In the fitness world, Collagen Peptides have definitely made their mark. It seems like everyone falls under one of two categories: you’re either using it and absolutely obsessed or you’ve never heard of it and probably a bit confused what the fuss is all about.
Because I fall into the first category, I want to share what collagen peptides is really all about so you too can benefit from a fantastic supplement that can easily be added to your daily routine.
So what IS Collagen?
I’ll try to not get too science-y over here, but here’s how Dr. Ananya Mandal from News Medical describes it.
“Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids, which are in turn built of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Collagen makes up approximately 30% of the proteins within the body. These are tough and strong structures found all over the body: in bones, tendons and ligaments.
Collagen helps to give strength to various structures of the body and also protects structures like the skin by preventing absorption and spreading of pathogenic substances, environmental toxins, micro – organisms and cancerous cells. Collagen protein is the cement that holds everything together.”
Vital Proteins describes Collagen as…
“Collagen is the vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Our bodies cannot synthesize enough collagen on their own and our diets today contain minimal collagen.”
So, by using collagen peptides, what’s the benefit?
There are a TON of benefits you can experience by using Collagen Peptides. They include but are not limited to…
- Glowing Skin
- Healthy Joints
- Increased Tendon, Bone, & Cartilage Strength
- Improved Gut Health
- Improved Digestion
- Hair & Nail Growth (in a good way 😉 )
- Increased Athletic Performance
- Deeper Sleep
If that’s not enough to motivate you to pick up a tub of Collagen Peptides, I’m not sure what will. I can personally attest to seeing massive results by using Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides daily since June. I’ve noticed my hair and nails growing at a lightning speed, with strength too! For someone that straightens or curls their hair daily, I don’t have split ends anymore and my nails, I’m almost annoyed how often I have to clip them! On top of that, my skin has drastically improved and I’ve even had people ask me what kind of product I use on my face.
Now, what’s the best way to use Collagen Peptides?
If you’re going to use Collagen Peptides, you pretty much need to use it daily to notice profound results. Most Collagen users add a scoop to their morning coffee, tea, or a smoothie. Vital Proteins has even come out with Collagen Creamer (which I am DYING to try the gingerbread flavor). I’ve developed SUCH an obsession by blending 1 scoop in my morning coffee daily that I now dislike getting a coffee drink at any cafe. My morning coffee has become a POWER drink, I’ll write out the short recipe below, but I’ve also shared my morning coffee recipe on the blog here!
- 8-10 oz. Bulletproof Coffee (or preferred coffee brand)
- 1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil
- 1 Scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- Dash of Cinnamon
I hope my little synopsis of Collagen Peptides helps explain what all the hype is about. There are many “health fads,” but I can promise you the wave of Collagen Peptides is here to stay.