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3 Reasons to Consider Taking Collagen

By Genevieve Cunningham

Call it the new super supplement. The world of health and fitness has been introduced to collagen, and there's no going back. Everywhere we turn, there are pills and powders packed with this necessary supplement. But what's the real deal? Is this as good as people are led to believe? Or is this getting more hype than it should? The answer may be somewhere in the middle. Though the hype is definitely at an all-time high, there really are some powerful benefits that come with this animal byproduct. If you've been considering consuming collagen, take a look at these reasons you should be giving it a try. 

It's Good for Hair and Nails

Collagen is one of the building blocks for healthy hair and nails. Those who regularly take a collagen supplement, or those who get collagen through diet, are more likely to report thick, shiny hair and strong nails. If you've just started taking the supplement, give it a couple of weeks to show results. 

It's Anti-Aging for the Skin

Collagen is also an important foundation for the skin. It's long been understood that collagen helps prevent the breakdown of the skin as we age. Those who regularly use collagen may notice a fuller look -- which means less wrinkles, more elasticity, and a more youthful appearance overall. For the skin, collagen can be consumed orally through foods or supplements, or it may be applied to the skin via a lotion or serum.

It's Said to Heal the Gut

Another important reason to use collagen is to heal the gut. When collagen is consumed, it can heal issues within the digestive tract. Some suffering from illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome or leaky gut use collagen as part of a regular maintenance routine. Even if you don't suffer from one of these diseases, healing the gut allows the body and each system to function more efficiently. Healing begins in the gut, and collagen may be one way to speed up the process.

If you haven't considered collagen yet, it might be time to give it a try. Do some research to make sure you're consuming an organic, safe product. If you have concerns, ask your doctor. Jumping on this hot new bandwagon might be just what you need to improve your health starting now.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alpharetta, Ga.

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