It’s a known fact that the equestrian sport is not the easiest on the body – from falls, bumps and bruises to extended wind and sun exposure. Coupled with this, is the unfortunate fact that we’re not getting any younger and age itself has a number of implications for recovery, healing and general well-being. One element which is essential for a number of bodily processes, and which the body produces progressively less of as we age, is collagen.
Like most things when it comes to the body and physiological processes, prevention is better than treatment, hence why supplementing essential vitamins, minerals and proteins is suggested from as early as possible. Collagen is one element which was previously often overlooked but which plays a vital role in a number of bodily processes and affects hair, nails, joints and skin amongst others.
Collagen is an important source of protein which provides the nutrients required for the many processes that take place within muscles and cells. Collagen comprises 30% of the body’s protein content and can be considered the ‘glue’ that holds your body together – it’s the fibrous protein found in organs, eyes, muscles, skin, hair, nails, teeth, bones, blood vessels, joints, tendons, cartilage and throughout the entire digestive system.
As we get older, our bodies produce progressively less collagen – declining steadily from the age of 20 – which inevitably leads to wrinkles, saggy skin, digestive issues, brittle hair and nails, cellulite and joint pain.
The Motherkind GLOW range is a brand of premium pure Hydrolised Collagen made by a horse rider, with horse riders in mind. It is 96.7% pure collagen which is the purest form of collagen powder and is soluble in hot or cold liquid – making it easy and convenient to prepare and consume.
WHY IS COLLAGEN BENEFICIAL FOR EQUESTRIANS
IT IMPROVES CIRCULATION
Collagen is known to strengthen blood vessels and improve their elasticity to improve their circulation throughout the body. As athletes, improved blood circulation allows more oxygen to flow to the muscles during exercise which enables them to be more efficient and helps prevent fatigue.
IT PROMOTES HEALING
As horse riders, this probably doesn’t need much explanation! Collagen is required by the body to mend and rebuild connective tissue damage which helps maintain healthy muscles, skin, and joints. It also strengthens the structure of bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments.
RELIEVES JOINT PAIN
Feeling a little creaky when getting onto and off the saddle? Inflammation in the joints can cause poor mobility and severe pain which collagen helps to prevent.
IMPROVES HAIR QUALITY
Less significant for riding performance but finishes off that equestrienne finesse! Collagen is a significant component in hair growth due to its ability to fight the free radicals that can degrade your hair’s texture, growth and thickness. Replacing collagen in the body can improve the overall health and appearance of your hair – and let’s be honest, we’d all lovely a luscious, thick mane!
REDUCES APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
We all know that jodphurs are not the most forgiving item of clothing, showing any lumps, bumps and imperfections. Collagen works from the inside of your body to reduce the appearance of cellulite by strengthening the dermis layer of the skin and rebuilding and repairing the fibres that cause cellulite to appear.
Choosing a sport which requires extended and consistent sun exposure can add to premature ageing and the presence of wrinkles. Regularly ingesting collagen encourages your skin to become soft, supple and more elastic, which decreases the prevalence of wrinkles and blemishes.
Research has shown that collagen protein peptides are even more satiating than other protein types.
• Collagen protein promotes weight loss as it provides a source of protein that helps in maintaining a feeling of ‘fullness’.
• Collagen is 40% more filling than other proteins.
• Collagen supplementation helps to maintain lean body mass.