The collagen craze in full swing and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. From coffee creamer to shampoos, this much-hyped about ingredient is getting a lot of love. Every product offers a different dosage and method for taking this miracle elixir. The information overload is creating confusion but Mane Addicts is breaking down the proper way to take collagen for hair strength.
Day vs. Night?
Some people are concerned about taking collagen on an empty stomach, others swear its the only way to go. The truth is that it doesn’t really matter what time of day you take it. Taking a good collagen supplement on an empty stomach will allow for stomach acids to interact with it and process it much like your stomach would process food. This is a good thing, we promise. That being said, adding collagen for hair to your breakfast or nighttime routines won’t alter results. The time you take collagen is more of a preference and you should decide on it depending on your schedule and food intake.
Hot or Cold?
A lot of collagen supplements are ingestable liquids or powders you suspend in liquid. An old wives tale says that taking collagen in a hot liquid will damage the peptides. In actuality, the temperature of the liquid you consume won’t affect intake quality. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you have to take collagen in a way that is pleasing to you. If you hate coffee but are using a collagen creamer as a supplement your routine will fail. Here, sustainability is key. How likely are you to continue a collagen habit if you don’t enjoy the vessel that the good-for-you nutrient comes in? Not very. Find a groove that works for you and stick to it. Adding it to your morning coffee, afternoon smoothie or your bedtime golden milk are all enjoyable ways of setting your collagen habit. To-go options like Skinade also help you stay on track with your daily intake.
If Temperature and Time Don’t Matter, What Does?
What actually matters in any collagen supplement is how absorbent the peptides are. You want to look for a supplement that lists “hydrolyzed collagen peptides.” These type are easier for your body to digest and absorb. There are also three types of basic collagen: the first is mostly found in skin, hair, tendons, teeth and bones; the second is in your eyes and cartilage; and the third is in your skin, muscles and blood vessels. You want a collagen profile that includes at least the first two types of collagen. You also want to avoid any fillers or dairy preservatives. Secondly, animal collagen sources (typically called “from bovine” in the label) have been proven to be the most effective. Bonus points if it is listed as grass-fed. Vital Proteins offers many grass-fed bovine options.