Keto Collagen… What’s that? Do a quick google search and you might not find too much out there. Ketogenic nutrition is just coming into the mainstream and being heavily studied and tested. The results from scientific studies as well as anecdotal individual experiences all point to that a ketogenic diet may carry tremendous health benefits. Keto collagen is a new “tool” from Perfect Keto to help make a quality ketogenic diet accessible to as many people as possible. This is the guide of how to make it work for you! 🙂
What is Keto Collagen?
Keto Collagen is a blend of MCT’s and collagen. These are some of the healthiest fats and proteins. The purpose is to give you great energy and recovery and make it convenient as well. A ketogenic diet can be difficult enough on its own, and we need to set ourselves up for success by making smart choices easily available.
The Purpose of MCT’s in Keto Collagen
Fat is an energy source for the body. That’s why we store it, and that’s why a ketogenic diet that uses primarily fat for fuel is so beneficial. Every single cell in our bodies needs fat to function properly, and our brain is made up of predominantly fat.
Like most food, there are healthy and unhealthy types and sources. The purpose of MCT’s is to provide healthy fat energy for you to use as you wish.
MCT is short for Medium-Chain Triglyceride and they are a type of fat that is fantastic for your health and energy levels. Not only are MCT’s good, they are essential. This means we absolutely have to have them for normal growth, regeneration, and survival.
I like to picture MCT’s as of Poseidon’s trident without the hande, (just the three prongs). The three “prongs” are glycerol molecules attached to the glycerol backbone portion. Short-chain fats have short “prongs,” and longer chain fats have longer carbon “prongs.” Here’s the point: The shorter the carbon chain, the easier/quicker it is for your body to break it into energy
Furthermore, when you are following a ketogenic diet, your body is breaking down fats into ketones for energy. So think of MCT’s as quick, clean fuel you will burn. Let’s recap on MCT benefits,
Better Weight Loss – MCT’s are easily digested and have a thermogenic (energy-creating) effect, also known as “boosting your metabolism.”
Better Energy – MCT’s are fast-acting source of energy. They break down into ketones which can then be used as fuel for your body.
Better Digestion – MCT’s support our gut microbiome by combating harmful bacteria and parasites.
Better Overall Health – MCT’s contain antioxidant properties which reduce internal inflammation which helps the performance of your heart, brain, and nervous system.
The Purpose of Collagen in Keto Collagen
The word collagen still makes me think of botox at first, but it’s so much more than that. It’s one of the most popular supplements for a reason. The word collagen comes from greek roots that literally mean “glue-producing.” Collagen makes up 25% of our bodies protein content, and is helpful in soft-tissue repair. The purpose of collagen is to provide the best protein for the recovery and repair of your bodies tissue.
Collagen directly aids in:
- Energy production
- Building healthy DNA
- Detoxification and digestion
- Rebuilding joints, tendons, cartilage, skin, nails, hair, organs, etc.
- Collagen is a type of protein – 1 of over 10,000 in your body.
- In water, collagen breaks into gelatin. They are the same amino acids with a different chemical structure. Think of them as the same tool, but different packaging.
Most other animal-based protein powders can be inflammatory to many people. Casein and whey are known allergens and egg protein can be quite inflammatory. Collagen protein from grass-fed beef is made in the same way that bone broth is made, low and slow heating to preserve the nutrition.
How to Use Keto Collagen
Okay, this all sounds great but how exactly do I use Keto Collagen? There may be as many answers as people who use the product. A good place to start is asking yourself, considering this is made for providing healthy energy and recovery – “When could I use some good, convenient energy and recovery?” Here are some popular ways we see people using Keto Collagen.
When to Use Keto Collagen
In the Morning or Afternoon During Work
- Remember MCT’s are some of the healthiest “fast fats” because they are what your body breaks fat down into for useable energy. Your brain uses about 20% of your total daily energy expenditure.
- This is not a stimulant for the perception of alertness. Keto Collagen is real energy.
- MCT’s are fuel for your body, especially on a low-carb diet. When we talk about “fat-burning” we are literally describing fatty acids like MCT’s being metabolized into ketones and shuttling energy to your body.
- Collagen protein plays a huge role in the regeneration of muscles, joints, connective tissues and ligaments.
Anytime, Ketogenic Protein/Fat Snack
- Get the best quality protein and fats, anytime, without carbohydrates or fake ingredients.
How Much Keto Collagen to Use
Again, this depends on you and your goals. Many people start with half a scoop and increase from there. We see most people taking between 0.5-3 scoops per day, depending on how much they are exercising, their weight-loss or weight-gain goals, or if they are traveling and don’t have easy access to healthy options. Here’s some ideas! 🙂
Keto Collagen is a completely clean product. Does not contain any soy, dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners, or anything that doesn’t directly improve your health. It also tastes phenomenal. Perfect Keto comes in a delicious chocolate flavor that goes great in almost any beverage, coffee or smoothie you can dream up. Also is great in just plain water!
Summary – Keto Collagen
If you are not already boosting your dietary collagen and MCT’s, try it. Try it consistently for a few weeks. Treat this as a research and periodically check in with each part of your body. Ask your knees how they feel the day after squatting. Ask your elbows, hips, ankles, etc. the same. Also, ask yourself how your gut feels, how your energy levels have been. Enjoy and please reach out with any questions big or small.
Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified sports chiropractor, functional medicine practitioner, entrepreneur, podcast host, and founder of Perfect Keto.
Over the last few years, he has treated thousands of patients with movement rehab, internal diagnostics, and natural interventions, including NFL, MLB and NBA champions. After growing his sports rehab and functional medicine clinics to six locations in San Francisco, he shifted his mission to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health and well-being.