Here's the truth about collagen, the trendy new health supplement that Kourtney Kardashian takes daily

Business Insider | 2/23/2018 | Brit + Co
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Collagen is a protein that's naturally found in our bodies. Its production slows down as people age, so it has become a popular health supplement.

There are 29 identified different types of collagen. It is often consumed as a powder.

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Kourtney Kardashian, for example, takes collagen supplements every morning— which she says can help with skin and "the way your body processes nutrients."

"Collagen is hot now because it has so many health benefits — from beauty to gut health, it's promising to be effective," nutritionist Dr. Josh Axe says.

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When you hear the word "collagen," it's likely that you think of plump lips a la"Real Housewives" or an anti-aging ingredient in every skincare product you've recently bought or heard of. But beyond beauty, collagen has a number of health benefits, making it one of the buzziest ingredients in the wellness world right now. It's also made it to the celebrity insider circle: A few fans include Jennifer Aniston, who puts it in her smoothies; Busy Phillips, who adds it to her Bulletproof coffee; and Kourtney Kardashian, who consumes collagen powder first thing in the morning. We chatted with Dr. Josh Axe— a doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic, and clinical nutritionist — to get the lowdown on the protein everyone is talking about.

What is collagen, and why should we care about it?

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Collagen is a protein that's naturally found in our bodies — it's in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system, and tendons. Dr. Axe compares it to the "glue" that helps hold the body together. As we get older, collagen slows down and our bodies produce less and less of it, which leads to the typical signs of aging: wrinkles, sagging skin, and joint pain. As collagen decreases, our tendons and ligaments don't move as easily, which also impacts movement...
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