Special Gift, Good Gus Books, Christmas Book Recently, I have been researching collagen. It appears to be very popular but I wondered if it was safe to use.  It has been in the past, always associated with the medical profession as a filler utilizing needles.  However, now the supplement industry has caught on and it comes in capsule, powder and creams.  It occurs naturally in our bodies and is essential to our tissue structure and elasticity.  As we age, it decreases.  It is in meats and poultry but it’s the parts we trim off as it is connective tissue.  Not ideal.  Turmeric is a good source to increase your body’s collagen to a degree.  However, the supplements can give you what you need based on scientific studies.  They claim that it will reduce the signs of aging and improve skin elasticity.  It is also supposed to help your bones and joints which is good news for anyone with arthritis or osteoarthritis.  In a study in 2008, using rats, it was concluded that collagen did actually increase bone mass.  If you think about it, that’s the answer for older adults and particularly women as they  struggle with bone density more than men.  As collagen is a protein, by including it in your diet, particularly if you are an older adult you automatically increase your daily consumption.  Athletes use it to enhance their performance and  build muscles which is also applicable to the older adult.   Lastly, though, if you have leaky gut syndrome, digestive problems and other stomach related issues, it appears to help even though there is no scientific research backing it.  In the Good Gus series, collagen wasn’t even a thought in anyone’s mind.  As the holiday season rapidly approaches, remember “The Special Gift” is a wonderful story for the young child on their Kindle. Last Christmas it was sold out at the Marine Base in San Diego, California.  Trying collagen may help you physically, but if your mind needs a change, please try “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.