While over two dozen types of collagen exist in the human body, most supplements only contain one (or maybe two) of those types in their formulas. The highest-quality supplements contain 5 types of collagen, and you want all five in order to experience the true age-defying effects of the product. Supplementing the body with much-needed collagen without utilizing the 5 major types is like taking a single vitamin labeled as a multivitamin — it just doesn’t make sense.
If you want to know more about the multitude of health benefits from collagen and its unique relationship with vitamin C, be sure to check out our previous article on the dynamic duo. It’s important to find a bran that uses all five major types of collagen in their blend: Type I, Type II, Type III, Type V and Type X.
The types vary by the animal from which they’re sourced. And the human body loves a diversity of top quality sources.
Bovine sources contains Types I & III, and are largely responsible for skin elasticity and hydration, as well as healthy teeth, bones, hair, and nails. Marine sources contains Type I & II, which improves skin and cartilage (the rubbery tissue which cushions our joints). Chicken sources contain Type II via the chicken itself, as well as Types I & V via eggshell membrane sources. Collagen types from chicken and eggshells support the body’s inflammatory response, and can help with joint, cartilage, and ligament health.
Type X collagen is responsible for bone formation and can be found in joint cartilage. It is a “network-forming” collagen, and may help in the healing of breaks and tears. And because all five types are hydrolyzed (broken down for easier digestion) in the best formulas, there is a better chance the body will absorb and utilize them.
Collagen largely comes from the parts of the animal that we no longer eat. Good supplements fix this problem.
Why is absorption so important? Since collagen makes up nearly 30% of the body’s total protein mass and 60% of cartilage, failing to nurture it means failing to nurture yourself. Plus, around age 30, collagen production slows down and begins depleting. The best way to combat this process is to supplement with the four top quality collagen sources (antibiotic-free chicken, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and eggshell), the combination of which cover the 5 types of collagen the body needs most.
Our ancestors likely didn’t need supplementation because they ate “nose to tail” and let nothing go to waste. They would routinely eat plenty of skin and organ meat directly from wild animals; and they also extracted collagen and other nutrients from the animals’ bones and cartilage by slow-cooking them for long periods.
The modern American diet, however, discards much of the animal, or repurposes it for products other than human food. You could theoretically replicate the ancestral diet during modern times and eat the 5 major types of collagen that you need most, but it would be hard. You’d also need to make sure it is highly digestible and readily available for the body. Again, that would be tough. Luckily, there’s a better way.
Even though the modern diet lacks nutrients, modern technology makes those nutrients more readily-available than ever before. Organixx Clean Sourced Collagen eases the burden of having to buy individual, top-quality collagen sources. It delivers the 5 types of collagen in a flavorless, odorless powder that easily mixes in any beverage, hot or cold. Like brushing your teeth or moisturizing your face, taking your supplements can simply become part of your morning routine — and it won’t take many mornings to start seeing results.
Do your entire body a favor and begin supplementing with high quality collagen today. There’s no reason not to look in the mirror and love what you see each and every morning. Organixx Clean Sourced Collagen with 5 types of different collagens is the first step.