As trends go, it seems like collagen protein creamers are here to stay. I’ll admit I was slow to accept the idea of putting collagen into my coffee as I prefer to drink my coffee black but I’ve completely turned around.
Are there any benefits? Will the hot coffee damage the collagen somehow?
You might be surprised to find some of the benefits of putting collagen in your coffee. A 2016 study found that after 8 weeks of consistent use, individuals who added collagen to their coffee had significant improvements in skin moisture, skin elasticity and skin texture. What’s important to note is that this was not only a result limited to hot beverages, the same results can be achieved from cold drinks.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body since its integral to healthy hair, skin and nails. Collagen plays a key role in maintaining skin elasticity as we age.
Protein And Muscle Growth
While the jury is still split on the benefits of collagen for athletic performance, adding collagen to your coffee gives you a nice little bump. I’ve found it also functions as a way to not think about your protein. You add it to you coffee and go about your day not realizing you’ve gotten an extra 10-15 grams of protein.
Not Just Collagen
The majority of collagen products on the market also contain medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are a unique fat primary found in coconut oil and are easily metabolized in the liver for quick energy without the caffeine like crash. MCTS are packed with benefits beyond energy including increased metal clarity and anti-inflammatory properties.
MCTs are just the beginning. Many collagen coffee creamers come with additional benefits such as functional mushrooms for brain focus, dark chocolate for brain function and even omega-3 for heart health benefits. Make sure to read the labels carefully to find out what's in your collagen creamer?
What about heating my collagen?
Will the heat from the coffee render the collagen protein useless? According to research studies, absolutely not. Have no fear especially if you’re using a hydrolyzed collagen which is the majority of products currently available.
Absolutely consider putting collagen in your protein tomorrow morning.