Are you habitually shovelling scoops into a blender to supercharge your breakfast, or recover post workout?
When was the last time you thought about your protein powder?
We mean really thought about it?
Like, how is it made, where does it come from, and what does it actually do for you once it’s in your body?
We’re taking a deep dive into this mega-industry, to see how traditional protein powders measure up against the new kid (but really it’s the OG) on the block – collagen powder.
And why you should consider making the switch.
“When the Box Says ‘Protein’, Shoppers Say ‘I’ll take it’” was the headline of a 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal.
It’s true that our society has become obsessed with protein enrichment and supplementing.
But here’s the thing, most of us are just being swept along with the trend, without really considering what we want from the scoops we’re swallowing and the money we are parting with.
OK, so you’re training hard and you want to enhance your gains – the majority of protein powders are geared towards developing muscle – and yes protein is a great companion for this.
But not all proteins were created equal.
Your basic protein powder, be it whey or plant based, can’t really offer you much that your dietary protein doesn’t already.
It really is basic.
Protein doesn’t actually build muscle, after training, it helps to speed up the repair process of muscle, particularly for those who are targeting strength training in the gym and in their work out regime.
On the other hand, collagen is an integral part of the muscular system.
To understand how, we need to understand a bit about how muscles are formed and how they work.
We have something called a ‘fascia’ which is a sock-like band of connective tissue that holds our muscle bundles together, and it is primarily made up of collagen.
It’s the fascia that determines how muscle is constructed.
Aside from training, 30% of your muscle power to perform day to day activities, comes from contractions of the fascia.
Furthermore, the fascia depend on strong anchor points, such as tendons and ligaments.
Guess what ten-dons and ligaments are made of – yup, also collagen.
Following on from this, collagen can be hugely beneficial in the recovery of injury to ten-dons, ligaments and general joint health, which in turn supports a healthy training programme and an active lifestyle.
Seeing how integral collagen is in the make up of our musculoskeletal system, really helps bring into focus the body’s uses and need for this super-protein.
One-third of all the protein make-up of the human body is, in fact, collagen.
So it makes sense to supply the body with the stuff it needs most.
Regular protein from powders or other dietary sources can not be converted into collagen, and we rarely find great sources in collagen in our everyday diet (unlike protein).
Protein powder comes from a number of sources (whey, which is derived from dairy, as well as hemp and pea to name a few plant options).
Collagen protein is derived from the bones, skins, and cartilage of animals.
Being that collagen and whey are proteins derived from different sources, they contain different amino acid profiles, which is why they have different functions in the body.
Collagen powder has a huge array of benefits (take a look at ‘Does Collagen Powder Really Work for the skin and joints?’ for even more collagen information).
In fact it is easy to think of collagen as some kind of miracle elixir.
The great advantage of Clean Living Keto Collagen Powder is it’s 100% pure and highly bioavailable due to the MCT, with no sweeteners or other compounds, making it ideal for use in food recipes, pancakes, biscuits and your favourite smoothie, cereal, juice or hot beverage, even mixing with other protein powders we see great results for muscle growth and development.
MCT is amazing for brain and gut health, however, as it so easily absorbed it’s a fantastic carrier to make the collagen even more bioavailable than it already is for muscle development, skin and gut health.
Collagen is also your gut’s best friend.
Recent studies have established a host of proven benefits of collagen and gut health, such as repairing leaky gut, strengthening the immune system and preventing the onset of autoimmune conditions, to name a few.
Conversely, excessive consumption of some protein powders have been linked with stomach cramps, constipation and even kidney damage in extreme cases.
Whilst collagen works really hard at keeping things healthy and well on the inside, we get some visible perks too.
Collagen is especially good for ageing as it supports younger looking skin and healthy hair.
And since our natural production of collagen slows down with age, adding it into your diet can really help to keep you looking as youthful on the outside as you feel on the inside.
Switching from protein powder to Clean Living Keto Collagen Powder is like upgrading from a budget airline to a first class suite.
Both might get you there, but one is guaranteed to be without delay, restful and restorative.
All of this without the first class price tag.