5 Benefits of Adding Collagen Peptides to Your Morning Coffee


A morning cup of Joe has become a staple for many of us, and research shows that coffee can even have some great health benefits of its own. Still, if you want to take your coffee game to the next level, why not supercharge it with a nutrient that can boost your body? Enter: collagen peptides, a popular supplement that has been popping up on almost every blog and health food store in the last few years.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of the nutrients found in gelatin, which is a gummy substance that comes from the bones of animals, primarily livestock, poultry, and seafood. Collagen doesn’t have any flavor, and for many, this means it’s easy to consume regularly.

While bones are rich in collagen, they are also packed with other amino acids like glycine and glutamine, which have numerous benefits for the whole body. Collagen makes for an easy protein powder add-on or swap for those who want a dairy-free protein powder that also nourishes the gut.

The Benefits of Drinking Collagen Every Day

With collagen, you can turn your morning coffee into a superfood while balancing the effects of caffeine with protein, meaning you can stay energetic for a longer period of time.

(Bonus: try adding grass-fed butter and coconut oil with the collagen for a supercharged, bulletproof coffee for breakfast in a pinch.)

Support for a leaky gut

Leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability, is a condition where the gateways of the small intestine that prevent unauthorized particles from entering the bloodstream become weakened or damaged due to food sensitivities, toxic agents, chemicals, age, or other conditions.

We want these tight junctions running at full capacity to avoid complications with autoimmune disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive problems, and to just protect general well-being.

Collagen contains glutamine and glycine, two amino acids known to actually repair the gut wall and to help turn leaky gut around.

Improved digestion

To make the most of our diet, our small intestine needs to absorb the good nutrients. Without sufficient digestive function in the stomach or small intestine, we may eat a great diet, but not reap all the benefits of it.

Collagen can protect the mucosal lining of the digestive system, which plays a huge role in absorption and complete digestion.

Strengthened hair, skin, and nails

Our hair, skin, and nails are a reflection of what’s going on inside of our body. Amino acids like those found in collagen can be nourishing for hair and skin because it renews cells and provides more lubrication and elasticity—the opposite of dry and brittle.

It can also help to reduce signs of aging on the skin, including wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen is also beneficial for those experiencing hair loss, including alopecia.

Aids the liver in ditching toxins

While coffee has some liver-boosting benefits of its own, collagen can be an extremely useful support in helping to bolster the body’s main detox organ. The liver has lots of responsibilities on its shoulders, not the least of which is taking out the trash.

liver support and amino acids

The liver filters the blood, removes toxins and chemicals, and prepares them to be eliminated from the body via the bowels and the bladder. When the mechanisms behind these detox pathways are compromised, the body stays more toxic.

Collagen supports the liver because it is rich in amino acids, especially glycine. Glycine can protect the liver against damage, which is essential for an organ that handles such a high volume of toxic substances.

Eases aches and pains

Here’s where collagen is perhaps most impressive. It can actually help to reverse the aches and pains that come with normal aging as well as more serious and chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

collagen and arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritic conditions plague more than 50 million adults and almost 300,000 children, and those numbers are only continuing to rise. It’s estimated that 78 million adults will have some form of arthritis in the next 25 years. Arthritis can be life-altering and debilitating. It’s amazing that a simple superfood like collagen can have such a significant impact on how our joints function.

the potential to help many health conditions

Approximately 150 million American adults drink coffee. Can you imagine how many cases of arthritis or other chronic pain conditions might have the potential to improve if those coffee drinkers added collagen to their morning cup of java?

Collagen can also help reduce inflammation and address hormone imbalances that drive obesity and diabetes.

The Ease of Collagen

We exist in a society that rarely consumes the whole animal. If you think about it, generations past didn’t face many of today’s degenerative diseases as frequently because their diets were naturally richer in bone broth, organ meats, and other amino-acid rich foods.

While collagen can be increased in our diets by drinking bone broth, there is a huge percentage of Americans who either won’t go to the effort of making it or who will try it and be put off by the distinctive taste. Coffee, on the other hand, is more universally appealing.

We can return to the nutritional roots of our ancestors by getting more collagen into our diets, one scoop at a time.

Guest post by Aimee McNew of Paleo Hacks

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  1. M says

    I have been taking collagen peptides for about 6 days now for gut issues (constipation, slow digestion, etc). I feel like my body is digesting food so much easier! I had a bit of bloat the first 4 days but believe its practically passed. I was taking about 10 grams a day and today I uped my dose to 15 grams and feel fine still. I think it took my body some getting used to. Anyways, my skin is breaking out, but it seems to me that it is purging (getting breakouts in the normal places, and coming on quite quickly) but I wanted to know your opinion to make sure I’m on the right track. I’m assuming my body is trying to let the good stuff in and toxins out (through my skin). I think I should give it at least another week or 2 before I rule collagen out because I can feel my gut going in the right direction! Does this sound right?

  2. Monica says

    Two questions:
    1. Can you put the scoop directly into hot water without ruining the effects of the powder? I’ve read that you shouldn’t put protein powder directly into hot beverages, but I’m hoping this is different
    2. Can you recommend a cost effective product?

  3. Traci says

    I use collagen peptides every day in my coffee and sometimes twice a day if I’m having soup. I don’t taste it and have noticed many benefits. My skin looks better and I’m not as achy but the biggest thing to me was that I’m seeing lots of baby hair growth on my scalp. There’s so much that my hairdresser commented on it. My hair has been thinning over the years after going through cancer treatment and transplant. This is an added benefit. It also helps with wound healing. I highly recommend.

  4. Dorinda says

    I just had my first cup of coffee with my usual powdered creamer and an added small scoop of collagen powder. I would not have even known the collagen was added had I not put it in myself. I’m very particular about the taste of my coffee so I think this will be a routine I can easily keep.

  5. Lynne Kypuros says

    I just found some collagen peptides and I read your article on what is so good about them. I love to drink coffee and I typically drink bulletproof in the morning. Now I am going to add a scopp of peptides to see if I notice any difference in my achey joints, Thank you.

  6. Terri Kinder says

    I just took my first dose in water the taste was awful so it does have a flavor which is not very appealing but benefits out weigh this in my book at least from what I’ve read not sure if it works but I am going to try and see if it helps with all the issues I have GI problems aches pains dry skin and dry brittle hair and nails we shall see

    • Sarah says

      Terri, maybe try a different collagen… There really shouldn’t be a taste. I often mix it in just water and I am EXTREMELY picky about flavor and texture of things and it was just like drinking water.

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