Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It can be found in your muscles, skin, bones, cartilage, ligaments, and blood. There really is no such thing as “too much of a good thing” when it comes to collagen, as it helps your body operate at its optimal level in a variety of ways.
While it only occurs naturally in animal skin and bones, there are certain foods--both meat eater and vegetarian/vegan-friendly--that deliver nutrients that your body can use to produce collagen on its own. Beef, chicken, leafy greens, oranges, broccoli, red peppers, and oysters all play a role in collagen synthesis. Of course, if you’re going to gorge yourself on salads and steak, there better be something in it for you, right?
BikiniBOD will be releasing something special sometime soon that will definitely shake up your health and wellness routine. Until then, brush up on these five benefits of collagen that will keep you looking and feeling like the babe you are.
You already know that BikiniBOD’s Ultimate Beauty Body Formula™burns stubborn fat and calories with Yohimbe bark extract and raspberry ketones.
Did you know collagen can help do the same, while also helping you achieve the sculpted shoulders and carved-out calves of your favorite fitness beauties? Collagen is a major component of muscle tissue, so, naturally, it’s super helpful with building muscle mass. Even better? It also contains a concentrated amount of glycine, an amino acid involved in the composition of creatine (yeah, the same supplement bodybuilders use to gain muscle, enhance strength, and power through tough workouts).
Adding collagen to your workout routine will make your muscles stronger and more resilient, and will burn off any extra fatso you can show your progress off.
Collagen provides structure to joints and tendons, which is important for an active woman or one that’s starting to celebrate some milestone birthdays. Cartilage weakens and begins to deteriorate as we get older, and with that comes stiff, achy joints. If you’ve noticed some pain in your knees as you squat, or have prolonged soreness after a normal day of arm exercises, you should consider upping your collagen intake. As you’re looking to push yourself harder, go farther, workout longer, and bounce back from all of that activity faster, collagen is the key.
All women need to be aware of the dangers of heart disease. All women also need to be aware that collagen may help lower cholesterol levels and prevent against heart disease. Just as it reinforces your muscles and joints, collagen also adds structure to your arteries, making it easier for blood to flow throughout the body. By inhibiting the buildup of plaque in the arteries, you’re better protected against heart attacks and strokes.
Who doesn’t love a vibrant,gorgeous glow? One of collagen’s most well-known benefits is its ability to promote beautiful skin. By providing essential elasticity to the skin, collagen helps us maintain that youthful vitality we all strive to display.
When fine lines, dryness, and crepiness occur (and let’s face it, they eventually will), bumping up your collagen intake can revive skin’s elasticity and help reduce the look of wrinkles. It can also help reduce the appearance of stubborn cellulite, which all 80-90 percent of us who have it should rejoice in.
Forgetting an item on your to-do list every now and then is a natural symptom of a busy life. But if your brain has been a little foggier than usual, collagen can help combat memory issues and keep you firing on all cylinders.
Glycine--the amino acid that’s helping you develop lean muscle--plays a big role in cognitive performance. One type of collagen (known as collagen IV) may even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that collagen IV protects the brain against amyloid-beta proteins, which are found to be one of the causes of Alzheimer’s. These amino acids can clump together to form a plaque on the brain, but just as it clears the way for healthy blood flow in your arteries, collagen also impedes the development of this plaque.
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