Recently, I have noticed an increase in fellow runners and athletes mentioning collagen supplementation and adding collagen peptides to their diets. Join up for Running Coaches Corner and find out about collagen supplementation and Vital Proteins products, including their collagen peptides! (giveaway)
This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. All opinions are, as ever, my own!
Many of you may remember that I visited a Certified Clinical Nutritionist back in December. When we discussed my injury history and nutrient absorption in January, one of her recommendations was that I looking into collagen supplementation in order to improve the health of my connective tissue.
In the months since, I came across more people that I knew talking about collagen and its benefits for runners and endurance athletes, and that make me even more curious. When Vital Proteins reached out to me to see if I might like to try their Collagen Peptides, which offers the benefits of collagen as a supplement (which I will get into in a minute) as well as the benefits of collagen as source of protein. When I learned that the company is local to Chicago and that the ingredients are sourced from pasture raised, grass fed cattle, I was even more in favor of giving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides a go!
Benefits of Collagen Supplements for Runners**
**These statements have not been verified by the FDA, though there is research in their favor. See this page for more information, including studies and collagen peptides research
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility. Peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from collagen protein. Collagen represents 90% of organic bone mass and is a major component of ligaments, joints, and tendons. Dietary supplementation provides rapid absorption and repair of all structures in the body. (Source) Collagen Supplements aim to
- Improve Circulation
- Support Bone Density and Joint Health
- Promote Injury Recovery
- Decrease Joint Discomfort
- Supports healthy inflammation response due to overexercise
There is also reason to believe that collagen are more effective than whey protein in building muscle and promoting healthy immune responses to overexercise and break down of muscle–post long run smoothie, anyone?
Additional Benefits of Collagen Supplements
- Contributes to a balanced diet and helps maintain weight
- Natural glycine improves sleep quality.
And you can put two and two together–better sleep and healthy weight only helps runners and athletes as well! Now, how are Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides different from other collagen supplements?
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Let’s start with where Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides come from:
- Pasture Raised, Grass-Fed
- Kosher, Gluten Free, Non GMO, No RBH
- Naturally Minimally Processed
- No Additives or Preservatives
- Cold Water Soluble
- Hot or Cold Preparation
How are collagen peptides different from simple collagen supplements?
Vital Protein Collagen Peptides have the added benefit of providing 18 g of collagen protein, making it perfect for your post workout protein needs. The collagen provides the same amino acids as the gelatin that is identical to the protein found in the soft tissue throughout your body. So not only will your muscles be taken care of but so will your hair, skin, and nails!
Unlike gelatin, however, the collagen peptides can be served and prepared hot or cold, making it perfect for baking, smoothies, hot chocolate, oatmeal, even sauces for your pasta! Use it as you would any other protein powder, but know that you are getting even more from your protein than ever before!
I will say that I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried out Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, but I will say this: I have found that they mix better in my green smoothies than just about any other protein powder I have ever used, and because there is no flavoring, there is no artificial sweetener or stevia to affect the taste. I am a big time fan. I had no digestive distress after (and I had them before my spin class with Tiffy), there is no grittiness, and you can’t argue with this ingredient list and supplement facts:
I haven’t had time to use them to tell if my hair, skin, and nails have improved, but I would use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides as my regular protein powder irregardless.
Want to try out Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for yourself and watch your training, recovery, and hair improve? Vital Proteins is going to send one lucky reader a jar of their Collagen Peptides! US only (love you, Canada and elsewhere), Giveaway ends July 6 at Midnight.
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