If you’ve recently pick up a health magazine, browsed a fitness blog or popped into a GNC you might have noticed this collagen trend that’s gaining momentum. Every year we see new nutrients stealing the spotlight with all their magical health benefits and recommendations to start incorporating them into our diets. But is there any truth behind the latest trend, collagen?
Let’s first talk about what collagen is. Collagen is the most abundant protein found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s responsible for keeping the elasticity in our skin and strength in our nails. It also makes up our tendons and joints to keep our bodies moving. Over time it’s natural to see collagen production decrease. This is where we can see aging symptoms begin like wrinkles, sagging skin and even joint pain. Age isn’t the only thing that can slow collagen production. Exposed time in the sun, high sugar diets and of course smoking can also speed up the natural depletion of...
Although we are talking about supplements and multivitamins, it’s important to stress that it is always ideal to get our nutrition through whole foods. If we can maintain a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds, fish, lean proteins, and healthy oils we likely don’t need a multivitamin to fill in the gaps. However, this blog series is all about being realistic and what to do if you don’t meet your nutrition needs with food every day. In this case, a multivitamin could be beneficial. So how do we pick the right one?
1. Look for USP mark on the bottle.
Primarily, you want to have peace of mind that what you’re taking contains what it says on the bottle. Unfortunately, since the supplement industry isn’t regulated there is no process supplement companies must go through to get a stamp of approval before hitting the shelf. They simply must prove that it isn’t harmful. Even then, after some time supplements will be removed or recalled due to safety concerns.
This is a standard question I hear not only from my clients but also from my friends, family members and colleagues. So, what’s the deal? Is this the single easiest way to improve our daily health or is it a big waste of money?
Americans have been taking multivitamins and supplements since the 1940s, so this is nothing new. However, in recent years it seems that the supplement industry has really exploded. Likely due to high profit margins and little to no regulations. Today almost 70% of us take at least a multivitamin on a regular basis. And that’s just multivitamins. Beyond that you have individual vitamin supplements, mineral supplements, condition specific, organ specific, age specific, gender specific and more! Supplement selections now take up several shelves and even aisles when we browse through in the convenient stores and grocery stores. If that’s not enough we now have entire stores exclusively dedicated to selling supplements like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe. These places bring...