Collagen protein powder has been a thing for a while now. We have all seen it, all over our Instagram feeds and Tik Tok videos. It isn’t a new fad by any means. The reason its popularity has stayed pretty strong is because the science is out there.
Collagen protein powder can help with everything from skin and hair health to joint and digestive support. Since I am all about being preventative in slowing the aging process, I find myself using this amazing product. I’ve been using the flavorless bovine collagen protein from Vital Proteins and add it to my morning coffee along with a splash of almond milk.
You can’t taste it and it mixes in super well–no clumpy collagen coffee! Interested?
What is Collagen Protein?
Collagen is simply a type of protein found in most animals (and us!). It’s like a glue that helps hold together our tissues, organs, and bones.
Collagen also gives our skin that elasticity and plumpness, and as we age, the amount of collagen produced goes down and that’s when wrinkles and signs of aging begin to show. There are several types of collagen that differ in their molecular makeup and where they are found in the body.
The main types of collagen you will find in animals are Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3. Type 1 is the most common type found in our bodies and what you’ll find in collagen supplements. The collagen protein on the market comes from three main sources: bovine (cow), chickens, and fish. (Sorry vegans, there’s no such thing as vegan collagen! But here’s a yummy Veggie Sandwich from our No Recipe Recipe series to make up for that.)
Reasons To Try Collagen Protein
Back in the day, it was more common for western societies to consume collagen naturally in their diets from foods like bone broths and organ meats, but most people don’t eat these foods on a daily basis. That’s where collagen protein supplements come in.
Most people supplement with protein collagen to improve their hair, skin, nails, joint/bone health, and digestive system. The science is out there to support this usage. Although many health enthusiasts deem collagen as a miracle worker for the digestive tract, there still needs to be more research done to support these claims.
What To Look For
There are several forms of protein collagen supplements such as candies, capsules, gel tablets, beverages, and the most common–powders. Several powder forms are odorless and tasteless so you can simply mix a tablespoon with your morning coffee or smoothies.
A note of caution, since these supplements are coming from animals, be on the lookout for companies that treat their animals ethically and feed them a nutrient-rich diet, free of synthetic hormones and antibiotics. Most of the reputable brands will let you know of the animals’ living conditions and feeding routine on their website. They will also let you know the part of the animal in which the collagen comes from (usually the hide or skin).
When you see “collagen peptides” or “hydrolyzed collagen” it simply means that the protein collagen has been further digested in the manufacturing process to its smaller parts. (Peptides are also known as amino acids, the building blocks of protein.) When the protein is broken down, it is easier for the digestive system to absorb and utilize the collagen proteins.
So, what do you think of protein collagen? Are you going to try it? If you do, let us know by tagging @millennialnutrition and using the hashtag, #millennialnutrition about your experience!