Next Gen Life - eMagazine Sept 2019 - Page 26



Now, let’s talk collagen. It’s a really new
product, so keep in mind the research is
still developing. The studies on collagen
supplements so far have limitations, but
there are some promising results.
Gut Health
If you’re someone with digestive issues,
intolerances or if you’re just generally
looking to improve your gut health, save
your money and see a dietitian. Yep,
there is NO evidence to support claims
that collagen supplements improve
digestion, gut bacteria or fix ‘leaky gut’.
If you’re generally looking to up your gut
health game, here’s what we know
works;
Work on the diversity of plant based
foods you consume – nuts, seeds,
wholegrains, vegetables & fruits.
Variety is key - Studies have shown
that eating 30 different plants each
week significantly improves your gut
bacteria. So, start switching up your
veggies and fruits, eat mixed nuts &
seeds over just almonds, and try new
wholegrains like barley or freekeh
instead of rice.
Include probiotic foods regularly –
e.g. yoghurt, kefir, kimchi and yakult.
Eat more fermented foods – e.g.
sauerkraut, miso, pickles and
tempeh.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of
bloating, abdominal pain, gas,
constipation or diarrhoea – I strongly
advise to skip any unnecessary pills &
powders and seek advice from a
dietitian or your GP.
Joint & Ligament Pain
In my opinion, this is the most promising
area for collagen use. If you’re coming
back from an injury, suffer from arthritis or
just noticing some aches & pains this
winter, collagen may help when used in
the short term. Unfortunately most studies
have focused on arthritis and also
supplemented with glucosamine & several
vitamins so I can’t conclusively say that
collagen itself was responsible for all the
great results. However, unlike Metabolife
356, it isn’t harmful to take regardless,
even for a placebo (never underestimate
the power of placebo). What we already
know works to treat joint and ligament
pain:
Losing weight or maintaining a
healthy weight – this reduces
pressure on joints & inflammation.
Functional exercise.
Omega 3 supplements – these have
been heavily researched and have
consistently shown to reduce joint
pain & help repair tissues, even with
short term use.

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