A few months ago I started supplementing collagen into my diet. Collagen is one of the most important structural proteins in our bodies, but as we age we slowly start losing it. I was curious to see if all of the amazing potential health benefits I had been hearing could actually be true. I have to say I am really pleased with the results I have been noticing. My hair feels thicker and shinier, my nails seem to be growing stronger and I swear my skin has more of a glow to it.
The Benefits of Collagen:
(Information is quoted directly from the Vital Proteins website which is where I get my collagen)
“Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons in our body. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong.
As we age, and the more stress we put on our body, the greater the impact on collagen production. Getting collagen in a balanced diet can help our bodies regenerate what’s been lost of broken down.
Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids: glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine, all of which help our body’s connective tissue, skin, hair, nails, as well as gut health stay as healthy as possible.
Collagen protein is different than whey and casein protein because of these high levels of amino acids. Muscular growth, joint health and an overall glowing appearance can be partially attributed to the amino acid blend in collagen that can’t be found anywhere else.”
How to Take Collagen:
I have been using the Vital Proteins unflavored Collagen Peptides above. I add a scoop into my regular coffee every morning and another one into my afternoon smoothie. The serving suggestion is 1-2 scoops a day. It completely blends in and you can’t even notice anything has been added. There are also recipes on the Vital Proteins website if you are looking for additional ways to add collagen into your daily diet. Not only does collagen have amazing benefits for your hair, skin, nails and bones, but it is also an easily digested source of protein.
Along with the majority of the general public I am sure, one of the goals I set for myself in 2019 was to try to maintain a healthier lifestyle. I injured myself last January and am currently waiting for knee surgery for a torn meniscus. Due to this injury I have been letting my fitness slide a bit and of course I completely overindulged in all things decadent over the holidays! I am slowly beginning to introduce low impact exercise back into my daily routine and eat cleaner. These Collagen Peptides are gluten free, dairy free, sugar-free, Whole30 approved, and paleo friendly so they fall right into line with what I am trying to stick to. I have also heard that an additional benefit of collagen is increased muscle recovery and joint health. As I am just starting to slowly workout again, I will have to wait and see if I notice any improvement in these regards.
I feel like it is important to mention I am in no way a dietician or health expert! I am simply sharing my personal experience and how pleased I have been with the results. I would love to hear about your experience with collagen if you are also supplementing with it!
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