Performance Inspired has some exciting news! In addition to our Beauty Support Collagen supplements, we are now offering a Collagen Powder! This unflavored powder can be easily added to your favorite food or blended into your favorite drink without changing the taste. Just one scoop a day is all you need to get you on the road to improved health!
Collagen is a protein made naturally by our bodies. Our bodies produce collagen by breaking dietary protein into amino acids. An important building block for bones, ligaments, muscles, skin, hair, and tendons, collagen makes up about one-third of all the protein in our bodies.
While there are nearly 30 types of collagen, about 90 percent fall under type I. That’s the type found in tendons, skin, internal organs, and bones. Types II, III, and IV are the other most prominent types. Type II is in elastic cartilage, which cushions our joints. Type III supports the structure of our arteries, organs, and muscles. And type IV can be found in our skin.
As we age, our bodies produce less and lower-quality collagen. We begin slowly losing collagen beginning in our 20s! As we get older, production slows even more.
Our supplements and new powder can help you in a variety of ways. For instance, collagen helps increase muscle mass. According to Healthline, a 2019 study showed that men taking collagen peptide
supplements who also participated in strength training had increased muscle mass and more strength than those who just did strength training alone. Collagen also helps strengthen our bones. As we age, our bones tend to become brittle, which makes them more susceptible to breaking.
Studies have shown that collagen supplements can help make bones denser, as it keeps them from being brittle and lessens the chance of breakage. For older people, collagen supplements improve skin hydration and may even lessen wrinkles, thicken hair, and strengthen nails.
We want you to be healthy inside and out. That’s why you must work out and eat well in addition to enjoying the benefits of our supplements.
Eating well is integral to helping our bodies prevent the breakdown of collagen. Our bodies combine glycine and proline to produce collagen, types of amino acids, with other amino acids. These include copper, zinc, and vitamin C.
We can help our bodies produce more collagen by eating foods rich in both glycine and proline. These include chicken, beef, fish, dairy, eggs, bread made with whole grains, and beans. Additionally, we must also intake fresh fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, oranges, broccoli, and peppers—in our diets, as these provide the antioxidants that are necessary to prevent the degradation of collagen.
There are also things we should NOT do! These habits and behaviors are detrimental to both collagen production and our health. These include excessive exposure to the sun, smoking, and eating a diet high in processed foods.
Processed foods are full of sugar, which impedes the ability of collagen to repair itself. That’s one of the many reasons that PI uses only natural ingredients in our products. We want you to put only healthful ingredients into your body!