A collagen peptide post? Oh my it’s here. It’s finally here. I’ve promised I’d share my experience with this stuff over on my instagram page for some time now and… oh well, life happened…and it just kept happening. Alas though, I’ve sat down to share my personal experience with collagen peptide and why it will now be a part of the way I live on my way to living a happier healthier life. I had heard about this sometime early last year and I even searched it out and did research about it. I wasn’t quite ready to purchase at that time so I passed. With my hypothyroidism being a chronic part of my daily life and my joints being effected from my thyroid issues, I decided…hell yeah, it’s worth a shot. My heavens what was I waiting for. It’s worth EVERY. SINGLE.PENNY!
First off lets talk about the basics. What is collagen? Well first and foremost, it is a connective tissue from cows, and sometimes chickens or fish scales and are made up of amino acids and is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen is a safe and natural ingredient available and comes in varying grades. It’s solubility, absorption and digestibility levels vary from one grade to another. They act as building blocks, renewing bodily tissues, such as skin, bones and joints. It has been proposed that collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, thereby supporting our tissue structure. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated collagen peptides’ health benefits. Key areas of benefit include healthy aging, joint and bone health, sports nutrition and skin beauty (hair, skin and nails). Collagen peptides are cold water-soluble and highly bioavailable and bioactive. This makes them a better option for functional foods and beverages.
MY FAVORITE COLLAGEN BRAND:
The collage peptide that I have been using and LOVING for the past few months are from Vital Protein. I heard really good things about the purity and quality of there products so that’s why I went with their brand. Here is what they have to say Collagen Peptides:
“”Collagen peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from pasture-raised, grass-fed collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, these peptides are soluble in cold liquids as well as hot. Collagen peptides contain the same amino acids as gelatin which are identical to the protein found in skin, nails, hair, bones, cartilage, and joints. Gluten Free, rBGH Free, Non GMO.”
HOW COLLAGEN PEPTIDE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY PERSONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS JOURNEY:
See I told you…this stuff is good! I’m not into gimmicks and I really make it a point to share brands and companies that I love, can relate to and really believe in. I love how much better I feel on this stuff. I will tell you truthfully I started slacking on using it for like almost two weeks and OMG did I notice a difference. My joints were feeling a little stiff again (a side effect of hypothyroidism) and I needed that feeling to go away quickly. (FYI … Did you know that 90% of our bone mass is collagen? Research has shown that in addition to vitamins and minerals(calcium, vitamin D, k2), collagen supplementation has been shown to stimulate bone formation. Collagen has also been proven as an effective treatment of osteoarthritis and joint pain). So I don’t ever want to be off this stuff again. One of the things I also noticed a HUGE difference in was my skin. It looked healthier, more supple My nails too where off the chain. (wait … do you know what off the chain means)? Well it means they were AWESOME as they grew much longer, quicker and thicker than ever before. Just like my joints suffered when I took that break, so did my nails. My gel manicures were not lasting as long as as my nails were cracking. One of the other benefits I noticed was it help to manage my weight. I always added it to my smoothies and I felt that it didn’t upset my stomach and put a spike in my blood sugar levels.
HOW I IMPLEMENT VITAL PROTEIN COLLAGEN INTO MY DIET:
If you watch my instastories, you would see that I use the unflavored collagen peptide or the vanilla collagen peptide everyday in my smoothies. This easy Matcha Coconut Banana Health Drink recipe is a great one to try and add the collagen peptide into (and guess what, they just came out with this Match Collagen product which can be added to the recipe) You can’t taste the collagen peptide so it blends seamlessly into any hot/cold fluid. I’ve also added it to things like applesauce, soups and even in my home made honey/apple cider vinegar salad dressing. Really, you can add it to anything. For you coffee lovers like me, they recently launched a collagen creamer (um yeah I think that is a must have for my coffee) maybe I should put that on my Christmas wish list as well as the mixed berry collagen peptide (I’ve been eyeing that one since I use organic berries a lot in my smoothies).
So let’s recap the top 3 benefits of collagen shall we:
This post was long overdue as I have been wanting you all to know just how much adding the Vital Protein products into my wellness journey has changed my life. If wellness and healthy living is a priority for you, then you must give this a try. Come join this wellness journey with me and see how you feel. This is one of the best things I’ve done for my myself in 2017 and will do forever.