Collagen powder such Great Lakes Gelatin, Bulletproof Collagen Protein, and Vital Proteins has gain popularity among Instagram users especially wellness, health, and fitness enthusiast. A new trend has emerged whereby people are adding collagen together with their morning cup of coffee.
Apparently, collagen powder is an easy alternative to bone broth which could take up to seven hours to prepare.
So What Is Collagen And What Is It Made Of?
Collagen, composed of the amino acids glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine, is the main protein found in animal connective tissue, and an essential building block for our skin and bodies.
In fact, collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and helps to make up skin, nails, organs, hair, tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage, vasculature, and more.
Collagen protein, or gelatin, is different from collagen peptides in that peptides are soluble in water.
According to CNBC, “the proteins are broken down into individual peptide (amino acid) chains and the powdered collagen doesn’t gel like gelatin.” This means you can easily add powdered collagen to hot liquids versus gelatin where it will gel. You’ll notice this in bone broth if you’ve ever let it sit out and get cold.
Many powdered collagen products, like the Bulletproof Upgraded Collagen Protein, are frequently made from the connective tissue in cows.
Some products, like Dirty Lemon’s skin+hair drink, are made from fish collagen so they can appeal to consumers who avoid beef for dietary or religious reasons.
What Is The Different Between Collagen And Gelatin?
Collagen hydrolysate (which is the same thing as hydrolyzed collagen) is not exactly the same thing as gelatin.
In the hydrolyzed form, the collagen is processed more intensively, which actually breaks up the proteins into smaller pieces. They both have the same amino acids, but different chemical properties.
The benefits of collagen are mostly from the amino acids, and you break down both gelatin and hydrolyzed collagen into the same amino acids in your digestive system anyway, so in terms of health benefits, hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin should be roughly equivalent.
But on the other hand, some people with may find the hydrosylate easier to digest, and they do have culinary differences in terms of how you’ll use them.
True gelatin only dissolves in HOT water and causes liquids to gel but collagen hydrolysate is water soluble in both cold and hot water. It will not congeal because it has been hydrolyzed for quick assimilation and improved hydration to the connective tissue.
Health Benefits Of Collagen
Collagen consumption can help reverse signs of aging and increases skin elasticity and moisture. Aging, sun exposure and poor health choices can cause a decrease in collagen levels in the skin and collagen can help increase the firmness of the dermis (the bottom layer of your skin), reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Structural changes in the skin, including weakened collagen, can make the appearance of cellulite more prevalent. When skin loses shape, elasticity and firmness, the appearance of cellulite is more visible because the skin is thinner and less able to conceal irregularities.
Collagen can improve skin texture by increasing firmness and aid nail and hair growth.
The amino acids in collagen provide reparative and soothing properties that aid in digestion and improve the assimilation of nutrients. Collagen supports the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and helps repair stomach lining.
Collagen may also help coat the digestive tract to improve digestion and help heal intestinal permeability.
Joint and Bone Health:
Collagen is essential for mobility and provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system. Bone is a living tissue that supports our muscles, protects vital internal organs, and stores most of the body’s calcium.
It consists mainly of a framework of tough, elastic fibers of collagen and crystals of calcium phosphate mineral that harden and strengthen the framework. The combination of collagen and calcium phosphate makes bones strong yet flexible to hold up under stress.
The consumption of collagen helps with elasticity and regeneration of tendons, cartilage, bones, joints and skin and may improve bone and joint health over time. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases recommends collagen to help promote faster healing.
Collagen may also help with joint and bone comfort and alleviate some of the pain for those who experience joint and bone discomfort and pain.
How Much Collagen Should I Take Daily?
According to Ben Prasser, Collagen is high in glycine – an anti-inflammatory amino acid that heals your body. Yet unlike even the highest-quality whey, it’s also low in cysteine – the part that normally sabotages your performance if you get too much of it.
That means you can safely consume another four tablespoons (25 grams) or more worth of supplemental protein from collagen each day without the typical inflammation and digestive problems.
Vital Protein Frothy Butter Coffee With Collagen Recipes
(Original recipes from vitalproteins.com)
Yields: 1 serving
8-12 oz. fresh-brewed hot coffee
2 Tbsp. grass-fed butter (can sub ghee)
1 Tbsp. coconut, red palm, or MCT oil
1-2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Optional to garnish: ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed for 30-60 seconds until it’s thick and frothy. Enjoy immediately!
- Bulletproof coffee with collagen recipes (bulletproof.com)
- Butter coffee with coconut oil/ghee (rootandrevel.com)
- Vanilla bean sweet dream collagen iced coffee (paleomg.com)
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