Can You Put Collagen in Coffee?

Can You Put Collagen in Coffee?

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Scientifically reviewed by: Michael A. Smith, MD

Bean water, Joe, dirt, mud, go juice or cuppa are all nicknames of… you guessed it, coffee! This magical elixir that more than 150 million Americans drink on the daily not only helps you feel more energized, but can also support physical performance and help burn fat – cheers to that! But, what if I told you that your morning brew could have even more benefits… like supporting joint health, cartilage health and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles? Stop the madness. No really, it’s true. Time to meet your brew’s new buddy, collagen.

Collagen powder in a bowl

What is collagen?

Collage-n has nothing to do with higher education or university, but let me teach you a thing or two about it anyway. Collagen makes up about one-third of the protein in your body. Your skin and joints depend on this protein for maintaining structure, strength and resiliency. When you are younger, collagen is continually repaired and replaced. As you age, the body’s ability to replenish collagen declines by roughly 1% each year. This loss of collagen makes it harder to support healthy skin and joint function.

Collagen is a large protein that cannot be easily digested or absorbed by the body, but partially broken-down collagen—known as hydrolyzed collagen (AKA collagen powder)— is highly absorbable. Consumed orally, this collagen powder can help stimulate the production of new collagen in the skin and joints.

What are the benefits of collagen?

Everybody would love to look and feel a little bit younger, am I right? By incorporating collagen into your wellness routine, every day will feel like #ThrowbackThursday as you start to feel and look like your youthful self again.

Collagen supports joint comfort health and cartilage health, giving you more mobility throughout your day. Best of all, it is like a time machine for your skin; promoting skin hydration, elasticity and overall texture and condition to give you a healthy glow – you glow girl (or guy!). So long, wrinkles; collagen also helps reduce the appearance of pesky lines and wrinkles, making your face as smooth as a baby’s… well, face!

Incorporate collagen into your morning routine
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Pair Collagen With Your Daily Coffee
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Why collagen in coffee?

Instead of adding collagen to a smoothie or cold beverage, try incorporating a scoop of collagen into your daily coffee! One study found that collagen hydrolysate dramatically promoted skin moisture, elasticity and texture. Collagen paired with a quality coffee packed with antioxidants gives your body a two-for-one when it comes to starting your day. You don’t need any fancy recipes either – just a cup of joe and a pre-measured scoop of collagen and you are good to go! Watch Leesa from Purposeful Plate make a simple Collagen + Coffee Latte!

Want to kick your coffee up a notch? Take your brew beyond basic black and kick the artificial creams and sweet sugars by adding MCT oil or butter for a "bulletproof" blend of perfection. Either option is helpful for those of you on the keto diet, which may help to promote weight management, as well as cardiovascular and brain health. Now, that’s a smart choice! Just be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new diet.

Does drinking collagen have side effects?

If feeling and looking your best is a crime, then you, my friend, are in deep, deep trouble! But no, adding a scoop of collagen to your morning cup of coffee can benefit your body and help when it comes to your overall health and wellness. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get scoopin’!

Healthy woman drinking coffee with collagen in the morning

 

References

  • Ganceviciene, Ruta. "Skin anti-aging strategies." Dermatoendocrinol, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, July 2012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583892/.
  • Inoue, Naoki et al. "Ingestion of bioactive collagen hydrolysates enhance facial skin moisture and elasticity and reduce facial ageing signs in a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study." J Sci Food Agric. National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, February 2016, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26840887/.