Hands up if you had no idea that collagen powder IS a protein powder!
And keep your hands up if you didn’t know that it also has an incredibly high concentration of protein peptides plus is super gentle on the gut.
Well, don’t worry. You’re not alone.
So many people make the mistake of assuming collagen is exclusively a beauty enhancer used by women for great skin, hair, nails or that it’s something injected into the face or lips for anti-ageing effect. Well, whilst that’s partially correct, collagen goes way beyond skin-deep, and is actually essential for so much of our body’s health and well-being. In fact, hands up if you didn’t know that 30% of all the protein in our bodies is actually collagen. That’s more than any other protein in the human body!
If you’re an athlete, a dedicated body-builder or you simply want to optimise your yoga, Pilates or other physical workouts, then jump on the collagen train and don’t miss out on the biggest boost you can give your fitness! Dismissing collagen as something that’s only for the outside would be doing you, and your workout, a huge disservice.
Let’s find out why.
What is collagen protein?
Collagen protein plays a starring role in the development, maintenance and repair of muscles, cartilage, joints and gut tissue, as well as a host of other body parts including your brain and other organs. This, as mentioned, is because collagen is the most prolific protein in the body and, although we produce it naturally, our ability to do so begins to slowly diminish from our early twenties at the rate of around 1% per year. As such, classic telltale signs begin to appear, from slower workout recovery times, less strength and stamina, more muscle soreness and joints that feel increasingly stiff or go snap, crackle and pop when we move. And that’s just the start…!
In terms of exercise and training, what are the benefits of taking collagen protein?
In the same way that not all protein powders are created equal, not all collagen powders are created equal either. Here at Edible Health, we only use 100% natural ingredients and a state-of-the-art manufacturing process that is fully certified and adheres to the strictest EU and UK regulations. This ensures nothing but the most premium quality, results-driven, science backed, WADA compliant product.
Our sports-loving customers take Edible Health collagen protein powder for:
- Minimising Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
- Helping muscles recover more efficiently and effectively from workouts
- Increased stamina and energy during workouts
- Reduce risk of muscle loss post workout
- Expedited healing and recovery of muscles, joints, bones or cartilage following accident, injury or illness
What is the best collagen protein powder?
All Edible Health collagen is hydrolysed, meaning the collagen molecules are broken down into much smaller chains of easily digestible amino acids, known as protein peptides. Pure, hydrolysed, premium quality collagen is the best way to provide your body with the cleanest, most bioavailable protein on the market today. We have two pure collagen powders that tend to be most popular among athletes:
- 100% Natural, Hydrolysed Bovine Collagen Protein Powder
- 100% Natural, Hydrolysed Marine Collagen Protein Powder
These powders contain only bovine (sourced sustainably from cow hide) and marine (sourced sustainably from fish skin) collagen respectively.
However, we also have two sensational blends, which not only pack the usual collagen punch, but also offer incredible additional benefits. Thanks to the synergistic inclusion of a powerhouse of targeted super nutrients, these blends will do everything collagen does and more:
- Digestive Enzyme Collagen - for those wanting a gut health boost or with a particularly sensitive gut and who are partial to a taste-of-the-tropics, natural pineapple flavour
- Anti-Ageing Collagen - for those who want additional support with the ageing process from hair thinning to wrinkles, eyes, teeth, bones, joints and brain health, and who are partial to a summer sensation of natural raspberries
All our collagen powders are WADA compliant and suitable for Keto, Paleo, Whole30 lifestyles and intermittent fasting.
How much protein is in collagen powder?
When it comes to our classic Bovine and Marine collagen protein powders, they contain one thing and one thing only - protein. As such, the daily recommended serve of 13g delivers you 13g of pure protein. It’s that simple. And, if working on the recommended daily serve, then our 400g tubs last a month, perfect for tying your order into a monthly pay day subscription!
In the case of our blends, there is still a huge 8-10 grams of collagen protein per serve plus around 7 grams of extra pure ingredients to pack in those additional benefits.
Do collagen protein powders upset the gut like whey and casein powders?
All Edible Health collagen powders are certified gluten, dairy, soy and sugar free, so they should not upset your gut like the dairy protein powders plus they can be more gentle on the stomach with great amino acid content than plant based protein powders. Find out more about the difference between collagen and other forms of protein supplement.
Is there any point mixing collagen protein powders with other protein powder?
Why bother? Collagen protein gives you all the protein peptides your body could possibly need, and without causing gut upsets. It would genuinely be a waste of money combining the two. Some people say that whey protein is a complete protein because it contains the amino acid tryptophan. However, with a balanced diet it is rare to have tryptophan deficiency. As such, consuming a protein powder that is cleaner, more bioavailable and that will not upset the gut would be of far greater health benefit than using an alternative powder just to include tryptophan.
When is the best time of day to take collagen protein?
Collagen protein can be taken at any time of the day. However, customers who are seriously training will often take collagen before and after their workout session.
How should I take collagen protein?
If you plan to take Bovine or Marine collagen powder, then you can easily stir these into any hot or cold, food or drink of choice. They will dissolve quickly and have minimal taste. Bear in mind, collagen is a natural animal product so, just like leather, suede, eggs, fish or the smell of cooking bacon, collagen also has a natural taste and smell - albeit very very minimal. Now, at Edible Health, we refuse to bleach this flavour or use masking agents to hide any smell. So, for those with razor-sharp senses or hardcore users of protein in nothing but water, you may detect the very slightest natural taste in tea, coffee or water. But no worries - simply adjust the serving size to suit your taste. But in juices, smoothies, porridge or scrambled eggs you’re unlikely to notice a thing. The beauty of powder is that you can take it however and whenever it works for you and no added nasties like in pre-mixed collagen liquids (see our article about collagen powder vs liquids).And if you’re looking at taking one of our naturally flavoured blends, the process includes a small, additional step of mixing into a smooth paste first with a little milk or oil and then adding the collagen into your food or drink - further information is available on our website.
Take home points
- Collagen powder IS a protein powder
- Collagen protein powder is for muscle, bones, joints, cartilage and gut tissue building, maintenance and repair
- Edible Health customers take our collagen to minimise DOMS, maximise the benefits of their workout, or to help recover from muscle/joint/cartilage injury or illness
- Edible Health collagen powders are made with 100% natural ingredients that are gentle on the gut, clean and extremely bioavailable
- Edible Health collagen powders are hydrolysed, meaning the collagen is broken down into amino acids that are absorbed very easily
- Edible Health collagen is WADA compliant and contains no added sweeteners, preservatives or anything artificial and nasty
The information we have provided herewith, and all linked materials, are not intended nor should they be construed as medical advice. Moreover, the information herewith should not be used as a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions and consult your General Practitioner for advice specific for you.