BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN
Your Complete Guide to Collagen:
Why, How, & When to Take Collagen Protein
Gelatin, which is cooked collagen, is a true superfood! I’ve been singing the praises of collagen and gelatin protein for years. I think it’s one of the best things you can incorporate in your diet. The benefits range from reducing wrinkles, healing your gut, building strong bones, helping joint pain and so much more.
WebMD even praises it saying it’s:
“used for for weight loss and for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and brittle bones (osteoporosis). Some people also use it for strengthening bones, joints and fingernails. Gelatin is also used for improving hair quality and to shorten recovery after exercise and sports-related injury.” (source)
Over the years, I’ve received some awesome comments from those who have incorporated collagen into their daily diet. Here’s just a few of the many comments sent my way:
“Kelly, thank you so much for introducing me to this! I’ve been using it for 6 weeks in my morning and nighttime tea and I can’t believe the difference in my pain levels. I suffered from terrible back pain. Many days, I couldn’t even get out of bed. I had to get monthly shots just to manage my pain. It’s been a little over a month and my pain levels are down tremendously. I even cancelled my shot this month!” – Diane T.
“Wow. This stuff works! I have rheumatoid arthritis and this has been helping me. I am now very hopeful to get off my pain medication in the future.” – Brenda M.
Tracey swears by it and said it helped her recovery from a knee surgery. “Even my doctor couldn’t believe how quickly I healed from my surgery.” – Tracey L.
Now you can see why I love this stuff so much! It’s helping so many people live better and healthier lives! Love that! 🙂
Do I Need Collagen Supplementation?
As we age, the amount of collagen in our body decreases. By age 25, collagen levels are decreased at a rate of 1.5% a year. By age 40, collagen is depleted faster than it is produced! And by age 60, over half of the body’s collagen has been depleted.
And collagen is what holds us together! It’s found in skin, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, bone tissue, blood vessels, intervertebral discs, gastrointestinal tract, and even in the cornea of the eye.
Collagen is one of the few supplements I believe everyone should add to their diet. From more youthful looking skin to reducing inflammation and healing your gut, collagen is a true nutritional powerhouse.
6 Surprising Benefits of Collagen
Here’s some more surprising benefits of collagen protein. Plus learn how and when to take it for your best results!
1. Digestive Aid
Collagen soothes and heals the digestive tract and helps repair the mucous lining. It also helps break down the protein and fat from foods, making them easier for the body to digest.
To help with digestion, before meals, add 1 scoop of collagen peptides (Find HERE) to your beverage. Doing so will increase protein absorption and hydrochloric acid production. It will also help heal your digestive tract.
2. Skin Health
Some doctors refer to collagen as the new anti-aging product of the century and I have to agree! It ensures cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of the skin. Collagen is primarily composed of the amino acids glycine, proline, alanine and hydroxyproline. These particular amino acids are shown to reduce the signs of aging. Clinical research has shown that Vital Protein’s Collagen promotes younger looking skin, improves skin moisture level, improves skin smoothness, improves the signs of deep wrinkles and improves skin suppleness. (source)
3. Weight Loss
Collagen is a great source of protein and provides 18 grams of protein per 2 scoops! Studies show that collagen peptides consumed at breakfast are 40% more satiating than other proteins (such as whey or soy) and correlate to a 20% reduction of food intake at lunch. (source)
4. Joint and Bone Health
The amino acids in collagen, gylcine and proline, repair tissue, lessen inflammation and provide relief from joint pain, similar to taking cortisone or ibuprofen. The glycine also speeds wound healing, helps stiff joints and promotes recovery. Another more recent study assessed the efficiency of collagen peptides in a randomized, double blind, controlled multicenter trial, in which 250 subjects with primary osteoarthritis of the knee were given 10g of collagen peptides daily. The results showed a significant improvement in knee joint comfort, and again subjects with the greatest joint deterioration benefited most. (source)
Several studies also show that supplementing with collagen builds bone density. Collagen peptides stimulate osteoblasts, which are the cells responsible for bone formation. (source)
If you are looking to lessen inflammation or build bone density, try THIS delicious turmeric tea and add in 1-2 scoops of collagen peptides. Consume at least 3-4 times a week (ideally, daily) for maximum benefits.
5. Athletic Performance
The specific amino acids, primarily glycine and proline help repair tissue, lessen inflammation, shortens recovery after exercise and helps with sports related injuries. Supplementation with collagen peptides showed a reduction of risk for injuries on muscle, tendons, and ligaments in athletes. Also the glycine and arginine content in collagen aids athletic performance and help maintain and restore muscle mass. Arginine stimulates the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland, which is known to increase muscle mass and that may explain the performance gains. (source)
6. Sleep Tonic
Glycine plays an important role in the neurotransmitters within the brain. Recent research shows that glycine improves sleep quality who have difficulty sleeping. Ingesting collagen improves sleep quality but it also helps reduce daytime sleepiness and helps improve memory during waking hours.
If you could use some help getting better sleep, try this bed time sleep tonic: Mix 1 tablespoon collagen peptides with chamomile tea an hour before bed. Chamomile further helps sleep and relaxation, so this bedtime tonic works extremely well!
What’s the Difference Between Gelatin and Collagen Peptides?
The difference is in the processing.
Gelatin is cooked collagen that’s been dried and processed into a powder. It will gel when it’s mixed with water. It’s great for making homemade jello and pudding! It has the green lid.
Collagen Peptides are processed so the amino acids are broken down, making it easier to digest. It’s also absorbed faster by the body. Collagen Peptides will not gel and are easily mixed into hot or cold beverages and liquids. It has the blue lid.
Both are virtually tasteless and odorless.
I personally buy and use both the Collagen Peptides and the Gelatin. I use the gelatin for making my homemade jello and pudding recipes. And then I use the collagen peptides in my daily beverages. I consume 2 tablespoons of collagen peptides per day, which is the recommended dose. One tablespoon in my afternoon green tea frappuccino shake. And one tablespoon in my nightly bed time tea.
Vital Proteins Gelatin and Collagen Peptides
I love to get in touch with companies that I personally love and use on a daily basis. My husband, Zach was able to speak with the owners of Vital Proteins. We were so impressed at their passion for helping others get healthy and also for their integrity for high quality products. I love people who are as passionate as me about health and helping others live better lives. I am now a big fan of the people behind Vital Proteins!
I made the switch from other gelatin products to Vital Proteins for a few more reasons, too.
Cattle is single-sourced from 100% grass-fed cows from Brazil. Many other brands source from Argentina where cattle are typically grain finished. Vital Proteins has taken great care to ensure the pasture size for each animal is at least 2.67 acres.
Non BPA air-tight canisters prevent moisture and oxygen from entering the canister. Vital Proteins hermetically induction seals each canister, ensuring product integrity, quality and safety. Collagen is very hygroscopic and absorbs moisture. Without this protection, the collagen will start to degrade. Cardboard canisters are permeable and susceptible to moisture and bacteria, which is why I especially appreciate Vital Protein’s air-tight canisters.
I can’t wait for you to try collagen and experience it’s many benefits like I have! My husband is a big fan, too. It’s helped tremendously with his knee and joint pain.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Have you added collagen to your diet yet? If you have, I want to hear how it’s helped you! Leave me a comment below 🙂
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