Collagen powder, also called collagen protein or collagen peptides, is a VERY popular supplement. Have you heard of it? Read to learn about what exactly it is, and how to know if you should use it.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a structural protein found in the connective tissue, skin, and bone in animals. In plain terms — it is a type of protein.
Nutritionally speaking, collagen and gelatin are basically the same thing. Their differences come in with their chemical properties. Collagen is more broken down, and will dissolve easily in liquid. Gelatin, as you probably know, can form a gel-like substance.
Collagen, and all proteins we eat, are basically just a combination of building blocks called amino acids.
Although a lot of our body is made up of collagen, we don’t need to EAT a ton of it to maintain the collagen in our body, though the people who sell these supplements will obviously tell you otherwise. (more…)