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Is There a Best Time to Take My Collagen Supplement?
We all have morning and evening rituals…
Maybe you wake up, wash your face, put on your favorite moisturizer, and drink your coffee in the morning. Then, come evening time, you turn off technology, make some tea, and put on your anti-aging serum to work its magic while you get some much-needed Z’s.
The question is: Where does collagen fit into these rituals?
We’re here to answer the question, “When is the best time to take my collagen supplement?”
Does it fit better in the morning, evening, or spread throughout the day?
Read on to get the truth of the matter so that you can optimize your collagen routine.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that your body already produces naturally, but the not-so-fun fact of it all is that collagen production begins to decline with age—which can start as early as your 20s.
For that very reason, it is crucial to consume a high-quality, grass-fed collagen supplement daily so that you can boost your natural collagen production.
But, when should you take it in order to get maximal benefits?
When Should I Take My Collagen Supplement?
Whether you’re the early bird or night owl, it doesn’t matter.
Collagen can be taken any time of day.
However, depending on why you take it may play a factor in when you should take it…
Collagen in the Morning
If you are supplementing hydrolyzed collagen in order to lose weight, then drinking it in your morning smoothie or cup of coffee may make for a more efficient weight loss journey.
According to research conducted in 2015, collagen consumption is correlated to reduced hunger and the curbing of cravings.
This is because glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1)—which is released when grass-fed collagen is consumed—is hard at work in your GI tract by slowing the emptying of your stomach and regulating your appetite.
And because food stimulates the release of GLP-1, a healthy, collagen-rich breakfast will satiate your hunger—allowing you to feel full longer.
Our favorite way to consume collagen in the morning—NativePath Collagen Creamer. Choose from vanilla caramel, mocha latte, pumpkin spice, peppermint, or vanilla chia and you’ll have yourself a cup of 100% yum and 0% yuck.
Simply put one scoop into your morning cup of joe and you’ll be armed with 100% grass-fed collagen protein, pure MCT oil extracted from raw coconuts, and a touch of low-calorie monk fruit to sweeten it up (without any sugar).
Collagen at Night
If you are longing for a good night’s sleep, then taking your hydrolyzed collagen at night may be your best bet.
We have the amino acid—glycine—to thank for that.
Glycine is one of the more prominent amino acids in collagen—along with proline and hydroxyproline, and studies show that just 3 grams of glycine before bedtime significantly reduces fatigue and daytime sleepiness among those who suffer from insomnia.
The Breakdown: For every 10-gram scoop of collagen, you’re getting approximately 2.5 grams of sleep-promoting glycine.
Sip on some NativePath Collagen in your water, or mix a scoop in some relaxing chamomile tea.
Collagen after a Workout
It’s pretty standard to associate exercise with a post-workout protein shake.
But, does collagen make the cut?
More and more research is coming to light regarding the positive effects of collagen on both body composition and post-workout recovery.
In one 2019 study, researchers analyzed the effects of 57 young men—all of which were divided into a group receiving either collagen peptides or a placebo.
The men who took 15 grams of collagen peptides every day for 12 weeks (in addition to resistance training three times a week) saw a significant reduction in fat-free mass with no changes in body fat mass.
In a 2008 study, 97 athletes who competed on a varsity team or club sport were recruited and split into two groups—with one group taking 10 grams of collagen hydrolysate and the other group receiving a placebo.
After 24 weeks, the athletes taking 10 grams of collagen daily showed signs of improved joint health and possibly reduced risk of joint deterioration. Although these results are promising, future research is still needed to support these findings.
Our two favorite ways to enjoy exercise-enhancing collagen is to put a scoop of NativePath Wild Berry Collagen in your water bottle or blend up a post-workout collagen smoothie.
How Much Collagen Should I Take?
By now, you are well-versed in when you should take your collagen supplement. The most important question that must be answered to determine your optimal time is to know why YOU take it.
Do you take it for better sleep? To recover faster after workouts? To fight off hunger? Or to simply give back the collagen that is fleeing from your skin, joints, and bones?
Whichever it may be, we have a protocol for how much collagen you should take...
It involves “collagen loading” and “collagen maintenance”.
If you’re just starting out in your collagen supplementation, we recommend consuming 20-40 grams of collagen a day (2-4 scoops of NativePath Collagen) for 6 to 8 weeks.
From then on, we recommend 10-20 grams for healthy collagen maintenance.
Fun Fact: Collagen can account for 36% of your overall protein needs.
So, if you are consuming 100 grams of protein each day, collagen can account for 36 grams of that protein.
The Bottom Line
There is so much to gain from collagen, and it helps to know what happens in your body when it’s consumed. Glycine enhances sleep, GLP-1 is released, and overall collagen turnover is improved.
Like we mentioned in this article, get clear on why you take collagen. If it’s to maintain healthy bones, joints, and muscles, then take it whenever is convenient for you. Just remember: Consistency is key.
Without consistent, daily consumption of 10-20 grams, you won’t feel (or see) all the sensational benefits that collagen has to offer.
This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Chad Walding nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement, or lifestyle program.