Collagen: The Lesser Known Protein Powder
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The grand world of protein powders, with colorful labels and bold fonts stacked row upon row in nutrition stores, coming in a vast amount of animal derived varieties including whey and casein proteins. Many offer a source for extra protein intake without added food, and while they do just that, many are filled with:
▪ Added sugars
▪ Artificial additives
You can also forget about having your run-of-the-mill protein powder coming from animals from a clean, sustainable source. Sure, there are clean, pure protein powders available, but they often come with a sizeable price tag.
What about plant based proteins such as pea, or hemp? It is true you can obtain a clean, affordable source of plant based protein, but the biological value of such protein is often low, offering less protein and amino acids to be absorbed and used by the body.
Along comes Collagen.
Traditional diets utilized whole animal nutrition, using bones to make broth, and other parts of the animal for collagen rich meals. Today, with the boom of industrialized and processed foods, this healing super-food has slipped under the radar.
Collagen supplements are the perfect protein to consume before and after exercise. Besides packing almost 20 grams of protein in one serving, collagen supplements consist of a number of amino acids. Two of which, glycine and arginine, may help the synthesis of creatine in the body. Creatine has been shown to help improve performance during exercise, helping to increase body mass and reduce body fat percentage.
Long term strenuous exercise can lead to collagen degradation in the body. Collagen supplements consist of amino acids that are needed to form new collagen. Supplementation with collagen can protect the degradation of connecting tissues and has shown a reduced risk for injuries on muscle, tendons, and ligaments.
Unflavored collagen supplements are easy to incorporate into your diet. Collagen Peptides can dissolve in cold water so it can easily be mixed into post workout shakes, morning smoothies, juice and even water, and Collagen Protein can be used in stews, soups, and custards. There are no added sugars or any artificial additives or chemicals. Collagen also possess a naturally long shelf life, doing away with the need of artificial preservatives keeping it a clean, pure product.
When looked at comparably, collagen supplements are a clean, affordable alternative to other, more mainstream protein powders.