Is it just me or does it seem like everyone is taking collagen supplements nowadays? In my perspective, it certainly seems to be the hot new supplement to add to your smoothies or even daily cup of coffee. While I’m all on board with it thanks to my positive personal experience, I want to break the trend down. Keep reading to learn exactly what a collagen supplement is, the benefits of taking one, and how you can incorporate it into your diet or routine.
What is collagen/collagen supplement?
As defined by my favorite collagen supplement brand, Vital Proteins, “collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues.” All of this simply means our bodies are full of a naturally occurring protein called collagen. It gives our body strength, particularly our skin’s elasticity. As we age, our body’s collagen production naturally slows.
Okay, got it, but then where does the collagen in a supplement come from? Well, when it comes to Vital Proteins, their collagen peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides from Brazil while their marine collagen is sourced from wild-caught, non-GMO Red Snapper off the coast of Hawaii.
As you may have guessed, collagen supplements are not vegetarian or vegan-friendly. Right now, there’s no vegan source of collagen. In case you don’t know what bovine hides are (I certainly didn’t), they’re the cartilage, bones, and hides of cows. Collagen naturally occurs there.
Why should I take it?
For so many reasons! The following are just a handful. If you want to learn more about how collagen does these things, I recommend reading this article. I’ve personally found that my hair has grown quite long while taking collagen a few times a week! My nails grow much faster too, despite being a chronic nail biter for most of my adolescence.
- Improves skin and hair health.
- Reduces joint pains and degeneration.
- Boosts metabolism, muscle mass, and energy output.
- Strengthens teeth and nails.
- Improves liver health.
- Protects cardiovascular health.
How should I take it?
Well, it depends on what you’re using! My favorite Vital Proteins product is their Collagen Peptides. They are odorless and tasteless, for the most part, so they’re super easy to incorporate into your diet and act as a great introduction if you’re new to collagen On a weekly basis, I put these in my smoothies and coffee, but you can also add them to food items like oatmeal. I also love their new Collagen Creamers to add to coffee, which are dairy-free and made with coconut milk instead.
You certainly don’t have to take collagen every day, but if you’d like to see the maximum benefits, taking it continuously is your best bet. Like I said, I take it a few times a week and have found my hair to grow quite long as a result.
Have you taken a collagen supplement before? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below! Have a great week, everyone!