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NRL ex-nutritionalist, Tara Kaff demystifies Collagen for Guys

You’ll be surprised at the amount of Gents who think that collagen is just for the ladies. The reason why is because of the marketing machine targeting women with words like ‘collagen for beauty, skin and hair’. But to our audience who is reading this post, guess what….we can change those words to ‘handsomeness, skin and hair’.

Gentlemen, collagen isn’t a cosmetic product, it is in fact an essential protein that’s found in our skin and connective tissues. As we age, this protein is delivered in less portions to our bodies so incorporating collagen into your daily routine can bring benefits like boosting athletic performance, thickening beard growth, healing leaky gut and building muscles and bones.

Michael Edmonds, co-owner of MenStylePower is also a 26-year veteran in orthopaedic physiotherapy and understands that collagen is a “complex protein”, that has extraordinary benefits in the recovery of injury to bones, connective tissue and work-out sessions.

Collagen contains 19 different amino acids, including arginine, glutamine, glycine and proline. And because it’s found literally everywhere in the body and is so important to skin, bone, joint, and tendon strength, as well as digestive health, it’s even been called the glue that holds the body together.

Nutritionalist, Tara Kaff

Tara Kaff, in-house nutritionist for Amazonia /RawFit Collagen Build.

According to Tara Kaff, Amazonia in-house nutritionist and ex-sports dietitian and performance nutritionist for the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL team, there are endless benefits to introducing collagen to your life. To keep things simple, we’ve round up some of the top contenders.

The body starts to break down collagen after the age of 25, so supplementing this protein is vital to overall health and fitness.

Joint Health: collagen is a key factor in building, repairing and maintaining the cartilage in our joints. For all you adrenaline junkies who tend to experience more damage in those areas than most, this one’s for you. Our joints rely on the cushioning that the surrounding tissue and cartilage provide, but once the cartilage is damaged by time or overuse, you begin to get joint pain and stiffness. Collagen feeds the tissue and cartilage that make our joints work smoothly and effortlessly, add keeps the joint areas soft and flexible.

Joint pain can make you feel miserable

Recover Like a Boss: You’ve decided to start learning Yoga during home lockdown, and like most guys, who say they stretch after a gym workout but never do, you are about to experience some serious after pain. But you’ve got a friend, yes collagen is a key ally in your ability to bounce back from a tough yoga workout. If you are a powerhouse at the gym, but hurting the next day – you can speed up your recovery time with collagen, which helps to fight inflammation while also repairing, maintaining and restoring muscle mass.

Gut Health: if you’re the type to carry your stress in your stomach, then you know exactly what it feels like to be in a constant battle with your digestion. Issues like Leaky Gut develop when the lining of our gut becomes porous, allowing undigested food particles and more to ‘leak’ through what should be a natural barrier … and straight into our bloodstream. Leading to: inflammation, low energy, foggy head, weight gain and more. Enter collagen, the superhero that promotes healing and sealing.

Gut health is the most overlooked health issue to date.

Hair Growth

I’m sure you’ve noticed a trend amongst your mates… the kind that has them donning headwear. Well, you’ll be happy to hear that collagen can also support a healthy head of hair – up top and on your face. Intrigued? You should be! Collagen in a key component of healthy skin, nails and hair. As we age and experience declining collagen levels, this depletion has been linked to age-related hair loss.

The widow’s peak – a dreaded sign of depleted collagen.

So, fellas, proof is in the pudding, collagen is a powerful tool for daily maintenance, healing and repairing all of the hard-working parts of your body.

Where to begin? Enter: RawFIT Collagen Build by Amazonia, a premium supplement designed to support active bones and muscles. Each serve is formulated with 5000mg of Collagen and 250mg of plant-based Chondroitin, which naturally make up the majority of our cartilage. Boosted with Vitamin C for collagen synthesis and Vitamin D3 to increase calcium uptake for enhanced muscle function and stronger bones to help you perform your best. Eat it, drink it; just get it in you, stat.


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