Why does Kollo recommend a pro-collagen diet?
Kollo provides you with collagen supplements that will boost your collagen production. This can lead to tremendous benefits for your health and beauty. But we also advocate for a pro-collagen diet as well. This is because we are focused on your wellbeing first and foremost. A healthy body requires a holistic approach and collagen is at the centre of that. Our aim is to help you look after your collagen and everything around it. This will help liberate you from the limitations of concerns with bodily health so you can thrive.
Read on to learn why we recommend a pro-collagen diet in addition to your collagen supplements.
How is collagen made in the body?
A molecule of collagen consists of chains of amino acids twisted into a triple helix. Your body synthesises collagen using specialised cells called fibroblasts. These cells exist in the extracellular matrix, which is a foundational layer of many tissues. Fibroblasts exist alongside collagen, elastin and more in this space. Their role is to utilise a number of ingredients to create collagen fibres.
To do this, they need various ingredients. The most important of these are the amino acids that Kollo supplies. Glycine and proline are the main ones involved in collagen synthesis. You can get them from many proteins, but Kollo provides a consistent supply every single day. This ensures you have an abundance of this fuel for your daily collagen synthesis – something that food is unlikely to offer.
Glycine and proline are the foundation of the amino acid sequences in collagen molecules. But they are not all that your body needs to produce collagen.
What other nutrients are needed for collagen synthesis?
There are actually many nutrients that play a role in collagen synthesis. As well as providing fuel for the collagen itself, they must also fuel the mechanisms that do the creating. Here are a few other key components of the process:
Vitamin C. This activates enzymes that convert proline into hydroxyproline. This is essential to completing the structure of collagen’s amino acids chains.
Zinc. This mineral is an important factor of cellular repair. This means it helps to protect your fibroblasts against damage while collagen synthesis is taking place.
Copper. Copper also activates crucial enzymes. In this case, it stimulates the enzyme lysyl oxidase which is essential for the formation of collagen.
Supplying your body with the amino acids from collagen supplements is fundamental to collagen production. The other nutrients listed above are also essential. Kollo actually contains a B vitamin complex, vitamin C and l-lysine in addition to marine collagen peptides. This means it helps even more with your collagen synthesis than a basic supplement. But it still doesn’t give you all the nutrients your body needs. Other nutrients that play a role in protecting or producing collagen include:
Moreover, getting these nutrients from a range of different sources is beneficial. Eating a good mix of meat, dairy products, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, pulses and beans is powerful. We have posted a blog about what a pro-collagen diet looks like before – read it here.
Collagen diet: the importance of a range of nutrient sources
Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are tiny. But they play a key role in the correct functioning of our bodies. When you become deficient in different nutrients, the effects can be severe. In the case of collagen production, the consequences range from more wrinkles to joint pain, bone loss and even arterial disease.
We call Kollo a collagen supplement because it is intended to do precisely that. To supplement your food. This means it provides a base level of certain nutrients that you need, but may not consistently get, from your food. These nutrients are aimed at ramping up collagen production, but you will optimise this by eating a pro-collagen diet as well.
The digestive system is built to extract nutrition from food. And human beings are omnivores, so our bodies thrive when they receive nutrients from everything. A healthy diet of whole foods is the optimal way to keep your bodily functions fed. Kollo simply ensures you have a consistent abundance of the nutrients that are fundamental to collagen synthesis.
Maximising your collagen production
When the rest of your body is in good health, your collagen production will be at its best. In the body, different nutrients complement one another. For example if you have an abundance of vitamin D in your body, it will improve your uptake of calcium. Similarly, if you have good health in your gut, your nutrient intake will improve. Good health in one bodily system leads to good health in others. Everything should be working in perfect harmony.
At Kollo, your overall health is our main concern. We are here for everyone from women in menopause to professional athletes. Good health in the mind and spirit starts with a healthy body, and this is very much rooted in earthly things. Find the spirituality in the earthly things by reconnecting with your food. Consider what it is to be human, outside of all that we have built to separate us from animals. At our core, we are here to eat the food provided by nature. Even cooking it separates us from that slightly.
Raw foods are the best way to get nutrients from your diet. This means eating fruits and vegetables without cooking them. It means eating seeds and nuts that have not been seasoned or processed. Salads are a great way to get raw whole foods into your body. But you should consider exploring other ways to incorporate more raw food into your diet.
What can I do to support my collagen besides supplements and a collagen diet?
We have talked about a pro-collagen diet. But the concept can be taken even further into a pro-collagen lifestyle. This means engaging in behaviours that are healthy for your collagen and avoiding things that are not. Taking care of your collagen can have benefits for your skin, hair, nails, joints, bones and much more.
Things that are good for your collagen include:
Exercise. Weight-bearing exercise strengthens the collagen in bones, joints and muscles. Cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow, helping get nutrients to the places that need them. And the health benefits to your heart are excellent for overall well-being.
Sleep. By getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night, you enable your body to function at its peak. Energy levels increase, toxins leave the body and hormonal levels can find the right balance.
Skincare. If skin is a major concern for your collagen, you need to keep looking after it. Exfoliate and cleanse regularly. Keep the skin nourished and moisturised. A good diet and hydration will help with this. The same goes for hair care as well.
Things that are bad for your collagen include:
Smoking. The toxins that enter your body through smoking are harmful in so many ways. But they will destroy collagen and block collagen synthesis.
Sugar. Too much sugar harms your uptake of other nutrients. It can also interrupt collagen synthesis. The net result is low collagen production.
Stress. The stress hormone, cortisol, can lead to toxins building up in the body. It can also interfere with various bodily processes including collagen production.
Sun exposure. Sunlight, even when mild, destroys collagen in your skin. Always wear sunscreen and avoid going out in intense sunlight. People with higher levels of melanin have greater resistance to the damage from sunlight.
Essentially, behaviours that are good for your overall health are probably good for your collagen. Similarly, things that you know to be bad for health are bad for collagen. Thus, the pro-collagen diet and the pro-collagen lifestyle follow the same principles for general wellness. Take a holistic approach to your health and take your collagen supplements. This will keep your collagen healthy.
Why choose Kollo to supplement a pro-collagen diet?
Kollo contains premium-grade marine collagen peptides. It also contains B vitamins, vitamin C and l-lysine. Everything is bioavailable and the daily collagen dosage is an abundant 10 grams. It is sugar-free but it tastes fantastic and the liquid is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. With a subscription, you never have to worry about running out of Kollo.
Some highlights of our supplement include:
Thousands of 5-star reviews from verified customers
Multiple award wins
‘Informed Sport’ certification
Amazon’s Choice status
Featured on ITV This Morning and Women’s Running magazine
Kollo is a high-end collagen supplement developed for maximum efficacy. We are a caring bunch and we want only the best for you. This is why we advocate for a collagen diet and lifestyle in addition to our supplement.
If you want to learn more about Kollo and protecting your collagen, explore our blog. It contains answers to many questions, common and uncommon. If you still need help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team would love to hear from you.