What is Collagen? 7 Ways Collagen Can Boost Your Health
You might recognize it as an ingredient in your favorite body lotion or perhaps noticed supplements in the vitamin aisle that feature it. But what is collagen, exactly — and how can you incorporate it into your life?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, especially type 1 collagen. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. When it comes to our joints and tendons, in simplest terms, it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together.
Our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age. We can thank this degenerative process for signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin and joint pains due to weaker or decreased cartilage (hello, skeleton legs). Other lifestyle factors — like eating a diet high in sugar, smoking and high amounts of sun exposure — also contribute to depleting collagen levels. It’s been found that collagen-related diseases most commonly arise from a combination of either genetic defects, poor intake of collagen-rich foods, nutritional deficiencies and digestive problems affecting production (synthesis) of collagen.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Because hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, these hemp oil products are non-psychoactive.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana after THC. In hemp, however, THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but is non-psychotropic, it doesn’t cause a high. This makes it a safer, less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits.
12 Ways Using Hemp Seed Oil Will Improve Your Health & Your Life
Hemp seed oil – extracted from the seeds of the cannabis plant – has been used worldwide for hundreds of years. In 6000 BC, both the seeds and oil were used for food in China. At the turn of the 20th century in the U.S., it was commonly used in lamps, drying oils for paints, wood varnish and more.
Hemp seed oil comes from the tall growing varieties of cannabis. However, it does not contain THC – the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. Despite this fact, competing industries saw hemp seed oil as a threat. They enacted a smear campaign against the oil, associating hemp with marijuana and getting “high”. Then when Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937, the decline of hemp effectively began. The tax and licensing regulations of the act made hemp cultivation nearly impossible for American farmers.
Today, things have changed, in that hemp oil and marijuana are considered two distinct things. In most countries, there are regulations which call for a cap on the highest detectable limit of THC in hemp oil. While many people still confuse the two, ingesting hemp oil or using it on your skin won’t cause you to get high. It does, however, offer some powerful health benefits when used both internally and externally.
Benefits of MCT Oil
“MCTs” are medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management. Coconut oil is one great source of MCTs — roughly 62–65 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs — but recently more concentrated “MCT oils” have also been growing in popularity.
MCTs, also called “MCFAs” for medium-chain fatty acids, are believed to be largely missing from the diets of people eating “standard Western” diets, most likely because the public has been led to believe that all forms of saturated fats are potentially harmful. However, recently research has shown a lot of evidence about the real truth regarding saturated fats.
We now know that ideally MCT oils like coconut oil should actually be consumed every day. Certain saturated fats, especially MCTs and other healthy fats found in things like coconut oil or grass-fed beef, are in fact easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and might even have more benefits related to heart health, obesity prevention and brain health, too.
What Is Taurine?
There’s an amino acid out there that many believe comes from bull urine or bull semen, but the truth is this conditional amino acid, taurine, does not come from the bodily fluids of bulls. So what is taurine, and where does it come from?
Natural taurine actually comes from meat, fish and dairy and is otherwise found as synthetic supplements. It’s most abundant in the brain, eyes, heart and muscles, and much like glycine, it’s considered a conditional amino acid as opposed to an essential amino.
The only amino acid with its own zodiac sign, it’s falsely been associated with the myth of coming from bull urine or bull semen, probably because its name stems from taurus, meaning bull. But, rest assured, it does not come from the bull and actually is created naturally in the human body as well. (1)
So what is taurine, why is it associated with the bull and is it safe? Let’s take a look at all those questions.