Collagen peptides are supplements that help your body replace lost collagen. They are small and easily digestible forms of collagen, a protein found naturally in your body.
Collagen protein peptides powder plays a vital role in the health of your skin, bones, and connective tissues, keeping your joints strong, making your skin elastic, and helping to protect your organs, among other functions.
In short, collagen holds your body together. However, starting in your 20s, your body starts to lose collagen. By age 40, your body may be losing about 1 percent of collagen each year, accelerated by menopause, which can lead to wrinkles, stiff joints, worn cartilage and decreased muscle mass.
Taking collagen peptides -- also known as hydrolyzed collagen or collagen hydrolysates -- can help prevent unwanted health problems by replenishing some of the body's supply of collagen. Collagen peptides are available in pill and powder form and are usually made from cow (beef) or pig (pork) sources. Marine collagen supplements - made from fish skin or scales - are also available. There are no vegan collagen supplements, at least not yet, because the collagen itself comes from the bones and skin of animals.
Collagen peptides should not become gelatinous or gel-like when wet, meaning they will disappear into your daily drink without changing the taste or consistency (although flavored versions are available).
Unless you are allergic to their ingredients, there are no known side effects of taking collagen peptides. Studies have shown that 2.5 to 15 grams of collagen peptide can be safely taken daily. Be sure to read the label on your collagen peptide to determine the amount per scoop, and follow the dosing instructions correctly when adding it to coffee, smoothies, and protein shakes. One or two spoonfuls (or tablespoons) are usually standard.