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Why a collagen protein supplement is better than a whey supplement

In a world where nearly 40% of Americans tap into protein supplements to boost their diets, the choice between whey and collagen protein is more relevant than ever.

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THE PROBLEM

The problem with whey.

Did you know that nearly 2 in 5 Americans regularly consume a protein supplement?

Here’s the problem:

  1. People often consume too much protein

  2. Muscles can only absorb up to about 35g of protein per meal

  3. The most common type of protein supplement is whey protein

  4. Adequate amounts of whey can easily be absorbed through whole foods

  5. Most whey proteins (both organic and non-organic) contain lead, cadmium, BPA or artificial sweeteners

  6. Collagen deficiencies are becoming more common

Here's the truth - Your body needs the amino acids provided by both whey and collagen protein. If you choose to supplement with whey, you may be over-consuming some amino acids and ignoring others. Instead, round out your protein profile by choosing collagen protein.

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THE SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of collagen decline.

Symptoms of poor collagen production may include:

  1. Wrinkling†

  2. Aching muscles†

  3. Cellulite†

  4. Flat or Thin Hair†

  5. Hollowing of the Face or Eyes†

  6. Joint Pain†

  7. Gastrointestinal issues†

  8. Loss of mobility†

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THE SCIENCE

How protein works.

Protein is a macronutrient that your body needs to stay healthy and operate. While most people equate protein with muscle, there are actually more than 10,000 different types of protein found in everything from your organs to your muscles and tissues to your bones, skin and hair.

When protein is digested and broken down, you are left with amino acids - the building blocks of protein. Amino acids help you break down food, grow, and repair body tissue along with many other functions.

There are 9 essential amino acids and 11 non-essential amino acids. While both types are critical for your body, there is a key difference between the two:

Essential amino acids are those your body cannot produce or store by itself.

Non-essential amino acids are those that your body can create when given enough essential amino acids.

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THE SOURCES

Differences between protein sources.

Here’s where our protein supplement sources stray from one another:

Whey protein: Whey protein is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids

Collagen protein: Collagen protein lacks tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids. While it is not ‚Äúcomplete,‚ÄĚ collagen contains a high concentration of several important nonessential amino acids

Plant protein: Plant-based protein often falls behind both whey and collagen, lacking as many essential and non-essential amino acids.

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THE AVAILABILITY

What's more worth your money?

Another key difference is the availability of these sources in foods.

Whey Sources: The amount of whey protein needed for an adequate amount of essential amino acids can be easily obtained through a diet containing meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy.

Collagen Sources: Collagen, on the other hand, is harder to come by. While animals are often the source of collagen, collagen is found in the bones and skin of these animals. These pieces of the animal are often ignored. We eat the muscle meats, which are largely devoid of collagen.

This is why, while whey is a complete protein, it is more worth your while to supplement with collagen.

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zuCOLLAGEN: The amino acids you need.

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THE KEY

Why you should switch your protein supplement.

zuCOLLAGEN offers a unique advantage over whey and plant proteins by focusing on the body's broader nutritional needs beyond just muscle repair.

While whey protein provides all nine essential amino acids, these can be fully obtained through a regular diet, potentially leading to an imbalance in amino acid intake.†

Plant proteins often fall short in both essential and non-essential amino acids.

Collagen, however, delivers a rich supply of crucial non-essential amino acids not commonly found in muscle meats, which our diets heavily rely on.

This makes zuCOLLAGEN an essential supplement to address collagen deficiencies, supporting muscle growth and enhancing the health of hair, skin, nails, and digestion. †

Its formulation is easily absorbed, thanks to being hydrolyzed, and it's sourced from various animals, ensuring a comprehensive blend of amino acids.

By incorporating zuCOLLAGEN, you're not just supplementing your diet but enriching your body's overall wellness, filling the gaps left by conventional protein sources.

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