Everyone is talking about collagen a lot more than usual these days, and it’s because collagen supplements really work. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is the key component of all connective tissues. When stress, diet, and the natural process of aging hits us, we can hit back harder with a healthy dose of the right collagen peptides.
Collagen is responsible for youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails. In addition to our outer appearance, collagen also revitalizes tired bones and makes inflamed joints healthy and strong.
Claims that collagen aids in cognitive functions like memory retention or anxiety reduction are also gaining in popularity.
With all these benefits, it’s no wonder that store shelves are providing us with an abundance of collagen powder, peptides, supplements, and different protein powders. Finding the right product can sometimes be overwhelming, but getting it right doesn’t have to be.
Let's Start with Collagen Peptides
Collagen in supplements has been hydrolyzed, reduced to what is called peptides. Due to the fact that collagen is sourced from fish scales, chicken cartilage, and cowhides, breaking this down through hydrolysis is necessary for proper human absorption. By making the molecules smaller, absorption is made possible.
In essence, the process involved makes collagen dissolve and also helps create a much less bitter taste. Peptides are absorbed more easily into the bloodstream when compared to the act of eating meat alone.
Put simply, hydrolyzed collagen and collagen peptides are two different names for the same thing. This is good information for helping us sort out any confusion we may have about how the products we choose are made.
Which Types of Collagen Work Best For Me
Although there are at least sixteen known types of collagen, the human body creates and uses types I-IV. The collagen found in most products is Type I, which is typically bovine (beef) collagen. Due to the fact that cows create collagen similarly to humans, most collagen consumers rely on bovine-based products.
Type II typically consists of cartilage from chickens and is most efficient in addressing bone and joint issues.
Type III is another bovine collagen. If your main interest in collagen is to restore more elasticity to skin, hair, and nails, then your best bet is to get a product that contains mostly types I and III. Our Wild Collagen Keto Peptides are a great springboard for those reasons.
Understand The Source Of Your Collagen
Equally important to knowing which types of collagen peptides best address your personal needs is knowing how that collagen was nourished. Grass-fed is always best because cows that are grain-fed can have unnecessary fillers to help fatten the cow and create a juicy cut of meat.
Grain-fed animals are lesser in quality and cheaper. They are raised with non-traditional methods of farming, with the additional use of chemicals. When it comes to taking care of our bodies from the inside out, it’s important to know that the products we consume were also cared for properly. Always look for “pasture-raised” “grass-fed” and “non-GMO” on products when it comes to anything derived from an animal (including whey protein and bone broth protein).
“CAFO derived collagen” is another phrase to look out for (to run away from), as it literally means Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Nearly all non-organic collagen is made with CAFO-derived collagen, meaning that the FDA doesn’t apply any regulations on chemicals that are used or heavy metals such as lead that can be found. The environmental stressors these animals are subjected to can also mar the quality of the output from the animal.
Ultimately, if the collagen seems extremely affordable, it may well be that the product in question wasn’t created with the consumer in mind.
How To Get More Collagen
Equally important to getting more collagen is knowing how much collagen is a good dosage. Between 2.5-15 grams per day is the recommended amount. Although the easiest method of getting more collagen into our system involves drinking it, there are plenty of other options.
If bone density and joint support are a concern, try Wild Bone Broth Protein Powder. Full of Type II collagen and protein, our powder is rich in savory taste and can be sipped alone or added to soups.
In the beverage world alone, people love adding collagen to their morning coffee. Butter coffee with collagen could be the best kickstart for your day.
Or try mixing collagen powder into tea and smoothies. Implementing collagen powder into food is a breeze since the flavor is so neutral. Other options include: mixing into oatmeal, acai bowls, muffins, keto bread, or energy bites. This Anti-inflammatory Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is delicious! Let us know in the comments how you get more collagen.