Collagen is one of our most loved and popular products. And for good reason. We receive quite a few questions about Collagen, so here's a quick overview, along with some of the most frequently asked questions.
You can view our Collagen range here
Collagen is vitally important
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is found in our bones, muscles, skin and tendons. Collagen is the substance that holds our body together and forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure. Collagen is critical for healthy muscles, joints, tendons and bones, and also contributes to smooth skin, glossy hair and strong, healthy nails. But as we age our collagen network slowly breaks down and our natural, inbuilt ability to produce collagen diminishes after we turn 25. Thankfully our Collagen Peptides is a great solution and can help us stay strong, well-nourished and vibrant.
Our Collagen is more bioactiveNot all collagen peptides are created equally. Our Collagen has been hydrolysed using particular enzymes to create a specific, highly targeted molecular weight. This means your body will be able to easily - and quickly - use the protein as our specific hydrolysis has already broken down the collagen. Our collagen is ready to be absorbed and delivered straight to your muscles, joints, tendons and bones, hair and nails for optimum stimulation of your body’s collagen production and connective tissue repair and growth. This means the serving size is much smaller, just 5 to 10g, instead of the standard 15g.
Thankfully our Collagen Peptides are:
- Concentrated hydrolysed, which generously provides protein and amino acids for tissue building and repair
- 100% Bovine Collagen from free range, grass-fed beef cattle
- Enzymatically fermented into peptides with a specific molecular weight that is targeted and more bioactive
- Virtually tasteless and odourless with a very small serving size
- Guaranteed GMO and Glyphosate free
Simply mix 2 teaspoons into water, herbal teas, smoothies and food, up to 4 times a day.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is collagen?
Collagen comes from the Greek word “kólla,” meaning “glue” and the French “-gène,” meaning “something that produces.” In other words, it is a “glue-producing” protein. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles. It’s necessary to form and heal virtually every tissue in your body.
As you age, your collagen network slowly breaks down. Fortunately, your body is able to quickly absorb and use oral collagen to assist in replacing the collagen lost in the ageing process.
Collagen Peptides (also known as collagen hydrolysate or hydrolysed collagen) are collagen proteins that have been broken down and processed into powder form for easy absorption and use.
Why should I take collagen?
Some of the reasons you may want to take collagen include:
- To support skin health, elasticity and hydration
- To support joint health and reduce joint pain
- To stimulate your body to make more collagen
- To reduce inflammation
- To support bone mineral density
- To stimulate muscle growth after exercise
- To increase protein intake in your diet
- To aid in healing intestinal permeability (aka. Leaky gut syndrome)
What is the difference between Collagen and Gelatin?
The story of gelatin actually starts with a protein called collagen. In food, collagen is found mostly in the “odd bits” and tougher cuts of beef that contain a lot of connective tissue. You might recognise these as the parts of the animals that our ancestors ate, but we typically throw away today.
When these cuts of meat are cooked, the cooking transforms the collagen protein into gelatin. Gelatin is the cooked form of collagen. No enzymes are used to create gelatin and the collagen is not entirely broken down. To make it into powder it is extracted, purified and dried. Gelatin has gelling properties that make it perfect for making jellies, desserts and gravies.
To make collagen hydrolysate, further processing using enzymes (a process called enzymatic hydrolysis) is required. These enzymes break down the collagen by splitting the chemical bonds. This creates small collagen chains your body can use to build its own connective tissue. To compare the two, gelatin is made up of long chains of amino acids whereas collagen peptides have short chains. That’s why gelatin is less absorbable and efficient than collagen peptides. Collagen doesn’t have gelling properties, so it can be mixed into hot or cold liquids and is virtually tasteless.
Are Thankfully Nourished Collagen Peptides grass-fed and finished?
Our collagen is derived from the hides of beef cattle that are free range and grass fed. As Germany has extremely cold weather, there may be times throughout the year that the cattle are sheltered and during this time they are fed non-GMO grain. For this reason we do not claim they are “grass finished”. We are confident that this has no impact on the quality or benefits found in the final product.
Are Thankfully Nourished Collagen Peptides Certified Kosher or Halal?No, they do not have these certifications.
Can you guarantee Thankfully Nourished Collagen is Glyphosate and GMO free?
Yes! Our Collagen is tested for Glyphosate and found to be undetectable. It is made from and by ingredients which are 100% GMO-free, including the enzymes used in production.
You can view our Collagen range here
I hope this helps you stay thankfully nourished