We’ve all heard about the magic word ‘collagen’ many health and wellness influencers are raving about at the moment, putting it in just about anything. There’s good evidence stating our skin retains its elasticity and protects our bones, joints, and organs with the help of collagen.
The most common way to consume collagen is through hydrolysed collagen peptides in powdered form where it’s broken down, and easier for your body to digest. Although this doesn’t guarantee it’ll go where you want – just like how you can’t target body fat with workouts – your body will send the collagen to where you need it the most.
- Improves the skin’s elasticity
- Protects bones, joints, and organs
- Helps build muscle and burn fat
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, but as out bodies age, they naturally produce less of it. A small supply can cause our skin to lose its elasticity, which contributes to wrinkles, fine lines, dryness, and loose or sagging skin – which all are normal parts of getting older.
Remember, there’s no magic potion that will halt or reverse skin ageing. However, some studies have shown that taking collagen supplements can improve skin appearance by supporting skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. The collagen powder can be added to both hot and cold beverages, but we prefer to have it in this next-level protein shake.
Collagen Protein Shake Recipe
- 1 tbsp. vanilla collagen powder
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 4 ice cubes
- Blend all of the ingredients together on high in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.
Dosage: Consume 1/2 to 1 tbsp. of collagen powder a day and start to see results in four to six weeks.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Collagen is considered safe for most people to consume. However, if you have an allergy to the source of the collagen, for example many collagen supplements are made from fish, it’s possible you’ll have a reaction to the supplement.