Wow, a treatment for aging skin that won’t cost an arm and a leg … and that is taken orally. Apparently, this treatment has dermatologists arguing about the benefits. Some doctors claim it works as a treatment for aging skin and joints, while others claim it does not. But first … let me tell you how I learned of this supplement.
Watching an episode of the Dr. Oz show recently, I witnessed ‘Bulletproof’ guru Dave Asprey claim that he is eating collagen every day. He claims that collagen is the major protein building block in our bodies. Asprey went on to say that our fascia, connective tissues, tendons, joints, skin, and hair are all made up of this special protein that we have forgotten to keep eating.
Real collagen is hard to eat, after all, we would need to actually eat the cartilage in the joints, tendons, skin, fascia, etc. from the meats we consume. You see, the meat or muscle of the meats we eat has no collagen.
You could make a bone broth out of your leftovers. But, too many of us no longer do this, and that is where a lot of nutrients are found, along with collagen.
The options that Asprey displayed that you can eat for collagen were: chicken claws, trite, oxe tail, pig’s feet, chicken skin, etc.
Instead, Asprey explained, he takes collagen powder in his morning coffee.
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 cup of coffee
1 tbsp. grass-fed butter
powdered collagen (from grass-fed cows)
This he claims will give you 20 grams of protein.
Dr. Oz taste tested this coffee (and made a face of disapproval, making me believe it didn’t taste anything like coffee) and said it tasted like coconut oil but definitely not like collagen.
Hmm … My being a ‘coffee-a-holic’ I would not likely use this recipe any time soon. I would just as soon take my collagen in a smoothie instead. 😉
Asprey claims we could actually lose weight simply because collagen powder is 97% pure protein. He went on to say that everyone knows that increasing your protein [consumption] and cutting out sugar is a way to help you lose weight.
Protein makes you feel fuller sooner and for longer, yeah, I get that alright. However, Dr. Oz admitted that there is no medical proof that consuming collagen powder will help you lose weight.
Some people are claiming that consuming collagen powder will help you sleep better.
However, Asprey explained that there are studies that show that glycine, the primary amino acid in collagen, helps us sleep, but no one has ever studied collagen specifically as helping us sleep. The idea would be to eat more glycine in the protein you eat every day and it can help with that. He claims he feels a difference when he does this himself.
Then they looked at how well collagen might hydrate our skin … making us more wrinkle free.
There are three studies that I found proving this to be the case:
Bye-bye cellulite … hello skin elasticity!
Asprey added that collagen needs vitamin C to work, so if you increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables along with any vitamin C sources that you can, you are going to get better skin from eating this way anyway.
The collagen “trend” that appears to be happening lately will eventually prove or disprove that the consumption of collagen powder works for sure … or not.
Given that I recently opted for stem cell injections as opposed to a total hip replacement, I was taking collagen supplements for about three months, along with other supplements, of course.
During my sixth month checkup with the doctor (who did the stem cell injections for me), I asked him if I would benefit taking collagen powder daily. He suggested that no studies have yet proven this works, but … there is no harm in taking the powder either.
So … will I be adding this to my daily supplements?
You betcha’ I will!
WARNING: I would be remiss if I did not inform you of the possible side effects that some websites are claiming to be most common when consuming too much collagen powder. They are as follows: hypercalcemia, constipation, bone pain, fatigue, abnormal heart rhythms, and hypersensitivity to allergens or food.
So … like everything that we consume … moderation is the key!
*** BONUS ***
3 great ways to ‘amp’ up your daily cup of coffee with protein:
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