Collagen is purely and simply the hot new ingredient for 2017. Why? Because it is a nutritional powerhouse, that’s why!
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body; providing structure and support to our bones, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and more.
Our bodies create collagen using Vitamin C, copper, glycine and proline – but sadly, after the age of 20 our production of this essential ‘glue’ that holds us together declines both in quantity and quality. Yikes!
It should be noted that there is no proven direct causal relationship between consuming dietary (exogenous) collagen and increased levels of endogenous collagen stores.
Nevertheless, there remain several excellent reasons why many people are choosing to supplement their nutrition with collagen:
- It provides a non-dairy source of protein, ideal for people who suffer from leaky gut, or suspect they may be dairy or lactose intolerant
- Collagen has been observed to be less inflammatory than whey protein and provokes a smaller insulin response, important for people concerned about insulin resistance or who are Type 2 diabetic
- Hydrolysed collagen from grass-fed or pasture-raised sources has already been broken down from larger protein molecules into smaller peptides, which are more easily absorbed in the body
- And then of course, there’s the fact that it blends easily and with minimal impact on the flavor or texture of our favorite drinks! That’s why we’ve been able to pack so much high-quality protein into these amazing drinks, whilst keeping them light and refreshing
Special note: one of the major ways you can preserve and protect your collagen stores is to minimize your intake of sugar and refined carbs, which are directly damaging to collagen. It makes no sense whatsoever to combine collagen with added sugar of ANY kind, including so-called ‘natural’ sugars such as fruit juice, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, coconut sap or any of the other names food and beverage manufacturers use to try to sell you on the sweet stuff. You’ve been warned!!