Protein Powders vs Collagen Supplements

Protein Powders vs Collagen Supplements

Collagen—despite all its amazing benefits—isn’t a source of dietary protein (the kind that balances your blood sugar and keeps you feeling full).

 

That’s because collagen contains a different spectrum of amino acids—and is lower in essential amino acids—especially tryptophan and leucine[1],[2], but higher in glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, amino acids that help the body build collagen.

 

The unique spectrum of amino acid peptides found in collagen provides plenty of benefits throughout the body that you can’t get from dietary protein!

 

  • Provides anti-aging benefits and makes your skin look great
  • Helps your joints feel great
  • Supports your active body
  • Helps improve bone mineral density
  • Helps improve cardiovascular function
  • Improves overall wellbeing

 

But there are lots of different collagen products on the market—how do you choose?

There are 3 BIG questions to ask:

  • Does it come from a clean, sustainable source?
  • Is it in an effective dose?
  • Is it highly absorbable?

Genuine Health made clean collagen and marine clean collagen to be all these things and more.

Clean Collagen

So you bought a collagen supplement with “protein” written on the label. This means you can skip picking up a whey or vegan protein powder, because collagen doubles up as a protein supplement — right? It’s true that collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, and supplementing with collagen provides plenty of benefits to the body, BUT collagen doesn’t behave in the same way in the body as a whey or multi-source vegan protein.

  1. We start with sustainably-sourced grass-fed cow hides and wild-caught fish skins from sustainable industries that would otherwise be unused.
  2. We made sure we provided a therapeutic dose. Each serving of clean collagen gives you 10 grams of easily absorbed collagen peptides.
  3. We wanted to make it simple for you to take clean collagen. So we created two collagen source options: marine and bovine in both unflavoured and lightly flavoured options. Whether you choose to take collagen from a marine or bovine source, you can reap all of the amazing benefits of collagen!

[1] Phillips SM. Current Concepts and Unresolved Questions in Dietary Protein Requirements and Supplements in Adults. Front Nutr. 2017 May 8;4:13

 

[2] Castellanos VH, et al. Modular protein supplements and their application to long-term care. Nutr Clin Pract 2006;21:485–504

 

 

Collagen Cheat Sheet

Collagen Cheat Sheet

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the natural protein in our bodies that holds the whole body together. It plays an important role in our health. Key benefits include tissue repair, stronger bones, healthier joints, firmer skin, and more! Learn how much collagen you need to restore yourself to your optimal health level!

Restore and rebuild collagen with Organika®’s flavourless and 100% pure hydrolyzed collagen (peptides), Enhanced Collagen™. Peptides are short-chain amino acids naturally derived from collagen protein. These natural peptides are highly bioavailable, digestible and soluble. Sourced from grass-fed cows, Organika®’s Enhanced Collagen is rBGH-free (no antibiotics or hormones) & BSE-free, non-GMO, with no artificial sweeteners, added. Amino acids glycine, lysine & proline revitalise skin to be more firm and smooth.

Collagen Cheat Sheet

Enhanced Collagen Cheat Sheet for referencing the dose and duration you need to take collagen to alleviate symptoms.

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MCT Oil isn’t just for coffee!  You can make all kinds of tasty treats with it – check this recipe out:

Recipe & Content provided by Jordan Pie

This is a delicious keto chocolate shake with minimal ingredients that takes less than 2 minutes to make. It’s low-carb, contains quality fats and protein, and is full of energy. The cinnamon and vanilla both add depth to the flavor to this shake and the added coconut milk makes it smooth and creamy. I also love adding in a pinch of quality salt when I make any type of chocolate recipe because it enhances and balances out the chocolate flavor.

Keto Chocolate Shake With Coconut Milk

Makes 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of grass-fed collagen powder
  • 1 – 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Mitosweet or low-carb sweetener of choice, to taste
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of filtered water
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Brain Octane Oil or MCT oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a high powered blender and blitz until everything is well combined.
  2. Adjust the sweetness if needed.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy.

Nutrition Information per serving:

  • Calories: 390
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Total Sugar: 4.3g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sodium: 153mg

 

Find many more super yummy recipes on the Bullet Proof website.

6 Amazing Benefits of Collagen

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For millennia, our hunter-gatherer ancestors had to hunt for their meals and would consume their prey from “nose to tail”, not wanting to waste any food because they didn’t know when their next meal would come. Today, thankfully, we don’t have to worry about “hunting and gathering” for our next meal, but unfortunately, we’ve lost out on some of the major nutrition and health benefits.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is the “glue” that helps hold the body together and is the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen keeps your skin firm and elastic, your joints strong and stable, and your digestive system healthy and working. However, as we age in years and use our bodies for movement, collagen levels in our bodies naturally decline.

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1. Supports Healthy Gut

Digestive complaints are on the rise: gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, and abdominal discomfort seem to be the norm these days. These are all signs that you’re likely suffering from dysbiosis, the medical term for the accumulation of too much bad bacteria in the gut.

This is problematic because it can lead to damage of the intestinal lining, which is a one-cell thick structure that resembles a cheese-cloth. When it is weakened, the intestine lining can allow foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses to flow into your bloodstream. This scenario is what the term leaky gut is referring to. People with leaky gut can also have silent, non-obvious symptoms too. In this case, you may struggle with fatigue, allergies, poor immunity (or an autoimmune condition), joint pain, or brain fog.

Collagen is loaded with the amino acid glutamine, which has been shown to be highly effective for preventing leaky gut and the subsequent chronic inflammation that can wreak havoc on the body.[1]

2. Improves Skin Quality

The loss of collagen as you age contributes to wrinkles and poor skin quality. While spending money on expensive creams can help your skin externally, your diet has the biggest influence on your skin health, which means skin beauty starts from the inside out.

Diets high in sugar and processed carbohydrates cause our bodies to produce advanced glycated end products (AGEs), which reduce the density of collagen fibrils, leading to wrinkles and aging skin quality. As well, chronic exposure to the sun can damage the collagen fibers in your skin.

Supplemental collagen has been shown to reduce the harmful UV-B induced skin damage in order to support superior skin quality.[2]

3. Fights Joint Pain

Chronic pain and arthritis are two of the most common reasons for patient visits to the doctor. The solutions often prescribed from those visits are ointments and drugs that help ease the pain, but do not address the root of the problem.

The building blocks of healthy joints come from your diet. These include key amino acids like proline, lysine, and glutamine, which support the natural production of collagen in the body.

Recent studies show improvement in pain and physical function after supplementation with hydrolyzed collagen (see Figure 1.0)[3]. Ensuring you eat enough quality protein or easily digestible supplemental collagen is fundamental to healthy joints in the long run.

Impacts of Collagen Supplementation on Pain and Physical Function

Figure 1.0 – Impacts of Collagen Supplementation on Pain & Physical Function

4. Supports Weight Loss

Today, processed and convenient snack foods are all around us and are a major contributor to cravings for sugar, overeating, and weight gain. (Check out my recent article on the subject – How The Western Diet Triggers Weight Gain).

Collagen supports weight loss in a unique way. It’s not a thermogenic or stimulant, like most weight loss supplements, but rather it impacts your satiety levels by naturally inhibiting the main hormone in the gut that triggers hunger[4], stopping you from grabbing that mid-afternoon sugar-laden granola bar.

Adding collagen to your mid-morning coffee or mid-afternoon tea can be a great strategy to curb cravings and make it through to your next meal.

5. Improves Athletic Recovery

If you’re active, training intensely, or always on-the-go, then your joints are likely suffering from some wear and tear. The food you eat has the biggest impact on your joint health.

Recently, leading expert Dr. Keith Baar Ph.D. found that taking collagen 1-hour before exercise or rehab activity increases the uptake of collagen into your joints, thereby accelerating recovery.[5]

Unlike muscles, which can soak up nutrients for hours after activity, your joints suck up the surrounding water and nutrients within the hour after exercise, making the timing of your collagen intake crucial for supporting joints. Add a little vitamin C from lemon juice or a fruit snack to help increase absorption.

6. Supports Deep Sleep

In today’s 24/7 society, we’re constantly on the run and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, our sleep seems to suffer the consequences of this. The average Canadian gets about 6.5 hours of sleep per night, a far cry from our grandparent’s generation who slept more than 8 hours per night.

Interestingly, studies show that collagen can help to support deep sleep because it’s loaded with the amino acid glycine. Glycine helps your body decompress and unwind, thus promoting quality deep sleep (see Figure 2.0)[6].

While it is not a sedative, glycine helps set the foundation for quality sleep so you can keep your energy levels high, fight off colds and flu, and thrive at work and play.

Impacts of Glycine on Sleep Quantity and Quality

Figure 2.0 – Impacts of Glycine on Sleep Quantity and Quality

How Can I Add More Collagen To My Diet?

The natural source of collagen is found in our diet. The connective tissue of animals is loaded with collagen, which has tremendous benefits for your health both externally, for skin and hair, and internally, for joints, digestion, and sleep.

You can obtain collagen in your diet by eating more of the tendons and ligaments on your steak or chicken leg, but this is not a very appealing strategy for most people (myself included!). Today most people don’t enjoy eating the connective tissue of chicken legs or beef bones like our ancestors did.

This is where the convenience of a high-quality collagen supplement like Organika’s Enhanced Collagen is ideal; it’s virtually tasteless and can be added to a variety of different foods and drinks.

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For example, add a serving of collagen into your breakfast smoothie or mix it in with your yogurt. It can also be easily added to coffee or tea, used in all baking recipes, or simply added to water during the day or at bedtime.

Organika’s Enhanced Collagen is naturally sourced from grass-fed cows and is hydrolyzed into smaller peptides to maximize absorption. It’s also FREE of all hormones, antibiotics, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and is 100% gluten-free.

Collagen is an ancestral food that humans have consumed for millennia; however, unfortunately, it’s no longer a regular part of our modern diet. That’s why supplemental collagen can be a great addition to your nutritional arsenal. It is a superfood that provides a plethora of health benefits; from improved skin and sleep to joint and digestive support. Incorporate more collagen into your diet and feel the difference for yourself.

Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CISSN, CSCS

Check Out Some Yummy Recipes To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing:

Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Collagen

Charcoal and Collagen Lemonade Recipe

Enhanced Collagen Breakfast Parfait

 


Learn more about Organika®’s Enhanced Collagen sourcing and benefits.

References

  1. Rao, R. Samak, G. Role of Glutamine in Protection of Intestinal Epithelial Tight Junctions/ J Eptihel Biol Pharmacol. 2012 Jan: 5(Suppl 1-M7):47-54.
  2. Tanaka, M et al. Effects of Collagen Peptide Ingestion on UV-B-Induced Skin Damage. Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem, 73 (4), 930–932, 2009.
  3. Bello A, Oesser S. Collagen hydrolysate for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint disorders: a review of the literature. CMRO. Vol 22, 2006 – Iss 11.
  4. Halden G, et al. Evidence for a Role of the Gut Hormone PYY in the Regulation of Intestinal Fatty Acid-binding Protein Transcripts in Differentiated Subpopulations of Intestinal Epithelial Cell Hybrids. J Biol Chemistry. Vol. 272, 1997. No. 19, Issue of May 9, pp. 12591–12600.
  5. Hagarty, P et al. The effect of growth factors on both collagen synthesis and tensile strength of engineered human ligaments. Biomaterials 2012. doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.05.045.
  6. Yamadera, W et al. Glycine ingestion improves subjective sleep quality in human volunteers, correlating with polysomnographic changes. Sleep & Biological Rhythms. Vol 5, Iss 2, April 2007, pg 126–131.

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