Lately there seem to be a lot of collagen products out on the market... what are they good for, you ask? :)
These are supplements that help support your joints, bones, skin, hair and nails.
Sound like you could use any of those?
Any time I think of collagen the first thing I think about is SKIN! Collagen is a group of proteins that are the building blocks our bodies uses to make bone, skin, muscles and tendons. As we age, our bodies stop producing as much collagen... and who wants that? Why not take a supplement that will help support your bones, joints, skin, hair and nails?
There are a lot of these supplements out there so I encourage you to research them and find one you would be comfortable trying. I found a really great article on collagen, if you'd like to read it, click here.
One of the most surprising things I read was that, contrary to my belief, that some cosmetic products can help increase collagen production it appears that the collagen particles in most cosmetics are too large to be absorbed through the skin. Whatever effects we may be seeing from these topical cosmetic products might be increasing hydration but not collagen production.
SO... that's a bit disappointing, but I'll continue to take my collagen protein, which I've been taking for about a year now. The one I take comes from pasture raised cows, is unflavored, has 22g of protein per serving and only 90 calories. It can be used in hot or cold food/beverage applications including coffee, tea, water, oatmeal, yogurt, soups, smoothies, etc. I've only been taking half a serving per day (11g) but I'm going to start taking the full one this week! If you're curious, click here for the one I take. I normally have it in my coffee every morning (and yes, I do the Bulletproof type coffee).
For me, the most immediate effect is that even at the 1/2 serving per day, it helps keep my appetite in check. If I happen to have skipped breakfast, (which I try not to do), I don't feel as hungry or faint. I have noticed my nails and hair are growing pretty quickly and as I've increased my work out frequency and intensity I am not nearly as sore as I typically would be (Bonus)! :)
A couple of days ago I received a sample packet of a different brand that has marine collagen, click here for brand. I tried it in my coffee like I normally prepare it. Although the smell once I opened the packet was very fishy (it's made from snapper scales) once in my coffee I could not taste or tell the difference. It is also unflavored and can be used in hot/cold food/beverage applications. This one only has 9g of protein per serving and 45 calories. This brand also has several other protein collagens and has one that's made from pasture raised cows as well. That one is also unflavored, can be used in the same manner as the other two I described, has 18g of protein per serving, and 70 calories.
There are also bone broths out on the market that you can purchase... also a great source of collagen protein! I'd like to start incorporating bone broths, but I may want to make my own first.
For me, for now, I will stick with Bulletproof Collagen Protein. The price is better per serving, it has a higher protein content per serving, and I've been happy with the results so far.
Have you tried any collagen proteins out there? Do you want to try one now?
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