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Collagen: How we’re holding it together in 2020



Collagen is a protein naturally found in skin, bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Basically, it is the “glue” that holds us together. Once we are in our 20’s, collagen decreases about 1% each year. This contributes to osteoarthritis in our joints, and skin sagging and thinning. What is less talked about but equally as important is that decreased collagen causes gut health issues.


Collagen is beneficial to our digestive tract due to the large amount of the amino acids, glycine, glutamine and proline. Glycine and Proline may help heal the stomach lining preventing ulcers. The collagen peptides actually help repair all of the intestinal lining. Glutamine has been shown to heal leaky gut and IBS.


There are 4 main types of collagen.

  • Type I – Most of the collagen in your body is Type 1. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, cartilage, connective tissue and teeth.

  • Type II – Makes up elastic cartilage and joint cushion.

  • Type III- Supports the structure of organs, muscles and arteries.

  • Type IV- Actually aids in filtration of the kidneys and other organs. It is believed that it’s key in wound healing and forming of an embryo. A drop in Type IV collagen has been linked to digestive disorders.


So, what do we do about collagen decreasing year after year?

It is a ritual at our home to make homemade organic bone broth once a month. We pour the broth into ice cube trays to freeze. That way it is easy to heat up and portion what we need. Not only are we getting the collagen from the bone broth, but all the nutrients extracted from the herbs and veggies we add in as well. Look up the benefits of different herbs extracted and customize your recipe for your health goals. There are many recipes you can find online. My suggestion is to use what you love and make it your own! We have it like we would tea, before bed often.


Additionally, at Organic Edge we carry what we feel is the very best collagen supplement on the market Shore Magic® Marine Collagen. It is 95 percent bioavailable, making it the most easily absorbed collagen on the market. Other lower-quality supplements typically have 5 percent bioavailability or less. Shore Magic® Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen is the most compatible with human tissue, which is why the results are so amazing.


The Published Science Simplified

Marcel Benadiba, Raphael Serruya, and Yehoshua Maor, with corresponding author Dr. Yehoshua Maor. Phytor Lab for Drug Development, Hadassah Medical Center Hebrew University Biotechnology Park (JBP), Ein Kerem Campus, Jerusalem 91120, Israel.

  • Shore Magic® Collagen enhanced migration of epithelial cells. The translational significance of that is that this supplement facilitates wound healing. Thus giving the skin the ability to recover from oxidative stress and a rapid process of healing after a wound, including recovery of stretch marks after pregnancy.

  • Shore Magic® Collagen enhanced migration of endothelial cells. The translational significance of that is that this supplement facilitates wound healing process and also flexibility of blood vessels. This may reflect in bringing the blood pressure to healthy normal levels.

  • Migration of endothelial cells caused by the incubation of the cells with Shore Magic® Collagen may counter the deleterious effects of tobacco and cigarettes over the blood vessels.

  • Shore Magic® Collagen increased the adhesion of epithelial cells. This reflects the anti-aging effect of it. By increasing adhesion of the skin cells, the results will be seen by augmented tightness of the tissue, giving the skin a healthier and rejuvenated aspect.

  • Shore Magic® Collagen does not increase the adhesion of endothelial cells. The significance of that is that it does counter the stiffness effect of oxidative stress on blood vessels caused by pollution, bad dietary habits and smoking.

  • Shore Magic® Collagen diminishes the tightness in the gut barrier thus indicating its ability to be absorbed when taken orally (Bioavailability) and also its detoxifying effects by helping the gut to get rid of toxins.

  • Shore Magic® Collagen diminishes the tightness of the in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier. That indicates that effects of the orally-taken Shore Magic® will have its beneficial effects also on the nervous system.

  • Indeed Shore Magic® Collagen-induced neurogenesis, which is the creation of new neurons in the brain. The significance of that is that Shore Magic® collagen may help in cases of attention deficits and improve memory and cognitive functions.

  • Shore Magic® Collagen enhanced skin (epithelial) cell proliferation indicating its ability to exert beneficial effects on the skin which is lost with the advance of age.

  • Most of the observed effects during the in vitro assays may be attributed to Shore Magic® Collagen small molecular weight, which apparently allows diffusion through the lipid bilayer of cells.

  • This is the first time that elementary assays like these are performed to demonstrate the function of a collagen product in vitro.

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