The following piece was written by Dr. Kaleigh Anstett, ND, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, in collaboration with Garden of Life Canada for the purpose of spreading awareness of the benefits of collagen.
We are what we eat
There's much discussion around collagen, from its benefits to differences among sources. In my work as a Naturopathic Physician, I clear up some of this confusion with my clients and patients by clarifying that collagen contains essential proteins the human body needs to rebuild tissues. It supports a broad range of systems including skin, muscles, bone, hair, tendons, and cartilage.
The real challenge is that from around the age of 30, our body's natural collagen production begins to decline. So as much as we are what we eat, collagen can often be a deficiency in even the most healthy, balanced diet.
The glue that holds us together
Described as the glue that holds us together, collagen is a protein that is a significant building block in our connective tissues.
How do we choose the collagen that's best for us?
Suppose I'm recommending collagen in my practice (or for my own use); I prefer the Garden of Life collagen products. I like to suggest these products as they don't include additional fillers and sugars.
Many of my clients also follow specific diets, so with the Keto and Paleo certification for the Garden of Life collagen products, we know that the Bovine Collagen is genuinely grass-fed and traceable. And the IGEN certification means that the products don't include:
- genetically modified materials,
- antibiotics, or
- added hormones
No pill to swallow
As a bonus, the Collagen Peptides are easily digestible in powder form and can be added to a smoothie, shake, or even baking. Really easy to use and means that they will indeed, be used often!
Garden of Life offers clean, sustainable, ethical and highly effective collagen products – something that we can all feel good about (in our hair, skin, and our bones!).
Dr. Kaleigh Anstett, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Kaleigh Anstett, ND, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, aims to effectively diagnose, treat and support her patients as they progress towards a state of greater health. Dr. Anstett began her training at the University of Guelph, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics. Following a brief year teaching English in South Korea, Dr. Anstett completed her medical education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She gained valuable experience treating patients on the sports medicine rotation during her clinical year. In private practice, Dr. Anstett has continued to hone her integrative sports medicine practitioner skills, mainly focusing on her patients' musculoskeletal and structural concerns.
In addition to sports medicine, Dr. Anstett employs botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, IV therapy and pharmaceutical medications. As a primary care provider, Dr. Anstett works with patients of all ages, with acute and chronic health concerns.