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What is Collagen and Why You Need it.

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This post to you is brought to you by SkinnyFit Super Youth Collagen Peptide but opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

As we age our body stops producing collagen at the same rates we did when we were younger – So a question you need to know is what Is collagen and why you absolutely need this anti-aging ninja in your life.

One of the things I love most about being a blogger is that I get to dive into what’s hot in the health and fitness sector and spend loads of time researching and boiling it all down, helping to make sense of it all for my readers.

Fact #1: I am a total nerd – I love researching and finding out the nitty gritty “sciency” details.

Fact #2: Most people do not share my enthusiasm for science and details.

So here we are, friend, I do all the super fun research (I see you rolling your eyes at my “nerdiness”) and then I try and make my findings fun and easy to understand. We’re both winning in my book.

For the last six months or so, I have been seeing more and more ads for collagen peptides boasting amazing results. Women were touting the benefits of better skin, nails, and hair and a reduction of cellulite. I started to get REALLY curious- less cellulite, look younger, with these kinds of claims I felt my curiosity continue to spike.

So when I saw an opportunity to try SkinnyFit’s “Super Youth Collagen Peptides” I was pretty pumped to get my hands and try some of this magical collagen for myself. But at the same time, I was a bit skeptical if the stuff would live up to all the hype.

Let’s start out with the basics – What is Collagen?

Collagen is a family of proteins that are made of up of long chain amino acids. These amino acids function together, are basically the glue that holds your body together and are responsible for all our human body functionality. So yes, collagen is kind of big deal!

As we age our body starts to slow down and lose its functionality. Enter sagging skin, dull hair, skin and nails, brittle bones and joints, all caused by decreased collagen production in your body. And of course, let’s not forget the fine lines wrinkles and cellulite. Aging is so much fun… NOT!

Okay so now that we know what collagen is, the most important part and what you need to know most is what does collagen do for you?

Benefits of Collagen

  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves skin elasticity and smoothness.
  • Supports bone matrix.
  • Corrects weak and damaged nails.
  • Reduces hair loss.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Promotes glycine production which builds lean muscle and helps burn fat during sleep.
  • Reduces popping knees.
  • Improves joint strength and elasticity.
  • Helps the body to repair itself and improves the elasticity in tendons and ligaments that decline with age.
  • Supports optimal tissue quality in hair, skin, nails and vital organs.
  • Smooths cellulite.
  • Improves gut health and digestion.
  • Soothes IBS, leaky gut, and heartburn.
  • Accelerates healing in muscles, connective tissue, and bone fractures.

So after that LONG laundry list of awesome benefits, collagen is about to become your new BFF and your secret weapon in the whole war against aging. And it is definitely a war,???????? am I right, ladies?

But not all collagen is created equally. There are actually several different varieties (Type I, II, III, V, X) and each variety has a few of the above-mentioned benefits. Only SkinnyFit’s Super Youth has all the varieties compiled into one supermix containing the most effective and beneficial varieties for women.

Collagen is most commonly found in piscine (fish), bovine (cows), and fowl (chicken) and each of these three sources has special benefits that they bring to the table.

Piscine: sources provide piscine collagen that is extremely popular in the beauty industry because it increases skin benefits that provide a glowing, youthful complexion. This is one of the highest quality collagen sources on the market. So yep, you’re gonna want piscine sourced collagen for that radiant youthful skin!\

Bovine: sources of collagen are the most popular form of collagen supplementation on the market and help repair connective tissues like joint cartilage, bone matter, and other tendons and ligaments. Additionally, there are some added benefits such as protein sparing, improves sleep quality, accelerates wound healing, and improves gut health. So all big wins here to for keeping your body healthy and strong as we age.

Fowl: This type of collagen source is particularly effective for supporting cartilage in the body. Another big factor in helping to support our joints as we age.

So all three sources are important and are needed to take advantage of all the wonderful benefits of collagen. And guess what? Super Youth collagen uses all three sources of collagen! They also source grass-fed, wild caught, and cage-free sources ensuring that you are supporting the humane treatment of animals.

Super Youth Collagen peptide powder can be added to pretty much anything. I add it to my BCAAs in the morning when I work out. This allows me to get a boost first thing in the morning and helps my body recover after a good sweat sesh. I also add it to my tea, and protein shakes. It blends smoothly and doesn’t get thick and chalky.

Word of warning just so that you are properly prepared (and in the interest of full disclosure) there is a distinct “smell” and a bit of taste. It says taste-free but It does add a bit of a taste to what you add it to, in my personal opinion. It’s not a horrible taste by any means just a bit of an aftertaste you will probably notice. But it’s not a deal breaker for what I am getting in return, in my humble and honest opinion.

Now for the question y’all have been waiting for. Does it actually do what it says it does???

I have been using Super Youth Collagen peptides for about a month now and I can agree that my skin does look more youthful and radiant, my joints are not quite as sore after working out, and my hair and nails have never looked better despite peeling off gel nails (those of you that have had gel nails and taken them off know what I am talking about here). My cellulite is still there, I noticed a bit of smoothing but not total annihilation like I was hoping for. I also have not lost any weight. I do feel like I have a bit more muscle definition than before so I agree that it does support lean muscle development.

Overall I am a fan and feel like it is worth the investment. The biggest questions I ask myself when I do these types of reviews, especially when free product is provided, is would I buy it with my own hard earned money? And the answer to that questions is a definite yes. I actually signed up for the monthly auto-ship!

So if you are looking for a secret weapon in the war against aging then SkinnyFit Super Youth is definitely for you!



  1. Emily Hill says:

    I’m all about minimizing fine lines are wrinkles, especially now I’m in my 40s!

  2. Krissy Allori says:

    I tried a collogen product once and didn’t like it. Looking forward to trying the one you enjoy!

  3. So much great info! I always add collagen to my smoothies!

  4. Courtney O'Dell says:

    I’ve been looking into some tips to manage my RA, and keep seeing collagen pop up. You had so much information – now off to buy some!

  5. Any chance you have a promo code? This stuff is pretty pricey!

    1. If you sign up for their newsletter they have sales all the time for 50% OFF – just wait until it goes on SALE!

  6. I love everything your talking about in health and fitness, I share your enthusiasm about these things.

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