Optimal Collagen Plus fills a special niche in our protein powder lineup. Complete Nutrition Plus specializes in hypoallergenic, vegetarian-friendly protein paired with healthy fats and carbs, and Complete Performance specializes in a balanced blend of macronutrients geared towards providing energy and helping build and repair muscle.
Collagen Plus has only 1g each of carbs and fats paired with 20g of whey and collagen protein. On top of that, the ingredients have been carefully picked so it retains its sweet, cupcake-like flavor when you bake with it.
Finally, a Protein Powder You can Bake With!
Protein powders in general don’t bake well. One of the perks of Collagen Plus is its ability to blend in recipes. It keeps its flavor, doesn’t mess with texture, and can hit that craving for something sweet.Optimal Collagen Plus provides clean, easily-digestible, grass fed whey protein powder for healthy muscles, while also delivering skin, hair, and nail nourishing collagen protein for anti-aging benefits. It's delicious Vanilla Cake flavor is achieved without the use of artificial sweeteners and is 100% predigested to ensure complete absorption with zero bloating or indigestion.
Whey and Collagen: Two Important Protein Sources
Contrary to popular belief, and although whey and collagen are both protein sources and both contain amino acids, they do not benefit the body in the same way.
Whey protein contains the specific amino acids needed to build lean muscle. Hundreds of studies show that it can help you increase strength, gain muscle and lose significant amounts of body fat.
Whey provides the building blocks for increased muscle growth, increases the release of anabolic hormones, and is well-absorbed compared to other protein sources. On top of that, it has been shown to help with satiety while improving calorie burn.
Collagen is found in all of our connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and bones with its purpose being to provide these body parts with their strength, structure and elasticity. Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones. It also contains specific amino acids needed to help keep the hair, skin, and nails healthy, growing, and looking their best.
As you age, your body produces less collagen, leading to dry skin and the formation of wrinkles. However, several studies have shown that collagen peptides or supplements containing collagen may help slow the aging of your skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness.The wrinkle-reducing effects of collagen supplements have been attributed to their ability to stimulate your body to produce collagen on its own. Supplementing with collagen can help with joint pain, too. Additionally, taking collagen supplements may promote the production of other proteins that help structure your skin, including elastin and fibrillin.
Between 1–10% of muscle tissue is composed of collagen. This protein is necessary to keep your muscles strong and functioning properly. Studies suggest that collagen supplements help boost muscle mass in people with sarcopenia, a condition that creeps up on us all once we hit age 25. Sarcopenia is simply a part of aging, but you can mitigate it with proper nutrition and exercise.
You cannot take collagen protein alone and expect to get the same health benefits as you would if you supplemented with a whey protein, and vice versa.
It is important to supplement with both whey and collagen protein to achieve the best results. Optimal Collagen Plus protein contains both in predigested forms to ensure complete absorption and full utilization of the amino acids, without causing bloating, gas, or indigestion.