Adding collagen to coffee may benefit health.
People tend to be particular about how they prefer their coffee.
Some enjoy drinking it black.
If you are like me, then the darker the better!
Others enjoy adding creams, sugars, and syrups.
According to a recent Livestrong article titled “The Only Ingredient Dietitians Want You to Add to Your Coffee,” certain additions to your daily coffee can provide beneficial nutrients.
One such supplement is collagen powder.
Collagen is a protein found in bones, hair, nails, and skin.
It has been touted as improving cartilage, joints, gut health, and the elasticity and appearance of skin.
Some professionals also believe the protein promotes wound healing.
The health benefits of collagen supplementation depend on the quality of the supplement.
Register dietitian Holley Samuel recommends a pasture-raise or grass-fed, fully hydrolyzed collagen from quality brands.
Why is fully hydrolyzed collagen recommended?
Unlike partially hydrolyzed collagen, fully hydrolyzed collagen has more bioavailability.
Fully hydrolyzed collagen can be more readily absorbed and used by the body.
It also can be dissolved in both cold and hot beverages, while partially hydrolyzed collagen is essentially gelatin and requires hot liquid to dissolve.
How can collagen be added to coffee?
The amount will depend on personal preference.
Starting with one tablespoon or half scoop of collagen can be better than beginning with a full or heaping scoop.
You can always add more later.
If you do not enjoy flavors in your coffee, choose an unflavored variety.
Although some brands will offer options for flavors, these typically include added sugars or artificial flavors.
Whether you prefer hot coffee or cold brew, supplementing with fully hydrolyzed collagen should work.
Because the temperature of hot coffee typically registers under 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the heat should not degrade the collagen’s effectiveness.
Although more research is required concerning the benefits of adding collagen to coffee, collagen is a beneficial protein, while the caffeine in coffee is okay in moderation.
Reference: Livestrong (Dec. 28, 2022) “The Only Ingredient Dietitians Want You to Add to Your Coffee”