Today, 11/29/2018, Dr. Oz talks with his viewers about the new health product [powdered collagen] that so many are putting into their coffee every morning. Headlines declare actresses like Busy Phillips and Jennifer Aniston are obsessed with adding collagen to their morning coffee. The protein powder is an essential ingredient in coffee recipes, and can be found in trendy cafes and juice shops but what’s the story behind this new energizing drink? Sodexo registered dietitian Debbie Petitpain at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston helped us break it all down.
The Benefits of Collagen
There have been numerous studies conducted on collagen supplementation, mostly in capsule or pill form, but more research on hydrolyzed collagen protein powder is needed. Current research suggests that collagen supplementation may benefit individuals with arthritis and joint pain, potentially improving bone strength and flexibility.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, but as you age your body begins to produce less of it and getting it from another source, such as collagen peptides, can be very beneficial. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides can come from several different sources, such as fish and bovine. But when hydrolyzed collagen peptides are derived from fish, it becomes less potent than if it came from bovine.
Ingredients To Look For:
Diverse Amino Acid Profile
Pasture-Raised Hydrolyzed Collagen From Bovine
Type I and II Collagen
Ingredients To Avoid:
Adding collagen to your diet is thought to replenish missing collagen and consuming collagen will not harm an otherwise healthy adult. However, supplementing with collagen is not as straightforward as it may seem. When protein, like collagen, is ingested, it is broken down in the stomach into its various amino acid components and then the body reassembles the amino acids into different proteins as needed. Even though you can eat collagen, your body may not absorb or utilize it as collagen.
The Bottom Line
Most healthy adults in the United States get plenty of protein in their diets from both animal and plant sources, making collagen supplementation unnecessary. According to the USDA, the recommended amount of protein for an adult is between 3-5 ounces for an average 1,200-1,800 daily calorie limit. Currently, collagen protein supplements are unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration so Petitpain recommends looking for third-party validation that is typically indicated by a seal on the front of product packages and to follow package directions for safe consumption. Collagen protein is not recommended for children, adolescents, pregnant or lactating individuals, or anyone with compromised kidney function. Although collagen is safe to consume, it can be an expensive protein source and if you do not see a benefit after a couple of months of supplementation, it may not be worth the extra cost.
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