This week’s Healthy is Happy Newsletter is written by HCo. Skin Care Specialist, Jillian Ocasio.

Why is Collagen essential for good health?

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and is essential for good health. While our body gradually makes less collagen as we age, collagen depletion may also result from excessive sun exposure, alcohol, smoking, and lack of sleep and exercise. It is difficult to replenish our body solely by eating collagen-boosting nutrients, so people use collagen supplements to increase their intake. Collagen comes in powder form and can be easily mixed into different foods and drinks.

Increasing collagen may help you achieve a more youthful appearance and is also associated with many health advantages. Here are six reasons you should be taking a collagen supplement every day.

Supports joint function

Collagen provides much of the skin’s structure and supportive connective tissue in joints. Our body’s natural collagen keeps our joints pliable.

Maintains healthy bones

Our bones are primarily made of collagen, which keeps the bones strong. As we age, the bones become weaker and brittle. Collagen replacement may help strengthen bones. 

Protects gut health

Some studies correlate decreased collagen levels and digestive imbalances. Collagen contains large amounts of glycine, glutamine, and proline amino acids, which can help digestion and repair the gut lining. 

Supports healthy weight

Collagen is high in protein and low in calories and may reduce hunger by increasing the feeling of fullness. Collagen never should be substituted for a meal but incorporated into your meal or snack! 

Promotes heart health

Taking collagen may help support a healthy cardiovascular system. Collagen provides structure to your arteries, which keeps blood flowing to and from your heart.

Anti-aging properties

Collagen is a vital protein that the body needs to keep the skin looking youthful.

Adding collagen to your daily health regimen may have many health benefits. I love using collagen in powder form because you can incorporate it into any food or drink. HCo.’s Happy Collagen™ powder is a vanilla flavor and adds a delicious taste to smoothies, muffins, yogurt, and coffee. Add one scoop and enjoy daily.

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