My Experience Taking Collagen
It’s true! There’s a product out there that will help your hair, skin, and joints! You may have already heard of collagen or at least seen it around at your local grocery store or even makeup store. Collagen is popping right now, so what’s the whole buzz about it?
What is collagen?
Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin, nails, bones, muscles, and tendons. It is the most abundant protein in mammals, making 25%-35% of the whole body. The main protein helps provide strength and structure to hold you together.
Why is collagen important?
Although your body naturally produces collagen, it is important to take some supplements as it is natural for your body to produce less collagen as you age. This is due to the stress/anxiety that effects your body.
Is it just a women thing? Or can men take it too?
NOPE! Men can take it too! Collagen can help men just as much as it helps women. If you’re hair is thinning out or you’re beginning to notice that you’re losing hair it’s probably because your collagen levels are low. It also will help you get natural glowing skin fellas. ;)
What does it help with?
Collagen helps promote glowing and vibrate skin by providing an elasticity to the skin, helping it to appear youthful and healthy. It can also help reduce wrinkles, make your hair shine, and your nails strong. It also helps reduce joint pain by providing structure to your joints/tendons and can help protect your organs.
Where is collagen found? Where can you get it?
You can naturally get collagen by including bone broth and organ meats in your diet. Unless you are including those in your everyday diet, it is recommended to include a collagen supplement in your diet. It’s much easier too!
Is it safe to take collagen?
Yes! It can allow your body to maintain more collagen, but as with any supplement, it's best to be cautious and consult with your doctor. It should also be combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Top collagen brands:
Sport’s Research Pure Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides
16 0z. — $30 — Buy it online, here.
My experience taking Vital Proteins - Collagen Peptides:
I started taking this supplement fall of 2018, and since then I have noticed that my nails are growing stronger and faster. The reason I began taking collagen was because I saw it as an “all in one” package deal. It was a supplement that was not only going to help my hair and nails but my joints as well! As a runner I find that really important since I am constantly pounding my knees onto the ground for a long period time - especially when training for a half. I can’t say that I’ve experience a major change in joint relief only because I have never experience anything major. The only minor joint problem I’ve had in the past was my left knee hurting here and there after running, it wasn’t a constant thing, but since taking this I haven’t experienced any knee pains. I’m taking this to basically to prevent any damage in the future.
What “the best” collagen you can take?
Although there are many brands that provide collagen supplements, it is best to choose the brand that indicates it doesn’t have fillers and is from a grass fed product (*cough* Vital Proteins). I chose Vital Proteins because of this and the fact that I don’t have any problems dissolving the powder. You can find this supplement at Target and Whole Foods.
Vegan and still want to take collagen?
Since Vital Protein’s Collagen powder is specifically collected from grass fed pastures, it is considered a non-vegan ingredient. BUT there is another collagen powder also sold by Vital Proteins that is actually sourced from wild-caught, non GMO verified red snapper scales. This one would work great for all my pescatarian friends! #knowwhatsgoinginsideyourbody
How to take it / how often to take it?
1-2 scoops into whatever you want to put it in (smoothie, water, soups, acai bowl.. etc) per day at minimum. Flavorless powder is my way to go.
*Disclaimer: Everyone’s bodies are different. Some people may see a difference, others may not. I do not recommend to continue using any product if it is severely hurting you in any way. This post is not a collaboration with the following companies. All items were bought with my own money. (Read more about the truth about my reviews here.)*