I was introduced to hydrolyzed collagen by Planet Paleo on a trip to London with my friend Georgie. It definitely interested me, and so I decided to trial the product for a month and tell you what I’ve found out.
disclaimer: I received one Pure Collagen pot from Planet Paleo- but as always, my opinions are completely honest and I just generally want to share the details of collagen with you. I also just need to say that I’m definitely not a health professional: these are my opinions and if you’re looking for more advanced advice I would recommend talking to someone who’s qualified in the matter.
What Actually Is Collagen?
Okay, okay, I know ‘hydrolyzed collagen’ sounds like a contender for the banned substances list…but don’t be put off, hydrolyzed simple means that the collagen has been broken down into 100% highly absorbable peptides so that your body can maximise the benefits. Usually your body will break down amino acids and then once they have been absorbed through the gut, it re-assembles them into proteins like collagen.
Planet Paleo’s pure collagen contains 100% collagen peptides, and derives from the hides, bones and and connective tissue of pasture-raised cows. Right so I now know I’ve lost the attention of all vegetarians and vegans (sorry!), but I promise it’s not anything like it sounds. It’s just a simple powder.
Taste and Usage
Planet Paleo recommend that you should ‘take 1/1.5 scoops once or twice a day with or between meals. Mix with at least 200ml of water or juice. Can be used in warm drinks such as coffee or ginger tea.’
Now, I’ve been taking 1 scoop every other day, just because I take protein powder as well (blog post coming, don’t worry). However I haven’t had any problems so may think about increasing this to every day soon.
It’s just a white powder (not the illegal kind), and is completely tasteless and odourless. This makes it easy to slip into pretty much anything. I mix the collagen into my oats before I microwave, and if I’m having it in the afternoon I’ll stir a scoop into my glass of chocolate milk. It would also be really easy to add it to main meals, but I always try to get enough protein from my food then so it’s not really necessary.
I did try it with my usual glass of Ribena, but I wasn’t a fan- not because of the taste, just because of the thought of it being there.
My GCSE Biology revision is paying off. We learnt that collagen is most abundant protein in the body. It provides structural support and strength, especially for the tendons and ligaments. However it also contributes to clear skin and glossy hair. For athletes, all of these aspects are incredibly important.
But have I noticed any of this? Well, I’ve got to be honest, it’s incredibly hard to say. Just recently I’ve been revamping my diet in order to maximise stress fracture recovery (there’ll also be a blog on that in a couple of week’s time!), and so I’ve been changing up a number of things. Therefore it would not be a fair test (science revision coming in again, always useful) for me to say that all of the improvements I’ve been seeing are solely down to the collagen.
Recently, my recovery times between workouts have improved, and I haven’t been feeling tired before I begin. Muscle stiffness is very limited and my skin is looking amazing. This could be from the collagen, or it could be from my relentless sunbathing and my new post-workout protein products. It’s definitely one to think about.
At £24.00 the Planet Paleo Pure Collagen does seem a little pricey…but I’ve actually come around to thinking it’s a bargain. You’re paying for good quality, and this isn’t exactly your every day product. In my opinion it’s more natural than many conventional protein powders on the range. For this price, you’ll be getting 30+ servings.
Interested in Collagen?
Make sure you get your collagen from a reliable source- just as you would with anything. Planet Paleo are a good place to start, because their cows are reared in ‘raised in their traditional habitat, free range and eating grass as their main source of food.’
Many stores like Wholefoods stock a large majority of brands, so it can be really confusing looking online, especially because there are also multiple forms of collagen. My advice would be to go to a health food store, speak to someone who works there to find out what will be right for you, and then you can either buy it straight out or order online when you get home.