FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
What is the big deal with collagen and why suddenly? Let us tell you!
Our natural collagen production declines as we age, and by age, I mean once you hit your mid-20’s. Yup, if you are around 25, you are aging. From the age of 20, our dermis produces about 1% less collagen every year, and wait for it… by 40 we completely stop making it!
Good news though – We can ingest collagen and help our bodies keep up the good work!
Well before – in the old days, when we had dial up internet, we used gelatin.
Gelatin contains collagen, and in the past the thinking was that we could not really take collagen supplements because they were not well digested – so gelatin was the only option.
Now, in the new days of fibre and wifi, and being able to find your favourite song in a few taps on your cellphone, we know better.
Collagen, in its natural state is composed of large molecules. We hydrolyse (break down) our collagen into smaller molecules – peptides, that are easily absorbed in the digestive system to make their way to targeted tissues. Here they act as the building blocks to stimulate our bodies to produce its collagen.
Our bodies consist of 30% collagen in our body proteins and as much as 70% in our connective tissue! Whoa! This means that collagen is essential for our skin health as well as a healthy body. Glowing, plumped up skin, improves fine lines and wrinkles, less visible cellulite, reduces stretchmarks (come to mama!) glossy hair, strong nails, improves gut health (no more IBS or leaky gut), reduces joint and bone pain, increases lean muscle mass in turn helping you control your weight. The list goes on, in the medical and healthcare area, collagen can even be used to assist in wound healing and broken bones. Now isn’t that something? It is however important to check that your collagen is hydrolysed. Kind to You hydrolysed collagen peptides is broken down in a process called hydrolyzation making the proteins smaller and digestible in order for your body to reap the benefits.
Hydrolysis is a chemical process where bonds are broken using water (hydro – get it?)
So hydrolysed collagen is whole collagen (like the collagen in gelatine) broken down into smaller peptides that your body can digest and absorb more easily. These peptides are recognised by our bodies as familiar and gets sent to the areas that need it, like your hands if you have stiff knuckles and fingers for example.
We have told you that our bodies are basically made up of collagen, it only makes sense that there would be more than one type, right? There are in fact at least 16 different types of collagen in our bodies. Do not worry, you won’t need 16 bags! About 90% of the collagen in our bodies are types 1,2 and 3. Phew!
Collagen 1 & 3 are mainly found in our skin and type 2 is found in our joints/ connective tissues. This is why we have two different Kind to YOU collagens, one for your Skin and one for your Body.
Skin As we age (there is that word again), a lot happens in our bodies, but especially in our collagen rich structures like the dermis (skin). Our collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production slows down. Our skin becomes less able to protect itself from damage and gets easily dehydrated. This leads to our skin becoming thinner, less elastic and we start looking old (eeck!) Kind To You Skin and SuperSkin replaces the building blocks your body needs in order to keep producing collagen and leaving us with a youthful glow. We recommend these products for those who are experiencing fine lines and wrinkles, hair loss or limp hair, stretch marks and cellulite. It will also aid in strengthening your connective tissue, healthy muscles, stable bones and improved nail growth. Body Natural collagen production also slows in our joints, and our tendons and ligaments may also weaken. Our bones are 30-40 % collagen as well, so decreased collagen production in our bones is actually a key factor in low bone density and osteoporosis. Kind to You Body and SuperBody is specially hydrolysed to make Type 2 collagen, which is crucial for the inner workings of our bodies. When combined with resistance training it has been shown to decrease fat mass and increase lean muscle mass (yay!). It increases muscle strength, improves skin elasticity, and aids in stable bones.
Collagen is amazing, we know that now, but did you know your body needs Vitamin C to make and maintain collagen? Vitamin C acts as a glue to bond collagen fibres together plus it gets destroyed during the production of collagen. So, since we cannot produce Vit C naturally we have to ingest it through Vitamin C rich foods such as leafy vegetables and fruits. To take something off your plate (figuratively speaking, please remember to eat a healthy diet, always!) we have decided to add it to our Super collection. We have your back like that.
We searched far and wide for the perfect supplement for our collagen and the baobab fruit is the only one we could imagine using. We did not want to add an artificial (manmade) Vit C and looked to whole foods with high Vit C content. What we found was camu-camu (fruit from Peru), South American acerola berries, Indian gooseberries (also known as amla) and right here close to home – the baobab fruit! It was an easy decision choosing Baobab. Baobab is a superfood as it is a rich source of Vitamin C, full of calcium, Iron, Magnesium plus it consists of 50% dietary fibre which has been shown to be prebiotic in nature. Plus, it is only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the tree! It bakes for 6 months in the sun transforming its prickly green, furry coating onto a smooth, brown coconut like shell. So, when we crack it open, the pulp has been naturally dehydrated. We can just harvest and sieve in order to produce a natural, organic powder. Baobab does have a delicious sweet, citrussy flavour – so our Super range is not neutral in taste, but this flavour goes super well in smoothies or sprinkled over your fruit salad or yogurt. Once again – Win!
There is a massive debate on whether this is important or not. One cannot get a certificate to prove your cows were grass fed, grass finished or feedlot. Why, because it is irrelevant where the animal comes from. Our collagen is bovine protein peptides and these bovine protein peptides will be just that, bovine protein peptides regardless of what the animal ate in his life. The fat from a grass fed animal is very different to the fat from a grain fed animal, yes, but collagen contains no fat. There is a loophole that some people in the our industry use to claim being grass fed. All cattle live on grass until they die or get sent to the feedlot.
Your needs and health journey will dictate how you approach this one. Bone broth is awesome, it is a whole food, you can make it yourself and prevent any additives being added or buy it from health stores if you are not kitchen inclined. It tastes like meat and aids in keeping you full throughout your day. Collagen is a protein found in bone broth, broken down into smaller peptides to be easily digested. It is tasteless, can be added to any drink – hot or cold, or any food - sweet or savoury. It has a longer shelf life and is not heat or light sensitive making storing it easy.
Well, one cow hide produces around 1 tablespoon of collagen powder, Brazil has the largest beef industry in the world and thus can produce collagen in large amounts. None of our local beef farmers have invested in a collagen plant yet, but we are keeping our eyes open for a local supplier!