It seems like every six months there is vitamin or supplement we should be adding to our diets. Whether it’s magnesium or matcha or MCT oil, it can be hard to know the whys + whats behind the latest wellness trend. It is important to contact your doctor before adding supplements to your diet. I make no claims to be a medical expert; I’m just curious about what benefits can be gained from adding things to my likely deficient diet. For this reason, I’ve been interested in one of the hottest new supplements, collagen peptides.
First things first, what are collagen peptides? Collagen is a protein made of amino acids that make up roughly 30% of the human body + 70% of the protein in the skin. Collagen peptides are a gelatin-like form that is cold-soluble—meaning you can dissolve it in cold liquids. They are also known as hydrolyzed collagen + is obtained through a scientific process above my pay grade to explain. This website has more information on it.
Our body produces less collagen as we get older, which is linked to wrinkles, brittler bones, and decreased flexibility. Adding extra collagen into your diet can counteract these issue + provide even more benefits.
Benefits of Collagen Peptides
While collagen is a well-known beauty supplement, collagen also has many benefits outside of skincare. It ensures the cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of all our connective tissues. Collagen peptides are beneficial in:
- Skin health + elasticity
- Improving digestion
- Strengthening joints + relieving joint pain
- Helps build muscle
- Provides structure to your arteries
- Supports hair + nail health
- Deeper sleep
- Improved circulation
- May reduce stress + anxiety
There hasn’t been a ton of research done on the benefits of collagen outside of the beauty + joint realm, but what has been done is promising. The beauty benefits alone were enough to persuade me to give collagen peptides a try.
The easiest way to get collagen peptides is through a supplement or powder. You can pick up either at your local grocery store. I’ve been trying this powder I was gifted by Terra Origin. They also make a slew of other supplements including bone broth powder. Bone broth is an excellent source of collagen as it comes from bones + joints. Vital Proteins is another popular collagen supplement brand. You can find them both online or at Target!