There’s a powerful supplement on the market that seems to be getting all the attention even though it's been around longer than the industry itself. A powerhouse when it comes to building muscle, Collagen is starting to truly shine.
We’ve been underestimating how powerful Collagen is in all aspects of health and fitness, including how it helps build muscle and accelerate fat loss.
Since it first came on the market as just another beauty supplement, it’s been pigeonholed into something women should take for their hair, skin, and nails.
Well guess what, history. This is the 21st century, and we refuse your gender norms now! Hashtag progressive AF.
With the advancement of science (excluding political science of course), we’ve recently discovered some truly magnificent benefits associated with taking collagen. They are:
Do me a favor. Read that list one more time. Awesome. Now go make some gains and get yourself on that collagen game.
If you dig learning and want to understand more, and figure out how the hell I’m justifying such grandiose claims, read on.
For the record, this post is primarily going to be about Collagen’s effect on muscle growth, fat loss, and sleep. It gets enough hype for the other stuff. And, I’m biased.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the entire body, making up 25-35% of the total protein in the body. Often referred to as a complex protein, Collagen plays host to 19 different amino acids. Of those 19 amino acids, there are four that make up the highest percentage. Here they are (as well as some of their benefits):
When building muscle, there’s an important concept to understand and focus on. It’s called nitrogen balance. Here’s how it works:
Here’s where things get crazy. Per gram, Collagen has a higher nitrogen content than Whey!!!!!
Wait, are you saying what I think you’re saying?
I don’t read minds (except for on Monday’s and Wednesdays when I do palm readings), but likely, yeah. I’m saying what you’re thinking I’m saying.
What I’m saying is that Collagen is actually more powerful than Whey on a gram per gram basis (when it comes to eliciting a positive nitrogen balance). Were you listening to that?! Here, I’ll repeat it, because my mind was bucking blown when I heard this too. Gram per gram, Collagen is more powerful than Whey when it comes to eliciting a positive nitrogen balance. And what do we now know about positive nitrogen balance? Oh, right.
What’s synonymous with muscle growth again? Gains, fat loss, improved performance, look better naked.
Don’t get me wrong, Whey Protein still plays its own role, given that it’s a faster digesting protein than Collagen, but I definitely think Collagen needs to be added in to the mix. In fact, I’d suggest throwing out your lame casein protein and throwing Collagen in instead.
If you answered yes to the first question, more likely than not you answered yes to the second one. I know this because I’m magic. Kidding. It’s simple causation.
When you lose sleep, or don’t sleep well, everything else gets bucked up. That’s because when we sleep, our body does a lot of cool stuff.
Collagen is extremely high in Glycine, an amino acid which has a powerful effect on the brain, specifically the Hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for alertness, articulation, and focus.
Now, right beside the Hippocampus are two important receptors:
In the Glutamate state, you end up in an anxious state, borrowing a lot of energy from tomorrow to utilize today. Obviously we don’t want that, but at the same time, we always have a lot of tasks to complete, right?
Well, that’s where Glycine comes in. Glycine actually helps produce GABA, in turn allowing us to sleep better. Now, some of us can’t afford to sleep like princesses for 8-10 hours a night, but guess what. GABA not only puts us into a deeper sleep, it puts us there FASTER.
Now that you know a bit more about just how many benefits there are to this underdog powerhouse
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