If you ever purchased a skincare product and paid attention to the ingredients label, chances are you’re not new to collagen. If you ever researched what collagen is and its benefits on our skin, chances are you want to improve your relationship with collagen in every possible way.
Well, good news is that more and more people are on board and drink collagen powder, and scientists, health professionals, and a number of celebrities have been promoting its amazing effects and benefits. The latest form of collagen that is winning the hearts of our population is – collagen powder!
Well, I’m not immune to this craze! Lately, I’ve been trying different collagen powders and I’ve been monitoring their effects. To increase the benefits of collagen powders, I went a step ahead and discovered the best way to drink collagen powder!
What is collagen and why do we need collagen supplements?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is a well known fact that it is a huge component of connective tissue that makes up tendons, ligaments, muscles, and of course, skin. To be honest, I was first introduced to collagen when I was searching for the best skincare product. I’ve read that it provides the skin with structure, elasticity, and generally slows down the ageing process. Bad news is, collagen production starts to reduce after the age of 20.
Luckily, collagen supplements have become very popular in recent years. Most of the supplements available today are hydrolyzed, meaning your body will find it easy to absorb it as the collagen has been broken down.
It’s important to mention that you can get collagen from certain foods, like pork skin or bone broth. But, the only time I have the opportunity to eat bone broth is when I visit my grandmother. And you know you can’t simply say no to granny! Any kind of meat skin is an absolute no go for me, so I started taking collagen supplements, more precisely, collagen powders.
Note that most of the collagen powders are made from common food allergens, including fish, eggs, and different animals. I’m personally allergic to shellfish, so I was not pleased with the allergic reaction I had because I was too lazy to read the label. On the plus side, there are a few vegan alternatives that you can try. But, when it comes to powder, I believe that collagen powders made from animal tissue are more effective.
According to collagen powder brands, these supplements help your skin, hair and nails, muscles, as well as bones and joints. There has been an ongoing discussion that collagen powder can also improve sleep, control your weight, and promote gut health.
Best way to drink collagen powder
The best thing about collagen powders is that you can mix it with literally anything that comes to mind. You can bake with it, put it in smoothies, cook with it – the options are literally limitless. But, probably the most convenient and easiest way to ingest collagen powder is to dissolve it into a glass of water.
There were certain rumors going on that collagen powder shouldn’t be mixed in hot drinks. Here’s the science behind this. Reportedly, collagen molecules found in creams and lotions are too big for the skin to absorb, so they basically sit there until washed off. Hence the need for hydrolyzed collagen which is, as mentioned above, broken down into smaller fragments.
When collagen is put into hot drinks, it further falls apart since the temperature is above body temperature. When added in hot drinks, collagen’s molecular structure deteriorates, therefore diminishing the benefits we get from collagen.
But, there’s a ‘but’. It’s true that many foods lose their nutritional value under increased heat, but collagen powder is not one of them. The science behind this? Collagen powders contain high number of amino acids per peptide, therefore these powders are stable at high temperature. If you prefer taking your collagen with coffee or tea, look for powders with high percentage of amino acids. Usually, every powder that contains type 1 and 3 collagen is heat-tolerant.
Collagen powders show a heat stability of up to 300°C, while water boils at 100°C. That said, next time you mix your collagen powder into your morning coffee you don’t have to worry about weakening its benefits.
The bottom line
As collagen powders are rich in amino acids, they easily dissolve in both cold and hot drinks, and you can easily put them into your favorite recipes. Since these powders are usually sourced from animals, they might have unpleasant smell and/or taste. Luckily, there are hundreds of recipes online that you can look up and include collagen into your diet!