Q: What the heck is collagen?
A: Collagen is the protein that holds everything in your body together. It is different from muscle protein, and it makes up about 30% of all the protein in the human body. Collagen 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. We don't get much collagen in our diet unless we eat the nether parts of the animal. It's tough to get. You can help make up for decreased collagen production by eating collagen sourced from bovines pasture-raised.
Q: Why should I eat collagen?
A: Collagen provides the matrix for the structure of skin, hair and nails and the pliability of tendons and ligaments. The collagen protein used in Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Protein Powder is collagen hydrolysate from cows, which is broken down into individual amino acids and easier to absorb and digest, so it’s a preferable alternative to taking collagen in, say, capsule form. Furthermore, it’s 100% protein, and we all know the benefits of ingesting clean protein.
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 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: Is your collagen "Heat Treated?"
A: The ingredients in our collagen fuel have been heat-treated according to proper food safety measures. Actual temperatures are proprietary.
Q: What is the amino acid content of Collagen Fuel?
A: The amino acid content of collagen is the same as hydrolyzed collagen. Most clinical studies on the benefits of collagen have been conducted using hydrolyzed collagen peptides.
You can find the breakdown here: Hydrolyzed Collagen
Q: What is monk fruit?
A: Also called Luo Han Goa, monk fruit is a Chinese herb cultivated for centuries by Buddhist monks. Much like stevia, it’s a delicious and natural way to sweeten without all the calories of sugar.
You can read more about monk fruit here:
Q: What is konjac root?
A: Konjac is derived from the root of the konjac plant. It is a soluble and fermentable dietary fiber.
Q: What's the deal with collagen and amino acids?
A: All proteins have amino acids in them. Proteins are just collections of amino acids. It's like a profile, so animal meats, whey protein and egg protein all have an amino acid profile that lends itself to building muscle or repairing certain tissues. But, the amino acid profiles of animal meats don't help build back ligaments, tendons, joints, skin, hair, and nails. That's the responsibility of collagen's amino acid profile. The meat we eat is also high in methionine, which is sort of an anti-collagen amino acid. Just as an imbalance between omega-6 and omega-3 fats can occur, so, too, can an imbalance of methionine occur from eating too much red meat. Eating too much red meat can compromise your collagen tissue. If you eat a lot of meat, not only are you not eating a lot of collagen, but you need more collagen than people who don't eat as much meat.
Q: What types of collagen does Collagen Fuel contain?
A: Our collagen includes Types 1 & 3 for hair, skin, nails, and bones. Suggested use is to take with juice or a vitamin C supplement in the morning. It should be taken separately from Type 2 Collagen.
Collagen Types 1 & 3 may:
- Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve elasticity
- Support the bone matrix (36% of bone is made up of collagen Type 1 and 3)
- Correct weak or damaged nail beds
- Thicken fine hair, slow hair loss
- Improve circulation
- Promote glycine production, which builds leans muscle and helps burn fat during sleep
- Supplementing with collagen may also, “increase skin hydration by 28%, decrease micro-furrows by 26%, and increase skin suppleness by 19%"
Q: What is the best way to take collagen?
The thing about collagen is that you should take it on its own, separate from other foods, as a snack, because it has a specific amino acid profile that you don't want to interrupt. Collagen is rich in Hydroxyproline and Glycine, two amino acids that are low in other protein supplements. If you combine and you decide to drink Collagen Fuel with a meal, you mix the amino acids from the meat into the meal. You will dilute the specific amino acid profile (from the collagen) that we are trying to get into your digestive system. It is recommended to take before or after workouts.
Q: I have an allergy, is the collagen 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: How much caffeine is in your Chocolate Collagen Fuel?
A: A tablespoon of cocoa powder has about 12 milligrams of caffeine - not much, but it can affect an individual who is sensitive to it. One serving has even less than a tablespoon of cocoa powder, however, if it keeps you up, you may want to have your shakes earlier in the day.
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.