What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is the amino acids found in our bones, tendons, skin and nails.
What are the benefits of collagen?
Collagen is great for digestion and helps repair the damaged cells of the intestines. It helps keep your skin and nails strong, improves elasticity, keeps it smooth and can reduce cellulite. The amino acids in collagen also help boost keratin in our nails and hair to help it grow faster. The amino acid glycine helps keep our joins and tendons pain free.
Eating foods high in vitamin C can boost collagen production within the body. Foods like animal proteins (especially with the bone), eggs, and bone broth are naturally high in collagen but sometimes it’s nice to have a quick source of protein you can add to your daily routine. That’s where collagen peptides come in.
The brand that I have been loving lately is Vital Proteins. I also really like Primal Kitchen‘s version as well. It is important to find a source that uses grass fed/finished cows as this is the highest quality and will give you the most nutrition. There are collagen peptides and gelatin which can both provide you with the many benefits mentioned above. The gelatin, however, will gel up and does not mix well into liquids. Use this version to make gummies, “jell-o”, or marshmallows. Collagen peptides are going to dissolve into cold or hot liquids and bake into your favorite recipes. Both versions are tasteless and are the easiest addition to your health and beauty routine!
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Here are 7 ways you can easily add collagen into your life:
- Add it to your coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
- Add it to smoothies.
- Make baked goods.
- Make gummies or marshmallows.
- Make protein bites and bars.
- Add it to soups or sauces.
- Add it to oatmeal or pudding