Let’s Talk Collagen


What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen makes up one-third of the protein in the human body. Collagen contains a mixture of amino acids which are found in bones, muscles, tendons, skin and vital organs.

What does collagen do?

Collagen provides structural support, strength and a degree of elasticity. Collagen helps form a fibrous network upon which new cells grow.  Collagen is required in the replacement of restoration of dead skin cells.  Collagen also functions as protective coverings for delicate organs in the body such as kidneys, heart, blood vessels, gallbladder, and smooth muscle tissue.  Collagen gives skin elasticity, hair its strength and connective tissue the ability to hold everything in place.

Collagen production declines with age and collagen synthesis begins to decline around the age of 40, and further reduced by ultraviolet  light, smoking, high sugar consumption and other environmental factors.

What are the benefits of collagen supplementation?

  • Increase skin elasticity
  • Reduction in wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Hormone balance
  • Digestion
  • Joint, cartilage and connective tissue support
  • Decreased appetite

What are the possible side effects of using collagen supplements?

Possible allergic reactions to individuals allergic to collagen and sources such as bovine, porcine, fish, shellfish, and chicken.

What Ideal Protein products have collagen?

Raspberry Jell-o and the Blueberry Cran Granata drink mix have collagen.
These two protein collagen products are used in conjunction with your regular protocol packets. You may enjoy one packet of choice every second day. This is in addition to your regular protocol. Ideal Protein Jell-o may also fill the void for a sweet evening treat. The Jell-o can also be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a weeks worth of Jell-o.
Raspberry liquid collagen by natural is also an every day option. There are many forms of granular collagen that are tasteless, odorless and may be stirred into drinks, soups and water for daily consumption.
What are some collagen based recipes I can use?

IP Jelly Gummy’s

1 pkg of Raspberry Jell-O

4 oz of almost boiling water
1 tbsp of bloom gelatin such as Knox
Whisk together well and set in molds (silicone moulds work best). For a chewier gummy, use less water.

Ideal Protein Raspberry Meringue Melts
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp of cream of tartar
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 pkg of IP Raspberry Jell-o
Beat together egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft glossy peaks form. Slowly add in and continuously beat the Raspberry Jell-o powder. Drop from teaspoon or pipe onto parchment paper. Space evenly and bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 250°. Turn off the oven and leave door closed for one hour. Store in an airtight container.

What is an example of a week of collagen? 
Day one: Ideal protein gelatin made as Jell-O
Day two: Natural raspberry collagen 2 tablespoons
Day three: Ideal protein meringue melts
Day four:  New naturals collagen peptide powder 1 tablespoon
Day five: Ideal Protein gelatin made as Jell-O
Day six: Natural raspberry collagen 2 tablespoons
Day seven: Blueberry Cran Granata drink.

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