Collagen: Important Anti-Aging Product and Mood Balancer
Submitted by: Tanya Young, MMFC Marketing Coordinator
Increasingly medical professionals are referring to collagen (hydrolyzed collagen) as an important anti-aging product. Collagen makes up 30% of the total protein in our bodies and is the main component of connective tissue. Our natural ability to produce supporting amounts of connective tissue diminishes after age 25. While all amino acids collectively are beneficial to cell reproduction, collagen is unique in its amino acid structure because of its high amounts of glycine, lysine and proline. In other protein food supplements these amino acids are present, but in lower amounts.
Collagen is well known for benefitting hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth. Feelings of alertness, improved concentration and energy, balanced mood, and increased sense of well-being have been reported by many who use it consistently. It may also help repair and maintain cartilage weakened by overuse through impact and stress.
Our bodies absorb collagen within 30 minutes after ingestion. A typical way to use collagen as a supplement is in beverages like smoothies and coffee. Hydrolyzed collagen differs from gelatin as it will dissolve in cold, warm, or hot liquids and will not congeal when chilled. This allows you to take a high protein product in a convenient, delicious way.
Menomonie Market carries collagen products from the following brands:
Garden of Life
HIGH PROTEIN ALMOND BREAD
•6 large eggs, room temperature
•3/4 cup creamy unsweetened almond butter
•2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
•2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•1 tablespoon maple syrup
•1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
•1/2 cup collagen hydrolysate
•3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
•2 tablespoons coconut flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1.Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×4 inch metal loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang of paper to help with removal of the loaf later.
2.With an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, olive oil, maple syrup, and vinegar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the collagen hydrolysate, flaxseed, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat to combine thoroughly. Pour into the parchment-lined pan and place the pan on a baking sheet.
3.Bake for about 35 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool the loaf in the pan for 10 minutes. Using the parchment overhang, lift the loaf out of the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.