The latest formula for beauty trending across the globe today is ‘collagen.’ With the constant pressure to look ageless in the public domain, many celebrities and film stars swear by collagen drinks. 

Well-known names like Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian and so on are attributing their beauty secrets like stronger nails, glowing skin, etc. to collagen proteins included in their regular diet. 

One can also notice numerous Instagram feeds raving about these nutrient-rich collagen drinks and including it in almost any recipe. This is because collagen enhances the skin’s elasticity, and also helps in protecting and nourishing the bones and joints. 

Why Does The Body Need Collagen and Collagen Supplements? 

Collagen is the most abundant structural protein found in the human body and makes up more than 70% of our skin and helps to keep the skin and bones young and healthy. However, collagen production reduces decreases with age, leading to brittle nails, dry and sagging skin with lines and wrinkles. This explains the necessity of collagen supplementation for our body. 

Here are a few benefits of using collagen supplements… 

  • Various studies have shown that consuming collagen supplements can promote skin’s elasticity in less than four weeks. [1] and also reduce wrinkles in just eight weeks! [2]
  • Collagen consumed regularly helps in treating osteoarthritis. [3]
  • Collagen consumption also helps in alleviating swollen joints in rheumatoid arthritis, [4] and also helps in promoting better digestive health.

Combining Collagen Protein With MCT Oil Powder… 

MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) belong to a form of fatty acids that do not get stored in the body as fats. They are directly processed in the liver, and are quickly transformed into ketones that the body then uses for energy.

When collagen is combined with MCTs, the absorption of collagen protein is more regulated and slow. Hence, there are no sugar spikes that are common when proteins get rapidly converted into glucose for energy. 

Further, a combination of MCTs with hydrolyzed collagen aids better absorption by the body. This combination of collagen from grass-fed bovines and MCTs is slowly becoming popular, by the name of ‘keto collagen’, and is being included in various recipes.

Hydrolyzed Collagen – The Best Way To Consume Collagen Supplements

Collagen is best consumed by way of hydrolyzed collagen peptides in powder form as hydrolyzed supplements have higher bioavailability (better absorption by the body).

The collagen protein derived from food sources is too large a molecule, and hence the body finds it difficult to break-up and absorb it. The process of hydrolysis (invented and patented by Japan) helps to break down collagen molecules into small fragments called peptides that can be easily absorbed by the body, both by topical application as well as by ingestion.

Thus, naturally sourced hydrolyzed collagen peptide supplements like  PRIMESELF Collagen Protein from Peptan® (that is pure and highly bioavailable collagen protein from a bovine source and identical to the natural collagen in the body) help in better absorption and distribution of proteins throughout the body.

Some Healthy (And Delicious) Collagen And MCT Recipes You’ve Got To Try!

Here are some interesting protein shake recipes to get your daily dose of collagen.

1. Green Avocado Keto Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • A medium-sized avocado (without the pit)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp PRIMESELF MCT Oil
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 scoops of PRIMESELF Collagen Powder
  • ½ cup thick coconut milk
  • ¾ cup spinach

Slice the avocado into two halves, remove the pit and place it along with the other ingredients in a blender. Blend smooth with some ice!

This wonder smoothie of gut-friendly collagen protein with avocado and PRIMESELF MCT Oil adds healthy fats and is also better absorbed. Steaming the spinach before putting it into the blender makes the concoction healthier!

2.Chocolate and Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Coconut milk 
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp PRIMESELF MCT Oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • A little bit of stevia

Blend cinnamon, PRIMESELF MCT Oil together with stevia, avocado (pit removed), and some ice. Stevia acts as a substitute for calorie-free sugar, while cinnamon gives warmth and balances the slightly bitter taste of stevia. MCT Oil and avocado add to healthy fats. 

Note: While certain countries restrict the use of stevia as a sweetener, it is approved in most of the countries, including South Africa.

3. The Vitamin C Nourished Smoothie

This smoothie is loaded with plant proteins, probiotics, Vitamin C, together with Omega3 benefits from fish oil.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water 
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 scoop of PRIMESELF Collagen Protein
  • 2 to 3 pieces of peeled beets
  • 1 tbsp fish oil
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 scoop plant protein powder of your choice
  • 1 scoop aquatic greens
  • 1 cup frozen berries like raspberry, strawberry or a mix of various berries
  • Liquid vanilla stevia
  • Spinach smoothie puck

4. Detox Protein Smoothies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of green leafy vegetables like spinach
  • 1 tsp grated ginger or ¼ tsp ground ginger 
  • Half cup peeled grapefruit
  • Half cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 frozen coconut milk ice cubes
  • 1-2 Scoop PRIMESELF Collagen Protein
  • One cup of water

Blend all and enjoy.

This protein smoothie with coconut milk and collagen protein, together with other nutrients, helps in enhancing the hair, nails and skin while also detoxifying the body.

5. Keto Cacao Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Coconut milk (full fat)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • Half frozen avocado
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ tbsp chia seeds (soaked for 10 mins in water)
  • 2 scoops PRIMESELF Collagen Peptides
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup ice cubes 
  • ¼ cup water
  • Toppings like raspberries, cinnamon etc. of your choice (optional)

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth, and add the desired toppings!

These recipes are simple and delicious ways to ensure you get your daily fix of collagen protein, and keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. You can also swop out the MCT Oil for PRIMESELF MCT Oil Powder in these great smoothies!