All About Collagen
Let’s talk collagen/collagen peptides today! You’ve probably heard the buzz of this amazing dietary supplement whether it was from Instagram page or your other favorite wellness bloggers. Today I am sharing all about this magical product, what it is, why you should take it, why I take it, plus a whole bunch of other useful information!
WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Google tells us collagen is “the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues”. It is what essentially holds the body together, making it strong and durable. Without getting too scientific on ya’ll, there are several different types of collagen (natural and synthetic), but about 85 percent of collagen are types 1, 2, and 3. The collagen found in our bodies (and what is found in dietary supplements) is natural collagen; collagen that is used for cosmetic procedures is synthetic.
Collagen vs. collagen peptides.
As dietary supplements, collagen protein thickens liquids, where collagen peptides will dissolve in cold or hot liquid.
BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN
As stated above, collagen is what holds our bodies together so that we are able to be the strong, flexible human beings that we are. Unfortunately, as we age our bodies’ ability to produce collagen slows down, making the signs of aging more noticeable. However, this is not to say if you do not consume collagen you will age quicker than those that do. Since the body cannot continuously produce collagen it is a great supplement to add into your everyday diet. When you supplement with collagen you are strengthening not only your bones and joints, but also your hair, skin, and nails.
What damages collagen?
Aside from the natural process of aging, there are several ways the production of collagen in our bodies becomes depleted. Some of these can be prevented while others, like aging, cannot be.
High sugar consumption
So, in short, supplementing collagen into your diet can provide great results and will react differently in each individual. It is also important to use collagen in addition to an already, healthy and balanced diet to ensure proper absorption and results.
WHY I STARTED TAKING COLLAGEN PEPTIDES- What brand do I use?
I began supplementing collagen peptides into my daily routine just under a year ago. At first, I was very skeptical because I wasn’t eating meat at the time and well, collagen comes from bovine hides. I use the brand Vital Proteins and I swear by them. Their collagen peptides were the first “meat” product I introduced when switching from vegetarian to non-vegetarian. I started using them to not only balance out my diet a little more but to also heal my gut issues. As most of you know I have Celiac disease which is an autoimmune disorder. With Celiac disease, I am prone to many other autoimmune disorders as well as intolerances and gut problems.
Collagen peptides have not only healed my gut but have also helped my hair grow longer and thicker, my nails become stronger, and my body become healthier overall. I love that it gives me an extra serving of protein and that you can’t taste it- you can literally add it to anything! 1 serving of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides contains 20 grams of collagen and 18 grams of protein. It is only from grass-fed, pasture raised bovine hide, ensuring you are getting the highest quality of collagen in your diet!
To purchase Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, go to this link!
My Collagen Coffee Potion
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I use Califia Farms)
1.5 cups of organic coffee
1-2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 teaspoons of refined coconut oil (or ghee)
Add all of your ingredients into a blender, blend for about 1 minute, pour and enjoy!
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*I am NOT a doctor or medical professional. This information provided is from my own experience and research. Please consult with your doctor before making nay changes to your diet.*