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January 23, 2015

7 Reasons We’re Drinking Collagen Daily


The jury is still out on whether topical collagen does a lick for your skin (impossible to penetrate, say skeptics), so I hadn’t even considered drinking it when our sisterfriends at Prescribe Nutrition posted some serious praises. First thought: What exactly IS collagen and where does this mysterious white powder come from? Errrr, try not to think about it but if you must . . . collagen is a protein found in animal’s connective tissue, bones, hooves and hides. Think of it as drinking flavorless, colorless meat and you may not be so grossed out. Also consider the benefits, which I totally believe now that I’ve been consuming the stuff daily—either in a big glass of water or smoothie—for the past few months.

* Strong, healthy bones
* Nourished troubled digestive systems
* Healthy hair (mine feels thicker, and I *think* my over-tweezed brows are looking fuller . . .)
* Strong, rapidly growing nails
* Reduced joint pain and inflammation
* Hormonal support and balancing
* Skin, skin, skin: adds luminosity and plumpness to the skin, decreases fine lines, helps tighten loose skin, rumored to reduce cellulite

Prescribe Nutrition is fans of Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (remember the green can) in particular because it dissolves more easily in liquids than gelatin (the orange can), and is more easily digestible and assimilated, particularly good for those of you with digestive issues. In addition to the aforementioned health and beauty benefits, collagen hydrolysate is the best protein powder (14 grams per serving!) I’ve ever used. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and definitely free of that horrible chalky/gritty business that pea protein has to offer. If I’m in a pinch, I’ll down a tablespoon in water for a quick snack. I know the PN girls love to mix it directly in their morning coffee to balance out any caffeine jitters. One can contains 62 servings so will last you at least two months, but I say go for the two pack and stock up or split with a friend. Cheers!



  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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