If you’ve hung around in the fitness space on Instagram, you might have seen that influencers are going crazy over collagen. They put it in their smoothies, coffee, baked goods, pancakes, and pretty much everything else.
What is collagen?
Simply put, collagen is the most prevalent protein in your body. It’s in your bones and muscles and skin, and it literally holds you all together (even if as a college student you don’t feel all that together).
The collagen that’s crazy popular right now is a supplement, though. It’s generally derived from cows, fish, or chicken a tasteless, protein-packed powder that dissolves in pretty much anything and doesn’t alter the flavor or texture of whatever you put it in. You know how some protein powders are chalky or don’t bake well? Collagen is pretty much undetectable – and if it’s not, it’s not high quality.
Why supplement with it?
Advocates of collagen supplements say it makes their skin smoother, hair shinier, and digestion better. Since collagen is a major structural component of your body, it also aids recovery from workouts and injuries.
Is it for you?
The million-dollar question. It’s pretty expensive, so if you’re totally happy with your skin, hair, digestion, and recovery… probably not. But if you’re looking for some improvements and are willing to drop $40 and experiment, go for it.
Personally, I love it, but go through phases using it and not.
How can you use it?
How can you not use it?
- Mix it into your coffee, tea, or warm lemon water.
- Blend it up in a smoothie (or smoothie bowl).
- Make your own protein bars.
- Stir it into oatmeal.
- Add it to your pancake batter.
Basically, get creative and experiment a little. It’s hard to go wrong.
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