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Where Does Bovine Collagen in Supplement and Powder Form Come from?

Nov 15, 2018

Where Does Bovine Collagen in Supplement and Powder Form Come from?

Bovine collagen comes from cows. Bovine collagen can come from the skin, muscles, bones or tendons of cows. Western diets typically do not incorporate these parts of the cow, and so what’s special about bovine collagen is that it makes use of the bi-product of cows that would usually get thrown away as waste. Once the cattle is harvested for its meat, the unused parts, such as the hides, are taken away to extract the collagen protein within them. The protein is then hydrolyzed in order to make it so that it is broken down and therefore easier for people to digest. That would be the peptide form.

The best bovine collagen comes from traditionally raised cows. By traditionally, we mean that the cows are raised in abundant grassland. We often look to cow farms of South America because countries like Argentina have the perfect land for the cows to grow and feed without the use of chemicals and non-natural tactics for raising livestock. They also have a long history of raising and herding cattle. There is, however, bovine collagen that comes from feedlot cattle. Always be sure to check the product you pick up to see where your collagen is coming from, looking for keywords like “non-GMO,” “pasture-raised,” or “grass-fed.”

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Nutritional Information on Bovine Collagen

Bovine collagen provides 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids. Bovine collagen is  a great source of glycine and proline. Glycine is a key component in the creation of DNA and RNA strands. The building of healthy DNA and RNA strands is necessary for providing the foundation of functional body cells. Proline aids in the body’s ability to produce collagen on its own. Bovine collagen also contains glutamine, helpful in preventing inflammation of the gut, and arginine, which helps improve athletic performance.

 

Of course, we can’t talk about bovine collagen without sharing some of its incredible (and scientifically backed) health benefits!

 

Health Benefit 1. You may sleep better!

No one enjoys restless nights – it provides for a slow, sleepy day. As the most abundant amino acid in collagen, glycine is an immunonutrient that promotes deeper sleep, meaning it also helps in you getting a more restorative sleep. Previous human studies have shown that subjects who took collagen before sleeping experienced better sleep quality and a decrease in fatigue the following day. The same results have been found in animal studies as well. So what does this all mean? Bovine collagen can be your new and natural sleep aid!

 

Health Benefit 2. Say hello to a happier, healthier gut!

The essential amino acids found in collagen benefit your gastrointestinal system. That includes your stomach, your intestines, and your stomach lining. Glycine increases stomach acid levels, a vital digestive liquid that is produced within the stomach, thus improving overall digestion. Generally, collagen has healing effects on the gastrointestinal tract as well. Thanks to the increased stomach acid levels, bovine collagen may help prevent and soothe gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, and heartburn.

 

Health Benefit 3. Bovine collagen may treat osteoarthritis.

We mentioned earlier that collagen can be found in our bones and joints, which is why there are more and more studies revealing that bovine collagen can help in the treatment of bone and joint diseases, one of them being osteoarthritis. Collagen, which can also be found in cartilage, may help reduce pain for people suffering from osteoarthritis, meaning people whose cartilage is wearing away and causing pain, because it may be able to strengthen the physical cartilage itself.

 

Health Benefit 4. Your skin will thank you.

If you haven’t noticed, collagen tends to benefit the parts of the body it makes up. Considering it makes up 70% of our skin, it’s no surprise that supplementing with collagen can contribute to improving skin quality. Collagen helps fight signs of aging, from helping in reducing wrinkles, smoothing out puffiness and scars, and helping decreasing cellulite for softer, youthful skin. Skin elasticity and moisture improves significantly. Collagen is your skin’s best friend.

 

Health Benefit 5. You’ll feel lighter on your feet, before and after your workouts!

Bovine collagen provides a great source of protein which can help in pre or post workouts. The Type I and III collagens that make up bovine collagen will help you feel a dramatic improvement in muscle recovery. Collagen helps to build muscle and in repairing tissue. Your tendons and ligaments are well-supported if you consume bovine collagen before and after you exercise – that means you’ll recover faster after exerting your body physically in any way. While on the topic of exercise, collagen also helps spare other proteins when your blood sugar is low. This means that when you need energy to burn and you have low blood sugar, collagen may serve as a great substitute, sparing those important muscle tissues from use. Additionally, bovine collagen protein may help to keep you full longer which is helpful for those seeking to lose weight.

 

BONUS Health Benefit: Bovine collagen can be your new and natural topical treatment, too!

Imagine that! Bovine collagen has been reported to help with a few common external issues, including itchy symptoms due to anal pruritus and hemorrhoids. It can also aid in improving acne, though this is a benefit whether you consume the collagen or directly apply it in cream form onto the problem spots.

 

Bovine Collagen Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8 grams

Calories: 29, Protein:7 g, Sodium: 24 mg, Fat: O g, Carbohydrates: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g

 

So how can you add bovine collagen into your diet?

Hydrolyzed bovine collagen, or Physical extract bovine collagen , or Collagen peptides, can be easily implemented into your daily routine.  Bovine collagen peptides have no taste or texture, and dissolve well into all types of foods. Bovine collagen peptides can be added to a variety of recipes, from smoothies to baked goods to soups and stews and more. You should also consider replacing your protein powders with collagen powder, since many protein powders are full of sugar and other additives. Try adding bovine collagen to your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. It can be consumed any time of the day – the moment you consume bovine collagen peptides, the body begins to absorb it. Here are some recipe ideas:

 

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