All of us ended up ordering our own collagen after that group text. I've now gotten others on the collagen bandwagon. Results differ for everyone. Some say they notice their hair is thicker and shinier, others say their nails and skin are healthier, others claim it reverses the effects of aging or cleared up their acne ... as for me, I notice the difference in my joints, which is why I am posting about it on my running blog. I had knee and back stiffness that I honestly could not seem to beat. If I sat too long, my knee would tighten up, and my back was always sore when I got up in the mornings or after long runs. I swear that since I started taking collagen (I mix it in my coffee every morning) - the stiffness and aching/soreness is gone. I recover quicker from my workouts and just feel better overall. I am telling you, I tried everything - from joint creams to heating pads and KT-tape. This stuff is miracle powder! I love that it has no flavor. I am super sensitive to smells and flavors - most protein powders I simply cannot stomach because of the odor or because they just taste too much like powder or chalk. But this stuff is odorless and tasteless. Oh! And, yes - this stuff is pure protein :)
So, what are collagen peptides exactly? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells, and is essentially for mobility. It's basically the glue that holds the whole body together. As we age, we start producing less collagen. The obvious tell-tale signs are wrinkles, sagging skins, muscle and joint pain, and so on. Poor nutrition, smoking, too much sun exposure, excess sugar in our diet and other factors can speed the depletion of collagen. But the good news is that by consuming collagen we can reverse or slow some of these effects, revitalizing our skin, nails, hair, bones, tendons, cartilage, muscles, vital organs and joints.
There are 2 brands I alternate between and I like them both equally. The only difference is the price. Below are links to both products. I recommend that you take the time to read the reviews - I think you will be impressed. I hope that if you try collagen, it works wonders for you as well. :)
Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides
Sports Research Pure Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides