3 Things You Should Know About Collagen
Interested in recovering faster from workout sessions, or overall health and longevity then stick around! Today we are talking about collagen. As you may have read in my post about my Bone Broth Fast collagen was a key ingredient in healing my gut issues, but the benefits of collagen don’t stop in the gut. Today we will chat about the top 3 benefits of collagen supplementation for endurance athletes.
By now we all know that Protein is one of the three macro nutrients in our diet and essential to recovery, muscle repair, and life! But what you might not know is that research has shown that having protein available throughout the day leads to an increase in muscle protein synthesis. That is right, by ensuring you have some protein at each meal you can help your body recover faster and build more lean muscle mass. Having a grab and go source of protein makes this easy. Great Lakes Collagen easily dissolves in liquid which means that you can add it to your morning coffee for a nice 11g of protein to start your day. Or use the Grate Lake endurance formula in water for a protein-packed mid-afternoon pick me up!
Did you know that protein supplements can be inflammatory? This was new to me as I was doing my research on collagen. Turns out that another benefit of collagen is that it is a non-inflammatory protein supplement. If you experience gas, bloating, or brain fog after a couple of scoops of protein powder you may be sensitive to those forms of protein. As endurance athletes, we want to limit those inflammatory foods in our diet. As a non-inflammatory protein source collagen can be a great alternative to those athletes who are sensitive.
90% of your connective tissue is comprised of collagen, let that sink in. We are talking about your joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Now that you know how prevalent collagen is now consider the fact that our bodies ability to repair these tissues starts to diminish in our mid-twenties. This is where supplementation can make a big difference. A 24-week study examining point pain in athletes found that collagen supplementation increased joint mobility, extended how long one could exercise before joint pain occurred, improved recovery times after exercise, and led to less joint pain after exercise.
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Anecdotally, I have been using Great Lakes Gelatin for the past couple of weeks. Last week I increased my training load immensely. The weather here was warming up and I wanted to talk advantage with some great mileage in the mountains. With the extra mileage and intensity, my knees were feeling the stress. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the very next week those same rides felt great, no more knee pain, just time to hammer that pedal!
Gut health is huge for your health if you are working hard to train smarter and race faster, or if you are focused on overall health and longevity you will absolutely want to focus on your gut. The cells of our gut form tight junctions that determine what molecules are absorbed and which are not. When these tight junctions are damaged the gut becomes “leaky” allowing large molecules to be absorbed into the blood stream. These large protein molecules can be seen as foreign invaders, eliciting an immune response. This leads to inflammation, controlling and minimizing inflammation is key for recovery and longevity. Collagen is a key component of our gut lining, which means that supplementation can help provide the building blocks that we need to repair the gut lining and restore integrity to those tight junctions.
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