The scoop on collagen: What, how, and why?

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There’s a lot of buzz around collagen, and once you get the scoop as to why, you may be eager to start adding scoops of it into your daily regime. But to help make sense to why so many have hopped on the collagen train, we’ll answer what it is, how to consume it, and why it’s being added into so many diets.

So, what the heck is collagen? Collagen is a protein, the most abundant in our bodies that essentially holds us together. It’s referred to as “the glue”, especially when it comes to our joints and tendons, while providing our skin with strength and elasticity. As we age, we lose collagen because its production levels slow down. This is where wrinkles, joint pains, and even digestive problems come into play (yikes!).

How can you consume it? The most common way to add this protein into your daily intake is via collagen supplements. There’s tons of different great brands that cater to this — I personally take Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (unflavored). It’s really easy to digest and once you mix it into your beverage of choice, you don’t taste it at all. Plus, it’s dairy-free, fat-free, carb-free, and sugar-free. Might as well throw in guilt-free? I’ve added it to:

  • Cold or hot glasses of water
  • Smoothies
  • Hot (bulletproof) coffee and matcha latte (side note: when you mix it into your coffee or matcha latte, the collagen adds a bit of a froth and thickness that I love!)
  • Oatmeal

Usually I’ll try and consume four scoops per day (two scoops per drink), but if you only get to two, I’d say that’s better than nothin’!

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Why are people taking it? There’s a lot of benefits that are tied to collagen. Here are a few:

  • Boosts healthy skin: Because collagen can increase skin elasticity and moisture, it can make your skin look firmer, reduce wrinkles, and increase smoothness. Collagen can also help reduce cellulite and stretch marks. When your skin loses that elasticity, it grows thin and therefore makes it easier to see those dimples.
  • Joint health: When we start to lose collagen, it becomes harder for our tendons to move, which leads to pains such as stiff joints. Adding collagen back into our daily consumption can help with joint pain.
  • Hormone balance: Studies have proven that certain amino acids found in collagen help provide a balance in amino acids, which leads to healthy hormonal production in the body.
  • Helps with leaky gut: Collagen helps form connective tissue to “seal and heal” the intestinal lining and restore the gut’s mucosal layer. It can really help anyone who has leaky gut syndrome or an overall poor gut health.
  • Can reduce stress and promotes a good night’s sleep: Due to the levels of Glycine found in collagen, which is good for reducing anxiety, it’s great when feeling stressed and is also perfect to take before bed.

There you have it! Anyone can take collagen and it’s extremely easy to integrate into your daily regime. The health benefits are abundant.

What does your collagen intake look like?

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