What is collagen protein?
Collagen protein is the most abundant protein in the human body. Nutritional sources include bone broth, generally from beef or chicken, and supplemental powders or tablets from the same bovine and poultry sources. Certain precursors for collagen can be found in other foods, including fish (wild-caught salmon), chlorophyll (from green, leafy vegetables), chlorella, and other natural fruit and vegetable sources. While they do support the formation of collagen protein, there are no plant-based sources of collagen itself.
Collagen is vital to nearly every tissue in the body, including:
- Connective tissue
- Blood vessels
- Intestinal lumen
Who should use it?
Collagen protein can be beneficial to just about anyone. It’s great for athletes seeking improved performance, stronger joints/connective tissue, and increased strength (collagen supports natural creatine synthesis), and it’s equally as great for aging individuals or anyone seeking to look and feel vibrant and healthy.
When and how should it be used?
Unlike other protein sources, collagen is best taken on an empty stomach (at least 30 minutes prior to a meal) and without any other protein source (whether supplemental or whole food), as other proteins may interfere with the absorption of collagen.
There are no restrictions on what other protein sources you use in your daily nutrition or with your meals, but it’s best to take collagen completely by itself to ensure optimal absorption.
Note: For information purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.