Why People Are Putting Collagen in Coffee (and Should You?)

Some say protein powder is the new milk and sugar.

Why People Are Putting Collagen in Coffee (and Should You?)

Headlines declare actresses like Busy Phillips and Jennifer Aniston are obsessed with adding collagen to their morning coffee. The protein powder is an essential ingredient in coffee recipes, and can be found in trendy cafes and juice shops but what’s the story behind this new energizing drink? Sodexo registered dietitian Debbie Petitpain at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston helped us break it all down.

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What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of the most abundant types of protein found in the body. It is a complex protein made up of amino acids, such as glycine, hydroxyproline, and proline. Collagen plays a crucial role in musculoskeletal health, contributing to the state of your bones, joints, nails, skin, and teeth. As you age, collagen production in the body decreases and you may start to notice or experience fine lines, joint pain, weaker bones, and wrinkles.

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No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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