Collagen is a hot topic in the world of supplements and natural health. Our team at LiveWell has reported that they get a lot of Facebook and Instagram questions about our Collagen Peptides and that they’re often the same few questions. We thought we’d share those questions and the answers here for your reference.
Question: Does collagen cause diarrhea?
Answer: Collagen should not cause diarrhea if taken according to the directions. If someone consumes more than the recommended serving, has a sensitivity, or if they drink it with coffee, they may experience diarrhea. But, generally speaking, this is not a side effect, and it’s nothing to be too concerned about.
If you’re brand new to collagen as a supplement and are still a little concerned, you can ease into it to see how your body reacts. The suggested dose for our Collagen Peptides is one scoop, or 11 grams, per day. Try taking half of that your first day to make sure you don’t have any sensitivities. When you see that your body responds well, you can gradually increase your consumption until you reach the recommended dose.
Question: Does collagen make you gain weight?
Answer: No, collagen will not make you gain weight. In fact, collagen can help you with your diet plan and goals. Collagen is filling, so it can help decrease cravings, keep you fuller longer, and may increase your energy. It might be just what you need to start and stick to your diet plan.
Question: Does collagen taste bad?
Answer: That depends. People report that some collagen does have an aftertaste that’s not very pleasant. Luckily, LiveWell’s collagen peptides have virtually no flavor, so that’s not a worry.
If you want to make your collagen taste great or make it a little more exciting, you can add it to smoothies, shakes, juices, yogurt, pudding, soups, and even baked goods. It’s a versatile ingredient that easily mixes into your favorite treats.
Try this Collagen Smoothie Recipe to see how great it can taste.
½ frozen banana
A handful of frozen mixed berries
A handful of spinach
1 tablespoon of nut butter (your choice)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 scoop LiveWell Collagen Peptides
Your choice of milk, just enough to get the consistency you desire
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add ice if you want it colder, but the frozen fruits should do the trick.
Question: How long before collagen takes effect?
Answer: It depends on why you’re taking the collagen peptides, and the results you’re looking for.
If you are taking your collagen supplement with vitamin C to help your body synthesize and store it, you should see benefits to your hair, skin, and nails within about 4 weeks, but it can take up to 12 weeks to really notice the results. It should be noted that this is based on using collagen daily at 10 -12 grams per day.
For joint and muscle pain relief, your collagen supplement may take longer than three months to begin displaying a noticeable change, depending on the severity of your issues. You may need to take it with a natural anti-inflammatory supplement, such as curcumin or LiveWell’s CurcuWell, for the best results. Consistent and long-term use is the best way to achieve and maintain your results.
Question: Can you take collagen for hair loss?
Answer: The short answer is yes. Your body uses several amino acids to build keratin, some of which can be found in collagen. When you consume collagen and other proteins, your body breaks them down into amino acids that are then used to build new proteins and compounds. Collagen can also act as an antioxidant and fight the free radicals known to damage your hair follicles.
Question: Why is my collagen clumping when I mix it into a hot drink?
Answer: At LiveWell, we make a point of only sourcing the purest ingredients from around the world, which can explain some issues with the density variations in the product. It’s for this very reason that we sell our products by weight and not volume.
The most effective way to take collagen, when you’re adding it to a hot drink, is to add the collagen directly into your hot beverage, mix it, and then let it sit for a few minutes before adding anything else to your cup. This should help the collagen fully dissolve and—Voila! No more clumps.
Why Choose LiveWell’s Collagen Peptides
There are a large number of different collagen supplements on the market, and it’s not always easy to determine which ones are the best ones to use. That’s why you can count on LiveWell to provide the most effective products. We are committed to the following:
♦ Types I & III Grade A Bovine Collagen
♦ 98% All-Natural Hydrolyzed Protein
♦ Unflavored & Low Sodium
♦ Dissolves Easily
Our product is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine, and is certified hormone-free and non-GMO. With a whopping 20 amino acids, you’re getting a great product that is enzymatically formulated for bioavailability and absorption for the best results.
Collagen naturally makes up about a third of the protein in your body, making it the most abundant protein by body mass. Unfortunately, as you age, your body produces less natural collagen, and your skin becomes thinner and fragile. Not only that, but collagen is found in other places in your body such as your cartilage, bone marrow, lymphoid tissues, and in your hair and the surfaces of cells. It’s pretty important to the way you look, feel, and overall health.
If you’re concerned about the effects of aging and what that loss of collagen production can do, it’s natural to want to boost your supplies with a collagen supplement or collagen peptides. Of course, when it comes time to change your routine or add something new, there are likely to be a few questions involved. We hope our answers to some of the most common collagen questions help you make an informed decision and feel better about your choices regarding collagen.