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Collagen and Coffee: The Perfect Combination for Healthy, Radiant Skin
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
It turns out that coffee beans contain the perfect combination of skin boosting nutrients (i.e., caffeine and polyphenols) that help fight against the hallmark signs of aging.
Recent research has shown that regular coffee intake can offer a significant improvement in your skin when it comes to fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation as well as its overall appearance..
This is great news!
Not only does your daily cup help start the day on the right foot, but it can also reverse the visual signs of aging that we work hardest to avoid and invest most in trying to camouflage.
But wait! This isn’t all coffee can do.
For those who spend the summer months soaking up the rays and enjoying the great outdoors, we are no doubt aware of the negative effect those hours in the sun can have on our skin. Though dermatologists everywhere agree that staying out of the sun is the best way to protect your skin from harmful rays, it turns out that caffeine has the ability to protect your cells from UV radiation as well as photo aging.
In addition, research has shown that the polyphenols (potent antioxidants) in coffee have the potential to significantly improve the barrier function and hydration of your skin. This means even if wrinkle-reduction or UV protection aren’t concerns for your skin at this particular moment, coffee still offers benefits anyone can appreciate. Because who doesn’t want to improve and protect the overall health of their skin?
I’ve just shared some pretty significant benefits for a simple beverage you may already be consuming daily. But, it’s important to learn the perks as well as the possible downsides.
Your daily cup of joe, when enjoyed without food can bring about a spike in blood sugar, which has the potential to wear on your cellular health over time. Additionally, caffeine digests rather quickly, which can result in a caffeine spike followed by the begrudged afternoon slump so many of us know and dread.
As a result of these arguable drawbacks, high-fat, a.k.a keto coffee, coffee arrived on the scene in recent years and stole the caffeine-consumption spotlight.
Keto coffee is made by blending your usual cup of coffee with a tablespoon of grass-fed butter or coconut oil. Not only does this make for a wonderfully frothy and creamy-tasting beverage (without using any dairy if you go the coconut oil route), but it also slows down the rate at which caffeine is digested. This sustains your energy throughout the day, effectively avoiding both the blood sugar spike and the possibility of an afternoon caffeine crash.
And though this was (and still is) pretty great, I started to wonder what would happen if I combined two of my favorite things–coffee and collagen. What a powerhouse combination!
Collagen: It’s What Your Skin is Made Of
But before we delve into the dynamic duo of coffee and collagen, it is important to first understand what exactly collagen is and why it is so important.
Collagen is the most common protein in the human body. It accounts for approximately one third of the protein in your body, and comprises roughly 75% of your skin. It’s key role is to help maintain its elasticity.
As we age, our collagen breaks down and our collagen production naturally decreases. This leads to the fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin we all dread so much.
So what are we to do? How do we get our bodies to synthesize more collagen to heal our skin from the inside out?
We consume collagen rich foods and supplements, of course!
And these include bone broth, gelatin, and hydrolyzed collagen protein powders.
While bone broth (a.k.a. liquid gold) is still nearest and dearest to my heart, collagen protein powders provide the same benefits for your skin as well as your overall health. However, they easily dissolve in both hold AND cold water. And they have zero taste or smell. Thus, there’s no need to add a bunch of ingredients to mask the taste. Which makes collagen powders extremely convenient and easy to enjoy, especially on-the-go.
Your daily cup of joe is not only an energy-boosting pleasure, but the science world has recently shown that it also has some serious benefits for your skin. And the addition of collagen not only provides sustained energy, but it’s what your skin needs to fight the signs of aging.
This is one of the reasons why I created my new SLIM Collagen Coffee. It has the aroma, taste, and super powers you expect from coffee with even more skin healing properties from collagen.
This dynamic duo rapidly moves collagen boosting nutrients and potent antioxidants through the digestive system to the deepest layer of your skin where they work wonders. Which is why I believe collagen coffee is truly the perfect combination for healthy, radiant skin.
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