August 12, 2020 4 min read

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Does hot coffee ruin collagen’s effectiveness? Let’s get to the bottom of this popular collagen myth once and for all!


By now, we all know that collagen is a must-have healthy aging supplement. From boosting hair, skin and nails, to protecting bone, joint, and gut health, this supplement deserves a permanent spot in any morning routine. 


And besides being essential to healthy aging, collagen supplements are one of the easiest, most convenient, and affordable natural ways to support your body’s nutritional needs.


Packed with essential amino acids, collagen can be quickly stirred into just about any liquid of your choosing!


One of the most popular ways to consume collagen supplements is to quickly add a scoop or two into a warm cup of coffee as part of a healthy morning routine.

 


There's a lot of misinformation around collagen...


Unfortunately, with the growing popularity of collagen, there have also been a growing number of misconceptions and misinformation surrounding this powerhouse supplement.

Perhaps one of the most widely circulated myths recently is the belief that adding collagen to hot coffee will degrade the collagen, “destroying” it in a sense, and causing it to be ineffective.

There are plenty of misleading articles out there claiming that ‘scientists say never to put collagen in your coffee’ and the like.

However, although largely inaccurate, we may still find some helpful information in these myths if we seek to understand the confusion behind them. Let’s take a closer look!


Q: Does putting your collagen in coffee destroy it?

A: No! Your average cup of coffee is brewed to about 185°F - Hydrolyzed collagen reaches its initial degradation temperature at 572°F.



What causes collagen degradation?

Many times, publications or influencers will jump at the opportunity to share controversial or misleading headlines in order to gain clicks and readership, at the expense of proper research and explanation.

That’s why in today’s modern digital age, it is crucial to do your own research when it comes to your health and the supplements you choose!


The real question: When it comes to collagen coffee, the real question to look at is whether or not coffee can degrade collagen in a matter that makes it unabsorbable by your body.


Fortunately,  research shows that the answer to this question is no - It does not! Collagen has been shown to be especially  heat stable and able to survive temperatures over 500° F before breaking down.

It’s important to note that you may see the term “denatured” thrown around in place of the word “degraded” - It’s important to remember that these two are totally separate terms and “degradation” of collagen is what we should be mostly concerned about.

The final takeaway is that more research is needed to continue exploring how collagen interacts with other substances, but many studies so far (like this 2016 clinical study) have shown no decrease in benefits when using warm dilution methods vs cold dilution methods. However, it's important to always look for hydrolyzed collagen in any case, as these have been shown to be most bioavailable.



Want that energizing AM collagen coffee? Go for it!


The boiling point of water is 212
°F and the average hot cup of coffee is about 185°F. In order for your collagen to begin degrading in hot coffee, it would need to be at least 572°F!

Needless to say, the chances of us drinking a scalding cup of coffee like this for breakfast would be impossible, and pretty dangerous.


So go ahead and add that scoop of Primal Harvest collagen to your daily morning cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy!


Your coffee will not damage the benefits of your collagen supplement and still remains one of the best ways to supercharge your morning routine.



4 Reasons To Add Collagen
Coffee To Your Morning Routine



Most of us drink our coffee first thing in the morning, as a way to feel more energized and kickstart the day ahead! 
Here are 4 science-backed reasons why collagen + coffee make the perfect superfood combination…


Remember: Always look for collagen peptides that have been ‘hydrolyzed’ (already ‘broken down’) for maximum absorption and effectiveness.

☕   1. Boost hair, skin, and nails

Collagen production begins to decrease rapidly as we age, leading to noticeable signs of aging, such as skin sagging, fine lines, wrinkles, brittle nails, and hair fall. Ingesting hydrolyzed collagen peptides can help give your hair, skin, and nails a natural boost!

☕   2. Enhance mental clarity & focus

Collagen coffee may also help you to feel more energized, focused, and mentally alert throughout your day. Some studies show that the correct amounts of caffeine can help enhance mental attention, alertness, and performance.  

☕   3. Support healthy metabolism & energy levels

When it comes to kickstarting your metabolism and boosting energy levels, coffee and collagen peptides make a killer combination! Collagen peptides and coffee (without added calories from sugar and creamer) have both been shown in some studies to have a potentially positive effect on healthy body composition. When used in combination with healthy lifestyle choices, collagen coffee can be a powerful tool for fitness!

☕   4. Protect bone, joint, and gut health

Collagen is the primary building block of all the living tissue in our bodies, especially tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones. Essentially acting as the "glue" that holds our skeleton together, collagen is absolutely vital to joint mobility, healthy bone mass, and gut health.



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    1 Response

    Laura Alden
    Laura Alden

    August 21, 2020

    Would it be okay if you did add Stevia to your collagen coffee?

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