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Bursting the Collagen Bubble | Sleep Update

From eNewsletter 1/14/2019

DID YOU KNOW that the first study among preschool-age children to see how exposure to TV ads for high-sugar cereals influences kids' subsequent intake was just published in American Journal for Preventive Medicine.


The novel aspect of the study was if advertising for 'Brand X' cereal related to an increased intake of 'Brand X' cereal? Not surprisingly, kids who were exposed to TV ads for high-sugar cereals aired in the programs they watched were more likely to eat the cereals they had seen advertised.


This should give any young parent pause. Sugar cereal brands know that once they get a child hooked, it can be for life. At minimum, use DVR and skip the commercials and try avoid shows with any in-show junk food advertising!


Bursting the Collagen Bubble

Steve: All the collagen in your body is type I, II or III. Types I and III are found in your skin, tendons, organs and bone. Type II is found in your cartilage, hence, its link to arthritis.

Many spend a lot on collagen powder or supplements, but you're really just spending that money on pricey protein, because that's the only way your body sees it.


Your body can't tell whether you ate a hydrolyzed collagen supplement or a piece of chicken. They're both protein, and once your digestive system has broken them down into amino acids, they are indistinguishable.


The best way to help make sufficient collagen is to eat plenty of protein and and vitamin C, which promotes collagen production.


If you want to use collagen powder as a protein powder and rotate it with whey or egg, fine. Just make sure you do not purchase collagen powder with Type II. 


Type II collagen helps retrain your immune system to stop attacking cartilage, which leads to osteoarthritis. If you have the following issues, type II collagen could be helpful at supplemental doses between 20-40 milligrams per day.

-GI issues which impair protein absorption

-Autoimmune disorders that affect joints, such as Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis

-Genetic mutation of vitamin C gene


If you choose to consume collagen, it is the wild west with quality, so try to assure that you purchase a product sourced from New Zealand grass-fed cattle.


Editorial Note

By the way, after just discussing the faux meat craze in last week's eNewsletter, Impossible Foods announced they changed the protein in their burger from wheat to soy. Not an improvement, as conventional soy is loaded with pesticides and xenoestrogens!


Sleep, Insomnia Update

Steve: Insomnia is a sleep disturbance characterized by difficulty getting to sleep (sleep initiation), and/or difficulty staying asleep, and/or waking up too early (sleep maintenance). Many people experience insomnia on occasion, but most of these "acute" or "episodic" forms of insomnia are transient and typically resolve spontaneously. Chronic insomnia is when sleep problems last from one to six months...This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members. You can get this article by signing up here.


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