Q: What the heck is collagen?
A: Collagen is the protein that holds everything in your body together. It makes up about 30% of all the protein in the human body, and is found in your bones, tendons, ligaments, connective tissues and skin, and plays various roles in your overall health. Collagen production naturally declines with age, reducing the structural integrity of the skin and instigating the weakening of cartilage in joints. You can help make up for decreased collagen production by eating collagen sourced from bovines pasture-raised.
Q: Why should I eat collagen?
A: Most, if not all of us, would benefit from some supplementation just for the unmet maintenance needs of connective tissue as well as skin and hair. Add to this the additional recovery related to heavy exercise, and you can see how athletes may require additional supplement support. Collagen is essential for the day-to-day repair involved in exercise recovery, even for those of us who aren’t professional caliber or endurance athletes. Whether we’re runners or yoga practitioners, collagen helps keep joints, tendons, and ligaments healthy to maintain the flexibility and mobility we need. Finally, supplementary collagen is an essential tool for maintaining the vibrancy of our skin and the strength of both hair and nails.
Q: What is hydrolyzed collagen?
A: Hydrolyzed collagen is also called collagen peptides or collagen hydrolysate. The collagen has undergone a process of hydrolysis (separating the molecular bonds between collagen strands with an acid, like lime or enzymes) to reduce the protein into smaller peptides, which renders it more readily bioavailable. The more bioavailable it is, the better the body is able to absorb it. The amino acid content of collagen is the same as that of hydrolyzed collagen. Most clinical studies on the benefits of collagen have been conducted using hydrolyzed collagen peptides. Collagen hydrolysate has the same amino acids (and health benefits) as gelatin but different chemical properties. Some people may find collagen hydrolysate easier to digest.
Q: Where does your collagen come from?
A: Our collagen comes from cattle ranches in South America. While the cows are grass fed for most of their lives and traditionally raised on pasture, we chose to remove the grass-fed claim from our labels in 2018 due to some retailers requiring documentation showing 100% grass-fed, which is not attainable in the collagen supply chain at this time. We realize that some competitor brands state grass-fed on their labels, but this may also be adjusted for the same aforementioned retailers. It is likely that our collagen is sourced from many of the same ranches as our competitors. Be assured that we strive to source the highest quality collagen peptides from well-established manufacturers with high-quality standards. This includes consistent testing of heavy metals and product purity in order to comply with stringent regulatory guidelines. In addition, we have worked hard to source collagen with the best flavor profile and ability to dissolve in liquids.
Q: I have an allergy, are the bars manufactured in a facility that contains allergens?
A: The line that the collagen is manufactured on is in a shared facility and on a shared line with all 8 major allergens. They have an allergen control program and specific cleaning protocols to avoid allergen residues. They use special swabbing which is sensitive enough to detect allergen proteins and residues prior to running our products to ensure the line is clean and will not pose a micro or allergen cross-contact risk. Even with these precautions, there is no 100% guarantee.
Q: What is the shelf life?
A: The Shelf life would be no less than 9 months from being opened. Each canister has an expiration date labeled on the package.
Q: Are your Collagen canisters BPA Free?
A: Yes, our canisters and scoops are BPA free.
Q: Is Collagen Fuel screened for heavy metals?
A: Yes, we do test our product to ensure they are free from all of the major heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium. The specific lab and detailed results are confidential.
Q: Do you test your collagen fuel for Glyphosate?
A: Glyphosate is an herbicide that is used to kill weeds. Yes, we do test for this compound, and the collagen is not at risk for any significant presence of glyphosate. The collagen doesn't use sulfites in the processing and is specified <10ppm for sulphur dioxide.