Collagen for Gut Health


What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that is found in the connective tissues of animals. It’s a major component of our skin, hair, nails, bones, and tendons.
Its fibre-like structure helps connect tissues together – helping improve their strength, so they can withstand stretching.
Our bodies create less collagen as we age, hence we wrinkle more (as the skin in this case, is less resilient to stretching).
When it comes to gut health, collagen can help to improve gut barrier function and reduce inflammation.
This can lead to a reduction of symptoms associated with conditions like leaky gut, IBS, and ulcerative colitis.
Why should we take collagen for our gut health?
Our gut lining is vital for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. By keeping it healthy, we’re also keeping our whole body healthy.

There are a few things you can do to help improve your gut health and incorporate collagen into your daily routine.

One of the easiest ways, is via supplementary form, such as Aguulp for gut which contains collagen – but more on that later…

1. Dietary changes

One way to help improve your gut health and incorporate collagen is by making dietary changes.

What foods contain collagen?

  • tough cuts of meat (e.g. beef brisket) – however, a high intake of red meat is not recommended in the long-term.
  • gelatin – boiling animal bones (and the subsequent break-down of tissues) produces collagen and gelatin.
  • bonebroth – again, simmering animal bones in water and vinegar for long periods helps to produce collagen (home made is best for high doses, rather than shop-bought).

What foods boost collagen production?

  • high protein foods (e.g. fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, meat, legumes & soy) – as they contain amino acids that make the collagen
  • foods high in zinc (e.g. shellfish, meat, nuts & whole grains)

2. Eat consciously

We don’t mean the sourcing of your foods (that’s your decision) – we mean taking steps to, for example Chewing food properly. Paying attention to how you eat means you are breaking down the food more before it reaches your digestive system (to give it a hand).
Other tip, is to keep a food diary. A simple step such as keeping a log of what food you eat, and how you body feels after each meal is something we can all do. Look out for the patterns – are there similar foods which give your body a certain reaction?
3. Supplement
Aguulp Gut Supplement Ingredients Explained

Our unique Aguulp for Gut supplement is a liquid liposomal supplement that delivers up to 98% absorption.

It contains 3,000mg of Hydrolysed Marine Collagen (fish) per daily dose, as well as other gut-friendly ingredients like FOS, GOS, Inulin, L-glutamine, L-Lysine, Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, and Zinc Gluconate.

Not only is marine collagen beneficial for the skin, it is also a great way to support overall digestive health and function. The hydrolysed marine collagen in Aguulp for Gut is a good source of proline, glutamine, and glycine—amino acids that help to protect and strengthen the intestinal barrier.

In addition to its health benefits, marine collagen is also a more sustainable choice compared to other forms of collagen. Marine fisheries have lower carbon emissions than conventional red meat production, and the fish skins used to make marine collagen are considered by-products of the food industry.

  • “The effect of collagen peptide supplementation on symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study” Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology.
  • “Collagen Peptide Supplementation in Combination with Resistance Exercise Improves Body Composition and Increases Muscle Strength in Elderly Sarcopenic Men: A Randomized Controlled Trial” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
  • “Collagen Supplementation Improves Gut Barrier Function and Reduces Inflammation in Individuals with Leaky Gut Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial” Journal of Functional Foods.

Why is Aguulp liquid?

Liposomal technology is a method of encapsulating the ingredients in a phospholipid membrane, this way the ingredients are protected from being broken down by stomach acid and can reach the gut undamaged. Read more about the science here.

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