What’s the deal with collagen protein shakes?

While at a recent editorial meeting, Alison Matas mentioned that she started drinking protein shakes. I immediately thought of those gym rats who make protein shakes and talk all about their “gains.” I admit, I gave Alison the weirdest look and questioned whether she was trying to bulk up.

While at a recent editorial meeting, Alison Matas mentioned that she started drinking protein shakes. I immediately thought of those gym rats who make protein shakes and talk all about their “gains.” I admit, I gave Alison the weirdest look and questioned whether she was trying to bulk up.

She explained her reasoning for trying the shakes. Some of her friends had been drinking collagen protein shakes and were raving about the results they were seeing, particularly the changes they were seeing in their skin. Alison described it as “dewy.” Count me in!

Before heading to the store to purchase the collagen protein, I decided to do some of my own research, just to see all of the benefits and side effects.

My research resulted in quite a bit of information. First of all, what is collagen? According to MindBodyGreen.com, “collagen is the protein exclusively found in animals—including humans—that holds everything in the body together … It has a smooth, gel-like consistency and covers and holds your bones in place. Basically, it’s what allows us to move without pain from our bones rubbing against one other or against joints. … It’s also a crucial element of skin’s elasticity.”

It has been touted for providing hair, skin and nail benefits, as well as healing the gut in those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

As we age, our body naturally produces less collagen. In general, most people’s diets don’t include much collagen. So getting it from other sources can help. You can get protein collagen in capsules, powder and bars.

I decided to try some Vital Proteins powder. I bought sample sizes of the Beauty Collagen Protein in Lavender Lemon, Strawberry Melon and Melon Mint. I also bought samples of the coffee creamer in Coconut and Vanilla.

I had read mixed reviews on the vanilla, with several noting that it was too sweet. I’m all for sweet-flavored drinks, so I really though it would be my favorite.

I bought a blender bottle for the Beauty Collagen samples. I mixed those with water. I expected them to taste good. My husband warned me that they wouldn’t. He was right. I felt like gagging when I tried the Lavender Lemon, so I switched to the coffee creamer.

The vanilla was way too sweet, but the coconut was perfect. It didn’t add too much flavor to my coffee, and I still mixed in my usual creamer. The whole drink tasted thicker and smoother than usual. So I decided to buy a bottle of that and use one scoop (half a serving) per day in my morning coffee.

After a week, I noticed my skin seemed more vibrant and bright. My hair also felt much softer and shinier, so much so that I didn’t have to straighten it as much as usual.

As for my joints, I haven’t noticed a huge difference yet, but the jury is still out. I’ll have more conclusive results as the winter goes on.

I had read so many good things about collagen protein helping with stomach issues. The jury is still out on that, as well. My stomach has felt a little better, but I haven’t noticed any huge differences. Fingers crossed that I see some better results with digestion astime goes on.

So after all of that, I think it was worth it. I definitely will continue to buy it. I’m excited to see what my results are like in about six weeks. I think that’s long enough to get a real feel for how this works.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass