But first, a quick anatomy lesson: Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for about a third of its protein composition. It is one of the major building blocks in bones, skin, and muscles. It’s even present in blood vessels, corneas, and teeth.
“Think of collagen as the glue that holds our body together. It keeps our skin toned, joints and ligaments strong, and improves digestion,” says Vital Proteins Director of Marketing and Education, Traci Mitchell (and author of
So, to boost the collagen in your body, is to boost your skin, health, and entire body actually. Collagen’s newfound popularity has brought with it total market saturation—it’s popping up in everything from face masks to smoothies to powders, even cocktails.
As we age, specifically after the age of 25, our collagen production lessens. “Fine lines, achy joints, and troubled digestion might start occurring, and slower collagen production, in part, is a culprit,” says Mitchell. A collagen powder can boost your collagen production, and thus, improve gut health, bone and muscle strength, and boost skin’s appearance.
“Collagen is incredible in that it gets shuttled to the parts of our body that need it most,” says Mitchell. “Collagen helps to improve both bone strength, mineralization, and density. Our gut needs collagen, too, and has been shown to greatly improve the gut lining.”
Collagen powders come in a variety of options: bone broth, bone broth protein powder, bovine collagen, marine collagen, and vegan proteins (like spirulina).
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- 1/2 ounce olive juice
- 1/2 ounce vermouth
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
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Fans of collagen muse about how the protein can dramatically boost the quality of skin, so naturally, collagen is taking over skincare, too, with some companies developing collagen-boosting products to be applied topically.
One such company that has embraced collagen is HydroPeptide, with its
“We believe collagen has to be a primary focus for skincare management,” says Dr. Marcel Nimni. “Loss of collagen accelerates after the mid-20s and more rapidly thereafter, which leads to extreme thinness in later years, when structural damage to the skin follows minor trauma. As such, we believe collagen has to be a primary focus for skincare management.”
Beyond consuming or applying collagen, there are treatments that can dramatically boost collagen, too, like in
With all these benefits, what are you waiting for? “Study after study has shown that regularly collagen consumption benefits the tone of skin, the thickness of hair, and the strength of nails: As we get older, we get wiser, but it’s a nice added benefit to look and feel younger,” says Mitchell.