Nutritional Wisdom with Carly Pollack


Is Collagen Really as Healthy as “They” Think?

If you asked me ten years ago, I would have told you that collagen is what old ladies inject into their faces to get rid of laugh wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Fast forward to today, I can’t Google for more than five minutes without seeing an ad for collagen in some form or another.

Is this the new cure all for joints, inflammation, and cellulite?

Or is this the 2017 fad version of açaí?

What is collagen?

  • Collagen is an abundant protein found in the body that acts as a supportive and elastic structure. Hello strong bones, healthy hair, and glowing skin!
  • It gives strength and elasticity to muscles, tendons, bones, skin, blood vessels, and our digestive system.
  • Debbie Downer alert: as we age, the body naturally produces less collagen. Wrinkles form as the skin becomes less elastic, joint cartilage weakens, bones become more brittle, and mobility declines.
  • Collagen is rich in amino acids. Glycine helps the liver rid the body of harmful toxins and helps to strengthen a weak digestive system. Hint hint: if you have heard the term “Leaky Gut” thrown around in regards to the issues you have going on, you are going to want to pay attention to your options below. Proline repairs tissues in the heart and arteries. Think of collagen as our body’s repair crusader!

Ok, you get the point. Collagen is really healthy for you.

What’s the hype?

I read articles and see advertisements for the use of collagen in the reduction of cellulite, and while I understand the science of why people are making these claims (loose skin can cause more visible cellulite), my opinion is that you can drink collagen until the cows come home (looking for all that collagen you stole from them) and your thighs aren’t going to appear any less dimply.

This hits an emotional pain point for me. In our culture, women aren’t supposed to have cellulite. I coach thousands of women who say that this is their most hated body part.

At the thinnest, healthiest and most fit I’ve ever been, I’ve still had cellulite.

While using collagen to rid yourself of our culture’s thigh shaming dimples is going to prove disappointing, let’s not ignore the bottom line: collagen is incredibly healthy and can be used for things far more important than cellulite reduction.

There are different types of collagen and I recommend using products or foods that contain a mix of all types (mostly type I, II, and III).

Here’s how you can get your daily collagen:

1. You can drink bone broth.

Here is a great recipe for making your own bone broth.

Full disclosure: I don’t make my own broth. I buy it from the most reputable place I have found. Don’t trust the bone broth you can buy at the store in those little tetra paks. Your bone broth should be lumpy and thick, not thin and fluid.

Here is where I buy my bone broth


2. You can make smoothies with collagen powder.

I use PurePaleo Collagen Protein in smoothies.

*If you want pure collagen powder that isn’t flavored for smoothie making, try Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate. You can add it to anything.

3. You can take it in pill form (my preference).

OsteoVantiv is a mix of all three types of collagen. I don’t love the taste of bone broth (I can cook with it but I can’t bring myself to drink it by itself) and there are many days I don’t make a smoothie. OsteoVantiv is the best form for me because I can stay consistent despite my food choices for the day. 



So, in review, collagen is really good for you and especially beneficial if you suffer from digestive issues, degenerative issues, joint pain, skin issues and so on.

It’s probably not going to work wonders on your thighs, or fix all of your problems if you still have unhealthy food behaviors that need attention.


Do you have a parent, a friend or a colleague who would benefit from supplementing with collagen? Forward this email to them and spread the love.

PS- Gelatin is simply cooked collagen. You can make healthy gummies with this recipe!



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