As we age, we naturally get wrinkles as our skin slowly loses elasticity. Diet can help skin retain more elasticity; if this is your goal, consider adding collagen as part of your daily diet.
What Foods Can You Naturally Find Collagen In?
When I attend family dinners in a Chinese restaurant, the course I look most forward to is the sea cucumber. Sea cucumber is a great source of collagen; I love the texture! I thoroughly enjoy the chewiness of this creature.
Fish maw is another food item I really enjoy in soup. What is fish maw you ask? Fish maw is the swim bladder of fish; this is the reason why fish are able to stay buoyant in water.
I have also grown to like to eat the tendons of animals. Tendons of any animal will be a great source of collagen.
I totally understand if some individuals would never consider eating the above mentioned items. My husband who is also Chinese despises fish maw and sea cucumber (This means double portions for me automatically! YAY!).
Because I’m all about preventing wrinkles, I spend a lot of time researching skin products and spare no expense at trying them all. As part of the wrinkle prevention plan, I recently started to take collagen. I started to experiment with collagen as of December 2017. Currently, I do take 1 scoop of marine sourced collagen by the brand WithinUs everyday.
There are 3 types of collagen: Collagen I, Collagen II and Collagen III. For the purpose of skin health and wrinkle prevention, let us focus on collagen I as 70% of our skin is made up of collagen I.
There are also two types of sourcing for collagen supplements: bovine vs. marine. What is the difference?
Most of the bovine collagen supplements will be made from the hide of the cow. This type of collagen can provide Collagen I and III. your skin, bones, gut and joints can benefit from taking bovine sourced collagen.
Marine collagen can only come from fish. Because this type of collagen has the lowest molecular weight (i.e. smallest particle size), it has the easiest time to enter the bloodstream. It is 1.5 x easier to absorb when compared to the absorption rate of bovine collagen.
Collagen supplementation has been shown to improve skin hydration and firmness as well as decrease the signs of wrinkles. WithinUs is a Canadian product. Because I am using this supplement for skin health purposes, the company recommended I take 1 scoop per day; however, if I had joint pain, the company does recommend to take 2 scoops per day.
I also have tried Vital Protein Marine Collagen as it was recommended by a couple of friends. It’s not a Canadian product and for that reason, I’m more partial to WithinUs. It’s comparable to WithinUs as it has a clean ingredient profile and offers a decent amount of collagen per scoop.
How Do I take my collagen supplement? In my oatmeal. The collagen powder doesn’t have flavour; therefore, you won’t even know it’s in your food. 🙂
What goes into my oatmeal?
1/4 c dried steel cut oats (= 1/2 c cooked oatmeal)
1 scoop WithinUs Collagen
1 handful of fresh berries (strawberries OR blueberries OR raspberries)
1/4 c nuts/seeds (Rowena’s preferred nuts/seeds: raw almonds OR pecans OR pumpkin seeds)
1 tsp honey
1 scoop of protein powder
5 drops of Vitamin D (I am chronically low in Vitamin D)
Would You Like to Incorporate More Collagen Sources In Your Diet?