We’re in the height of a collagen craze, and I get it. Once upon a time if you needed to plump your skin you could get your fill with, well, fillers. Now there’s so many different kinds of collagen on the market that you can swing by your local drug store and slather it on. Or it’s as simple as grabbing a jar or packet of the stuff and slipping it into whatever beverage is closest to hand. You can doll up your water or even slip it into your morning cup of coffee! Easy peasy, amirite? Actually, that last one is a terrible idea.

Though it is tempting to dose your morning cappuccino with collagen powder (because it doesn’t exactly taste amazing) that kind of defeats the whole point of it. For a recent article in The Conversation, scientist and assistant professor of microbiology at Texas A&M University Brooke Russell points out that your collagen powder falls apart at temperatures above body temperature—your steaming hot morning brew turns it into pure gelatin. You know what’s probably not going to give you the health and beauty benefits of collagen? That, literally that.

And though it’s an absolute bummer, we’re still learning which collagen products are really making our skin bounce back. Your friend with the fresh Rapunzel locks says hard yes, and research definitely links it to strengthening your hair and hardening your brittle nails. But not all collagen supplements or infused-lotions are built equally, you know? So, um, now that I’m done being a buzzkill, what is the best way to bolster our collagen intake?

I touched based with Mascha Davis, MPH, RD, a registered dietician, nutritionist and author of the forthcoming book Eat Your Vitamins. If you’re married to your powders there’s no need to discontinue use, but she does echo that you really don’t want to slip it into anything scorching.

“Since there’s not tons of research in this area yet, the jury is still out, but I wouldn’t put collagen in any sort of hot beverage as that can affect the chemical structure and make it less effective and stable,” Davis says.

Instead, make your collagen powder more of an ingredient than a supplement. In fact, you can seamlessly fit it within something that’s going to make you feel amazing (and taste) amazing. Davis recommends that you can double plump up your collagen use by piggybacking on another bigtime beauty ingredient.

“I would ensure you’re getting plenty of Vitamin C from food sources, as this vitamin essential for natural collagen production,” Davis says. “So a great way to take it would be with a fruit smoothie!”

Brigitte Zeitlin, RD registered dietitian and owner of BZ Nutrition in NYC suggests to her clients to mix it up. She advises that they can put it in your iced lattes or water, maybe even oatmeal (so long as you add it beforehand to avoid the gelatin effect). But she hard agrees that vitamin C for collagen boosting is a smart and safe route.

“Aim to eat Whole Foods that boost your own collagen production, like citrus fruits, strawberries, sweet pot oars, red peppers, spinach, and broccoli, thanks to their high levels of vitamin C,” Zeitlin says.

So whether you add in a powder to a smoothie or or chow down on berries solo, doubling down on vitamin C-rich foods will make sure the collagen boost. Less simple than slipping into your coffee, but eons healthier in terms of switching up your breakfast routine for the bouncy, beautiful *glow* you’re looking for.

Concerned collagen won’t work with your diet? Here’s a good way to get that boost if you’re vegan. And trying out a few herbs might help you with amping up the collagen.

If you’re looking for a new way to keep your post-workout glow, a spoonful of collagen might help your skin stay radiant, supple and wrinkle-free. But it’s got some muscle-building benefits, too. Frances Largeman-Roth, nutrition expert and author of Eating in Color, says, “Muscles are damaged during a tough workout, and you should take in protein 15 to 20 minutes after exercise to help repair them. Collagen powder provides 18 grams of protein per serving and is only 72 calories per two scoops.”

Because collagen is an animal-based protein (sourced from anything from bovine hides to fish scales), it has all the essential amino acids your body needs for muscle repair. The powder is also pretty tasteless, so you can add it to smoothies, juice, coffee, oatmeal and even soup without having to mask its flavor.

When it comes to purchasing a collagen powder, there are several to consider (besides the $45-and-up price tag per tub). They all share the same benefits of boosting the health of your hair, skin, nails, bones and joints, but their formulations differ. Some are powders that dissolve easily in liquid, others are gels that can be used to prepare gelatin-like foods. You can also find hybrid formulas, for instance, collagen plus whey protein (more on all these options, plus recipes, below).

Before you decide to splurge, Largeman-Roth recommends trying a boost at your local juice or smoothie stop — just to confirm you’re good with any subtle changes to taste or texture.

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5 Health-Boosting Collagen Powders

  • Collagen peptides: These are gelatin proteins made from beef hides. “This is probably the best place to start if you’re not sure which one to use. You can mix it into both cold and hot liquids and it will dissolve instantly,” Largeman-Roth says. That means hot coffee or cold brew, soup or smoothies — you decide.
  • Beef collagen: Beef collagen is also made from bovine hides, but it differs in formulation from collagen peptides because the powder becomes a gel. “This is the one to use for Jell-O. If you mix it into cold water, it will create a gel,” Largeman-Roth says. But if you want to avoid the gelling, she recommends adding a combination of cold and hot water to the collagen.
  • Marine collagen: Marine collagen, also known as “fish collagen,” is made from fish scales and can also be used in hot and cold liquids, Largeman-Roth says. Largeman-Roth also recommends marine collagen for people who eat seafood but avoid red meat.
  • Collagen whey: You get double the protein sources with this type of powder because it’s a combination of whey protein and beef collagen. It’s great for athletes who want to improve their sports performance but also help protect their joints. Because beef collagen thickens up in liquids, you can use it in chia seed pudding, smoothies, energy balls and soups to make them more filling.
  • Cartilage collagen: This powder is made from the tracheas of cows and is geared toward people who are specifically looking to boost the health of their tendons and joints, Largeman-Roth says. But be aware that it is the most expensive out of the bunch.

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5 Creative Collagen Powder Recipes

Peptides in plain water sounds like a drag? Here are a few unexpected ways to incorporate collagen powder into your daily diet.

1. Creamy Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

When a serious chocolate craving strikes, this secretly nutritious smoothie will hit the spot. Cocoa powder, dates and honey give this beverage a chocolaty flavor without added sugar. Avocado and almond butter provide an extra creamy texture that will fill you right up. Food blogger, Danielle Walker, used collagen peptide powder for this recipe. Photo and recipe: Danielle Walker / Against All Grain

2. Nutty Cabbage Fennel Soup

Prepare for a night of hygee with a warm bowl of this savory soup. Fennel, shallots and cabbage are sautéed in Dijon mustard, garlic powder and low-sodium vegetable broth. After simmering it over stovetop for about 20 minutes, add two tablespoons of a collagen peptide powder. Then, whip them up in a blender. If you can’t find Brazil nuts (and they are pricey), this blogger recommends substituting cashews for their creamy texture. Photo and recipe: Amanda Paa / Heartbeet Kitchen

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3. Grab and Go Bacon and Egg Cups

If you’re following a Paleo or gluten-free diet, these savory bacon-and-egg cups will satisfy your breakfast sandwich needs for your morning commute. This hearty dish is made with cheesy bacon, sweet potato, asparagus, grape tomatoes and collagen peptides. Photo and recipe: Kristen Stevens / The Endless Meal

4. Yogurt Panna Cotta with Honey-Roasted Strawberries

You know spring is in the air when strawberries start popping up at your farmers’ market. And what better way to incorporate them than in a lightened-up panna cotta? Plain Greek yogurt, heavy cream, honey, vanilla and beef gelatin make the base. Meanwhile, the fruit topping comes together by roasting honey-coated berries in the oven until caramelized. Photo and recipe: Jenny McGruther / Nourished Kitchen

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5. Homemade Fruit Snacks

You know those vitamin gummies you’ve been snacking on? We hate to break it to you, but they’re loaded with sugar and artificial dyes. Instead, prepare these homemade fruit snacks. You’ll get a daily dose of collagen powder, probiotic-packed kombucha and antioxidant-rich berries. Beef collagen subs in for gelatin in this recipe. Photo and recipe: Katie Wells / Wellness Mama

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How to take collagen powder effectively

Some people swear by a hearty cup of bone broth. Others turn to a bowl of chicken soup when they need a nutritious boost. But both bone broth and ‘grandma’s penicillin’ contain large quantities of the same protein-rich ingredient in products such as Skinful – collagen.

Made by simmering the bones of animals or the skin of fish for hours on end, collagen is brimming with amino acids like glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. These help keep our skin, joints, bones and muscles strong, but are surprisingly hard to come by from our diets, especially here in the West with our love of skinless and boneless cuts of meat.

But if you don’t want to spend hours boiling down bones, then a collagen powder could be what you’re looking for. Not only do hydrolyzed collagen supplements contain the same nutritious amino acids, they’ve already been broken down into peptides, allowing them to be absorbed far more efficiently than the collagen in food.

Bare Biology’s newest product, Skinful, is a type I marine collagen. This kind of collagen is thought to be especially effective when it comes to your appearance, because its molecular structure is similar to our own skin. Plus its peptide molecules are smaller in size and therefore more bioavailable to the body.

But is there a way to take a collagen powder, such as Skinful, that can boost its effectiveness even more?

How to take collagen powder

If you’re on Instagram, it may feel like you should put your collagen powder into exotic recipes or you’re somehow doing it wrong. But while keto coconut shakes or chia puddings are fantastic if those aren’t the kind of things you normally like to eat, you don’t always have to be so creative to meet your daily collagen goals. You can just put it in your tea or coffee, super easy.

It truly doesn’t matter what you put your collagen powder in, as long as you take it every day. You may decide to add it to something healthy such as a spinach omelette or vegetable smoothie when you feel like eating something nutritious. You can’t really go wrong.

How to drink collagen powder

You can bake with it, cook with it or even put it in ice lollies. It really is totally up to you and there are so many options to try. But one of the most convenient ways to take collagen powder is to simply stir it into a glass of water or juice.

You won’t have to hold your nose to knock it back, either. Despite being sourced from fish, marine collagen has no taste. It smells a tiny bit of fish, but it tastes of nothing.

Another popular way to drink it is to mix your collagen powder into coffee or tea. Just make sure you stir so it dissolves completely to avoid any brew-spoiling lumps.

Can I really mix collagen with hot drinks?

You can and it’s a really popular way of taking it. In fact one of the things we love most about collagen peptides is that they dissolve completely in either hot or cold liquids. They also add a nice creamy texture and fills you up a bit. We love a mid-morning collagen coffee in our offices.

Does heat damage the collagen powder?

Many foods lose their nutritional value when you heat them up, but collagen powder is not one of them. The reason is the high number of amino acids per peptide they contain. The higher the number of amino acids in a peptide, the more stable it is at higher temperatures. Marine type I collagen (such as Skinful) is the most heat-tolerant of all, because it has the highest percentage of amino acids (along with type III).

Collagen peptides are heat stable up to 300°C, a temperature far higher than normal cooking and baking. As water boils at 100°C, collagen can be mixed into hot drinks, soups and stews without weakening its benefits.

What is the best time to take collagen powder?

There are lots of different arguments circulating on the internet about collagen timing. One school of thought is that you should take your collagen powder on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

Another theory says the best time to drink collagen powder is at night, because the skin is repaired and rejuvenated as you sleep.

But all the experts in the field agree there really is no optimum time to take your supplement as long as you’re taking a high enough dose to see a difference, with most concurring that the minimum amount is 5g.

Collagen supplements are broken down just the same whether you take them with or without lots of food. And taking it at night to give your skin a boost? Well, to date there’s no evidence whatsoever to suggest any improved results when taking it before bed, as compared to any other time of day.

(As a side note though, collagen contains a fair amount of glycine, an amino acid that scientists believe can promote a restful night’s sleep. While other natural sleep aids have more evidence of effectiveness, if you’re already taking collagen and find it hard to sleep, there’s nothing to stop you taking it before bed to see what happens).

Should I split the dose or take all the collagen in one go?

While it doesn’t matter in terms of its effectiveness, if you’re new to collagen you might wish to build up your dose gradually by splitting the dose throughout the day.

Collagen is, after all, a protein. And too much protein all at once before your body’s had a chance to get used to the idea can lead to bloating, so it’s fine to start off easy. Try one serving in the morning with your coffee and one in the afternoon with your tea.

The extra protein may make you feel thirstier than usual, so listen to your body and always have a bottle of water handy.

Is there anything you can do to make collagen powder work more effectively?

If you really wanted to give your collagen powder a helping hand you could try to cut down on sugar in your diet. Sugar is known to damage collagen in a process called ‘glycation’. When you eat something sweet, the excess sugar is attached to the fats and proteins in the skin, producing enzymes that weaken both the collagen and its elastin fibres.

And although it’s very popular to stir your collagen into tea and coffee, it might be wise not to overdo it on the caffeine over the course of the day. A small study on the effect of caffeine on human skin cells found that it inhibited the fibroblast’s own collagen synthesis.

You should also make sure your diet contains plenty of colourful fruits and leafy greens, because vitamin C is a key factor in the synthesis of collagen. Taking a vitamin C supplement is fine, but you don’t need to take it at exactly the same time as the collagen if you don’t want to.

You’ll get the most out of your collagen if you enjoy taking it

The most effective way to take collagen to maximise its benefits is to eat it in the way you enjoy most. In a fascinating study, a Thai meal was given to groups of both Thai and Swedish women.

The Thai women (who enjoyed the meal) absorbed twice as much iron as the Swedish women (who didn’t). They then repeated the study, where both groups were given a typical Swedish meal of meat, string beans and mashed potato. This time the Thai women absorbed significantly less iron than their Swedish counterparts.

What we’re trying to say is that you get the most out of food when you enjoy it. So put it in the food and drinks you love the most and you’ll make it a habit. This will ensure you’re taking collagen consistently – and that’s the only way you’ll see the results you want.

For more information check out our Ultimate Guide to Collagen.

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It’s 2019 and we’re putting collagen in anything and everything. Not even our almond butter cups, a morning coffee, or casseroles have managed to escape being infused with this powerhouse superfood, which is praised for its skin-brightening, gut-healing, and join-supporting benefits.

If you’re toying with the idea of taking a collagen supplement for a spin, it’s important to know your facts. Should you take fish collagen or bovine collagen? Is is better in pill or powder form?

Read on to find out which type of collagen is the best for you.

What is collagen?

Collagen represents a large family of fibrous proteins that are found all over your body — including in your skin, cartilage, and even in your bones. There are more than 15 different types of collagen, which like all other proteins, are made up of amino acid building blocks.

Collagen is derived from the hides and connective tissue of animals; it can be sourced from cows (in which case it’s called bovine collagen), fish (also known as marine collagen), or even chicken (no nickname here, just chicken collagen). The good news is that these parts of the animals are often discarded, so it’s actually a sustainable choice to turn them into a collagen supplement.

Because it’s made from animals, there are no vegetarian or vegan sources of collagen. Vegans can, however, supplement with nutrients, like vitamin E, that support the body’s natural production of collagen.

If you’re in the market for a collagen supplement, there are a few things to know before you buy.

What do I need to know about collagen supplements?

As you might expect, collagen in its pure form isn’t exactly easily eaten and digested by humans. It has to go through a process called hydrolyzation where it’s broken down into smaller, more digestible pieces. The final product is called hydrolyzed collagen and it takes the form of the white powder you’ll find in powdered collagen supplements.

Once it’s hydrolyzed, collagen goes from inedible to one of the most versatile ingredients in our kitchen. The powder is virtually tasteless and dissolves completely in water; you can add it to any type of beverage, including your go-to morning coffee, smoothie, golden milk, or even just a glass of water.

Collagen supplements in pill-form vs powder

Collagen supplements that come in pill-form are just capsules filled with hydrolyzed collagen powder — yes, the same type of powder you’d find in a collagen powder supplement. The only real difference between the two is the type of delivery method you’re using.

Typically, capsules are made up of a plant protein called cellulose that easily disintegrates once the capsule reaches your stomach. Then, just like with a powdered supplement, the collagen is broken down further in the GI tract and absorbed into the bloodstream.

Which type of collagen supplement is right for me?

Choosing between collagen powders and pills is a matter of personal preference. If you like popping a supplement capsule and calling it a day, opt for a collagen supplement in pill-form. If you always start your day with a beverage like a green smoothie — and think it would be easy enough to just toss a scoop of collagen powder in with all that spinach and avocado — then a powder-form might be the easiest to add to your routine.

How do I add collagen to my routine?

If you opt for a collagen powder, you don’t have to limit yourself to beverages or smoothies, either. You can bake with collagen, infusing healthy muffins, granola bars, or banana bread with some addition skin- and joint-supporting health benefits. You can also add it to your overnight oats, soups, and even pasta sauces.

How to Take Collagen: Powder, Capsules, Liquid or Injections?

So you’ve checked out the health benefits of collagen and been swayed by all the buzz (and guys, in case you missed it, check out the health benefits for men). Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in everything from our connective tissue to our muscles and our blood vessels. It’s also the new favourite kid of the wellness crowd. And thanks to its popularity, you have more than a few choices when it comes to deciding the best way to take collagen (collagen powder, collagen pills, collagen injections…oh my!). But before you wander down to your local supplement aisle and find yourself overwhelmed by a wall of choices – read on.

What’s the best way to take collagen: powder, capsules, liquid, or injections?

Let’s explore the options:

Collagen powder

One of the most popular forms of collagen is collagen powder. It’s exactly as it sounds: a loose, white powder that dissolves in liquid. It generally comes in a tub or packet and added to smoothies, drinks and food.

Powders are believed to be the best way to take collagen for many reasons, like: versatility (its secret superpower), taste (or lack thereof), and the fact that it allows you to choose the best way FOR YOU to meet your #collagengoals.

When you shop for collagen powders you may also see the word ‘peptides’. This refers to the process (hydrolysis) where the long chain of amino acids is broken down. The resulting powder is called ‘hydrolyzed collagen’ and it’s a form which is easier for your body to absorb and use.

PROS: Coming in a tubs or packet, collagen powders are super versatile in that they can be added to almost anything you can think of. Some of the current faves are coffee, smoothies, water, and even your morning omelette. The moment you remember to take it, you can simply pop it into your drink.

And not all powders are created equal. Some companies are including other functional ingredients to create powerful blends. Like adding hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occurring in the body and a veritable moisture magnet for the cells (read: dewy looking skin).

You’ll also find flavored blends that turn your water into a yummy collagen cocktail. Ticking both the ‘collagen’ and ‘water’ boxes on your list.

CONS: Some people find that the taste of certain powders is too noticeable for them to add to food. But if you’re sensitive to this type of thing, you’ll want to check out Sproos’ line. The consensus is that it’s a tasteless option.

HOW TO TAKE COLLAGEN POWDER: Most powders will arrive with a handy little scoop so you can be sure you’re getting the perfect dose. Add a scoop to your smoothie before blending. In the case of other beverages, just make sure you’re stirring or shaking it long enough to dissolve it (or: lumps). Beyond that, it’s really up to you what you add it to and there are so many options. Like collagen popsicles, anyone?

Collagen capsules

For those of you who would rather get your dose in a pill, you can find collagen in capsule form.

PROS: You won’t have to stir, shake or otherwise work it into any drink or recipe.

CONS: Due to the amount of collagen you’ll need, the pills tend to be on the large side, and you’ll need to take a lot more than one. So if you struggle at all with taking capsules, it may not be the most pleasant part of your day.

HOW TO TAKE COLLAGEN CAPSULES: Just as any other supplement in pill form, start with a large glass of water and take as many as is directed.

GOOD TO KNOW: Collagen capsules contain collagen powder. The difference here is that one comes inside a gel capsule.

Liquid collagen

Collagen is also available in liquid form. They come in pre-dosed, ready to drink bottles. Some are pretty tiny, like little collagen shots, and some are larger (think a bottle of collagen water).

PROS: They are ready to consume, so you can skip the mixing or capsule swallowing routine.

CONS: You won’t have the option to take it your way (in food, in soup, in baking, etc). Plus, if you are not a fan of the taste you may have to add something extra in after all.

HOW TO TAKE LIQUID COLLAGEN: Choose a brand with a size that suits your taste and sip away, or take it all in one ‘shot’.

GOOD TO KNOW: Some brands claim that liquid collagen has better bioavailability (which means it’s easier for the body to use). But specific studies to back this up are lacking.

Collagen injections

Injectable collagen fillers also exist. But the intention here is slightly different from the powder and capsules. These are for those who are solely looking to improve facial skin tone and appearance (including scars), and they fall into the ‘dermal fillers’ category.

PROS: You can achieve some immediate results with this form of collagen related beauty regime.

CONS: For anyone who has an aversion to needles, there is a serious cringe factor here. The injectable is targeted to the dermis and delivered there with fine needles (to your FACE). Even with prior allergy testing, there is always the risk of an unexpected reaction. Because, hey, the body is a mysterious place.

HOW TO TAKE COLLAGEN INJECTIONS: Visit a qualified dermatologist or other reputable provider to check it out. You’ll need initial testing for skin allergies before getting these fillers. Health Canada recommends avoiding injectable collagen fillers if you have any history of allergies or a tendency to scarring.

GOOD TO KNOW: While collagen used to be a popular filler, other types are becoming more widespread as new products hit the market. And collagen fillers may not contain the same form of collagen as the powder and pills. So if you take this route it’s important to do your homework so you know what you’re actually introducing to your bod.

When it comes to your collagen, form matters. From powders to pills to injections, and choosing between marine vs grass-fed, if you’re going to be taking it on the daily, you want to find the format that work for you and your personal tastes.

So now that you’ve got the goods on these four options, go forth and choose your collagen!

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    Can Collagen Really Help You Lose Weight?

    One of the biggest concerns many of us have as we get older is weight management. Maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong struggle for many and can get harder as we get older. In fact, 70 percent of American adults are overweight and half of those adults are obese. We need to find ways to lose weight in a healthy manner, and more importantly, keep off the weight long-term. Ongoing research about collagen, a natural and unique type of protein, shows that collagen supplementation just might be the key in your journey to stay at a healthy weight.

    Background Information

    Collagen is an important component of our body, making up 90 percent of our connective tissue and 70 percent of our skin. Our American diets, and Western diets in general, tend to not include many foods that naturally contain collagen. This is unfortunate because collagen plays an important role in helping us minimize the signs of aging, and it promotes gut and joint health. To remedy this, many people are supplementing with collagen peptides. Not only can collagen supplementation help to rebuild skin, bones, hair, and the gut, but recent evidence suggests that collagen can help fight obesity.

    Collagen Promotes Satiety

    One of the important reasons we consume protein is that it helps to keep our bodies full. While many people use protein powders for this purpose, a lot of protein powders are filled with fillers or unnatural additives. Collagen protein, on the other hand, is a clean protein — in its pure form, it has no additives or sweeteners — that can help keep you full and promote satiety. Several studies have focused on the benefits of consuming collagen in helping people who are trying to lose weight. In a study assessing hunger hormones in 10 obese patients and 12 patients of normal weight, researchers found that the intake of gelatin (a substance derived from collagen itself) actually increased the satiety hormone, which means the subjects were more likely to adhere to their weight loss diets.1 If you could maintain satiety longer, you may be on the road to effective weight loss simply by reducing your own hunger.

    Other studies have had similar results with regards to the effect of collagen supplementation in helping to promote fullness. One study consisted of 24 healthy adults who tested the satiety effects of various protein supplements. The subjects had two breakfast meals with specific types of protein in each: one meal had alpha-lactalbumin, gelatin, or gelatin + tryptophan (TRP) (Breakfast 1) and the other meal contained casein, soy, whey, or whey + glycomacropeptide (GMP) (Breakfast 2). The study found that Breakfast 1, which included gelatin (collagen), was 40 percent more satiating than Breakfast 2, which did not contain gelatin or collagen. Additionally, the participants who ate Breakfast 1 with gelatin ended up consuming fewer calories for lunch. Researchers concluded that gelatin increases satiety, which can lead to subsequent reduced energy intake, thereby promoting weight loss.2

    To put this into simple terms, collagen protein promotes fullness and keeps our body feeling satisfied after a meal. If we feel more full for a longer time after eating, we are less likely to overeat at the next meal. This goes hand in hand with fighting off pesky cravings. We know how difficult it can be to fight cravings, such as those for salty, oily or fatty foods. And not to mention sugary foods, which our brain can actually get addicted to. Including collagen into your daily diet can help in the battle against cravings and weight loss by keeping you full and satisfied.

    Collagen Supplementation Can Also Keep Our Bodies Strong

    An important component of losing weight and staying healthy is being active — whether by going to the gym or just walking regularly. To stay active, we need to make sure our bodies stay strong as well as avoid injuries or other aches and pains that may prevent us from working out. Collagen supplementation can help. Adding collagen protein into your daily diet can help support your bones and joints. In a 24-week study, researchers observed the effect of collagen hydrolysate supplementation on exercise-related joint pain on 97 human athletes. The researchers found that collagen supplementation can reduce joint pain.3 Therefore, adding collagen into your daily routine can help in your weight loss plan by preventing pain and joint injury arising from physical activity and exercise.

    Another benefit of collagen supplementation to your workout routine? Collagen contains high amounts of the amino acid arginine, which changes into nitric oxide to help our blood vessels relax and promote healthy circulation. Additionally, arginine has been found to help promote total strength and recovery in adult males.4 Adding collagen to your daily diet can help keep your bones strong, helping you to stay active and healthy.

    So collagen can help you lose weight, but it won’t do all of the work for you. Instead, collagen is great for providing you with the right tools to act on your diet plans — adding collagen into your diet can help to decrease your food and energy intake, beat cravings, and prevent pain due to physical activity.

    What to Look for in a Collagen Supplement

    Now that I’ve told you about the benefits of collagen supplementation and how it can help in weight management, you may want to know which collagen supplement to use. There are a lot of collagen supplements out there, and I’ve tried most of them. I highly recommend you do your research to make sure you purchase one that contains no additional additives, flavors, or sweeteners. Also, make sure the collagen has no hormones in it: Look for collagen from grass-fed and pasture-raised bovine or wild-caught fish.

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    I Drank Collagen Peptides Every Day for 2 Weeks—Here’s What Happened

    If there was a magic pill that could help improve digestion and gut health, erase wrinkles, prevent weight gain, ease joint pain and give you healthy, thick hair and nails, I would buy it by the truckload. After all, while boosting my overall health is a priority, having shinier hair and minimal crow’s feet is a major bonus. Although there’s no such magic pill, there is a supplement that promises these results and more: collagen peptides.

    Collagen is a protein found in our bodies; it’s in our digestive system, muscles, bones, skin, and tendons. But collagen production decreases with age, hence wrinkles and sagging skin.

    What are the benefits of collagen?

    Taking a collagen supplement is supposed to improve the elasticity of your skin—in fact, a study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology found that those who took collagen peptides once daily for eight weeks showed a significant improvement in skin’s elasticity.

    As someone who is approaching 30 and constantly stressing over crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, I was hoping collagen would help smooth out some of these signs of aging.

    Collagen is also supposed to help with joint pain. Although I (luckily) don’t have chronic pain in my joints, my knees do flare up from time to time ever since I ran a half marathon a couple of years ago. I also get some soreness in what feels like the bones in my legs a couple of times a week, usually after a run or intense cardio session. If drinking collagen would ease this pain, then I was game.

    Collagen may also prevent weight gain. Collagen peptides are low in calories and high in protein. This one-two punch is the perfect recipe for weight loss. One 2008 study found that consuming gelatin (the cooked form of collagen) increased participants’ levels of the satiety hormone, ghrelin. That means participants maintained satiety longer and had fewer feelings of hunger, which means they were more likely to stick to their weight-loss diets. There haven’t been many studies done on collagen peptides specifically, but the theory is the same: eating low-calorie protein increases levels of the appetite-suppressing hormone that reduces food intake.

    The experiment set-up:

    To really test the health benefits of drinking collagen peptides, I vowed to take it every day for two weeks.

    My collagen power of choice was Vital Proteins Unflavored Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides in the blue tub. I got the 20-ounce tub and a box of the stick packs, which were perfect for when I went out of town.

    I stuck with one scoop from the tub for 35 calories, 9 grams of protein, and 10 grams of collagen (this was the same serving size in the stick packs).

    After taking the powdered supplement for over two weeks, here’s my Vital Proteins collagen peptide review.

    When I started this experiment, I was curious about how long it takes for collagen supplements to work. A skeptic, I thought there was no way I would see noticeable before and after results after just two short weeks. Boy was I wrong! The following are a few significant changes I noticed by the end of my experiment. I also talk about some hyped-up results that I did not notice after my two-week experiment. (So maybe it does take a little longer for collagen supplements to work to their full potential.)

    I felt full all morning.

    Since I drank my peptides in the morning with my coffee (around 9:30), I found myself full until lunchtime. I tend to take a later lunch, around 2:30, so I typically have a snack sometime mid-morning to tide me over. However, I found I didn’t need my morning snack after I had collagen. It also helped to pair my collagen coffee with breakfast, especially if I ate something that wasn’t super high in protein such as avocado toast. The 9 grams of protein from the collagen kept me satisfied until my next meal.

    While I didn’t weigh myself during the experiment, I could definitely see why people take collagen for weight loss. Forgoing my standard 200- to 300-calorie morning snack because I felt full definitely helped to decrease my daily calorie intake—especially because I was replacing it with a 35-calorie powder. Taking collagen peptides long-term could theoretically mean collagen power may help with weight loss.

    My nails were stronger.

    After about a week of taking the collagen, I noticed my nails were thicker and stronger and were growing faster. Usually, my nails break and tear off after they grow, but after drinking my collagen, they were growing nicely and faster than normal. How could I tell? I got a gel manicure, which is supposed to last up to two weeks, and my nails grew out after about eight or nine days. It left the bottoms of my nail beds exposed. Although it was annoying having to get my nails redone, it wasn’t a bad problem to have!

    My complexion was better.

    I’m not sure if this was a placebo effect or not, but I felt like my skin looked brighter. Although I still struggle with acne and dry patches, I felt like my cheeks looked a little pinker and overall, my skin looked smoother. It wasn’t a replacement for my tinted moisturizer, but I’ll take it!

    My wrinkles did not go away.

    However, I still had wrinkles on my forehead and the starting lines of crow’s feet around my eyes. These are two trouble areas I’m always focused on, so I was hoping drinking collagen every day would help smooth these out. Although I didn’t see any noticeable difference in terms of skin elasticity and my wrinkles, I only did the challenge for two weeks. I’m going to keep drinking collagen every morning and hope it will help my fine lines disappear. If anything, there are other positive health benefits I found from taking collagen that I’ll definitely make this part of my daily routine.

    I didn’t notice a difference in my joints.

    Since I get soreness in my knees from time to time, I was curious if the collagen would help ease this pain. However, nothing really changed; my knees still had their routine soreness a couple of times a week.

    Collagen powder doesn’t dissolve well in cold liquids.

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    The Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides that I used claimed that it could dissolve in hot or cold liquids. However, I found it dissolved much easier when I poured some into hot tea or blended it into a smoothie. For the majority of the two weeks, I put my peptides in my morning iced coffee. Instead of dissolving nicely, however, it ended up clumping into gelatinous pieces throughout my coffee. Although the peptides eventually dissolved with frequent stirring, I sometimes ended up slurping up chunks of the peptides.

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    5 Reasons To Include Collagen Powder Supplements For Weight Loss.

    Introduction:

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    Collagen is a protein that our body has in abundance. It’s a protein that assists in providing structure to the primary bodily elements like skin, bone, tendons, ligaments, arteries, hairs, etc. Basically, collagen is present almost everywhere in our body, it comprises 30% of the total protein in the body.

    Collagen powder supplement is present in the hydrolyzed form. Hydrolyzed collagen is easy to be mixed in any liquid (warm or cold).

    Collagen supplements are derived from the bones and cartilage of certain animals (beef and fishes).

    What Is Collagen Good For?

    If there is a magic supplement that can improve muscle mass, relieve joint pain, improve skin texture, strengthen your bones, promotes digestion, would you invest your money on it? You will happily do that!!!

    Collagen is a protein supplement that has all the above benefits. Collagen improves your body’s overall health. Here are some of the facts about collagen protein:

    • Study published at the British Journal of Nutrition found better development of lean muscle mass in comparison to volunteers who were not given any supplementation after resistance training.
    • Up to 30% of the protein in our body and 70% of the protein within our skin is made up of collagen. Supplementing with collagen peptide will help in better skin tone and flexibility. This supplement may also work as an anti-aging agent.
    • Collagen also helps in building and repairing the connective tissues of the body, which results in stronger tendons and ligaments.
    • Collagen peptide is particularly found very helpful for people on a low protein diet, supplementing with collagen peptide may help in the development of lean muscle mass and stronger joints.
    • It’s high in glycine and proline, these are the amino acids which are found to have many positive effects on gut health. Glycine and Proline help in restoring and repairing the intestinal walls and fights inflammation.

    Why Collagen Powder Supplements For Weight Loss:

    Hydrolyzed collagen has become a prominent element of major weight loss products. Most of the meal replacement shake contains collagen in Hydrolysed form. Let’s understand how collagen powder supplements are helpful for weight loss.

    Gut health:

    Centuries ago, ancient Ayurveda had recognized the relationship between gut health and a healthy body. Your digestive tract plays an important role in hormone balance, immunity and mental health.

    Improving the gut health by a healthy lifestyle and targeted supplements can certainly help in boosting metabolism and trimming down that layer of stored fat.

    Collagen is a fantastic supplement that helps in improving the digestive tract and gut health. The entire gastrointestinal tract is made of skin, which needs a permeable barrier to do its job correctly. Supplementing with the collagen protein can help in keeping that inner lining of digestive tract healthy.

    Meal replacement

    Collagen promotes satiety, and make you feel fuller for a longer period of time.

    Collagen supplement has been used as the main ingredient of many meal replacement shakes before hydrolyzed collagen supplement got into limelight.

    Anything that can keep you fuller is contributing to the consumption of fewer calories, is it difficult to understand?

    Additionally, apart from keeping your fuller, collagen is a clear protein that does not contain artificial flavors or additives.

    Study conducted at the University of São Paulo Medical School, São Paulo, researched about effects of gelatin (derived from collagen itself) on the human body. Daily supplementing with 20 g of gelatin to 12 obese patients and 10 lean subjects found the positive effects on satiety hormones.

    In simple terms, collagen protein promotes fullness and keeps our body feeling satisfied after a meal.

    Collagen Keep Your Bodies Strong

    Regularity and persistence are the most important components of a successful weight loss journey.

    Collagen peptides help in maintaining stronger bones and joints which helps in sticking to the daily workout routine.

    A 24-week study exhibits the improvement of joint pain in athletes who were treated with the dietary supplement collagen hydrolysate.

    Muscle development and recovery

    Collagen contains a high amount of Arginine, it’s an amino acid that helps in vasodilation and promotes blood circulation.

    Collagen is found to be very effective for fast recovery because of the presence of nitric oxide.

    Apart from better blood flow, collagen peptides also contain the required amino acids that help in the development of lean muscle. Gaining extra leans muscles directly helps in better strength, metabolism and faster fat loss.

    Helps in keto

    Undoubtedly, the Keto diet is one of the most effective methods to shred the extra fat from the body. Use of Collagen protein while on the keto diet is one of the latest trends.

    Those who are not aware of the “Kito Diet” let me explain in short. It’s a diet pattern when you restrict the carbohydrate consumption very-low and replace it with fats. We actually train our body to use fats as a primary fuel by restricting the intake of carbs.

    Hydrolyzed Collagen peptides are very low in carbs which makes them a perfect supplement while ketosis.

    Considerations

    Hydrolyzed collagen helps in the overall development of body but if you want to enhance the fat burning process then it’s suggested to add whey isolates as well. Adding whey with your morning collagen smoothie will help in kickstarting your day.

    Tips for Using Collagen Peptides for Weight Loss

    Looking to lose a few pounds? You may have heard about collagen peptides helping with weight loss, and are wondering what all the hype is about.

    Collagen is a powerful structural protein that is used for a variety of functions all over your body. Studies have indeed found that consuming collagen has some impressive benefits, especially considering that your body begins to produce less of it around the time you enter your 30’s.

    One of the benefits of collagen protein is that it can help you lose weight and then, once you’ve reached your goal, maintain a healthy weight.

    When you are trying to decrease body fat and improve your fitness, you need high-quality protein and nutrients to fuel your body and cells. Without good nutrition, weight loss efforts may result in reduced overall wellness. It is important to approach weight loss with a healthy mindset and to make sure you maintain a good relationship with food (and yourself) through your weight loss journey. In this article, we will discuss collagen protein, collagen peptides weight loss supplements, and some other tips for successful weight management.

    What is Collagen Peptide Protein?

    There are many different types of protein structures, all built from amino acids. Collagen is a structural, fibrous protein that your body uses more than any other type of protein. It is used to strengthen your tendons, bones, muscles, skin, and other connective tissues. It is important for healing, recovery, and longevity.

    Although our body can build collagen on its own, production begins to slow down in our 30’s. For this reason, many have found it useful to begin supplementing, in hopes to boost overall strength and wellness. Seeing how vital a role collagen plays in the human body, this makes a lot of sense.

    Collagen protein is also found in other mammals, most densely in their ligaments, skin, tendons, etc.

    Because Western diets do not generally consume these parts of animals, we miss out on natural dietary collagen. Collagen peptide supplements are most often made with cow products.

    What is collagen peptide protein? Collagen peptides are smaller pieces of the large, collagen protein structure. Because collagen is a massive protein molecule (over 1000 amino acids in a single collagen protein) it can be a bit difficult to digest. When broken down into smaller pieces, however, the digestive tract absorbs it quickly and efficiently and is able to utilize it throughout the body.

    Another term for collagen peptides is “hydrolyzed collagen”. This refers to the way collagen is broken down into peptides to improve digestibility.

    Benefits Of Peptides For Weight Loss

    Weight management is a lifelong pursuit, with some phases being more difficult than others.

    While losing weight can help you feel your best, improve your energy, and increase your confidence, it is important to do it for the right reasons. Weight loss is not a cure-all, nor does it necessarily signify better health. Prioritizing mental health before beginning a weight loss journey is extremely important, and valuing your body no matter the size will help you operate from a place of self-love.

    Always work with a qualified medical professional before making any significant changes to their diet or routine.

    With weight loss, the goal should always be sustainable lifestyle changes over dramatic diets or extreme measures. Anything you do should be something you want to incorporate for the rest of your life. Avoid clever marketing tactics, magic pills, radical fasts or diets, and focus instead on healthy daily choices that move you reliably towards your goals.

    A simple habit you can add to your daily routine is taking a collagen peptides weight loss supplement. You can also add powdered forms of collagen peptides into your smoothies, soups, and beverages (it can be a bit lumpy though). If you want to find dietary collagen, there is some naturally occurring in high-quality conventional or homemade bone broth.

    Collagen peptides may help with weight loss in the following ways:

    Collagen Peptides Increase Satiety

    Protein, in general, helps you to feel more full and satisfied after a meal. This is because it fills an essential need in the body, so your hunger hormones can go on break once you’ve consumed enough protein-rich food.

    Studies have found that hydrolyzed gelatin (a form of collagen) specifically helps to increase the satiety hormone, which means after consuming collagen, you shouldn’t feel hungry for a while. Hunger pains are one of the biggest hurdles in weight loss, and you are much more likely to stick to your goals if you feel full.

    Collagen Peptides Can Reduce Overall Calorie Intake

    Not feeling super hungry in between meals will reduce the likelihood of overeating during the next mealtime. When you are starving, and begin eating food, it is easy to eat way more calories than you need in an effort to stave off the hunger. It takes some time for the body to signal to the brain that it’s had enough, which means if you’re ravenous you can easily chow down more calories than you need to feel satisfied.

    Using collagen and other high-quality proteins throughout the day may help to reduce your feelings of hunger and help you eat more intentionally.

    Collagen Supports Joint Health and Muscle Strength

    An important part of a healthy lifestyle is movement. Whether you choose to exercise at a gym, garden in your backyard, walk the dog, run, take fitness classes, or participate in sports, keeping your body moving is a key to health and longevity.

    When combined with healthy, intentional eating habits, exercise can boost your weight loss efforts tremendously.

    To move efficiently, you need to feel strong. You don’t want to be injured or in pain. Collagen peptides (as strong, structural proteins) play a big role in strengthening your muscles, improving joint health, reducing joint pain, and decreasing the risk of injury. Supplementing with collagen can help to support you as an active individual, which in turn will help you lose or maintain your weight.

    A Protein-Rich Diet May Improve Weight Loss Success

    High protein intake, in general, is correlated with more effective weight loss. This probably has to do with its effect on satiety. If the body isn’t getting the protein it needs to build cells, heal injuries, and function well, you can be eating excessive calories without ever really feeling satisfied.

    What may be surprising to some, is that obese individuals are often nutrient-deficient. Even though they carry a lot of weight, they may be missing certain vitamins, minerals, or proteins. This means their body feels starving because it is not getting what it needs to thrive. These deficiencies may often be an underlying reason for overeating (the body is trying to get the nutrients it needs).

    Processed foods, low socioeconomic status, or a lack of education may cause people to eat a lot of foods that are void of essential nutrients. Focusing on consuming high-quality protein can help to ensure that you are giving your body what it needs to function well, and will reduce cravings and support weight maintenance.

    Collagen Peptides May Help Reduce Cellulite Appearance

    Sometimes. after losing significant weight, we find ourselves self-conscious of the stretch marks and cellulite left behind. While nothing can get rid of cellulite (EVERYONE has it somewhere!) collagen peptides can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

    This is likely because collagen makes up approximately 70% of our skin, particularly the dermis layer. It is responsible for thickness and elasticity. Increasing collagen intake is clinically proven to help hide fat cells underneath the skin.

    How To Choose A Collagen Peptides Weight Loss Supplement

    When you are choosing collagen peptides as a weight loss supplement, there are a few things you want to keep in mind.

    • Hydrolyzed collagen. You want to choose a supplement that contains hydrolyzed collagen (or collagen peptides, which are the same thing). This will ensure that your collagen is easily digested and utilized by your body.
    • A form that is easy to consume. This may take a little experimentation, but you want to choose a collagen supplement that you can easily take every day. If it is difficult to use, tastes funny, or is otherwise difficult to incorporate, you will likely stop taking it. Some people like to take pills, others like powder that they can mix into their smoothies. We prefer Liquid Collagen, which requires no mixing, blending, extra liquid, or prep. Simple open and drink as you would any other beverage.
    • Low sugar/carb. When you buy a collagen peptides weight loss supplement, you want to make sure it doesn’t contain added sugar or carbohydrates. Look for a supplement that has less than 1 gram of naturally occurring sugar (like ProT Gold).

    When you are on a weight loss journey, check in with yourself often.

    Is your mental health in a good place? Are you focusing on lasting lifestyle changes and not extreme weight-loss measures? How do you feel, physically and mentally? Checking in with yourself once in a while can help to keep you on track and ensure you are in a good headspace.

    Remember, you are worthy and beautiful just the way you are.

    Whether you’re looking for a great weight loss supplement, clear skin, something to provide healthier hair and nails, or relief for aching joints, you’ve probably heard collagen mentioned as a solution. The fact is, an expertly engineered collagen supplement can deliver on all of these promises. SkinnyFit Super Youth caught our eye thanks to the unique ingredients list and its positive reviews.

    Today, we’re going to take a closer look the best collagen supplement on the market and dive into what makes SkinnyFit such a powerful weight loss tool with a lot of benefits.

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    Why Take a Collagen Supplement?

    Collagen is a natural protein which provides structure to your skin, strengthens joints, promotes strong bones, and boosts metabolism. Collagen naturally occurs in some foods but many of them, (such as some pork products) also comes with a lot of fat. Because SkinnyFit Super Youth contains hydrolyzed collagen it’s easily absorbed by your body, providing all of the benefits fat-free.

    Yes, your body creates collagen to build connective tissues and maintain healthy skin, but your natural collagen production decreases as you age until you actually being losing collagen. This is linked to factors of aging such as wrinkles, hair loss, and weight gain. By providing your body with a good source of collagen you can effectively stop—or reverse—all of these effects.

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    What is in SkinnyFit Super Youth?

    In a word, SkinnyFit provides collagen. However, it goes much deeper than that. In order to deliver a supplement with holistic benefits and long-term health in mind, SkinnyFit has put together something truly special.

    A Blend of Collagen Sources

    It may be a surprise to learn there are several different types of collagen. The different protein structures of these different collagens are each used by the body in unique ways. SkinnyFit Super Youth includes the following 5 types of collagen, each of which has unique benefits.

    • Type I Collagen – Promotes healthy skin, nails, hair, bones, and ligaments
    • Type II Collagen – Supports cartilage and joint health
    • Type III Collagen – Similar to Type I, encourages healthy hair and smooth skin]
    • Type V Collagen – Provides benefits to internal organs as well as skin and hair
    • Type X Collagen – Encourages recovery and healing, and provides a metabolism boost

    Clean Ingredients

    By sourcing their collagen from natural, cage-free, non-GMO, pesticide-free sources SkinnyFit gains a very high score for ingredient quality. This means you’ll be getting your collagen without any contaminants. There are also no other ingredients besides the five types of collagen! No fillers, no sweeteners, and only 30 calories per scoop!

    If you look at the nutrition facts of the SkinnyFit Super Youth collagen supplement you’ll see it contains only 2 things

    • Protein (collagen is a protein)
    • Sodium (which naturally occurs in small quantities in naturally-derived proteins)

    You get a lot out of one scoop without any drawbacks or side effects. SkinnyFit delivers high-quality protein your body can use, without any additional things you don’t want. This clean ingredient list is the number one reason we stand behind SkinnyFit Super Youth.

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    Does SkinnyFit Help you Lose Weight?

    Unlike dangerous fat-burning supplements, SkinnyFit collagen promotes natural weight loss. Not only is collagen more filling than other forms of protein, leading to a more “full” feeling when you add it to smoothies or drinks, it also provides a natural metabolism boost.

    Why is a metabolism boost good? Because a faster metabolism means your body burns more calories at rest. By encouraging your body to break down and use the collagen protein structures found in SkinnyFit you are not only getting the skin, hair, nail, and joint benefits, you will burn calories more quickly. Combine SkinnyFit with a healthy weight loss diet and you’ll see the results for yourself.

    How Can I Incorporate SkinnyFit Into my Diet?

    Meal-planning may be the hardest part of making a supplement a part of your daily routine. You may not know how to use SkinnyFit Super Youth in a way that fits naturally into your life. Because it is a pure protein supplement with no sweeteners or flavorings, it’s almost flavorless, which can be a big benefit when incorporating it into your diet.

    Blend It

    This might have been your first notion—add SkinnyFit to your smoothies. However, over here at the Fitness Day One office we’ve had way too many chalky “health” smoothies to let that happen to you. We recommend adding it to the Fitness Day One acai bowl as a perfect breakfast or post-workout meal!

    Fitness Day One Acai Bowl with SkinnyFit Super Youth Collagen Supplement

    Ingredients

    • 1 banana
    • ½ apple
    • 1 packet frozen acai
    • ⅓ cup of frozen mixed berries
    • ¼ cup milk of your choice
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds
    • 1 tsp flax seeds
    • 1 scoop SkinnyFit Super Youth
    • ½ cup granola
    • 2 tbsp almond butter
    • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
    • 1 tsp honey

    Directions

    • Chop ½ banana and ½ apple. Put them aside.
    • Combine unchopped ½ banana, frozen acai, mixed berries, milk, chia seeds, flax seeds and SkinnyFit Super Youth in a blender. We recommend this one from Vitamix.
    • Blend until all ingredients are thoroughly combined, with no sneaky whole berries.
    • Pour blended acai mixture into a bowl.
    • Top with granola, chopped banana, chopped apple, almond butter, cacao nibs, and honey.
    • If desired, add toasted coconut shavings to taste.
    • Enjoy!

    This recipe provides a wealth of vitamins, as well as flavor. It provides the opportunity to add any supplements of your choice. Experiment with replacing the flax or chia seeds with maca powder or MCT oil!

    Bake It

    In addition to the blended options, there are several ways to bake delicious, healthy foods using protein as a substitute for conventional flour, from pancakes and waffles to muffins and cookies, you can create meals loaded with healthy foods. Replace the protein powder in one of these recipes with SkinnyFit collagen powder and you’re on your way.

    Give Super Youth a Try

    The fact is, collagen really can revitalize you from the inside out. By promoting healthy skin, nails, and hair, as well as providing increased energy, it boosts the results of your diet and exercise routine. Because of its combination of several types of hydrolyzed collagen, SkinnyFit is our choice as the number one addition to any weight loss plan and whole-health diet.

    SkinnyFit Super Youth Collagen Powder Unflavored,…

    Have you heard of Collagen Peptides? Unlike many other supplements on the market, collagen has actually been proven to help with weight loss and reducing body fat! Collagen can help with not only weight loss, but improving skin texture, reducing inflammation and improving GI health.

    So, what exactly is collagen and why do most of us suffer from deficiencies?

    Collagen is a structural protein that influences multiple systems in our bodies including our skin, hair, gastrointestinal tract, joints bones and muscular tissue. Collagen is found in certain foods that we as a society don’t eat very much: ligaments, cartilage and bone marrow of certain animals. Most people try to avoid organ meats and stick with lean forms of protein. As a result, we have dramatically reduced our intake of collagen as a protein and certain symptoms begin to surface:

    • Premature signs of aging (wrinkles)

    • Issues with weight loss

    • Problems with your gastrointestinal tract including IBS, constipation, diarrhea, gas/bloating, acid reflux

    • Joint pain or arthritic pain

    • Hair loss, hair breakage or changes to your hair volume

    • Skin changes ranging from acne, sensitive skin, rashes or dry skin

    • Inflammation in the body (or a history of autoimmune disease)

    The good news is that you don’t have to suffer from these symptoms! You can replace lost collagen with certain supplements (in addition to food sources) that can greatly impact your quality of life. Collagen Peptides is one of these supplements. Here are some of the proven health benefits of using collagen:

    • Helps with Weight Loss. Collagen can boost metabolism by increasing lean muscle mass. When combined with exercise, taking collagen helps increase skeletal muscle resulting in an increased metabolism over time.​

    • Improves Skin. The amount of collagen and elastin proteins in our skin diminish over time causing skin to sag and lose plumpness. Collagen peptides improves the layer of the skin called the dermis which will help to improve appearance of skin.

    • Helps Body Absorb Nutrients. Collagen has been shown to help increase stomach acid, which is needed for the proper absorption of nutrients. Low stomach acid can occur with the use of certain over the counter medications or from hormone imbalances. This can lead to deficiencies in vitamins like B12 and nutrients like Iron.

    • Improves GI Tract. Strengthens the lining of your gastrointestinal lining to help prevent leaky gut. Symptoms such as acne, depression, weight gain, IBS, mood disorders and autoimmune conditions are all thought to begin from this condition known as leaky gut. Please note that changing your diet should always be the first step if you feel like you are suffering from leaky gut.

    • Can Help Reduce Inflammation and Joint Pain. Collagen can help reduce joint pain, swelling, and both local and systemic inflammation. It can help treat arthritis and aids in recovery from workouts.

    If you decide to use collagen, make sure you find a high-quality brand so that you can get all of the desired benefits. Blue Sky MD is happy to announce that we now carry a high quality collagen peptide supplement. Feel free to contact or stop by any of our office locations with any questions regarding this product.

    Should You Be Adding Collagen to Your Diet?

    By now you probably know the difference between your protein powders and your matcha teas. And you can probably tell coconut oil from avocado oil. Now, in the spirit of turning basically everything good and healthy into powder form, there’s another product on the market: powdered collagen. It’s the stuff you’re used to seeing listed as an ingredient on skincare products. But now celebs and health foodies (including Jennifer Aniston) are on board with ingesting it, and you may have even spotted a coworker sprinkling it into her oatmeal, coffee, or smoothie.

    So, what is collagen?

    Collagen is the magical stuff that keeps the skin plump and smooth, and it helps keep joints strong, too. The protein can be found naturally in the body’s muscles, skin, and bones, and makes up about 25 percent of your total body mass, says Joel Schlessinger, M.D., a Nebraska-based dermatologist. But as the body’s collagen production slows (which it does at a rate of about 1 percent per year beginning at age 20, says Schlessinger), wrinkles start to creep in and joints might not feel as resilient as they once did. That’s why many people looking to boost their body’s collagen levels turn to outside sources like supplements or creams, which get their collagen from cows, fish, chickens, and other animals (though it is possible to find a plant-based version for vegans).

    What are the benefits of edible collagen?

    “While animal and plant collagens are not exactly the same as the collagen found in our bodies, they have been shown to have a positive impact on the skin when combined with other anti-aging ingredients in skincare products,” says Schlessinger. Note, though, that he mentions collagen can be helpful when it’s delivered in skincare products-not supplements. “While collagen supplements, drinks, and powders have surged in popularity in the beauty world, you shouldn’t expect noticeable benefits in skin from ingesting them,” he says. It’s even harder to believe that ingesting collagen could help tackle a particular problem area, like the wrinkles around your eyes that seem to get deeper by the day. “It’s impossible for an oral supplement to reach specific areas and target the places that need a boost most,” says Schlessinger. Plus, taking powdered collagen could have negative side effects such as bone pain, constipation, and fatigue.

    Similarly, Harley Pasternak, a celebrity trainer who has an MSc in exercise physiology and nutritional sciences, says ingesting collagen powder won’t boost your skin. “People think now there’s collagen in our skin, in our hair…and if I eat collagen then maybe the collagen in my body will get stronger,” he says. “Unfortunately that’s not how the human body works.”

    The collagen trend took off when companies realized that collagen protein was cheaper to produce than other protein sources, says Pasternak. “Collagen is not a very good quality protein,” he says. “It doesn’t have all the essential acids that you would need from other quality proteins, it’s not very bioavailable. So as far as proteins go, collagen is a cheap protein to manufacture. It’s marketed to help your skin your nails and your hair, however, it’s not been proven to do so.”

    Still, some experts disagree, saying ingestible collagen does lives up to the hype. Michele Green, M.D., a New York dermatologist, says collagen powder can boost the skin’s elasticity, support hair, nail, skin, and joint health, and has a decent amount of protein. And science backs her up: One study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology found that skin elasticity significantly improved when study participants between the ages of 35 and 55 took a collagen supplement for eight weeks. Another study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging noted that taking a collagen supplement for three months increased collagen density in the crow’s feet area by 19 percent, and yet another study found collagen supplements helped lessen joint pain among college athletes. These studies sound promising, but Vijaya Surampudi, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA’s division of clinical nutrition, says more research is needed because many of the studies so far have been small or were sponsored by a company.

    What to do now to protect your collagen

    If you want to try out the powdered supplement yourself, Green recommends consuming 1 to 2 tablespoons of collagen powder a day, which is easy to add to whatever you’re eating or drinking since it’s virtually tasteless. (You should get approval from your doctor first, she notes.) But if you decide to wait for more definitive research, you can still protect the collagen you already have by adjusting your current lifestyle habits. (Also: Why It’s Never Too Early to Start Protecting the Collagen In Your Skin) Wear sunscreen every day-yes, even on cloudy days-stay away from cigarettes, and get enough sleep each night, says Schlessinger. Sticking to a healthy diet is also key, and Green says loading up on collagen-rich foods such as those with vitamin C and high antioxidant counts can have a positive effect on the skin and joints as well. (Check out these eight foods that are surprisingly full of vitamins and minerals.)

    And if you’re really hung up on maxing out your collagen levels for anti-aging reasons, consider investing in a moisturizer so you can apply collagen topically rather than ingest it. “Look for formulas that feature peptides as a key ingredient to experience anti-aging benefits and a boost in skin health,” says Schlessinger. Collagen breaks down into chains of amino acids called peptides, so applying a peptide-based cream can help promote the body’s natural collagen production.

    • By By Moira Lawler

    Does Taking A Collagen Supplement Hurt Your Weight Loss?

    Collagen is the “hot” new supplement right now, and every guru article you read is talking about its benefits. Studies confirm that collagen can boost joint, skin, hair, and nail health, and it’s very popular for those “growing bolder“ (over 50 crowd) because it slows the aging process. But what you might not know is that if you’re not taking the right amount or type of collagen, you might not receive the benefits you’re hoping for. Even worse, it can prevent you from losing weight and make you feel full and bloated and block fat loss.

    Lately, I’ve seen several successful weight loss programs come to a screeching halt because of collagen supplements being added… bone broth, powders, supplements etc.

    A few of my in-person clients, for whatever reason, decided to randomly add powdered collagen to their morning coffee, and some dumped it into their smoothies. Almost immediately, their weight loss stopped and the scale began to creep up, which always alarms me. When I asked if they were doing anything different, they, of course, said “no, I’m 100 percent on” (I don’t believe perfection exists, so right off the bat I knew to begin looking everywhere for the cause because there is always a reason). Eventually, we figured it out and I suggested they stop using the supplement. Within 24 hours they began losing weight again!

    The reason collagen is getting so much attention now is because researchers finally figured out what bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts have known for centuries, and as a Certified Sports Nutritionist, I have been suggesting supplementing with collagen for over 20 years. Why? Because it’s the most abundant protein in the body, or should be anyway. Yet most of us, especially women over 35, are deficient in this nutrient (aka protein), which is why it’s a good idea to supplement daily.

    It’s only gaining popularity now because the marketers (aka salespeople) found a way to make money selling you separate collagen products whether you need them or not.

    Supplementing daily with the right type of collagen, in the specific doses needed by your body, can work wonders in every aspect of your body. Collagen improves joint health and slows the aging process, tightens skin, keeps it healthy and supple, and wrinkle-free. Collagen plumps every cell in the body (if you’re not careful, it will plump up your fat cells too) and anyone over the age of 40 (both men and women) should be taking it daily to protect and nourish joints, which helps them ache less and glide better. It also makes ligaments more pliable, which helps prevent injuries that happen as we age due to the lack of elasticity.

    What, how much, and when should you take collagen?

    I suggest starting right now… today.

    Prevention is always the best cure. Don’t wait until your joints ache or your skin becomes crepey and begins to sag. The secret to successful supplementation is start with the best form of premium-grade collagen, like the kind we use in LynFit Daily Joint Recovery & Repair.

    Each shot delivers a clinical dose, which is the exact amount needed to deliver results you can see and feel in less than seven days!

    Why is the collagen found in LynFit Daily Joint Recovery & Repair better than all the bone broths and powders seen in the market place today?

    It’s the best collagen you can buy anywhere because it contains all the different types of collagen your body needs in a highly absorbable colloidal liquid. Your body uses every ounce it gets versus storing it and plumping up your fat cells, making you feel bloated. And, it won’t clog up your system (if you know what I mean).

    Here’s your guide to the types of collagen found in Daily Joint Recovery & Repair.

    Type I Collagen: Best known for skin, hair, and nail benefits. It makes up 90 percent of our skin, hair, and nails, as well as our organs, bones, and ligaments. Type I collagen has been well known in the fitness industry for decades because it helps tighten and firm skin, delay aging, and helps reduce wrinkles and stretch marks.

    Clinical studies have shown that this type of collagen has been shown to improve skin thickness, function, moisture content, and appearance, but buyer beware if you’re buying collagen elsewhere… most store-bought collagen do not contain this type and have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals. Exactly what you don’t want when trying to lose weight.

    Type I collagen is the best type of collagen for these beauty benefits its collagen peptides come from fish, which is why it’s considered superior in its ability in raising overall body collagen while greatly improving your skin, hair, nail, and even your bone quality. Even research agrees that this marine collagen is up to one-and-a-half times more bioavailable, which is why it’s more effective and less harmful than chicken or bovine-type collagen.

    Type II Collagen: It’s in there! We’ve all heard it… that chicken soup is good for the soul, but it’s also good for our immune system, and that’s why it’s so great for us when we’re sick: Type II collagen is mainly sourced from chickens and is found in chicken broth made from chicken bones.

    Type II collagen is important because it strengthens and protects our gut lining by acting as a barrier between the substances we consume. This helps our fragile digestive systems to work properly, which also helps improve and protect our immune health.

    Type ll collagen is a major building block of cartilage, which is why it’s so crucial for every aspect of our health, especially our joint health. LynFit’s is a pure, micro-filtered source and all contaminants, toxins, and impurities are checked and re-checked to keep you safe and get you the best results possible.

    Yup, it’s got type III collagen too: Type III collagen helps to form our arterial walls, which is paramount when it comes to protecting our cardiovascular health. Type lll is often found next to the type I collagen in our body (think bone, cartilage, dentin, tendons, skin, as well as other connective tissues), but in smaller amounts. It offers many similar benefits for skin and bone. Why settle for one when you can have both?

    And also…

    Type V And X Collagen: Collagen type l, ll, and lll are the most common because they are the most abundant in the body and the most commonly found in supplements. While they are less popular, they are also important for numerous body functions. Type V collagen helps form cell membranes and the tissue in women’s placentas. Type X is critical when it comes to bone formation.

    Type V collagen is usually sourced from the membranes of eggshells while LynFit only uses type X, which is made from chicken sources, not bovine, which is a beef source and not recommended because it blocks weight loss, and there are several diseases being blamed on cow’s meat, where bovine can come from.

    If you have been using a collagen supplement, whether it’s in a pill or bone broth form, and your weight loss has plateaued or even stopped, I suggest you stop taking it immediately! Weigh yourself and cleanse to reboot your system and stay on it long enough to allow your system to clear itself out, and make very sure you’re going to the bathroom (#2) several times daily (you may need more than 2 Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore to do this after using collagen supplements) and remain on the cleanse until you begin to feel better and your weight loss begins to move again. Nine out of ten times you’ll lose between 3-6 pounds of build-up after using store-bought, unpurified collagen supplements. Your stomach will be flatter, and you’ll notice that bloat disappears too, so your pants will button again. Your skin will clear, your joints will ache less, and you’ll feel like your self again.

    A word on bone broth supplements…

    Bone broth has many caveats, but for the sake of this blog, I’m going to list briefly:

    • It’s yucky
    • It slows weight loss and prevents fat-burning
    • It’s cumbersome to make yourself
    • It’s high in preservatives, pesticides, and chemicals (Yes, even if your packaging says it isn’t.)
      Rain, water drainage/runoff cannot be controlled, and, you might not want to know this, but our rain is a direct byproduct of our water supply that’s also made up of pollution, chemicals, and cleaners (you know the stuff your husband sprays the grass with when you leave hoping you won’t notice).
      You might not notice, but the meat we are eating and broth made from bones of these poor animals are absolutely affected regardless of its organic claims. Sorry, I had to let my inner scientist out!

    If I sounded like an “almost” vegetarian, it’s because the more I learn about avoiding cancer, the less I eat meat, including chicken. In my house, red meat is never served. The truth is, we love animals more than people (LOL), and red meat’s not good for us. Turkey breast is our meat of choice, and we feel better eating it less than three times weekly.

    This is why supplements such as LynFit Daily Joint Recovery & Repair are superior when it comes to meeting our body’s collagen needs!

    With supplements, you can guarantee the dose you take is going to get results (if you’re using LynFit — this is not true if you’re using warehouse and chain store brands).

    You can do it daily—supplements, that is, and consistency and frequency counts most.

    Here’s the best way to take LynFit Daily Joint Recovery & Repair…

    Saturate every cell in your body by taking (1 shot/1 oz.) of Daily Joint Recovery & Repair 2-3 times daily (morning, noon, and night is best). Be consistent with these specific dosages for the first two weeks or more, if needed.

    Drink a cup of water for best assimilation, or pour it right into your water for a delicious hydrating drink that also helps keep your whole body healthier, including your skin.

    So now you know why it’s best to rely on LynFit Daily Joint Recovery & Repair when it comes to collagen versus drinking bone broth or using a powdered type if you’re trying to lose weight and melt belly fat. It delivers a clinical dose (clinical doses are the amount that’s proven to get results or bring about change) without empty calories.

    It turns superhero ingredients into a delicious colloidal liquid, meaning the nutrients are suspended in a more stable form. They are absorbed more efficiently by the body and utilized by cells, whereas some supplements… scratch that most store-bought (especially warehouse brands)… use inferior quality that is not easily used by our body, leaving a sediment, or as I refer to as “supplement sediment” that clogs up the body just as bad as consuming red meat and cheese in the same meal. The end result being blocking weight loss and fat burning.

    Take more if you’re super-busy, stressed, or healing and recovering from, illness or injury. Most people don’t realize that if they’re stressed or recovering or highly active, trying to saturate the body with the nutrients it needs is like filling a glass with water that has holes in it—you’re pouring, but it never fills the glass per se. I suggest that my clients “pump” the dose of Daily Joint Recovery & Repair Liquid up to 5-6 times daily to saturate their body with the nutrients it needs to feel better. It’s important to understand that your body needs to be properly hydrated in order for these nutrients to be carried and delivered to the desired locations, like where you ache most.

    “Pump” your body meaning increase your dosage to two shot glasses full 3-5 times daily for the first two weeks. If you have digestive issues, your body may be better off with one shot glass five times daily, depending on your metabolism, due to absorption issues that can impede absorption.

    Once your body is saturated with the nutrients it needs, begin to taper off and you can go back to a maintenance dose, which is 1-3 shots daily, or more, depending on your pain, activity level, health, and physical and emotional issues that all affect the body’s metabolic function and depletes the body, literally robbing it of the nutrients it needs to feel good and be healthy. It’s important to note that some of the most common medications can also deplete the body of essential nutrients.

    How do you know if your body is depleted or in need of supplement assistance?

    Fatigue, aches, pains, creaky joints, and tight muscles that won’t release no matter how much stretching you do. Also, hair loss, low nail or hair growth, and the most common reason women need and love collagen (I sure do) is to combat loose, saggy skin and skin that begins to wrinkle.

    Another big depleter is surgery, both pre and post. I’m not a fan of surgery, but sometimes it’s necessary. What amazes me is that people prepare for marathons, yet not for surgery. Surgical intervention increases your body’s nutrient needs more than running the Boston Marathon!

    How your body heals or refuses to heal is a direct correlation to whether you’re moving it correctly (not too much or too little) as well as whether or not its nutritional needs are being met. This gets tougher as we get older because our body’s digestion becomes impaired (ages), which is why it’s not as simple as how much you take and taking more. It’s now a question of what you assimilate (absorb), and if your metabolism is working correctly, your body can also make sure these nutrients are transported to your cells and utilized efficiently.

    So what are we supposed to do if we struggle in all of these areas? Can’t we just take more?

    Nope! It’s not quite that simple. Taking more of any supplement is never a good idea. It’s like throwing money at a problem to fix it versus addressing the underlying issues first, so the problem goes away or can be managed efficiently.

    If you read my book, The Metabolism Solution, you’ve heard me say, “More isn’t better, better is better.” At LynFit, we use only the highest quality ingredients, in clinically researched doses, making sure all nutrients are stacked or teamed up with other nutrients that all work together synergistically. You may actually end up taking less and feeling better than if you’re taking “lumberjack“ doses.

    We also turned Daily Joint Recovery & Repair into a delicious flavored, tropical liquid that delivers the most effective collagen, combined with glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and of course, vitamin C.

    So, now you know, which type of collagen should you be taking?

    The one that delivers all of the benefits listed above that’s also derived from the safest, most efficient forms of collagen. That’s hard to find, and that’s why we added Daily Joint Recovery & Repair to our line two years ago. Daily Joint Repair Recovery & Repair Liquid contains types I, II, III, V, and X, and is a good option for anyone seeking the overall benefits of collagen protein. And, unlike broths or powders, it’s delicious, fast absorbing, and easier to take. In fact, it’s so delicious you’ll want to!

    So, if you’re looking for the best, most comprehensive collagen supplement that contains all the versions of collagen in one simple, easy-to-take supplement, look no further. Daily Joint Recovery & Repair Liquid is like taking a multivitamin for your hair, skin, and nails.

    What makes Daily Joint Recovery & Repair different and super-special?

    LynFit Daily Joint Recovery & Repair uses premium brand nutrients that are the purest, in exactly the doses needed by the body, to get results fast… without affecting your weight loss. If you’ve been taking collagen, we challenge you to try LynFit’s instead. Throw out the bone broth, powdered or pill forms of collagen, don’t take any other collagen supplements and start taking Daily Joint Recovery & Repair today. We guarantee that no matter why you decide to take it, whether it be to relieve aches and pains, improve joint health, or to improve your skin, hair, and nails, you’ll notice a difference in seven days, or we will refund your money! (Terms and conditions: Take one shot, twice daily (increase to three if your issues are severe) and take no other collagen supplements.)

    Who should be taking Daily Joint Recovery & Repair?

    Everyone should be taking Daily Joint Recovery & Repair (in addition to their LynFit Daily Power Shot and Complete Protein Shake) because most people have multiple deficiencies. Make sure that if you’re taking Daily Joint Recovery & Repair that you are not taking any other collagen supplement.

    Isn’t collagen a good form a protein?

    It’s a form of protein, but it does not replace the need for protein shakes, which is why you want a collagen supplement like Daily Joint Recovery & Repair versus using broth, powder, or other forms, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

    So, to answer the question: Does taking a collagen supplement hurt your weight loss? Taking the right kind of collagen supplement can not only enhance your weight loss but your overall health as well. And, that right kind of collagen… LynFit Daily Joint Recovery & Repair!

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