My clients often come to me looking for an option for a clean protein supplement. They want a protein source that is all natural, dairy free, gluten free, sugar-free, paleo and has no gritty taste. Something that they could even use while on the 21-Day Sugar Detox. I thought there was no such thing. Until now.
I've heard a lot of buzz recently about collagen, which is an animal protein source that also has several superfood health benefits. Once I heard that my friends over at Further Food were developing a new product made from 100% grass fed collagen that is paleo, dissolves completely and has no flavor, I knew I had to try it. Finally, a protein powder that is compliant with the 21-Day Sugar Detox! It's called Further Collagen, and I have been using it daily as a new addition to my morning routine. A scoop dissolves completely in any hot or cold liquid, and it's 100% tasteless and grit-free! Some other proteins have made me feel too full or even upset my digestion. Not this one. I have used it in soups, juices, smoothies and even bone broth. You can also cook with it. They have a whole collection of recipes on their website!
But wait... what exactly IS collagen? Well, first of all, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body - it makes up 90% of our connective tissue, 70% of skin, and 90% of bone mass. As we get older, our body starts producing less collagen. This decline is what leads to wrinkles, saggy skin, joint stiffness, and weaker bones. Our ancestors practiced whole-animal eating to supplement this collagen loss, but we don't eat this way today.
You can read all about the benefits of collagen here. These are a few of the benefits that have been studied:
- Stronger bones, joints, hair, nails and teeth
- Reduced wrinkles and firmer, more hydrated skin
- Improved gut health
- Weight loss and decreased appetite
- Increased athletic performance
I have been using Further Collagen post-workout, and find that it helps my body to recover more quickly. I'm typically a bit of a skeptic when it comes to superfood claims, but I do believe my skin is looking firmer already!
I should also mention that Further Collagen is affordable. A one-month supply is less than $20. As a special gift to my followers, Further Food is offering 10% off of your order when you use the code JULIE10 at checkout.
Want to try it? You can order now at http://www.furtherfood.com/shop/further-collagen/. Don't forget JULIE10 to save 10%.
Have you tried collagen protein powder? If so, I would love to hear how it's been going for you!