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The Many Benefits Of Collagen

by Grace Gavilanes - August 11, 2021

The Benefits Of Collagen

Vital Proteins® helps people live fuller lives through premium nutrition. Our Original Collagen Peptides, found in a blue tub, introduced the benefits of collagen to people everywhere. It’s our goal to help you feel your best, give your best and look your best by providing you with a way to easily boost your collagen intake with minimally-processed, clean label products.

As a refresher, collagen is the vital building block of our bodies. It represents almost 30% of all human protein content. It is one of the most abundant substances, second only to water. Collagen is composed of three chains, wound together in a tight triple helix (like a hair braid). Each chain is composed of amino acids — predominantly, glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. This very specific composition of amino acids makes collagen a unique type of protein.

Vital Note: This article has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Your licensed healthcare professional can best provide you with the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and assist you as well in deciding whether a dietary supplement will be a helpful addition to your regimen.

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Why Are Collagen Supplements Important?

There are two primary reasons why collagen nutrition can be beneficial. First and foremost, the body becomes less efficient at producing collagen as we age. It's believed that the body's natural collagen production declines as we age and may begin as early as young adulthood, around the age of 25.

Secondly, our dietary preferences and patterns have changed over time. Centuries ago, humans utilized bones, broth, organs and tendons to enrich the diet with whole-animal sources of collagen nutrition. Today, more individuals are either gravitating towards plant-based diets or, if they do eat meat, are discarding collagen-rich parts.

These two factors can contribute to collagen deficiency, which can lead to a variety of signs of aging, ranging from dull, lackluster skin to less joint flexibility and mobility.

How Does Collagen Exactly Work?

Collagen supplementation benefits the body in two ways: It's bioactive and supplies the body with key amino acids. Collagen peptides act as messengers to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, therefore supporting skin, bone and joint tissue structures.**

Along with its bioactive capabilities, collagen peptides also provide the body with the specific amino acids required to do so. Consumption of collagen peptides will help supply the body with amino acids needed as building blocks to renew tissues, like skin, bones and joints.**

here are just a few benefits we’ve seen from taking collagen daily:

  • Glowing skin**
  • Youthful appearance**
  • Joint health**
  • Bone strength**
  • Improved recovery**

    a fit for any lifestyle

    Many of our formulas are odorless and unflavored powders that dissolve instantly in liquids. They can be mixed into water, beverages, smoothies and food recipes – making them easy to incorporate into whatever your diet is. We also have a variety of naturally flavored products to suit your personal preferences. It's also important to note that collagen should complement current protein intake, not replace it. Lacking tryptophan, collagen is not considered a complete protein. Therefore, we recommend that it's consumed in addition to other protein sources rather than as a replacement.

    beauty that begins within

    Vital Proteins restores and boosts your body’s natural beauty, as it was meant to shine. Our products work from within to enhance your skin, hair and nails.** So, does collagen make your skin better? Collagen helps support the skin by helping to restore the skin's moisture, improving the elasticity, tone and vibrancy that's already within you. We're all about providing natural, simple ways to slow down the signs of aging and help you look and feel your best.**

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    for health & longevity

    Our products help support overall wellness, helping you feel better and get the most out of every day. And, as it turns out, humans aren’t invincible, so protecting and promoting bone health is an essential benefit of every product we make.**

    meet your fitness goals

    Whether you're looking to add extra reps to your routine or another mile to your run, Vital Proteins helps you rebuild, recover and perform to the best of your body’s natural ability. We replace what modern food processing has removed from our diets by restoring and promoting collagen production – essential to muscle and ligament health. This helps you push harder, farther and longer... to get you back at it faster and to help you dig deeper.**

    Benefits Of Collagen For Men

    Collagen for men doesn't work much differently than collagen for women, but men often have different concerns than women do. Because the benefits of collagen include helping to support healthy hair,** some men decide to add collagen to their wellness routine with the hopes of improving the appearance of hair.** The same can be said in regard to joint health. Vital Proteins' CEO Kurt Seidensticker first learned of collagen’s health benefits after experiencing knee discomfort from running. Since he had always been an avid runner, the setback sparked his search for a product that would help support his joint health. Incorporating ingestible collagen into his diet, he found, was the answer since nutrient-rich foods don’t provide enough of the amino acids needed for the body to naturally produce collagen.

    Is It Okay To Take Collagen Daily?

    At Vital Proteins, we believe wellness starts with collagen. Wellness doesn't happen overnight; in reality, it's a process that takes commitment, which is why we recommend adding collagen to your daily routine. So, if you're wondering if it's okay to take collagen daily, the answer is yes. Our collection makes taking collagen a seamless experience. Looking to add collagen to anything? Scoop up our unflavored Original Collagen Peptides — a favorite of our in-house registered dietitian, Jenn Randazzo, MS, RD, CLT.

    "Despite having multiple Vital Proteins products in my routine, I couldn't live without Collagen Peptides," Randazzo tells Lively. "It's truly the foundation of my daily collagen routine. I love it because It's one of the easiest ways to boost your daily intake of collagen." As for how our Sr. Director of Education adds collagen to her routine, she shares: "Since it's an unflavored powder that completely dissolves, I love being able to add it to both my morning coffee and afternoon post-workout smoothie."

    If you're always on the go, we recommend reaching for our Collagen Water™ or Hydration** + Collagen! Our recommended serving size is 10-20g of collagen, but if you're looking to up your collagen intake, check out our Collagen Calculator™ and consult a licensed healthcare professional for personalized recommendations.

    How Long Does It Take For Collagen To Work?

    Consistency is key when it comes to your collagen routine. Add collagen to your coffee, smoothie or enjoy as a snack for a more vibrant you with consistent use.

    **These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary. Various studies have suggested benefits following daily consumption of collagen for several months. Refer to product labels and vitalproteins.com for recommended serving sizes and for more information.

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