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Grass Fed Collagen: What You Need to Know

Grass Fed Collagen: What You Need to Know

What is Collagen?

Collagen makes up 30% of the body’s protein. It gives structure to important tissues such as the skin, muscles, bone, hair, tendons, and cartilage.

 

As we age, the body’s ability to make collagen diminishes significantly, beginning around age 30. Our range of collagen supplements is designed to bring clean, high-quality, absorbable collagen to consumers, supporting skin elasticity, strong hair and nails, as well as join support and mobility.

 

Recently, we’ve seen a tremendous demand for collagen products, and there are various options available.

 

What is Grass Fed Collagen?

 

Grass fed collagen is collagen produced from animals that have been grass-fed. At Garden of Life, we source our grass fed collagen from cattle that have been allowed to roam free, feeding on the grass in their pastures.

 

The cattle we use have not been treated with antibiotics or hormones, giving you greater peace of mind over what you’re putting into your body.

 

What’s the Difference Between Collagen, Bone Broth & Collagen Peptides?

 

Collagen is a very large protein. It consists of three long chains of amino acids. These chains are made up of 18 different amino acids including three important ones called proline, hydroxyproline, and glutamine. Each molecule has three long chains wrapped around in a triple helix structure.

 

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Because it’s such a large molecule, the body needs to break it down in order to digest it. Bone broth is a partially-digested form of collagen (made by boiling bones for hours). When it’s completely digested, it’s in the form of small chains of amino acids called collagen peptides, which are easily-absorbed and are very bioavailable to the body. They travel in the bloodstream to deliver the amino acids to the tissues for building collagen.

 

 

What are the Main Types of Collagen?

 

Although there are sixteen different types of collagen found throughout the body, there are only three main types (Type I, II, and III) that make up around 90% of all the collagen in our bodies. Type I makes up around 80% of that.

 

Type I Collagen

 

Type I collagen is found mostly in skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, and teeth. It’s the major structural compound of hair, skin, and nails. Type I is typically consumed by those seeking to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and for skin elasticity and hydration.

 

Type III Collagen

 

Type III, the second most abundant collagen in our bodies, is found in skin, muscles, and blood vessels. Type III is almost always found along with Type I. They form a spiderweb-like structure. This is more commonly found in areas like our gastrointestinal tract, lymphatic systems, and organs. It’s most often used with Type I for gut healing and to improve skin elasticity and hydration.

 

Our Grass Fed Collagen Beauty Powder combines the benefits of Type I and III with vitamin C and biotin to help provide you with the necessary building blocks for collagen production. We included 10.5mg silica from organic bamboo, 45mg vitamin C from organic amla berries, and 2500mcg biotin from organic sesbania Grandiflora leaf. These ingredients are critical co-factors needed for collagen production in the body.

 

 

How We Produce Grass-Fed Collagen Humanely

 

The entire world gets its collagen as byproducts from the meat/beef industry, and hence the supply chain for ethically, humanely-raised grass-fed beef is small, and the market is full of sketchy claims. Garden of Life worked hard to find the cleanest source of collagen available. For us, this was the most important part of the process, working with farmers with the same values that we uphold. Healthy cattle roam free, feeding on Non-GMO grass, being treated humanely, and not being treated with antibiotics and hormones. All of this matters to us.

 

Where there are extremely large herds of cattle, such as in South America, complete traceability of the animals in the herd is not possible, so we needed to partner with smaller farms with more traceable systems before we could bring our collagen to market.

 

We are sourcing our collagen from Germany, where we worked with smaller farms; we went to Europe because GMOs are prohibited there, and the herds are much smaller and more traceable.

 

Our entire collagen range is third-party certified Paleo-Friendly, and Certified Keto, plus NSF Gluten Free. As we worked on building a supply chain for our collagen, we learned of the challenges involved in obtaining other third-party certifications for livestock. For instance, Non-GMO Project Verification does not have methods available yet for livestock, although they are working on them for us.

 

Although we know that there are no GMOs used for our cattle and the grass is Non-GMO, we needed third party verification to meet our own standards. That’s why our new collagen line is tested by IGEN – the International Genetically Modified Organism Evaluation and Notification Program. IGEN is a third-party certification program developed to test for the presence of GMOs.

 

Grass Fed Collagen at Garden of Life

 

Grass fed collagen is the focus of the collection of collagen supplements available at Garden of Life. Alongside our Collagen Peptides and Collagen Beauty Powder, the range also includes:

 

 

 

Find out more about the different collagen supplements available at Garden of Life:

 

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Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc

Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc

Writer and expert

Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc, is a Registered and Accredited Sports Dietitian with over 30 years’ experience as a nutritionist. She is Chief Dietitian to the Lawn Tennis Association, Lecturer for the Sports Nutrition Foundation, and Senior Director of Nutritional Science at Garden of Life.