Is collagen coffee another attempt to invent a “beauty pill” or a real way to save on cosmetology? We understand the real facts about the new popular drink in our material.
Following Kourtney Kardashian, other celebrities began to prepare collagen coffee — today you can find hundreds of recipes for this drink on the web. Together with the therapist Hovhannes Davidyan and nutritionist Angela Davidyan, we tell you whether it is worth including this drink in your daily diet.
If you are over 25 years old, you have probably already heard about collagen many times. This is the very foundation of our skin, what nutritionists and cosmetologists are fighting for, and women over 40 are trying in every way to preserve it and multiply it. Creams and serums, masks, drinks, pills, desserts and sweets, and now – coffee with collagen. To begin with, let’s figure out why we need to take care of its replenishment in the body and, consequently, in the skin.
Where does the collagen go?
With age, the synthesis of your own collagen becomes insufficient. People under 25 years of age annually produce 5-6 kg of collagen, and people over 40 years of age — 3 kg or less. In addition, due to hormonal changes in some women, the level of its production decreases by another 20-25%. Also, lifestyle and certain habits often lead to a decrease in collagen levels — for example, a diet high in sugar, excessive exposure to the sun and smoking. As a result, the skin sagges, wrinkles appear, bones and joints weaken, and hair becomes thinner.
How do collagen and coffee interact?
Taking collagen together with coffee in itself excludes the benefits of this cocktail for the body — and here you can give several arguments. Firstly, the main rule of taking collagen is to take it in the morning on an empty stomach or an hour or two after the last meal. As for coffee, it is obvious here — on an empty stomach, as before going to bed, drinking this drink, to put it mildly, is harmful to the body.
Secondly, coffee stimulates the production of cortisol, which is known as the “stress hormone” and in itself accelerates the aging process by thinning the skin. Well, and thirdly, coffee has a diuretic effect, due to which it dehydrates the body, and the lack of moisture is very detrimental to the skin and connective tissue. The fibers begin to crack and stick to each other, which leads to dry, flaky skin and the formation of wrinkles.
After all the above, one question arises: why combine two absolutely polar products? In this combination, the beneficial properties of collagen will be neutralized. So, alas, from a purely medical point of view, collagen coffee is nothing more than another marketing ploy. But you can give a number of tips on using this drink, which will make it a little more useful for the body.
What is the best way to consume collagen coffee?
Despite the neutral taste of collagen itself, its use in its pure form is not possible for everyone. The main problem in this case may be the effect of high temperatures on the quality of the collagen itself. As a rule, when exposed to them, proteins change their structure — this is the method used in the production of biologically active collagen supplements.
First, the bones and joints of animals or fish are exposed to an acidic or alkaline solution, after which the substance is cooked for a long time at a low temperature (90 degrees). This is necessary in order to break down a large collagen molecule and extract collagen peptides from it for better absorption in the gastrointestinal tract.
But if collagen proteins are exposed to higher temperatures, a process called degradation can occur. And here there is already a complete breakdown of protein, which in this case makes this supplement absolutely useless.
If we talk about the variant of collagen coffee, you should not use boiling water, but give preference to a lower temperature range — from 40 degrees and below. But it is unlikely to be the same fragrant coffee as we used to drink it.
Kourtney Kardashian, who launched the fashion for collagen coffee, claims that it is this drink that keeps her skin in perfect condition. But it is important to take into account that in parallel with this, the star actively resorts to the help of cosmetic procedures, so perhaps she owes her impeccable appearance primarily to them. One can only assume that she recommends preparing a collagen latte for the skin in the style of Ice Coffee, which is very popular in the USA.
How to replace collagen coffee?
Despite the fact that there are many supplements to replenish collagen reserves both from the outside and from the inside, it is worth considering how to avoid reducing the amount of your own collagen and stimulate its production by the body. Collagen itself is best obtained from the bone broth of a long, at least 12-hour slow-cooking or, in extreme cases, gelatin.
But here it is also necessary to take into account that the use of cofactors is required for the assimilation and synthesis of collagen. Your body should have enough vitamins and minerals — such as vitamin C, zinc and selenium. Curcumin also helps collagen assimilate, so if you like interesting drinks so much, make yourself a cold collagen solution with turmeric. Sour berries and lemon can not be added to it — in this combination it will collapse. But a spoonful of natural honey will make a beauty drink with collagen much tastier.
You will need
1 of 5Turka (dzhezva / coffee maker) Jazve to know the price
2 of 5Collagen marine Evalar to know the price
3 of 5collagen Supplement Biopharma Naturlig Kollagen Find out the price
4 of 5 set of coffee beans DE JANEIRO Find out the price
5 of 5 Collagen Collagen Beauty Elixir Owell Know the price
About the authors:
A practicing internist, a specialist in the field of integrative anti-age medicine of the Life Med Center.