Hi Dave,

I’ve read a lot about collagen protein and I know that my go to sources are bone broth but I don’t have this on a daily basis. I’m 45 years old with a lot of Achilles and lower leg issues which seems to radiate down to my feet. Can you fill in the gaps on collagen protein?


Hi Kim,

1. Yes, I take collagen protein (hydrolyzed). The best form is hydrolyzed protein which breaks down into the smaller peptides. This is key with absorption and assimilation. Grass-fed is the only form you should buy.

2. Mixing it with other protein or with Grass Fed Whey Protein Concentrate will give you the complete package. Collagen protein is not a complete profile of amino acids and this is not a replacement for the branched chained amino acids (BCAA) that you need on a daily basis. The BCAA’s are in the Whey.

3. The two subgroups of collagen protein are the dominant two mixed into the commercial products and contain 90% of the necessary collagen. There are 4 smaller sub groups that make up the final 10%. Yes, you need collagen protein!! It’s good for all your soft tissue, including fascia, cartilage, tendons. muscles and the harder binding tissues; ligaments, bursa and your bones.

4. If you take this as your first meal and assuming you’re following LCHF/KETO, I would take the mix either in a shake or getting the flavored Collagen Protein and Gluten Free Whey Protein Vanilla. Both of my suggestions do not have added sugar. There is great data looking at the levels of circulating collagen within 30- 60’ after consumption assuming you don’t eat too much! Make a small shake.

5. The volume of collagen protein is debatable but depending up lean muscle mass and workout intensity, you should take in 20 – 40 grams per day. Twenty can be taken daily but on your more rigorous exercise days bring this up to 40g.

6. My choices are Bullet Proof Grass Fed Collagen Protein (hydrolyzed) and Better Nutrition Grass Fed Whey Protein Concentrate. Both of these are available on Amazon.