Everything You Need to Know About Collagen

Ah, collagen….where do I begin?

Collagen has been all the rage in 2017, and for good reason! Claiming to be great for hair, skin, nails and gut health, you can see why the general population is gaining interest in it.
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The question is, are all of these claims about collagen actually true?
I have personally been using Collagen for over a year and I have definitely noticed a difference in all of those areas!

What is collagen?

I will leave the actual definition to the experts.
According to Vital Proteins (my go-to brand for all collagen related products):
“Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility.”
Also, a fun minor detail – collagen makes up 30% of the protein in our bodies! That being said, its pretty important we support our systems with collagen in supplement form, considering most of us are not eating the way our ancestors did and therefore not getting those key nutrients anymore.

What are the benefits of collagen?

Collagen has a long list of benefits, including the ones I briefly mentioned like hair and skin improvement, as well as some more surprising effects like boosted metabolism and increase in muscle mass output. I can’t personally attest to those two, but what I have noticed myself is an improved elasticity in skin, hair growth, and most of all improved digestion from taking collagen. I’m not going to say that all of this improved over night, but I noticed the positive effects of collagen really quickly when I started using it.

What does collagen taste like?

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Collagen comes in a powder or pill form, has no taste and blends well with just about any beverage or recipe.  You can add it to soups, tea, or my favorite, matcha or coffee lattes (I have a full bulletproof coffee recipe on my blog if you want specifics).
When you blend collagen in a blender with a liquid you will notice it froths up, which is a side bonus if you love lattes like me.

What are the best collagen brands?

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There are a plethora of brands out there wheeling collagen these days. The one brand I would wholeheartedly refer all my galpals to is the Vital Proteins collagen. I have been using their collagen peptides and other similar products from the brand for over a year with nothing but great results.
You can purchase the exact product I buy here: here
I wanted to keep this short and sweet but answer all of the questions I have gotten on Instagram. If I didn’t address your question leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!
I post recipes incorporating collagen all the time on my Instagram account, so make sure to check there for some ideas. If you try collagen make sure to tag me on Instagram in your pictures so I can see what recipes you come up with!
xo

2 Replies to “Everything You Need to Know About Collagen”

  1. I also put collagen powder in my drinks but use a different brand. I’ll check out your suggestion! Do you know if there is a difference between the bovine collagen powder and the marine collagen powder, in terms of health benefits?

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    1. That’s great that you are already in the routine of using collagen! From what I have found, bovine and marine collagen are really similar in the benefits they provide, with slight variations in amino acids. You can’t go wrong with either in my opinion. 😊

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