Can collagen heal leaky gut? Before we jump right in and answer, let’s briefly look at the condition itself and better understand what it is and what causes it.
What is leaky gut?
There are different schools of thought about what leaky gut is and what causes it.
Here at Edible Health we support those who believe it is the result of substances like food, toxins and germs that move through a porous intestinal wall. They enter the bloodstream, setting off the immune system to defend and therefore causing inflammation throughout the body.
However, the good can also exit with the bad. In other words - this syndrome can leak quality nutrients as well as toxins. As a result, the full value of vitamins and minerals normally provided through food is compromised.
Health conditions associated with leaky gut
There are various health conditions believed to be associated with leaky gut, for instance:
- Skin problems
- Autoimmune conditions
- Food sensitivities
- Mental health issues
Just remember, though, this is not medical advice. Consequently, if you think you have symptoms resembling leaky gut syndrome we recommend you seek expert medical advice and get a professional diagnosis.
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What does collagen have to do with leaky gut?
Collagen is a form of protein. The body relies on protein to do so much, not least of all to create amino acids that help create and regulate tissue structure (as well as repair and heal).
So can collagen heal a leaky gut?
Yes, we believe collagen can help heal leaky gut.
When it comes to this condition, collagen is particularly valuable in strengthening our gut wall. As a result it helps to keep nutrients where they need to be, and toxins where they definitely should not be!
Glycine and leaky gut
As we mentioned earlier, leaky gut can cause inflammation. This in turn can contribute to a variety of illnesses including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
Collagen contains glycine, which is an amino acid believed to help reduce inflammation in the body.
What is the best collagen for leaky gut?
Edible Health’s Gut Health Collagen is perfect for this condition! As we say, it is made to “heal and seal” the gut.
Its benefits therefore include:
- Improves digestion
- Reduces bowel inflammation
- Reduces food sensitivities
- Encourages normal cognitive and immune system function
- Promotes metabolism
- Encourages muscle function
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What ingredients are in Gut Health Collagen?
This is our Premium Bovine Collagen Hydrolysate. It contains plenty of additional gut goodies, for instance:
- Turmeric (powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties)
- Psyllium (dietary fibre)
- N-acetyl-l-glutamine (a water-soluble form of glutamine)
- Slippery elm (traditionally taken to treat conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, and urinary tract infections)
- Acacia (water-soluble dietary fibre)
- MCT (easily-digestible source of energy)
- Digestive enzymes
- NAG (N-Acetyl Glucosamine - helps to reduce inflammation)
- Liquorice (traditionally used to soothe gastro upsets)
- Quercetin (natural pigment with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties)
- Aloe vera (natural enzyme used to break down sugars, fats and maintain good digestion)
- Zinc (may reduce inflammation)
- Vitamin D3 (may help reduce over-production of anti-inflammatory proteins)
- Probiotics (help achieve a balanced micro ecosystem in the gut)
These ingredients deliver an absolute treasure chest of benefits to the gut, including:
- Amino acids
- Triglycerides (used for energy in-between meals)
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How much and how often should you take Gut Health Collagen?
A daily dosage of 13g, so the equivalent of two level tablespoons per day, is what we generally recommend here at Edible Health.
In saying that, we are all individuals.
As a result some people may need more to complement their exercise regimes. Others may need less due to health or other personal reasons. Above all, the key to success is consistency and persistence, so take your dose every day.
You can take it all at once, maybe in a smoothie or a juice, or you can stagger it throughout the day. Consider it for your morning coffee, porridge, soup or even your evening meal. Spaghetti Bolognese is a favourite in our team. It’s totally flexible and versatile and designed to suit your tastes and needs.
Lastly, be patient.
It can take up to 8-12 weeks to notice benefits as often our bodies heal from the inside out, but some of our customers report changes in days.
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Aside from taking a supplement, what else can you do to help prevent leaky gut?
Science is increasingly turning to the intestine and its link to overall health and well-being.
There are many ways we can better look after our gut, not least of all with regular intake of collagen at the recommended doses. These include:
- Regular, quality sleep
- Reducing anxiety
- Minimising frequent use of antibiotics
In conclusion, can collagen heal leaky gut? Absolutely we believe it can!
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The information we have provided herewith, and all linked materials, are not intended nor should they be construed as medical advice. Moreover, the information herewith should not be used as a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.