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Collagen for Bone Strength and Beauty

If you are looking for ways to improve your bone health, there are many.

One is to make sure you are replenishing the vitamins and minerals that you are losing everyday.

This doesn’t just mean calcium, but also includes magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K and so on. But your bones also need something less commonly talked about.

And that’s collagen.

Bones are made up of about 35% collagen, which is the main structural protein of the various connective tissues in your body. It provides a framework for your bones, and along with calcium, strengthens them. [1]

Lack of collagen also happens to be one of the main reasons we develop wrinkles, less full cheeks, and other signs of aging.

You’ve probably heard about collagen being important for beauty and anti-aging, but collagen for bone strength is also an added benefit.

In essence, the combination of collagen to calcium makes your bones strong and flexible enough to withstand stress while also helping you look young and healthy.


Stay Youthful and Strong at Any Age

As we age, so does our body’s ability to function and produce collagen.

By the age of 25, collagen production begins to decline. By the age 55, over 15% of the body’s production capacity will be gone. And after age 70, over 30% of collagen is completely lost![1]

Collagen is naturally produced by the body, but as you can see, as you age your collagen production slows dramatically. This makes it difficult to rely on your body’s ability alone to keep up with your collagen needs. But the good news is that collagen can be taken in through food sources too.

Taking in collagen through food sources will help support your skin, your internal organs and also the collagen that makes up the connective tissues of your bones. The following are a few rich food sources that contain collagen or promote collagen production.

Bone broth: The collagen, gelatin, calcium and magnesium in bone broth promote healthy strong bones.

Orange vegetables: Such as carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which helps regenerate and repair damaged collagen.

White tea: According to research, white tea may protect the structural proteins of the skin, specifically collagen. It’s believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen, contributing to lines and wrinkles.[3]

Citrus fruits: Limes, lemons, grapefruit and oranges all contain high amounts of vitamin C, which is extremely important for collagen production.

In fact, vitamin C is the leading vitamin when it comes to collagen production.


Without Vitamin C There Is No Collagen

Without vitamin C, collagen production is disrupted and can result in a wide variety of problems throughout the body.

Vitamin C deficiency, although uncommon in North America, results in your bones being unable to properly manufacture collagen and its connective tissues. The body literally falls apart as collagen is broken down and not replaced. This results in joints beginning to wear down as your tendons weaken.[2]

Unfortunately, humans are unable to produce vitamin C on their own and must rely on food and supplements as a source.

The best food sources of vitamin C have one thing in common: they are all plant foods. Most animals are able to make vitamin C in their bodies, but only plants are able to make it concentrated enough to provide a rich source when eaten.

If you are looking for a good, plant based source of Vitamin C and organic calcium, AlgaeCal has you covered.

AlgaeCal Plus is a plant-sourced calcium that contains up to 80% of your Daily Value of Vitamin C in just two servings. And because it comes from sea algae, the minerals have already been broken down and converted into a useable form that your body recognizes as food, making it highly absorbent and bio-available. Order AlgaeCal Plus easily online, here.

Quick recap: make sure your body has what it needs to continue creating collagen. Help it out by adding the foods above to your diet and by supplementing with a high quality Vitamin C and calcium supplement regularly and you’ll look young, feel strong, and stay healthy.


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Author: Monica Straith, BS

Monica is the PR and Outreach Manager and Fitness Lead at AlgaeCal. She’s an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, and has a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played varsity soccer for four years. Monica pulls from her experience in athletics and health to contribute to AlgaeCal and has also been featured on myfitnesspal blog, Prevention, and Huffington Post.