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Collagen. The buzz word du jour

May 30, 2017
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Forget wasting your money on beauty products with collagen in them to plump your skin. I will just tell you now, straight up, they do.not. work. Why? Simple! Collagen molecules are too big to penetrate your skin’s epidermis, so those products are basically a load of bull.

You can thank me later for saving you tons of wasted money and adding to your beauty product graveyard (don’t be embarrassed, we all have ’em).

However, not all collagen is a waste. Actually, the opposite. Collagen is a wonderful supplement. You just have to actually ingest it for the benefits. Collagen is a natural ingredient that has been used for centuries. Collagen-rich foods are a large part of traditional diets (HELLO BONE BROTH OBSESSION!). Our ancestors utilized whole-animal nutrition, which provided an abundant amount of collagen, the native form of gelatin. Over time, we have lost touch with this powerful, healing superfood.

 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from collagen protein. These natural peptides are highly bio-available, digestible and soluble in cold water

Benefits:

  • Hair, Skin and Nail growth and strength
  • Skin Plumping
  • Used to clear up acne
  • Heals gut health
  • Lessens inflammation
  • Contributes to a balanced diet and helps maintain weightI have heard people have experiences weight-loss with this (keeps you full LONGER due to the protein)
  • Keeps bones healthy and strong
  • Supports joint health
  • Natural glycine promotes healthy immune, digestive and central nervous systems

I did tons of research and was deciding between two brands, I went with Vital Proteins Marine Collagen, Wild-Caught, Non-GMO Project Verified.

I do not eat red meat or pork, so marine sourced was important to me.  I love the fact that it’s made from the scales of wild caught snapper. The odor which all collagen and gelatin have is non- existant. It dissolves very well both in hot and cold liquids.I was worried there would be a fishy smell. Nope. No fish monger smell here…phew! I bought mine on Amazon here.
The science is promising on collagen. In one recent study, women who took a collagen supplement daily experienced a 20% reduction in wrinkle depth around their eyes after 8 weeks. Other research finds that daily supplementation can ease osteoarthritis-related knee pain (score!), which makes sense, as collagen provides high levels of the amino acids used to build bone and joint tissue.

 

I put this in my morning cocktail, whether its a smoothie, shake, green tea, matcha or coffee. I just dump a tablespoon in, it dissolves with zero taste and zero smell. It is like it isn’t even there, but it is, with all its beautiful benefits.

 

Have you tried? You should. SO many benefits, and no drawbacks.

 

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