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8 Potential Benefits of Collagen

Who would have thought that a substance found in bones and skin could become the need-to-have supplement? We’re talking collagen.

“Collagen is a type of protein that plays an important role in building and supporting many tissues, from bones and cartilage to skin, hair, eyes, and the digestive system,” says Sonya Angelone, RDN, who practices in San Francisco and is a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

When you take a collagen supplement or eat foods rich in collagen, you are consuming collagen that comes from an animal, explains Ryanne Lachman, RDN, a functional medicine dietitian at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Collagen peptides are often sold in powdered or capsule form, and collagen can also be consumed in bone broth.

As with any supplement, there are potential side effects.

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While collagen is generally safe, you should always talk to your healthcare team before

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A Dentist Sees More Cracked Teeth. What’s Going On?

So what can we do?

You’d be surprised how many people are unaware that they’re clenching and grinding. Even patients who come into the office complaining of pain and sensitivity are often incredulous when I point it out. “Oh, no. I don’t grind my teeth,” is a refrain I hear over and over again, despite the fact that I’m often watching them do it.

Awareness is key. Are your teeth currently touching? Even as you read this article? If so, that’s a sure sign that you’re doing some damage — your teeth shouldn’t actually touch throughout the day at all unless you’re actively eating and chewing your food. Instead, your jaw should be relaxed, with a bit of space between the teeth when the lips are closed. Be mindful, and try to stop yourself from grinding when you catch yourself doing it.

If you have a night guard or retainer,

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One tiny change could help you stick to your diet

Searching for a healthier choice at the grocery store? Look out for food items featuring “front of package” (FOP) nutritional information. Not only are these products usually healthier, but they also appear to motivate their competitors to use healthier ingredients/portions as well.

According to a new study from North Carolina State University, the adoption of these front-facing nutritional labels is associated with better nutritional quality for those foods – and even their competitors.

If you’ve spent any time in a supermarket or convenience store over the past few years you’ve seen some FOP labels. Foods with these labels still include the full spectrum of traditional nutritional information on the back of their packaging, but also feature a few nutritional facts on the front as well. FOP labels are part of “Facts Up Front,” a completely voluntary food industry initiative to be more transparent about ingredients and nutritional quality.

More specifically,

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