The Biggest Myths About Collagen Supplements

By now you may have heard about Kourtney Kardashian’s new project, a lifestyle and e-commerce website called Poosh (not to be confused with Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s long-standing similar concept). One of the products Kourtney been pushing the most is her collagen supplement in collaboration with Vital Proteins, which comes in the palatable-seeming flavors “Blueberry & Lemon Collagen Vibes” and “Pink Moon Milk Collagen Latte.”  Clever, Kourt.  Add “Vibes” to the name of a product and hypnotize half of the country’s millennials into thinking they need it. If something is going to be called “Pink Moon Milk” it better have some sort of magical fairy dust that will clear my skin, earn me a degree, pay off all my debt, and turn my enemies into pumpkins. But according to Betches’ favorite dietician, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, in the latest episode of our Diet Starts Tomorrow podcast, collagen supplements actually do none of these things and might be total BS. She’s an expert who debriefed us on why they’re a scam, citing actual research and, like, scientific facts. Here are the biggest myths Tracy told us about collagen supplements.

1. It’s Going To Improve Your Skin, Hair And Nails And Make You Look Younger

Collagen as a protein itself is very important for maintaining the glowing, youthful appearance everyone desires. It binds tissues together for health in hair, skin, and nails. Your body has the most of it when you’re young and then slows in producing it at age 25. As you get older, you have less and less collagen, causing your skin to lose elasticity and your hair and nails to weaken, hence the association of collagen with anti-aging. After observing the positive effects collagen treatments had on bones, scientists tried to determine whether the positive effects of collagen could be extended to an ingestible form of it. When they analyzed the outcomes, they determined that ingesting collagen doesn’t allow you to gain the benefits of it, because the pH levels in your stomach totally break it down, which doesn’t allow it to be absorbed by your body. So, wow, the Pink Moon Milk really does absolutely nothing for you except let you tell people you drank Pink Moon Milk. If they don’t ask you what Pink Moon Milk is, you can just let them assume it’s some crazy trippy drug you tried while ~finding yourself~ on your trip to Thailand that they’re too embarrassed to admit they didn’t know was a thing.

2. It’s Produced From Totally Trustworthy Sources

You may not realize that the powders you’re putting in your body may actually be sourced from poultry, cows, and even fish bones and gills. Ew. Creators of these products take collagen from a bunch of different animal parts and put them together in the hopes that they will have the same effect as real human collagen, but they don’t. It’s kind of creepy to actually think about where these seemingly harmless powders come from. We don’t often enough question the legitimacy of the ingredients that we’re putting into our bodies.

3. It Gives You Nutrients You Can’t Get From Food

The main components of collagen supplements that are supposed to support the body are the amino acids glycine and proline, which are good for bones and tendons. As we already know, none of the supplements’ nutrients can be absorbed by the body anyway, but collagen supplements aren’t the only way we can take in these amino acids.  They occur naturally in foods like fish, chicken, strawberries, and blueberries. So instead of blindly hopping on the “Collagen Vibes” bandwagon, remember you are probably better off literally eating normal food. You’re welcome.

4. It’s Good For You Just Because Influencers Are Telling You It Is

As we should have learned by now from the Khloé Kardashian Flat Tummy tea scandal, so many of the “healthy” products influencers advertise are scams. They are literally making money off of telling you to buy them, and there is nothing really in it for you to trust them wholeheartedly without doing your own research. Kourtney is telling you these supplements will change your life, but why should you believe her? She’s trying to sell them, after all. I know how tempting it is to be fooled by how she looks, but just remember all the money and professional attention behind her perfect skin and body. Or, to put it another way, you’re not ugly, you’re just poor, but buying shady supplements will only make you poorer.

5. It’s Worth The Money

Kourtney’s supplements cost $49 and, as we have now made it blatantly clear, they benefit you in literally no way. You are sacrificing $49 of your hard-earned money for fish bone powder that comes in a pink or purple bottle because Kourtney K told you to. I love the Kardashian/Jenners and acknowledge the fact that they somehow make me want to give them money for every single product they put out (do I really need another Kylie Cosmetics lip kit in a shade 0.1% different than the one I bought last month? Yes, because I know it will sell out and then I won’t be able to get it even if I want to—WAIT, no I don’t), so I understand the appeal.  But there are better uses of $49. Take a cool exercise class you’ve been dying to try. Go to the grocery store and buy real food that will actually nourish you. Buy a nice face cream that might actually have a real external effect on the appearance of your skin. But buying a collagen supplement won’t really help you.

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I Tried Kourtney Kardashian’s Wellness Routine And Here’s How It Went

Kourtney Kardashian is proof that your body can actually look better with age. She’s also proof that people seriously buy that shit you pass in Whole Foods and ask, “Organic mushroom cordyceps? WTF has this world become?” Aside from working out on a daily basis and adhering to a strict gluten-free, dairy-free diet, Kourtney Kardashian’s diet includes shit-ton of weird supplements and wellness tricks. Like, it’s worse than you’d think. I’ve always been down to try different wellness routines and health tricks, so I took a look at Kourtney’s daily routine and picked five wellness rituals I thought I’d be able to stick to for a solid amount of time. I quickly eschewed the spoonful of ghee butter every morning, but I found five that seemed realistic. Here’s what I learned.

 

1. Probiotic Supplement

I’ve already raved about the benefits of daily probiotics on this site, so this one was easy for me to take on. I’ve taken different multivitamins and iron supplements in the past and had never actually felt their effects, but when it came to taking a probiotic, it was a game-changer. Probiotics are basically healthy bacteria for your gut, and they help balance the microbiome in our bodies. They’re supposed to improve the immune system, lower blood pressure, and help regulate digestion. I took one in the morning before my coffee, and within a couple days, I already felt like my digestion was better and my stomach didn’t hurt at all during the day. IDK what brand Kourtney Kardashian’s diet includes but I assume they’re all pretty similar, so get on board.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Kourtney has raved about this one for a while now: The daily ACV. Kourtney drinks a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar mixed with water in the morning, and she claims it does wonders for her skin and body. I was kinda skeptical about this one because the idea of drinking vinegar on an empty stomach makes me wanna hurl, but I sucked it up and did it. Honestly, I’m not sure if it did anything for me. It actually made my esophagus feel pretty acidic and weird, and mixing it with water just made it taste like watered down vinegar. Not a fan.

3. Vegan Probiotic Shot

A key part of Kourtney Kardashian’s diet is the vegan probiotic shot that she takes in the morning before her avocado pudding, and honestly I still don’t know what this is. Luckily I live down the street from Pressed Juicery so I asked them for anything that related to a vegan probiotic shot. They gave me their Digestion Shot, which turned out to be a tiny bottled concoction of ginger, probiotics, parsley, aloe vera, celery, moringa, and yup—that goddamn apple cider vinegar again. The actual shot tasted pretty good and it wasn’t hard to get down. I’ve taken ginger shots in the past when I’ve felt a cold coming on, and this was a piece of cake compared to those things. But like, not actual cake, obviously. It’s essentially a shot of celery and aloe vera. Keep expectations low.

4. Gallon Of Water

I know a gallon of water seems like a lot, but if you’ve watched enough episodes of Keeping Up, you know what the Kardashian’s supply of refrigerated Smart Waters looks like, so it’s not that surprising that this girl is chugging water all day. If I had a designated fridge for water I’d probably drink more of it, too. Anyway, drinking a gallon of water everyday was difficult, especially in the winter. When it’s warm out it’s probably easy to get more water down, but I live in New York City and I don’t really feel like chugging a 24-pack of Poland Spring when I’d rather be sipping on a hot cocoa. I was also running to the bathroom to pee every five minutes. Why don’t they show that on the show?

5. Vegan Protein Supplement

Kourtney eats a lot of lean protein sources, like grilled chicken, fish, and eggs, but she also adds vegan protein powder to her post-workout shakes for some added protein. Once again, IDK what brand Kourtney uses, but I bought an organic blend of pea protein and brown rice protein from Whole Foods and mixed it with vanilla almond milk after my workout. Honestly, it was pretty good. Vegan protein is known for being a little more grainy and not as creamy as whey protein powders, but after an aggressive shake, the powder mixed pretty well and tasted kinda like a watered down vanilla milkshake. It sounds gross but like, it’s a vegan protein shake… IDK what I expected. Whatever, I’m getting cheese fries.

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5 Collagen Supplements That Will Give You Glowing Skin Like Kourtney Kardashian’s

I’m a firm believer in drinking your problems away. Tired? Iced coffee (with Kahlúa). Hungover? Bloody Mary. Bad breakup? Wine. See your fuckboy ex at the bar? 10 shots of vodka will do the trick. But as for those crows feet and laugh lines that are popping up on your twentysomething-year-old skin? I don’t technically have a cocktail I’d suggest for those, but there are some majorly effective (and yummy) collagen supplements that you can mix into just about any beverage so you can drink your way to smoother, bouncier skin.

In case the ex-Bachelor contestants on your feed haven’t already started endorsing collagen peptide powders (and given that Kourtney Kardashian already does), you should probably know that collagen is the building block for our skin that gives it youthful suppleness and glow. But as we age, the collagen begins to deteriorate, thus the need to mix the supplement with whatever drink your heart desires so you can start working on your skin from the inside out. In addition to boosting your skin’s elasticity, the latest collagen powders can also support hair, nail, skin and joint health—even more of a reason to drink up. Because what’s better than working on getting FaceTuned-esque skin while getting shitfaced? Nothing, that’s what.

1. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Vital Proteins is the brand that you’ve probs spotted on your newsfeed, and it’s also the brand with the largest variety of collagen products. The most popular is their unflavored powder, which is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides (aka cattle). It mixes easily with any drink (or baked goods), and is smooth and completely flavorless. The peptides come in multiple package sizes and forms, including powders and capsules. The peptides are also sold in dark chocolate and blackberry, vanilla and coconut water, and mixed berry flavors.

2. Skinade

Skinade is a peach and mangosteen flavored drink that you’ll incorporate into your morning routine, and after a month you’ll actually be quite surprised at how evenly-toned, hydrated, radiant, and younger your skin looks. It’s a little pricier than its counterparts ($150 for a 30-day supply), but the results are beyond worth it. It’s also lactose, gluten and dairy free and tbh, the taste is pretty good—think of it as drinking a Bellini everyday, minus the prosecco and plus the fact that it makes your skin look amazing.

3. The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost

This is a very concentrated blend of collagen, maqui berry, açai, papaya, blueberry, goji berry, and pomegranate powders, along with zinc and vitamin C. The vitamin C is important, because it helps the body’s cells absorb the collagen to nourish the skin and protect against premature aging caused by environmental factors. The bottle contains about a month’s supply and the boost can be mixed with water, smoothies, or into baked goods.

4. Bulletproof Collagellatin Protein

Cult-favorite Bulletproof Protein is derived from pasture-raised cows and is naturally sweet. It can add the perfect flavor to your fav coffee, or go in a smoothie as a meal replacement pre- or post-gym. The powder also contains the brand’s XCT oil, which adds high-energy fats to your diet. You’ll get the extra kick you need no matter what you choose to mix the collagen with.

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Water

Vital Protein’s Beauty Water mix contains collagen in addition to hyaluronic acid, probiotics, and a mix of organic fruits to hydrate the skin as well as boost it’s elasticity. While there are no added sugars, the powder comes in strawberry lemon flavor to add just the right amount of sweetness to, say, a vodka tonic.