Collagen peptides are a relatively new product, and people have many questions about their use. This list contains the most frequently asked customer questions about what collagen peptides are and how they work. Collagen peptides are a safe, natural product with no known side effects. In addition to their anti-aging effects, collagen peptides also increase your body’s elasticity and improve bone density.
- When is the best time to drink collagen peptides?
Collagen peptides are absorbed by the body in the same way regardless of what time of the day you take them. Some people believe it is best to take them before breakfast, with dinner, or at night before bed. The reality is that you can take it at any time. Collagen is made of natural amino acids that your body digests every day from common foods, so your body will benefit from collagen intake no matter when you consume it.
Physical activity, however, has been found to increase permeability of the gut, which means absorption levels increase. If exercise is part of your daily routine, it would be optimal to take it before and during your workout.
- Is drinking collagen more effective when it is consumed with vitamin C supplements?
Collagen is better absorbed with vitamin C. However, the amount of vitamin C necessary to obtain these added benefits is well within the range of a normal diet. Chances are that you will already have enough vitamin C in your diet to increase absorption of your collagen peptides. There is no need to add a vitamin C supplement to your diet to achieve these benefits.
- Can you drink collagen with hot beverages such as coffee or tea?
Many people wonder the best drink to add collagen to in order to maximize its effect. The truth is that if you take collagen consistently, it does not matter how you drink it. Hot liquids do not decrease the effectiveness of collagen, so it comes down to personal preference. Regardless of whether you mix collagen with your coffee, fruit smoothie, or evening tea, the effect will be the same.
- Can you take collagen peptides while pregnant?
Collagen peptides help to boost your body’s naturally occurring collagen to counteract the aging process. Collagen is similar to gelatin or jello, only it goes through a different hydrolysis process. It is a very mild product and should be completely safe to consume throughout pregnancy, however we always recommend consulting with your physician before taking it while pregnant.
- How long does it take to notice the benefits of collagen?
The long-term benefits of collagen use are usually noticeable in about two months after first usage, though many people report seeing the effects earlier. You should start to notice healthier skin, stronger nails, and fuller, longer hair. Internally, you should start to notice an increase in joint flexibility and muscle strength. Your bone density will also increase.
It is important to remember that the time it takes to notice the benefits of collagen depends on the naturally occurring collagen levels in the body. The lower the collagen levels, the faster a person will notice a difference. Therefore, older people tend to notice positive effects sooner, while younger people experience a more gradual change.
- Does collagen decrease cellulite?
Besha Collagen supplementation has beneficial effects on the dermal extracellular matrix of the skin and may help decrease cellulite. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study with 105 women aged 25-50 showed that daily oral intake of 2.5g of Besha Collagen has a statistically significant impact on cellulite score.
- Should I take collagen peptides on an empty stomach or with food?
Collagen is composed of amino acids that your body also receives from common foods, and it should not have any adverse effects on your stomach. Additionally, it is absorbed in the same way regardless of how it is consumed. Therefore, whether you consume collagen with food or on an empty stomach is entirely up to you.
- What is the difference between collagen peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, collagen powder and collagen supplement?
These terms all refer to the same collagen product. Hydrolyzed collagen was the term that was originally used. However, it refers more to the process than the end product. Collagen that has gone through hydrolysis. Collagen peptides better describe the end product, as when you break the collagen molecule into smaller parts you end up with a collagen peptide.
However, since drinking collagen was a foreign concept, the industry started using terms that would be easier to understand such as collagen powder and collagen supplement.
- Can I mix collagen with food?
Collagen maintains its effectiveness regardless of whether you drink it or consume it with food.
- Do collagen peptides need to be kept in the refrigerator?
We recommend storing Besha Collagen in a cool, dry place such as your pantry. This product does not require refrigeration.