I started hearing about the benefits of collagen protein when the bone broth craze came about. Collagen was all over podcasts, magazines and the blogosphere. While I wasn’t into the idea of cooking knuckles and bones in a cauldron for the sake of beauty, I did start to take notice of collagen protein powders. Before I dive into my powders of choice, here are some benefits of collagen.
…and while I am citing credible research journals (see below) I am in NO way going back to my college days and following citation rules. So, please don’t judge.
- Increased collagen production
- Decrease in signs of aging and wrinkles
- Increased skin elasticity via increased collagen in the skin
- Increased hydration via increased collagen in the skin
- Increased hair growth and strength (though I haven’t found any clinical trials for it yet)
Collagen Protein Benefits
Vital Proteins Collagen Protein was featured in the Quarterly Subscription BioHack box I used to subscribed to. I began adding the powder based collagen to smoothies and water. I also tried their marine collagen too. Personally, I think the marine collagen is easier to drink in plain water as it has less of an after taste than the original collagen protein. Both come in tubs or single serving packets, which are super convenient for travel. My FAVORITE product, however, is the newly launched Collagen Creamer. It is a powder like the rest of the products but stands apart with its addition of healthy fats from organic coconut milk. The coconut milk powder turns coffee into a creamy wake-up call. Some other facts on the collagen protein creamer:
- Contains 10 grams of digestible collagen peptides from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine that are free of hormones
- Contains 9 grams of energy producing MCTs from organic coconut milk powder
- No added sugars
- Carrageenan Free
- Gluten, Dairy and Soy Free
- Paleo and Whole 30 approved
- Contains essential and other amino acids that support connective tissues and your skin
- Comes in 3 flavors – coconut, gingerbread and vanilla
- Is certified organic and non-GMO
- NSF certified – which certifies for cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility
Collagen Protein Coffee Recipe
In my house we have a Magnifica Espresso Coffee Maker (which is awesome) and we use Stone Street Knee Buckling Espresso (also awesome).
Double Shot – Stone Street Knee Buckling Espresso
1 – Truvia Packet
1 Scoop – Vital Proteins Collagen Protein Creamer
Mix all three together and boom. Coffee creamer. The texture is great, you can really feel the coconut oil on your lips and it gives it a nice frothy, creamy texture. I add one truvia packet to cut through the strong espresso taste and while I don’t have a sweet tooth I need a bit more sweetness than the creamer provides. But that is just me. I also only add one scoop because the the volume of espresso is small. If I were adding to brewed coffee I would add two. I’ve also added the creamer to almond milk lattes when I am traveling.
Aside from adding to coffee you can also add to oatmeal, baking recipes, teas and other hot and cold recipes. I plan to sprinkle some in my protein pancake mix soon.
Have you tried their creamer? Have you tried it in recipes other than coffee?
- “Oral supplementation of specific collagen peptides has beneficial effects on human skin physiology: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.” Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. 2014
- “Ingestion of bioactive collagen hydrolysates enhance facial skin moisture and elasticity and reduce facial ageing signs in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study.” Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 2016
- “The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials.” Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2015
Also for the sake of alternative view points, this article summarizes other studies that did not find clinical significance in the benefits of collagen on joint pain:
- Collagen: An implausible supplement for joint pain. https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/collagen-an-implausible-supplement-for-joint-pain/
This article also has a ton of citations below.