Collagen Peptides: 101 May 16 2018, 0 Comments
What is collagen?
Collagen peptides started popping up all over social media 2 years ago and the interest hasn't slowed down one bit since then but what most people really don’t know is what are collagen peptides and why are we using them. Collagen is a structural protein (the most abundant protein in our bodies) which is made up of amino acids that function to support our connective tissues, hair, skin, nails, gut health, and bone density. In caveman times, people would eat collagen through the tougher cuts of meats and animal body parts that we don't commonly ingest in modern times. The world of modern health science has found a way to bring us collagen in a much more edible form and that can be found very conveniently on grocery store shelves. One of the biggest benefits that has created the craze is the claim of helping increase skin elasticity as we age (and who doesn't want to age as gracefully as possible?!).
How do you use it?
Collagen peptides are extremely simple to use, they can dissolve in both cold and hot liquids. It is so versatile and unflavored which makes is super easy to incorporate into your diet if desired. Collagen can also be stored at room temperature right in your pantry.
What will it do?
As our bodies age, they tend to produce less collagen, which is why a lot of people will use this supplement. Also, there are people raving all over the internet that it strengthens your hair and nails, as well as improves their skin. There are also claims that it has helped people lose weight and/or sleep better at night. I will let you know about my experience next! However, one of the underrated benefit is that each serving is usually around 40 calories and has about 10 grams of protein, to help keep you full longer.
Sarah: my experience
I have been using collagen peptides for about three weeks now. I have not noticed any weight change, nor have I been sleeping any better at night. I do not think I have noticed any change with my nails, they seem fairly the same. However, I do think that my skin has been a little more clear than usual. I am a victim of minor adult acne, and I do think I have noticed less breaking out in areas that I usually do. I plan on using the whole container, 40 servings, before I really make my assessment!
Ideas for incorporating collagen
An easy way to incorporate your collagen peptides is to add it to warm lemon water in the morning. Lemon is a natural detoxifier and is great to drink in the morning to cleanse your body. Since the collagen powder is unflavored, it is super easy to add into your morning lemon water and you can enjoy this hot or cold!
Another fun way to incorporate you collagen is to add it to a smoothie! Try adding a scoop of the powder into The Blonde Pantry’s fuel bomb smoothies!
Here at BP we give collagen peptides the honor of being one of our go-to pantry staples! Now it’s up to you to decide whether you are going to adhere to the collagen peptide craze! We would love to hear your thoughts!