Here’s Why You Should Be Putting Collagen in Coffee (Serious Beauty Benefits!)

Yass... the potential health and beauty benefits of collagen are pretty awesome. Here's why you may want to be adding collagen in coffee as part of your morning routine.

Image of hands holding coffee cup. There are serious beauty benefits of collagen in coffee.
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You may have come here hoping to find that the benefits of collagen are akin to a magic pill that’ll make you wrinkle-free and radiant overnight. Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist. On the other hand, we do think collagen is pretty magical. 

If you aren’t up to speed on what collagen can do for you, take note, as its benefits are having a major wellness moment. You can get the 411 on collagen with our guide to the best collagen supplements and powders, and why we think marine collagen peptides might be the best source of collagen (think bioavailability). And if you’re vegan read our guide to the best vegan collagen supplements.

You are what you eat—it is as simple as that. Eating a diet rich in healthy fats like avocado and olive oil, quality grass-fed and wild-caught proteins, and organic fruits and vegetables helps to ensure beautiful insides and outsides. For an insanely delicious way to get some wellness in, try our mint chocolate smoothie with collagen powder.

Particular nutrients and proteins also help to support the beauty-making process even more. Nutrients like zinc, B vitamins, healthy fats, magnesium, vitamins A, C, and E, all contribute to skin health, while collagen keeps things smooth and elastic. While we’re on the subject of smooth skin, we had a dietitian answer the question, Do Collagen Supplements Work on Wrinkles and Sagging Skin? She tells us why it’s important to know where your collagen powder really comes from. Basically, we’ve got you covered in the collagen department. 

What Is Collagen?

Collagen, composed of the amino acids glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine, is the main protein found in animal connective tissue and an essential building block for our skin and bodies.

In fact, collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and helps to make up skin, nails, organs, hair, tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage, vasculature, and more.

Collagen Benefits: Beauty and Health Rx

In terms of skin health, collagen is necessary for providing the elasticity, suppleness, and regeneration of our skin, meaning it keeps us looking youthful and wrinkle-free – hooray! However, as we age, collagen production decreases and the outer part of our skin, the epidermis, begins to thin and lose elasticity and moisture.

Even more, environmental factors like damage from spending too much time in the sun, pollution, smoking, and genetic factors can speed up the aging process even more.

The good news is that when taken orally collagen may support skin health, increase skin moisture, slow down and may even reverse some skin damage1. A study in 2014 showed that women who took collagen peptides regularly for eight weeks saw a 20 percent reduction in wrinkles2. Hello secret skin food!

Another 2015 study found that taking oral collagen seriously increased participant’s skin hydration after just eight weeks3. Even better, “the collagen density in the dermis (the thick layer of skin beneath the epidermis) significantly increased, while the breaking down of the skin’s collagen network significantly decreased after just four weeks of collagen peptide supplementation.” Both of these skin-loving effects continued to persist even after 12 weeks.

Along with a wide variety of amino acids for skin health, collagen contains quality protein as well. In fact, just two scoops of most collagen peptides contains around 10-20 grams of protein, which will keep you sated and keep muscles and tissues healthy. Consuming collagen is also thought to be beneficial for joint health, hormone balance, healthy digestion and gut health, and boosting metabolism.

Marine sourced collagen has been making a big impact in the collagen world. A study published in Molecules journal stated that marine collagen visibly improved the appearance of wrinkles in skin4. And another study published in Nutrients journal showed that marine collagen improved the appearance of hydration, elasticity, and wrinkling in skin5.

Image of 4 cups of coffee on table. The beauty benefits of collagen in your coffee are real!
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Uses for Collagen

Now that you know the benefits of collagen as a total beauty and health superfood, you’ll want to add it to everything possible. The good news is that collagen can be added to more than just coffee. And no, heat won’t mess with collagen’s uber benefits.

Collagen is tasteless and odorless, so it won’t funk up the flavor, taste, or texture of any of your favorite foods. In fact, it dissolves quickly into hot and cold foods instantly. Use collagen powder in:

-Coffee and tea
-Stirred into organic yogurt or kefir
-Oatmeal and overnight oatmeal
-Chia seed pudding
-Soups and broths
-Stirred into cooked quinoas and grains
-Baked goods like cookies and quick breads
-Pancakes and waffles
-Baked pasta and egg dishes
-Salad dressing
-Hot chocolate
-Kombucha and fermented beverages
-Or simply, water with lemon

Shopping for Collagen Supplements

Of course, when it comes to getting the most collagen benefits from supplementation, consuming a high-quality product is of the most utmost importance. Look for a collagen product that uses clean ingredients and is sustainably sourced. 

Crushed Tonic, Coffee Marine Collagen Latte.

We happen to be partial to marine collagen because of the latest emerging science and research and it’s bioavailability (take note, more research still needs to be done) that’s sustainably soured and GMO free. 

You can shop marine collagen in the Organic Authority store here. Choose your favorite flavor coffee, matcha, lucuma or unflavored. 

Are you vegan? We also have collagen for you too. Shop our vegan collagen sources here

Note! Always consult a medical professional before using supplements to address a health condition. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease whatsoever.

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*Note this article was updated December 30, 2021 to update sources. 

Kate Gavlick is a nutritionist with a masters degree in nutrition. Hailing from Portland Oregon, and has a passion... More about Kate Gavlick