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July 04, 2018 3 min read 9 Comments

Let's start by making something clear: your body doesn't need supplements to build muscle. With proper nutrition and exercise, it can build muscle just fine on its own. However, for people looking to amp up their muscle building game, there’s definitely a supplement you can use that will help you build and maintain more muscle mass, while also contributing to a more youthful appearance.

This supplement is by no means a magic bullet. It won't be able to undo poor diet and a wishy-washy attitude toward your workouts. It can, however, add fuel to your fire if you want to get max results from your resistance-based training and look and feel like you’ve just taken a dip in the fountain of youth.

What supplement are we talking about?

Collagen

Your body naturally produces collagen on its own. It's the major protein building block that's present in the connective tissue of any animal. Collagen is made up of glycine, arginine and proline -- all of which are amino acids, and all of which make up the proteins in your skin, nails, hair, organs, bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and vasculature. In other words, this protein is a pretty big deal. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen. Collagen levels can also be compromised by drinking alcohol, smoking, excessive UV exposure and poor diet.

However, while you cannot reverse time entirely and you cannot repair a horrific lifestyle, a little collagen supplementation can go a long way to bolster your body's levels of this powerful protein. A mere two scoops of collagen powder can contain around 20 grams of protein, which will not only help you repair and regrow muscle fibres, but it will also increase feelings of satiety. It makes sense. Protein is famous for its ability to stimulate your body's release of leptin -- the hormone responsible for promoting feelings of fullness. This means adding a little collagen to your day can also help you avoid eating unnecessary calories.

Other perks of taking collagen?

Collagen has been proven to help balance hormones, promote good digestion and gut health, reduce joint pain, improve heart health and it can help plump up your skin and significantly improve its elasticity, smoothing out fine lines and making it appear more youthful.

What type of collagen should you use?

There are several different types of collagen, with over a dozen types present in your body. On the market, you'll find type I, type II, type III and hydrolyzed collagen, which simply means it dissolves quickly and can be readily absorbed into the body. You'll hear a lot of marketing-speak around these types, but the truth is, your body produces them all and they will all help you see the results you want. However, if building muscle is your primary concern, go for type I, since this is the collagen found most abundantly in our bodies, found in ligaments, skin, hair, nails and organs. You can also opt for a total body collagen formulation, which will be sold as such. This will combine many types of collagen for a more holistic approach.

How to Ingest Collagen

There are collagen pills, but the most effective and popular collagen supplements are powders. They tend to be absorbed into your system faster and more completely. You can get these powders in flavored formulations, or select an unflavored powder that can be added to coffee, tea, your favorite smoothies, water, juice -- just about anything. You get all the benefits, and no weird aftertaste. 

This ease makes adding a bit of this muscle-building and skin plumping supplement to your diet super simple, and when done regularly, super effective.

Try it out! Tell us what you think.


9 Responses

Karen
Karen

January 17, 2019

I am 55 and have been using powdered Collagen for 6 months now. I feel better, move better, gut is better and overall health. I put into my powdered shake in the am. It is called “ Progressive Complete Collagen”. It can be bought from www.hormonerollercoaster.com

Angela
Angela

July 07, 2018

Interesting, looking for brand recommendations and where to purchase.

Geri Smith
Geri Smith

July 04, 2018

Where can I purchase Collagen?

Evy Soleno
Evy Soleno

July 04, 2018

Thank you for the info! Please give your recommendation on which one is best if you would please?

Farnaz Mani
Farnaz Mani

July 04, 2018

What is the brand for colagen pill that you guys at body rock would recommend? Can it be mixed with whey isolated protein powder?
When us the best time to take them? Pre or post workout?
Thank,
Farnaz

Jennie
Jennie

July 04, 2018

Since this collagen also contains protein, could it be mixed with a protein powder? In lieu of a protein shake? Better benefits right before or right after workout?

I’m also really curious about this as I have a connective tissue disorder that impacts collagen production. I wonder if this disorder impacts the absorption/body use of this supplement

Elaine
Elaine

July 04, 2018

Brand that you recommend? Best timing to consume the supplement?

ilaria bertini
ilaria bertini

July 04, 2018

great… do you have any favourite brand? thank u so much.. I know the power of these proteins, above all if grass fed or pastured raised

Cazarchic
Cazarchic

July 04, 2018

Wow…thank you for breakdown! You simplified it!!!

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