Liquid Collagen Drinks: Everything You Need to Know

To say that collagen is a crucial part of the human body is an understatement. It’s the most abundant protein in the body; created by combining a variety of amino acids. When present, it makes up your skin, cartilage, tendons, joints, bones and more.  

In our youth, we’re never in short supply, but as we grow older, we begin to lose collagen. In fact, from our mid-20s onwards, we can lose collagen at a rate of around 1-2% every year. 

This can cause all sorts of issues in the body, both cosmetically – think wrinkles and dull nails – and in the way your body feels. For example, with less collagen in your body, your cartilage can become thinner, your tendons can become stiffer, and your bones can become weaker – all common concerns for people as they age.  

To slow the rate of collagen loss in the body, people often turn their focus to what’s on their plate. This usually involves increasing the amount of animal products in their diet, although the most collagen-rich foods are bones and connective tissues. 

For most people, eating these substances isn’t particularly appealing. While you may enjoy eating a lean chicken breast, you may be less enthused about tucking into a plate of chicken tendons. This is why many people choose to try collagen supplements instead, with liquid collagen a popular choice. 

What is Liquid Collagen? 

Thankfully, for people who don’t fancy eating the grislier parts of the animal, supplements such as collagen drinks and powders are now available, and they come with several plus points.  

Liquid collagen simply takes collagen particles and suspends them in liquid, making the nutrients easier to consume and absorb compared to solid foods. 

For example, at TRR Nutrition, we offer our PRO Advanced Collagen as a 50ml cherry-flavoured shot. This provides 10,000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen per serving – more collagen than you could likely eat in one sitting and more than most could eat in a day. 

This collagen shot is packed with other key ingredients including turmeric, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid and ginger, as well as copper and vitamin C, which are beneficial to joint health. 

How to Take Liquid Collagen

There is no one best time to take liquid collagen as an athlete, but the convenient single shot design makes it easy to take your serving whenever and wherever you prefer.  

We tend to recommend taking collagen drinks in the morning on an empty stomach. By taking it first thing in the day, it will become part of your morning routine, making it easier to get into a habit. Like everything in nutrition, consistency is key.  

However, some athletes prefer to take their PRO Advanced Collagen around an hour before or after their training session, which also works well.  

You could also choose to take your collagen shot around an hour before you go to bed, as your body switches into rest and repair mode while you sleep. 

Whenever you decide to take your collagen, the important thing is that you do take it daily; creating a habit that may help you as you strive to reach new athletic goals.  

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