EAAs and Collagen: Which is Best?

Written by zacharyhann

On January 8, 2024

If you’ve ever been in a health food store or you listen to any health podcasts (YouTube videos, etc.), you’ve likely heard of collagen. Collagen has been widely recognized for its wide array of health promoting properties. Repairing skin, assisting with Leaky Gut, revitalization of old, creaky joints, and promoting the growth of luscious, beautiful hair and nails, collagen can do it all! (Not really, but you get the point!).

You may/may not be familiar with another supplement called EAAs – Essential Amino Acids. These are typically less talked about and less widely know supplements, however, EAAs have been around for quite some time! They are often significantly more expensive products than their collagen counterparts. Sometimes, people scrutinize the efficacy of EAAs, often in response to the price tag associated.

This scrutiny is well-warranted, as I believe it is safer to be skeptical of a product first and foremost, rather than trusting “what the label says.” We truly need to develop a sense of “show me the science/effectiveness/legitimacy” of ANY product we place into our body, whether it be food, drink, or in this case, a supplement (but especially a supplement, since many companies sell “junk” products, sometimes devoid of the very listing on the label.” 

Is collagen really as good as they say? When are the best times to take Collagen Peptides vs. an Essential Amino Acid supplement? First, we’ll discuss the differences between Collagen and EAAs. Let’s have a discussion!

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Hair, skin, nails, cartilage, and connective tissues are all comprised of collagen. Most people do not consume enough skin in their diet. Food sources of collagen are pig skins, chicken skins/feet, canned whole fish like sardines, and bone broth. Even ground beef can have moderate amounts of collagen. These are the most common food versions of collagen consumed. Personally, I love me some heavily baked chicken skins, with black pepper, cayenne, salt, turmeric, garlic and onion powder, but I don’t eat this very often.

Potential Benefits of Collagen

Some of the benefits of collagen may include:

  • Improving skin health
  • Relief of joint pain
  • Prevention of bone loss
  • Increase in muscle mass
  • Promoting heart health
  • Aiding gut health
  • Strengthening of hair and nails
  • Anecdotally assist brain health
  • Anecdotally support weight loss

 

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