BY: Lively Staff

June 6, 2017

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen

What is Marine Collagen?

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is a nourishing collagen powder that supports healthy hair, skin, and nails, bone and joint health, encourages healthy digestion, and promotes healthy immune function.  Sustainably sourced from wild-caught, non-GMO Project Verified red snapper, Vital Proteins Marine Collagen offers 12g of collagen, is flavorless and an easy way to add nutrition in your daily diet.  Our Marine Collagen is:

  • Gluten free and Whole30 Approved
  • Sustainably sourced, wild-caught, non-GMO Project Verified
  • Offers anti-aging benefits for hair, skin, and nails
  • Supports bone and joint health
  • Natural glycine promotes healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems

 

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Benefits of Marine Collagen

Benefits of Glycine

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is packed with natural glycine.  Research has shown that glycine promotes a healthy immune, digestive, and nervous systems (1).  Glycine is an all encompassing amino acid that has a role in almost every part of the body (2).  Glycine is the second most abundant amino acid found in human enzymes and proteins, which is why it has roles in nearly every part of the body. It has been shown to help maintain a healthy body as a result of the roles it plays in the digestive and central nervous systems (3).  

Benefits of Collagen

Promotes Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails

If our body produced collagen the way it did when we were kids, all of us would be glowing and no one would every look older. Alas, as the years pass by, so does the accumulation of fine lines, duller hair and brittle nails. While we can’t turn back the hands on the clock, we can help slow down the pace of the ticking. Eating healthy foods, particularly those rich in collagen, is a great way to do that.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is responsible for supporting skin elasticity, stronger hair and nails.  Studies have shown that 2.5-5 grams of collagen hydrolysate used for eight weeks by women aged 35-55 significantly improved skin elasticity and hydration, reduced skin dryness, and had virtually no side effects (4). 

Supports Bone and Joint Health

Collagen naturally has the ability to find its way inside of every nook and cranny of our body, including in between our joints and within our bones. Unfortunately, wear and tear have a way of whittling away at this all-important nutrient. Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is highly bioavailable, which means what we consume actually gets used in pretty impressive quantities in our body.

Collagen has been shown to improve joint health as a result of its gel consistency and ability to replenish ligaments and tendons surrounding joints.  Studies have shown that collagen allows the joints to move with ease and can help to promote joint comfort in aging adults and supports overall joint strength (5).

Aids in Digestion

Indigestion happens, but it shouldn’t be a regular occurrence. Eating all the right foods, including those rich in probiotics, digestive enzymes and…you guessed it, collagen, has been shown to aid in digestion. 

When eaten with other proteins or carbohydrates, collagen aids in digestion as a result of the gelatin in collagen that helps to break down foods (6).  The thickening properties of gelatin also hold water in the intestines where it is needed to encourage elimination (6).  Gelatin is most beneficial for improving the lining in the digestive tract and combatting intestinal damage which ultimately prevents permeability (8).  Research has shown that collagen encourages a healthy inflammatory response, and can aid in digestive comfort (7). 

Contributes to Weight Management

Need a hand managing that number on the scale? Start incorporating a little collagen in you healthy eating routine. Collagen isn’t something new to eating, but today’s modern diet has all but eliminated this vital nutrient. Commonly found in stocks and soups that were made the old school way, collagen helped keep waistlines in check. 

Collagen has been shown to aid in weight management due to its glycine content.  Glycine, an important amino acid in collagen, has been shown to promote the building of lean muscle mass and convert essential nutrients (3).  Glycine has also been shown to help maintain a healthy body as a result of the roles it plays in the digestive and central nervous systems.  One of glycine’s most important roles is helping form muscle tissue by converting glucose into energy that feeds muscle cells.  Research shows that glycine can help slow effects of aging since it replenishes healthy DNA and RNA cells, as well as improve how the body uses antioxidants (3). 

Stir some whole collagen nutrition into your wellness regimen with Vital Proteins Marine Collagen to enhance the body from the inside out.  Marine Collagen is odorless and flavorless, making it easily blendable into a variety of recipes including beverages, protein bites, smoothies, and more.

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Watermelon, Hibiscus and Coconut Slushy

Watermelon, Hibiscus, and Coconut Slushy
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. filtered water
  2. 2 tbsp. raw honey
  3. 2 bags hibiscus tea
  4. 2 c. small cubed ripe watermelon
  5. 1 c. coconut water
  6. 4 scoops Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
  7. 2 c. frozen tart berries (raspberry or cranberry work well)
  8. Splash of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. The day before: heat the filtered water to boiling. Stir in the honey to dissolve and steep the tea bags in the water for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags and move the hibiscus tea to the refrigerator overnight, or until fully chilled.
  2. Add the watermelon to a ziplock bag and place in the freezer overnight, or until frozen solid.
  3. The day of: add the chilled hibiscus tea, coconut water, and Marine Collagen to a large blender. Blend briefly to dissolve the collagen. Add the frozen watermelon, frozen berries, and splash of vanilla extract. Blend until thick and slushy (times will vary based on the blender). Use caution to not over-blend or the consistency will not be slushy-like. Hint: blend less than you think you need to!
  4. Serve immediately.
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Sources:

(1) Zhong, Zhi, Micheal D. Wheeler, Xiangli Li, Matthias Froh, Peter Schemmer, Ming Yin, Hartwig Bunzendaul, Blair Bradford, and John J. Lemasters. “L-Glycine: a novel antiinflammatory, immunomodulatory, and cytoprotective agent.” Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care6.2 (2003): 229-40. Web.

(2) “L-glycine.” Amino acid studies. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2017.

(3) Lobo, V., Patil, A., Phatak, A., & Chandra, N. (2010). Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health. Pharmacognosy Reviews,4(8), 118. doi:10.4103/0973-7847.70902

(4) Proksch, E., Segger, D., Degwert, J., Schunck, M., Zague, V., & Oesser, S. (2014). Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology,27(1), 47-55. doi:10.1159/000351376

(5) Clark, K. L., Sebastianelli, W., Flechsenhar, K. R., Aukermann, D. F., Meza, F., Millard, R. L., . . . Albert, A. (2008). 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Current Medical Research and Opinion,24(5), 1485-1496. doi:10.1185/030079908×291967

(6) Koutroubakis, I. E. (2003). Serum laminin and collagen IV in inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Clinical Pathology,56(11), 817-820. doi:10.1136/jcp.56.11.817

(7) Broth is Beautiful; Weston A. Price, 2003: http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-broth-is-beautiful-essential-roles-for-proline-glycine-and-gelatin/

(8) Cardile, V. (2012). Gelatin tannate reduces the proinflammatory effects of lipopolysaccharide in human intestinal epithelial cells. Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology, 61. doi:10.2147/ceg.s28792

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