NERD ALERT: 8 Things You NEED To Know About Collagen!
We’ve received such an incredible response to our Nerd Alert on How to Choose the Right Collagen, that we thought it best to compile all of your brewing questions into one collagen-packed Q+A!
1. What are the benefits of collagen?
2. When is the best time of day to consume collagen? May I take this on an empty stomach?
Yes! While some prefer to consume collagen in the evening, there is no solid research indicating which time of day is best. Therefore, you may ingest collagen on an empty stomach whenever is convenient for you.
3. How much collagen should I take and how often until I see results?
Based off our highly-vetted medical research, studies show consuming 2500-5000mg of collagen a day over a period of 6-12 weeks may show effective changes to skin elasticity and hydration. Due to these studies, we formulated each can of SkinTē to contain at least 3000mg of collagen. Newer studies have recently emerged indicating that consuming only 1000-1500mg may even be enough for users to reap the beauty benefits (and SkinTē offers twice that amount)! Plus, after conducting our 21-Day Wellness Challenge trial, we received enlightening feedback with users seeing results in as little as 3 weeks! As a reminder, everyone is different and may need to ingest more or less depending on their lifestyle habits (smokers and sun-worshippers, I’m lookin’ at you!). If you’re more serious about seeing results, I’d recommend drinking 1-2 SkinTē per day. :)
4. Are collagen drinks safe? What are the side effects of consuming collagen?
5. What are collagen peptides and why is this form so important?
Collagen peptides are bioavailable forms of collagen that are broken down into easily-digestible components. Since collagen in its natural state is unfortunately too large to be absorbed into the body, it’s imperative for consumers to purchase collagen in peptide form so the body may digest and receive all of its beautiful benefits! We formulated SkinTē with this in mind, and are thrilled to share that collagen peptides similar to ours have been tested to be 95% bioavailable! More info HERE.
6. Does it matter where collagen comes from or from what animal it’s sourced?
What matters most is the quality and form of the collagen. As I mentioned above, it’s super important to be sure the collagen you’re ingesting is bioavailable so your body can easily digest it. I’d also recommend doing your homework by researching the product to ensure it’s clean and has been tested for quality assurance. We have chosen a reliable collagen supplier that conducts rigorous testing by outside laboratories and provides collagen free from insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, steroids, antibiotics, and hormones.
In terms of the animal from which it’s sourced, through our extensive research and the vast amount of data to support its efficacy, we have personally found the highest quality collagen hydrolysate from kosher, grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. Sourced from Argentina and Brazil, our cattle are forage-based which eliminates the potential use of growth hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. More info HERE.
7. How does collagen differ from other muscle meat proteins like whey?
While collagen and whey protein are both beneficial for the body, it’s important to understand that they serve different purposes. Collagen, for example, is sourced from the bones, skins, and cartilage of different animals, while whey protein is actually derived from milk. Since these proteins differ in their sources, the amino acids that make them serve different functions for the body. While whey protein is beneficial for consumers looking for faster muscle recovery, collagen provides the necessary amino acids (glycine, proline and hydroxyproline) to promote radiant skin, better sleeping habits, improved bone and joint health, and more!
8. So you said there are at least 16 different types of collagen in the body. Which type is best?
As long as the collagen is in peptide form, any type of collagen will be beneficial to your body! Contrary to popular belief, collagen doesn’t enter the body as one type of collagen and exit in the same form. Instead, our bodies dismantle the collagen and reconstruct it in a way that best suits the body's immediate needs. This is because all types of collagen have similarities in terms of their amino acid composition. Whether that’s type 1 collagen or type 3, your body will always know what’s best for you!