6 Things You Need Know About Collagen
Collagen is all the rage. Even Kourtney Kardashian is getting in on the trend, but many people are still confused about what collagen is and what benefits it can provide. In order to learn more, we decided to go right to the source. We chatted with Vital Proteins Field Marketing Associate Allyson Kelchlin and she shared insight into some of the most common questions about collagen.
Collagen vs. Beef Gelatin
Vital Proteins pasture-raised Collagen Peptides and Beef Gelatin have similar amino acid profiles and offer very similar nutritional benefits. Both are virtually odorless and tasteless, making them extremely versatile.
However, they are quite different in application. Vital Proteins’ peptides are gelatin proteins broken down into their constituent peptide chains through an enzymatic process. This allows the collagen peptides to not “gel” in cold liquids. Heating them will not alter their nutritional value. The peptides have the advantage of mixing well into both cold and hot liquids without them "gelling." However, you cannot use them in recipes that call for gelatin. You may add peptides to cold and hot beverages alike, such as a smoothie, juice, water, tea or coffee, as well as a variety of foods like pancakes or oatmeal to boost the protein content.
The benefits of collagen
Collagen is the vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. Our body produces collagen naturally, but production begins to slow as we age. Adding collagen to your diet can help boost production and help restore skin’s moisture, improving the elasticity, tone and vibrancy. It has been known to create a more youthful appearance, assist with joint health and bone strength and increase athletic performance.
How to find the right brand
Look for brands that are clean, transparent, and tested through 3rd parties. Supplements are not regulated through the FDA, so often times claims can be made that are not accurate about the products.
Vital Proteins tests every lot of each product for heavy metals and microbiological components. They utilize independent, certified third party labs to conduct these tests and are USDA Organic Certified by CCOF; is Non-GMO Project Verified; and a NSF certified cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility.
How to incorporate collagen into your diet
You can ingest collagen peptides in any way you would like! Coffee is the most popular, smoothies are a close second, but you can also just add it and shake well with your water since there is no flavor. They are all equally as effective.
Each person is different, but results usually show up after about two weeks of daily use. Some people take longer to notice a difference, closer to four to six weeks.
It’s recommended to take 20g a day consistently to start seeing results.
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