collagen content in the body.

In reality, however, the collagen molecules are too large to reach the lower layers of the skin, so creams are not really useful.

Building collagen

Building collagen has several decisive advantages:

  • Collagen ensures firm connective tissue for smooth and wrinkle-free skin
  • Collagen protects the intestinal wall and thus prevents inflammation in the body
  • Collagen lubricates joints and strengthens muscles and bones

Recovery of collagen

If collagen is integrated into the daily diet, the body can utilize the amino acids contained in collagen and use them to make the body's own collagen again.

There are two different types of collagen products. Collagen peptides (collagen hydrolysate) are excellent for skin, bone and digestive health. Bone broth or collagen powder made from bone broth is most effective for intestinal health. A collagen dose of 5 to 10g per day ensures that sufficient collagen arrives in the intestine to protect the intestinal wall and prevent inflammatory reactions.