How Collagen Peptides Work and the Benefits
Collagen is all the rage in the beauty world right now. Celebrities and influencers alike are purporting its ability to keep you looking young and healthy. Many are turning to this supplement to support their skin, bones, and hair. But what is collagen, and how can it help you maintain youthful and healthy looks? Read on as we discuss collagen, its benefits, and what our Collagen Peptides can do for you.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a highly abundant protein that your body naturally produces. It is one of the main building blocks of skin, hair, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. So, it’s integral in maintaining the health of these parts of the body. We also ingest collagen through a variety of foods, typically proteins.
Foods that are highest in collagen are tough cuts of meat like pork chops and brisket. Berries, bone broth, and fish are other sources.
Despite collagen being available to us via bodily production and food consumption, our bodies’ collagen production slows significantly as we age. Women are especially affected by this drop in production. Their collagen production drops about 30% in the first 5 years of menopause.
What are Collagen Peptides?
To talk science for a moment, collagen peptides are shorter chains of collagen proteins. Collagen is made into collagen peptides through a process called hydrolysis. While there are a couple ways to hydrolyze collagen, the most common involves adding an enzyme called protease. This breaks down proteins (check out our Digestive Enzymes blog for more on this), making shorter chains of collagen proteins that your body can access and absorb more readily.
5 Benefits of Collagen Peptides
- Can help improve skin
Collagen peptides are often associated with healthy skin, and for good reason. Several studies show that taking collagen peptide supplements can help with skin’s feel (think: elasticity) and hydration, as well as softening the look of wrinkles. Adding to the innate benefits of collagen, our Collagen Peptides also contain deeply nourishing hyaluronic acid, which helps skin retain moisture.
- May promote gut health
Boosting your collagen levels can help improve gut function since collagen is part of the connective tissue that makes up your digestive system.* Further, collagen peptides contain amino acids. These are necessary for breaking down protein in your intestinal tract. So, bolstering your body’s naturally produced collagen can help your digestive system break down and absorb food more readily.*
- Can keep bones healthy
As we know, collagen is a main building block of bones. This means supplementary collagen can help promote bone growth.* One study even showed that post-menopausal women who took collagen supplements for a year had increased bone density.
- Can promote increased energy, endurance, and shorter recovery time
As mentioned before, collagen peptides contain amino acids (aka BCAAs). These are responsible for muscle growth and regeneration, helping you recover from exercise quickly.* Plus, amino acids are related to neurotransmitters like epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine, and serotonin, which help to regulate mood and energy levels.
What Are the Side Effects of Collagen Peptides?
Unlike some other digestive supplements, collagen peptides do not have any known negative side effects, unless you’re allergic to the ingredients. People tend to think of collagen supplements as a low-risk way to better their health. Some folks do mention feeling fuller in connection to collagen peptide supplements, which may not be a bad thing. If it’s less of a full feeling and more of a bloated feeling, chat with your healthcare provider. If you’re unsure if collagen is right for you, ask your healthcare provider to help figure out if collagen peptides can play a part in your wellness goals or needs.
What Sets Our Collagen Peptides Apart?
Our Collagen Peptides combine collagen sourced from grass-fed bovine with deeply nourishing hyaluronic acid and goFAT® olive oil blend. We’ve already touched on the benefits of hyaluronic acid above, but what is goFAT® olive oil blend?
goFAT® olive oil blend is an unrefined, nutrient-rich olive oil powder. It’s made with olives processed from harvest to powder within 4 hours, meaning its nutritional benefits are preserved during processing. Further, goFAT® olive oil blend helps our Collagen Peptides stir easily into liquid and gives it a soft, creamy texture and neutral flavor.
goFAT® is a trademark under exclusive global distribution by Compound Solutions, Inc.
How Do You Use Our Collagen Peptides?
Our Collagen Peptides are unflavored, so it can easily be added to any hot or cold drink like coffee, tea, or juice. Plus, you can use it in your favorite recipes for dishes like soup, oats, and baked goods. Just stir 1 scoop of Collagen Peptides powder into 8 ounces (237 ml) of liquid and stir until combined.
We’re excited to bring you a top-of-the-line collagen supplement that not only helps support hair, nail, bone, and joint health, but also gives your skin a visibly radiant glow, so you can go about your day feeling strong and confident.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.