I believe in gelatin for gut healing. I also believe that collagen can be an overall health boost, so today I want to share with you my favorite 5 ways collagen can be an overall health boost.
5 Ways Collagen Can be an Overall Health Boost
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Remember, gelatin and collagen are not the same things. You can learn about the difference between collagen and gelatin HERE.
The Vital Proteins Collagen consists of gelatin proteins broken down into their constituent peptide chains through an enzymatic process. Vital Proteins says that, “‘This allows our 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 our 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.”‘
Here are the 5 ways collagen can be an overall health boost in detail:
- Can improve skin health. Y’all know I’m all about that skincare life these days (still catching up from years of not caring, btw). Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and with appropriate amounts of it, your skin will stay glowing and vibrant. “A study published in 2014 randomly chose 46 of 69 women, ages 35-55 years old, to take a collagen hydrolysate supplement. The rest of the group took a placebo. The women who took the collagen showed an improvement in skin elasticity within four weeks.” (source)
- Can strengthen hair, nails, and teeth. “Collagen protein is the building block of your fingernails, hair and teeth. Adding collagen into your diet regimen can help keep your nails strong and possibly reverse signs of hair loss. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that there’s an “essential relationships between extracellular matrix (ECM) and hair follicle regeneration, suggesting that collagen could be a potential therapeutic target for hair loss and other skin-related diseases.” (source)
- Might ease joint pain. “As your cartilage weakens and deteriorates with age, you may start to feel stiff, achy joints. It’s possible that upping your collagen intake may help reduce joint pain and alleviate symptoms of arthritis.” (source)
- Aids in healing Leaky Gut Syndrome. “Bone broth, which is an incredible source of collagen, is one of the best natural ways to treat leaky gut. Studies show patients with IBS tested low for collagen IV[*]. Broth contains bioavailable collagen, which means your body can quickly use this protein and the other vitamins, minerals and important amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that come with it. Even if you don’t suffer from IBS symptoms, collagen is an excellent supplement to take for gut health.” (source)
- Potential increase in athletic performance. “We replace what modern food processing has removed from our diets by restoring and promoting collagen production – essential to muscle and ligament health. This helps you push harder, farther, and longer… to get you back at it faster, and to help you dig deeper.” (source)
What Collagen I Use
I have been using Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for a long time, and I love it mostly because it can easily be added into anything and everything without clumping (as the Gelatin will do if you don’t prepare it appropriately). I have put it into water, smoothies, broth, coffee, and I have even added it into rice mixtures (when the rice is hot, I add coconut oil and Collagen to it and mix – so good!) You can easily do all of this because Collagen is odorless and flavorless.
If you want something more than the plain Collagen, check out these 2 new ones I also tried:
- Collagen Creamer. “Vital Proteins Collagen Creamers are a nourishing way to boost your morning brew. Also great in teas, baked goods, and desserts, our versatile Creamers are Whole30-approved and free of dairy, artificial flavors, added sugars, and carrageenan. A healthy way to start your day, they’re rich in clean collagen protein and healthy fats from organic coconut milk.” This is a super easy way to boost your morning coffee. I have been getting a ton of questions lately about, “Can you have coffee when you’re healing the gut?” And, “How do you drink your coffee when healing your gut?” So…..I’ll have a post on that coming in September!
- Dark Chocolate & Blackberry Collagen Peptides. “Vital Proteins’ Dark Chocolate & Blackberry Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine, organic cocoa, and organic blackberries to ensure a natural, high quality, and nutrient-rich elixir.” Smells and tastes so good. I just added it into my coffee, too, to try it out. I need to create some smoothies and shakes with it next. Any takers?!
(Side note: Can we take just a moment to adore my new, little mugs below? A couple weeks back I went prop shopping in Oronoco, Minnesota with my mom at Gold Rush Days. I found this set – complete with 4 regular-sized and 2 mini mugs. I also found a mini pitcher, and some lovely succulents. If you’re in Minnesota, and are into this sort of thing, I strongly recommend checking it out next year.)
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