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The Benefits of Collagen and why sourcing Grass Fed is so important - Ossa Organic

The Benefits of Collagen and why sourcing Grass Fed is so important

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and plays a vital role in maintaining its structural integrity. It is the main structural protein that forms the connective tissue throughout our body, including our skin, hair and nails to our  bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. 

Unfortunately, collagen production declines as we age and on top of this, we as a society are consuming a lot less that we used to. With modern diets moving away from grass fed meat and consuming nose to tail coupled with the growing vegan movement and processed nature of convenient foods.

A simple way to ensure that you include primal and vital nutrients, that does not involve eating offal is to consume grass-fed bovine collagen. 

Here's our breakdown of the health benefits and why you should look for grass fed options in your supplements. 

  

What is bovine collagen?

Bovine collagen is a naturally occurring protein present in the connective tissue, bones, cartilage, and hides of cattle. There are several types of collagen, each composed of different amino acids. The collagen from cows happens to be one of the most bio-available collagens for us as it is the most similar to what is found in our bodies.

Bovine Collagen typically contains both Type I and Type III collagen which both help to maintain the health and structure of skin, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and organs, these are both also found in our digestive system as well and is why collagen can also play an important role in supporting gut health.

What is it about Types I and III that make it the most beneficial? It's all about the amino acids. While there are 18 amino acids in bovine collagen, it's the presence of a glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline which give collagen its reputation as a powerhouse protein. These three amino acids are crucial building blocks of collagen and have been shown to support health in myriad ways, from anti-inflammatory benefits to immune support.. 

 

Why does it need to be grass fed? 

When choosing any animal product it is important to check that it is both ethically and sustainably sourced, not only for environmental obligations but also because of the impact that the treatment and environment of the meat has on it's nutritional profile and benefits. 

Grass fed beef is free from antibiotics and hormones, contains more antioxidants,  is lower in saturated fat and often richer in vitamins, minerals, omega 3s, and CLA than grain- fed alternatives all of which can impact our metabolic health. 

The diet of the animals we eat is going to have a profound impact on the quality of the meat and the collagen protein. Ensuring that your collagen source is grass fed will help to ensure that you receive the most premium and nutritious end product. 

We are proud to have launched the UK's first Certified Grass Fed Collagen, 

Ethically sourced from cattle raised on pasture for 365 days per year with free access to grass, air, land and water. Free from hormones, antibiotics and anabolic steroids. KETO and PALEO, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and lab tested to be free of heavy metal and chemicals. 

 

Check out our recipes to see the nutritious and delicious ways you can make this powerhouse protein a part of your everyday diet. 

 

Reading and research: 

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18416885/

  2. https://www.flushinghospital.org/newsletter/benefits-of-collagen-for-maintaining-a-healthy-gut/

  3. https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2018/december/collagen

  4. https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-broth-is-beautiful-essential-roles-for-proline-glycine-and-gelatin/

 

 

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