For the past month or so, I've been adding collagen peptides into my morning coffee. Here's why…
First off, I don't use a lot supplements. There's so much discussion about supplementation out there, but if you took everything that you hear “you should be taking”, you could eat supplements for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I believe that when you're eating mostly whole food diet, get your vitamins and minerals mostly from real foods and keep your nutritional must-haves in mind, you should be able to get all nutrients that you need from your meals.
However, lately I've been supplementing my diet with collagen peptides. The brand that I'm using is Vital Proteins. This post is not sponsored, I'm writing it because I've really seen some great benefits from taking their collagen peptides.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It's a fibrous protein that is found mainly in connective tissues. It's a building block of our skin, nails, hair, bones and joints, so if you want to have them strong and healthy, you need to have enough collagen in your diet.
Our ancestors used to get plenty of collagen with the food they ate, but with all the processed and packaged foods many of us are eating now, we don't get nearly as much of it nowadays as we used to. Not surprisingly…
Why Do We Need Collagen
Here are the main reasons why collagen is important for your health:
To maintain bone health. Around the time when we hit our thirties, our bodies start to lose bone substance faster than create it, so naturally the amount of collagen in our bodies decreases too. The older we get, the weaker our bones potentially get, which is why bone fractures and injuries take significantly longer to recover. Collagen helps to keep the bones strong.
To keep joints healthy. Collagen is present in cartilage that is found in our nose, ears, throat and joints and prevents bones from rubbing against each other.
While also joint problems are more common among older people, I know plenty of people around 30 years old with various joint issues. One of them is my husband… and supplementing with collagen has made a difference: His knee joint pain has significantly lessened.
To maintain healthy skin. Collagen is responsible for our skin's integrity–strength, elasticity and overall vitality. Collagen is found in many skincare products, and it's known to help to fight against dryness and wrinkles.
To keep you more satiated. Out of three macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat), protein has been shown to be most satiating. It fills you up, so you don't have to eat again two hours after finishing your breakfast. I'm all about it, because that way I can focus on other things and don't have to think about food too often.
Because collagen's satiating properties, losing weight and keeping it off becomes easier.
But is collagen protein different from other proteins? According to some studies, yes. Collagen protein has been shown to be 40% more satiating than other proteins, like whey, soy and casein.
To heal and support stomach lining. Collagen is so important for gut health, which all starts with the health of stomach lining. Stomach lining basically looks like a wrinkly bag covering the walls of our stomachs. It secretes substances that help our bodies to digest food, but it also protects the rest of the body from the highly acidic environment of the stomach.
So if there's something wrong with stomach lining and doesn't function properly, it can cause a lot of digestive issues, like irritable bowel syndrome or leaky gut.
Collagen helps to heal and support stomach lining.
To promote healthy digestion. Collagen makes digestion faster by improving hydrochloric acid production in our stomach. This acid is needed to break down foods, and as a result, your digestion improves. Because collagen absorbs water very efficiently, it may also help to draw water into the intestinal tract and that way help the food move faster.
To sleep better. According to some sources, taking collagen can help you sleep better.
How I'm Using Collagen Peptides
Collagen peptides are short chain amino acids that are derived from collagen protein. The brand that I'm using makes their collagen peptides from pasture-raised, grass-fed collagen protein.
You can add collagen peptides to pretty much any food or drink, hot or cold. I've been having my daily collagen with my morning coffee. It has almost no taste at all. Or, most people who have tried it say that it doesn't, but I can in fact tell that there's something added to the coffee. It has very, very mild flavor that I like. I really look forward to my morning coffee every day.
Occasionally I've put collagen also into my smoothie, but the flavors of veggies and fruits are so much stronger that I can't taste any of it in a shake.
You can play with it and seriously put it in pretty much every food: oatmeal, soups, sauces and even desserts.
Results: Better Digestion, Less Joint Pain
It's interesting that when you look at the most articles about collagen and its health benefits, improving digestion isn't really mentioned as the first thing. Improving bone and joint health seems to be number one reason for using it, followed by all the anti-ageing benefits collagen has.
However, for me the most noticeable change has been much better digestion. I've always dealt with some kind of digestive issues, but I'm feeling a lot better now as I've added a scoop of collagen peptides into my coffee everyday.
I haven't tried taking it in the evening, but apparently it can help you to sleep better, and sleep is something I struggle with quite a bit. I will try to take it before the bed and see if it makes any difference.
My husband's knees used to always get really sore after some time of sitting. After starting to use collagen, which has been about 30 days, according to him his knees feel much better. The pain isn't completely gone, but there's much less of it.
I don't take much supplements–just cod liver oil, collagen and sometimes protein powder–but I've been really happy with the results that we've seen from taking collagen peptides. I'm planning to keep using it and try it also at night to see if it helps with the sleep.
Do you take supplements? Have you tried collagen?
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