Collagen, the protein that provides structure to the body and makes up the bones, skin, tendons, and muscle, is the glue that holds our bodies together. Collagen consumption is not a new concept. For thousands of years, many other cultures would receive the vital amino acids by consuming all parts of the animal or broth soup. In today's modern American diet, we're mostly consuming muscle meat, if not reducing our animal consumption significantly, and therefore lacking collagen to keep our bodies strong for longevity.
Fortunately, it's becoming increasingly more common to supplement with collagen. So let's dive into the why, what, and when of taking collagen in the most optimal way.
First of all…
Why Should You Take Collagen?
There are a number of benefits with taking collagen daily. Some include: supporting bone formation and weight management, maintaining heart and joint health, and slowing down signs of aging of the skin. Marine collagen specifically, used in BYLD Bars, has countless numbers of advantageous characteristics, including having bioactive properties (wound healing, anti-microbial, anti-oxidative, etc), posing no risk in transference of zoonotic diseases, and it is incredibly sustainable, as it is produced using parts of marine life that are normally wasted and thrown away. Not only are you bettering your body by consuming marine collagen, you are also doing so sustainably and decreasing food waste.
Now that you understand why collagen is good for your body...
What is the Best Way to Take collagen?
Collagen can be consumed in a number of ways, it is all up to your own preference! Some people consume collagen through drinking bone broths, while others may prefer to consume it through collagen powder which can be added to drinks, snacks, or meals made at home. We here at BYLD Bar like to consume it in the easiest, most sustainable, delicious, antioxidant superfood-packed way we know. All we do is take out a bar and enjoy an indulgent dessert-like snack!
When is the Best Time of Day to Take Marine Collagen?
Trick question! The answer is anytime, which is what is so great about it. Taking marine collagen before a workout improves ankle stability, enhances athletic performance, and balances nitrogen levels, which is great for muscle growth after your workout is complete. Taking it after your workout, however, restores nutrients lost during your workout and speeds up your recovery time by decreasing muscle soreness. We always recommend taking it on an empty stomach for maximal absorption of collagen, but you will still reap the benefits enjoying it as an indulgent high-performance dessert. Overall, it doesn’t matter when you take marine collagen because whether before/after a workout, first thing in the morning, or even just as a midday snack, you are still consuming the most bioavailable collagen to strengthen your body in the long run.