You’re made of tough stuff––literally. Amino acids are major building blocks when it comes to building you, so it’s no surprise that amino acids are a pretty big market right now. There are tons of different types of amino acids, but the most prevalent type throughout your body is found in collagen. Hence the current collagen supplement craze. More of a good thing is a great thing, right? Almost. Here are some of the details you need to know about collagen supplements before starting a regimen.
Collagen Pills Are Only One Option
This may be a hard fact to swallow 😉, but the benefits of collagen supplements are also available in a more versatile powder form. The best collagen supplements for your routine are up to you. Collagen pills are great on the go––just grab a glass and you’re good. But if you’re not a huge fan of horse pills, collagen powder can be mixed into your smoothies, your soup, and yes…even your coffee. (Bonus fun fact: unlike other solutes, collagen dissolves similarly in both hot and cold liquids).
Collagen Supplements Aren’t Necessarily Vegan
Depending on the brand, your collagen pills or powders can originate as animal skin or animal bone, typically that of cows. Vegan collagen supplements do exist, just do your research before purchasing a vat of collagen powder your body and ideology might reject. “Type-1” is your buzzword; collagen supplements that fall under that type are often the ones that have animal origins.
It Could Be Good For Your Gut
Research is mixed about whether or not ingesting collagen cures gastrointestinal ailments, but there is not evidence that it causes further damage. The current consensus: if you’re having minor gut issues (inflammation, indigestion) go ahead and give collagen a whirl––after speaking to your physician, of course.
There Is A Slight Contamination Risk
Even collagen has a caveat. One of the most important details you need to know about collagen supplements is that, because some of them come from animals, you can be exposed to what that animal was exposed to. If the source of your collagen was a cow raised in a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) you run the risk of ingesting anything that was in that bovine pen. The best way to avoid this is to seek collagen supplements that are billed as “certified organic” or “grass fed.”