When I first heard about collagen powder, I remember being so unbelievably excited about it. And then I saw the price and I was like hold up a second here, let’s do some research first.
K collagen. Let’s think back to that bio degree we slaved to get. Collagen is a key contributor to the elasticity of cells, so perhaps we’re going to see some anti-aging effects here? Maybe a few less wrinkles? Hmmmm…
While there are many claims that ingesting collagen peptides will improve your wrinkles and make your skin more youthful-looking, that may not entirely be true. Because Collagen peptides are amino acids, they will be broken down when they’re digested and sent to wherever those amino acid chains are needed in the body. Since collagen is a key contributor to all cells, not just skin cells, if you are collagen-deficient somewhere other than your skin that takes priority, the collagen will go there. For example, if your heart muscle is lacking collagen, heart > skin therefore the heart will get it. If your skin is deficient, however, it’s likely you will get collagen going to your skin!
So here’s my big picture takeaway that I got from my collagen peptide research: the trend is new and there isn’t a ton of long term scientific evidence supporting or denying the claims being made. Sure, you may get glowing skin, less wrinkles, healthy joints, strong bones and tendons, improved digestive health, and the list just goes on and on, but you also may not get all of the benefits claimed. For me personally, I like ingesting collagen peptides after a hard workout because I believe my muscle tissues will be in need of some repairing ASAP which the collagen will assist with, and I believe that if there is a slight chance to get those lovely health benefits I listed, I’m going to take that chance.
Whatever the research says or the reason you take collagen peptides, there is one indisputable fact here, however, and that’s that these carob collagen brownie balls are TO DIE FOR PEOPLE!!!!! So here’s the recipe, enjoy it my lovely health nuts.
Carob Collagen Brownie Balls
- Combine all ingredients except for the shredded coconut in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until well combined.
- Remove in approximately tablespoon sized balls and roll in shredded coconut.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a week but serve at room temperature.