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6 Surprising Benefits of Collagen PLUS Why, When & How To Take It For Best Results!


Benefits of Collagen - Your complete guide for how and when to use it and more! Primally Inspired

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?

Benefits of Collagen - Why you need this Superfood every day! Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides


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.  

Benefits of Collagen Protein - Why How and When to Take for Best Results! Primally Inspired

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)

To maximize skin benefits, drink THIS green tea frappuccino and add in 1-2 scoops of collagen peptides. Drink at least 3-4 times a week. I drink this daily for maximum skin benefits!


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)

If you are looking to jumpstart your weight loss efforts, try THIS filling breakfast shake (my favorite!) each morning and add in 2 scoops of collagen peptides.


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)

If you’d like to increase your athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury, try THIS protein shake using collagen peptides after a workout!


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?


Difference between collagen and gelatin. Benefits of Collagen - Why you need to be taking collagen every day!


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. 


Benefits of Collagen - Green Tea Frappuccino Smoothie with Collagen Peptides!

Vital Proteins Gelatin and Collagen Peptides

Benefits of Collagen - Why you need to be taking collagen protein every day!

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.


More protein per serving and more amino acid density! (source HERE and HERE)


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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    Kelly I tried to order the Collagen peptides but the coupon code is not working. It says it’s not valid.
    Please advise. I would like to get started quickly I am having spinal fusion on the 20th.
    Thanks so much

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    Patrick O'Flaherty


    I did not see in your write up or on the Vital Proteins website if this is a Type I, II or III collagen?

    Thank you,


    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Patrick, thanks for this question! Vital Proteins said,
      “Our Collagen Peptides and Collagen Beef Protein Beef Gelatin are Types I and III. Collagen types relate more to how collagen is formed in the body. Once extracted into a powder, they are pure amino acids, and once ingested, the body will construct the various types necessary. Type I is found in over 90% of all collagen throughout the body. Roughly 50% of cartilage is Type II.”

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    Does anyone know of a collagen product to recommend that isn’t sourced from beef? I would like to get all the benefits from collagen but I have a beef sensitivity. Any suggestions would be great! I have a gelatin product sourced from pig but haven’t found collagen.

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    Kelly, I too can attest it the amazing benefits of collagen and gelatin. I have been using the other popular brand (Great Lakes) but am going to try your recommendation next. I take it for my hair and skin. Have seen tremendous improvement in both since taking it on a regular basis. Have been doing so for over a year and a half and have no plans to ever stop. I typically blend two tablespoons into my morning coffee, along with turmeric and coconut oil. Sometimes add a little vanilla stevia.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Awesome, Elizabeth! I definitely noticed the skin and hair benefits, too. I love your morning coffee concoction – you’ve got some great ingredients to start you off on the right foot each morning 🙂

      P.S. I found some big aloe leaves for my hair!!

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        So glad to hear about the aloe leaves! I am loving the results on my skin! And it feels so great on a hot day, since I keep it in the fridge.

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    Hi Kelly!

    So, I’ve been making/taking bone broth for all these same reasons as these two products. I was just saying that I wish I could just buy bone broth, b/c it’s a real pain to cook a whole chicken for hours in the crock pot to get the bones to give up all the good stuff. These products are my wish, aren’t they?


    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Laurie! Yes, I felt the same way as you! I make bone broth from my whole chicken every week, but it gets used up so quickly (I usually use my broth to make soups. One soup batch and my broth is gone – I’m lucky to even get a cup to spare lol). The collagen is a great way for me to get all the benefits daily 🙂

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      Try making broth overnight in your crockpot on low. Bake chicken for dinner, then put the bones right into the crockpot. I take carrots, celery, and onions that are limp (about to go bad) and freeze them to use in my broth. Your house will smell divine in the morning. You could also look into a pressure cooker. I ordered an Instant Pot from Amazon a few years ago and we use it almost daily.

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    Hi Kelly I used your coupon code to try my first Collagen Protein from Vital Protein today. The coupon code went through just fine (although it took a bit to find where I could put in the code). I will be anxious to try the collagen to see if it will help with a minor knee issue and a big toe/knuckle issue that I’ve been experiencing lately. I’ve been trying to walk an hour a day (I’m 60+). I’ve never had feet issues or health issues before. I’m also anxious to try your Green Tea Frappuccino recipe.

    Great site BTW! Thank you for all the info.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Peg! Keep me posted! It works wonders for inflammatory pain, so I have a feeling you will have some great results to report back 🙂 That green tea frapp is the bomb!! I drink one every day and even got my husband hooked on them! Lately, we’ve been blending in some mint from our garden in it and it’s so refreshing.

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    Hi Kelly,
    My mother and I have been using collagen for about a month now and really like it. However one thing we both noticed after using it is that we both feel very thirsty the next day. I was wondering if anyone else has felt this way as well? Just curious??

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Interesting, Deanna! I am curious to know if that happens to others, too. I can’t say I notice that, but I’ve been taking collagen daily for years so I don’t think I would notice even if it was the case. I think I would have to stop for a few weeks and then start back up to notice. Very interesting – now you’ve got me really curious about it!

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    Hi Kelly! Man I love your blog! In fact, I have been using Great Lakes Hydrolyzed collagen for over two years now with GREAT benefit! I see that recently you have switched your brand preference to Vital Protein, whereas Im sure this is a great product, it’s simply too expensive for me, even with your awesome promotion, would you still stand by Great lakes, or was there something you found out that dissuaded your use of them?
    Thank you!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hey Kendall, thank you for your kind words!! This is a great question. I was totally in the same boat as you. I used Great Lakes for so long and then Vital Proteins came along with 100% transparency about their products, the production of their products and their really strict standards for the animals. I continued to use Great Lakes because it was slightly cheaper and at the time, I still thought Great Lakes was a great product and thought there was no need to switch.

      Since I take collagen every single day, I thought it was probably important to know for sure that it was made from 100% grass-fed and finished, pasture raised, well treated beef so I started researching the 2 companies to see if in fact, there was a difference. And I was kind of amazed at the difference between the 2 companies after doing just a bit of research. Great Lakes doesn’t disclose much and I was referred to the website facts to answer most of the questions I had. The Great Lakes website states, “Ranchers in Argentina and Brazil have traditionally raised cattle in herds that graze freely on the natural grasslands. Based on visiting the region, it is our observation that this is the case.” “So, you don’t know for sure??!” was my response. And no, they don’t know for sure – they are just guessing. That didn’t sit well with me. If I’m taking a product every single day, I want to be sure it’s the best quality I can get and it is what I think it is. The other thing that didn’t sit well with me was that when asked exactly what the animals were fed, the answer was “There is no way to be certain of all concepts of feeding of these animals.” 🙁 I didn’t like that answer, either.

      Vital Proteins is 100% transparent about their product. Their standards are super strict and they go above and beyond to know for certain that these animals are in fact, grass fed and finished, no hormones, antibiotics and treated very well (at least 2.67 acres per cow! that’s so cool!). For me it was a no-brainer after being in contact with both companies.

      I hope that helps answer some of your questions! Oh and the Vital Proteins container is much larger than Great Lakes – didn’t know if you knew that! 🙂

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        Thank you for that answer, Kelly! I had been wondering the same thing! I have a couple of containers of the Great Lakes (both green and red can) in my pantry that I can’t justify throwing out, but I plan to try the Vital Proteins to use daily and save my Great Lakes containers as back up or use only occasionally. Thanks again for doing the leg work for us! 🙂

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    Thank you for the coupon! I’ve been looking fwd to trying this brand.

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    Thanks for all your hard work, I really like how you include not only what you do and why, but also the science to back it up. I have a question about how to take the collagen though, do I have to take it the way you suggest to get that particular benefit? Or will I get all those benefits if I just dissolve it in some water or add it to a green smoothie?

    Also, I have wanted to try frozen liver pills the way you do them but am squeamish about it. I was browsing Vital Proteins’ website to get the collagen and I noticed they also sell grass fed beef liver pills. What are your thoughts on those?

    Thanks again!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Thank you, Danielle!! I love this question and I’m so glad you brought it up because it confirmed my suspicion that I didn’t address that well enough. Yes, you will definitely get all the benefits no matter how you take it! My suggestions for how to take it will just give you a little extra oomph because of a particular ingredient or ingredients in the suggested recipe. For example, green tea powder, or matcha is SO awesome for the skin (and weight loss!) so taking collagen plus green tea powder in my green tea frappuccino recipe is like a double whammy for skin health 🙂

      I was told they were coming out with liver pills in the very near future, but wasn’t aware they are finally here! I will order them now!! Thank you for the head’s up – ooh and the coupon is still good, woo! I’m actually really excited about this (probably a bit too excited considering it’s liver lol). I’ll write a blog post about my experience taking them after I give it a month or two. Thank you so much for letting me know!

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    I was wondering if you found found any collegan that was not a beef by product. I don’t eat any red meat.

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    Thank you for this information. I am disappointed to hear about Great Lakes’ ignorance to the feeding practices. On another note, do you have any thoughts on the safety and benefits of giving this product to children (7-12 age range)?

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    Hi, just have a question. New to this site, and never heard about benefits of collagen beyond skin. My husband has fibromyalgia and neuropathy in His hands and feet. Do you think this could help relieve his pain? Is there any studies to back this up? Thank you.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Rhonda,

      Here’s some quick links I found to some studies showing the benefits of collagen to fibromyalgia patients:

      I thought this next study was interesting, showing fibromyalgia patients have lower hydroxyproline and lower total concentration of the major amino acids of collagen than the controls. This study just shows the lower levels in fibro patients, but I would think that supplementing with collagen to raise those levels would prove to be beneficial, too (which seems to be an accurate assumption as shown by other studies). The Vital Proteins collagen is very rich in hydroxyproline at 2058 mg per serving as well as other amino acids. Here’s that study >> http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/1/27.full Here’s the amino acid density information for Vital Proteins Collagen: http://www.vitalproteins.com/collagen-peptides-39.html

      Here’s the complete unfunded study done in the United States, by Dr Gary B. Olsen and his team (http://collagendiet.com/fibromyalgia.pdf), that demonstrated that collagen can help to decrease fibromyalgia symptoms. This study showed that subsequent to 3 months of consumption, chronic fibromyalgia patients experienced pain reduction, morning stiffness reduction, sleep improvement, chronic headache improvement, dullness feeling improvement, irritable colon syndrome improvement, memory and cognitive state improvement.

      That above study also showed a 44% improvement rate for neuropathy of fibromyalgia patients after 90 days of supplementing with just 1 tablespoon of collagen before bed! Improvement from tingling and numbing was the highest percentage of improvement followed by a 39% improvement from TMD, muscle and ligaments.

      Good news for fibromyalgia patients and hopefully for your husband, too, I believe! Hope that helps, Rhonda!

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    Hi Kelly, just got my collegan protein yesterdat and had some in chamomile tea before bed, now having some this morning in my coffee 🙂 Excited to see results for stiffness, headaches, skin & nails!! Will let you know how it works when I notice a difference. Went with the one that dissolves….so much easier lol

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    Hey Kelly. I just read up on this and ordered the Collagen to give it a try. I have been on my weight loss journey for most of the year and finally have a good grip on a training and eating schedule. A big problem I have is my skin having a bit of cellulitis all over. Another would be my gut. I look forward to seeing the results I have read this gives. Do you know long it usually takes to start seeing results?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Chris! I noticed my positive skin and hair benefits about a month after taking collagen. My husband noticed his joint pain relief much sooner – about a week or two. Another thing you may want to look into is taking a high quality, multi-strain probiotic if you aren’t already. Probiotics are really great for healing the gut, helping digestion, killing off bad bacteria and they also provide skin benefits, too (skin issues and digestion go hand and hand). THIS is the probiotic that I take and always recommend, but there are many other good brands out there, too. Just make sure it’s a multi-strain one. I wish you the best — please keep me posted if you remember – I would love to hear how the collagen is working for you!

      Oh! One more thing! I hate to bombard you with suggestions when you didn’t even ask so please forgive me if I am overstepping and just tell me to shut up!! But you may find that taking 1 or 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar daily may be really helpful, too. ACV is really amazing at killing off bad bacteria, helping digestion and great for helping skin issues, too. HERE is my favorite way to take ACV (I hate the taste of it and this is the only way I can get it down – it’s actually very good!) and that blog post goes over all the health benefits of ACV, too.

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    I am new to your site, but I wanted to make sure you knew about THRIVE MARKET. If not, definitely look into it. I am on a very tight budget, and even though I didn’t like paying the membership fee, I have been able to purchase items that I wouldn’t have bought at my local market. One item inparticular, the Great Lakes collagen. I’ve been trying to figure out how to fit it into my diet and finally today I mixed it into my coffee. Thank you for all your information.

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    I started using Vital Proteins Collagen & then just recently added on their Gelatin. Today I ordered their Liver Capsules. Using the collagen & gelatin I find I have more energy throughout the day, I am less hungry, I’ve seen improvements in interstitial cystitis that I’ve been battling for many years. It’s so amazing!!!

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    One more question. I was told for gut healing (which my son & I both need) to start with collagen & when we’re tolerating well to then add gelatin. We’ve done that, but now we’re taking both of them each day & I’m wondering if that’s necessary? I prefer the collagen & my son prefers the gelatin, but do we need to be taking both of them daily for gut healing?

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    Hello, Kelly!
    I love everything that you post, you’re great! But now i have a question: since i’m living in Germany( Europe), it’s hard for me to buy this collagen peptides you recommended. The shipping and taxes are faaar too expensive. Do you recommend any collagen peptides that i can buy in Europe and that they have the same quality as this?? Thanks!

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    Kelly – I have just recently started taking collagen, but I take it in the morning with my coffee. I see where you recommend it in the evenings. Do you think mornings are ok? I usually add a scoop (1 Tbsp) to my coffee and have a couple of cups each morning. So around 2 Tablespoons a day.

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    I have two questions. Is it safe for a child to consume collagen? My ten year old suffers from auto-immune related skin disorders. I read in one of Dr, Axe’s books that he gave some to a five year old. Two, I am an ovarian cancer survivor, who tries to avoid anything estrogen. Would collagen promote estrogen? I cannot seem to find anything out when I google. Thank you.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Cindi,

      Children have ample amounts of collagen so I don’t personally think it’s a necessary supplement for children (although it never hurts), but in cases of gut or autoimmune issues, I think it would be helpful. Collagen has anti-estrogenic properties that help offset the effects of excess estrogen in the body, so I think it would be extremely helpful for you (that’s one of the reasons it’s so great for balancing hormones, too!).

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    Hi! I’m 25 yrs old and am looking to have a more healthy lifestyle. I came across your blog looking for info on Vital Proteins. I just received my first 20 oz jar of their Collagen Peptides and am excited to see the results. I’ve struggled with gut issues and acne breakouts here and there. I’ve also started to workout on a more routine basis, so I’m sure the collagen will help with my joints as well. I wish I saw your post and coupon code before I purchased my first jar! But since I think I will continue taking this supplement, I will probably get another jar. Does your coupon have an expiration date to use by? And thank you so much for the coupon!! Much appreciated. 🙂

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    Hi Kelly !

    I just started taking collagen and I would like to introduce my mom to using it. She has severe back pain, which she has suffered for years. She is also diabetic. Is it ok to take being diabetic?

    Thank you

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Lisa! I think it’s always best to check in with her doctor. From what I know, collagen shouldn’t negatively affect her glucose levels (if anything it may possibly even help). So far I’ve only seen positive results from studies done with diabetics supplementing with collagen. I hope this can help her find some relief!

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    I use a collagen sublingual gel and I love it!! It’s all natural and sourced from grass fed cattle within the United States.

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    Quick Question: I’ve been using collagen peptides for almost two months. I’m noticing great skin benefits but also a strange “rubbery-like” mouth feel. Is this normal?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Carolyn, interesting! I haven’t heard of that before, but I’d love to hear from any other readers if they’ve experienced that. We’ll try to get to the bottom of it!

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      I just started taking this product two days ago in the mornings and by evening I too have a rubbery feeling around my mouth and weird taste in my saliva. Strange that it shows up later in the day. Anyone have more information on this?

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    Thanks Kelly for such a great article ?x

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    Hello Kelly,

    Does this powder help in acne recovery and also for women suffering from pcod’s? Waiting for your kind reply.

    Thank you.

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    Awaiting your reply.

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    Hi Kelly,

    After doing lots of research, I ordered my collagen (Vital Proteins) and matcha green tea today. I am so excited about taking my health and fitness journey to another level. Will report back after a month of use.

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    Will it (collagen) be as effective if you encapsulate it and take the capsules?

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    I feel kind of silly asking this but I noticed you add the collagen into teas and coffees. I’m assuming these are hot? I was just wondering because I just started putting it in my hot lemon and apple cider vinegar drink in the morning and didn’t know if it would “break it down” or not. 😉

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    Hi Kelly,
    I am interested in trying Vital Proteins Collagen but wanted to know if it is okay to take the 2 scoops/day while also using a protein powder everyday (nutivia hemp protein powder), or is that too much protein to consume via powder a day?
    Also, I am wondering if the collagen is safe during pregnancy?

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Nur,

      Collagen is safe during pregnancy – I took it throughout mine. It’s excellent nutrition for the growing baby and keeping mom healthy, too. 🙂

      The 2 scoops a day plus the hemp protein powder will generally not fall into too much protein category. The exception is if you already consume a high protein diet and aren’t very active then your body wouldn’t need that much extra. If you’re at a healthy weight, you don’t lift weights and you don’t exercise much, then aiming for 0.36 to 0.6 grams per pound of bodyweight (or 0.8 to 1.3 gram per kg) is a reasonable estimate, which is about 46-75 grams of protein per day for the average female. If you lift weights and/or are very active (or are recovering from an injury), your body will generally need upwards of 0.5 to 0.8 + grams of protein per pound of bodyweight to rebuild and nourish the muscles.

      (I don’t think there is any need for most people to actually track their protein intake unless you like that sort of thing. If you’re a healthy person trying to stay healthy, then simply eating quality protein or a protein supplement with most of your meals along with nutritious plant foods should bring your intake into an optimal range). Hope that helps!

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    Hello, Kelly!
    I love your posts, you’re great! I used Liquid Collagen Supplement and I am seeing lots of advantages in my skin, hair, joints pain and healthy bones. Thanks for sharing the great article.

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    I absolutely love collagen I took a picture of 30 days before and after my skin is super evenly town it’s brighter no more dark circles under my eyes my overall health I feel amazing after I work out I noticed my muscles are as sore as I used to be my skin and my nails my hair everything looks fabulous if I could share a picture I would

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    I have been usung collagen for a week and stumbled ovet your article great information.
    Thank you

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    Hi, great post. I’ve been using hydrolysed collagen for a few years as it helps my back, I have worn out sacrum discs. It also has the great side effect of great skin, and it helps my gut, as I have coeliac disease and a leaky gut, so collagen is great for healing.

    One thing I’ve noticed and I must share, is because I have thyroid issues I struggle with brittle and flaky nails. Collagen has helped with this, but I started taking acerola cherry powder for it’s vitamin C (no synthetic vitamins for me!) for other reasons and literally my nails changed over night! They are now strong and flexible and don’t flake. I was amazed. I did a bit of research and it turns out vitamin C is necessary to support collagen in the body. Who knew! Perhaps I was lacking in vitamin C, I probably don’t absorb very well due to my leaky gut, but anyway, if you are struggling to see results with collagen, or just want to boost it, try vitamin C. I take a capsule version of organic acerola cherry powder, but you can get it in powder form for smoothies, yogurt etc if you like, and Camu Camu powder is also high in vitamin C, as is amla powder (Indian gooseberry).

    Just thought I’d share in case it’s useful. Anecdotal evidence is the greatest and if I have the means to help someone else through my own experiences, then I will gladly. 🙂

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