Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: What is Collagen? Why you should take it, daily!
Let’s jump right in: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Our hair, skin, nails, bones, joints are all made up of collagen that our body naturally produces.
Collagen actually holds your whole body together. As we age, our body’s natural collagen production decreases .… I recently learned that it starts declining at the extremely old age of 25 years old! I am way past that, since I will turn (looks around the room and whispers) 30 this year… shhhh don’t repeat that! As my aunt says, it will be my 2nd 29th birthday in November.
Over the last few years I have really been into finding and learning about anti-aging superfoods, and this is where Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides enters. If you think about the fact that collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and it makes up your hair, skin, nails, joints and ligaments, and that as we age we notice that our hair gets thinner, nails get thinner, skin gets wrinkles, bones can get weaker (way down the road, people… not at 25!) then to me it logically makes sense that adding collagen into your diet can compensate for what your body is no longer producing.
In my mind, it's logical to say that when we get much older everything in our body weakens over time: hair, skin, nails, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, etc. If the most abundant protein in the human body is collagen and our natural production of collagen decreases starting at age 25, then it's safe to say that we need it even more as we age!
Collagen can help improve your skin’s elasticity, which keeps your skin firm and helps to hold its shape… think wrinkles! I’d say that’s a reason in itself to take collagen every single day! HAH You might as well sprinkle it on your whole life! Okay, don’t do that. It will create a mess, and I don’t want to have to clean it up.
You might be wondering how can you incorporate collagen into your diet every single day. Vital Proteins offers collagen peptides made in a powdered form that is flavorless and dissolves in anything. You can add it to water, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, chia seed pudding, sauces salad dressings, soups and more. It doesn't add or change the flavor to anything you put it in. You could also make homemade bone broth and drink that daily. I have a great recipe for that, here. You won’t get the same amount of collagen by drinking bone broth, but you will get some and it has great health benefits anyway. Drink up!
You can take collagen in powdered form or in capsule form. I prefer to take the powdered collagen and add it to my smoothies or coffee each morning, but you can decide what is best for you.
I like to take the travel packets of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides with me everywhere I go. There is always at least one stick in my purse (along with a packet of MOCU Health Kombucha) to add to a latte or hot tea on the go. When we travel on vacation, I like to get a cup of steamed almond milk, add 1 packet of honey, 1 packet of Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee and 1 packet of collagen to it. We are traveling to Europe this Fall for 3 weeks and I am already doing the math (counting fingers) to figure out how many packets I need to bring.
“Collagen is produced all over the world, so it’s important to pay attention to the way the animals are raised,” says Corey Friese, Vital Proteins Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Strategy. It’s important to know where your collagen is coming from to ensure that you are buying good quality collagen and how the collagen is sourced. There are thee main types of collagen: 1) bovine 2) chicken and 3) fish. (Delicious Living article)
I think we all want to “age later” or slow down the effects of aging, which is why I am at the salon coloring my gray hairs on the regular and taking my Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides daily. It’s definitely something to consider for the many reasons, as stated above.