As collagen is becoming more and more popular, you may wonder what the difference is between collagen and whey protein. Do you have to take both? Can one replace the other? Is one better for you than the other?
To explain the difference, it is important to know that one is not necessarily better for you than the other, both serve a different purpose in the body. In order to understand each protein, we are going to discuss some important differences to help you understand the difference between them.
Both proteins are extracted from different sources. Whey protein is derived from milk, while collagen protein is extracted from animals' bones, skins and cartilage. In our case, grass-lined cattle.
Each protein contains different amino acid profiles, the building blocks of each protein. Because collagen and whey are extracted from different sources, they both contain different amino acid profiles. Because of this they have different functions in our body.
What are the functions?
Whey is a complete protein that is good for building muscle that you usually use before or after exercise. Whey contains three essential amino acids (BCAAs) that are very important for muscle synthesis. Protein-rich products such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products are the best sources to obtain BCAAs. Most people on a balanced diet get enough of these amino acids and don't need to supplement them with whey protein.
Collagen, on the other hand, contains three amino acids that are practically absent in vegetable, whey and (muscle) meat proteins. These are the amino acids: glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. By consuming collagen peptide you give strength and structure to your body. The collagen peptide also gives a signal effect for the recovery of muscle attachments and supports the natural recovery of connective tissue, joints and tendons (2 & 3).
Which one is best: collagen or whey?
So which protein supplement should you take? While it may depend a little on your overall goals, Collagen Whey beats Whey when it comes to the totality of health benefits it provides.
Overall benefits: Whey offers a number of benefits beyond restoring muscle mass. However, it will be difficult to beat Collagen looking at the overall range of benefits it offers. From improving athletic performance and recovery time (1) to building strong bones and reducing joint pain to improving skin elasticity and reducing the signs of aging, collagen supplements offer a wider range of health and beauty benefits than Whey.
When should I take Nutrition Water?
If you want to improve your training performance, build more muscle mass and recover faster from training, Nutrition Water is a good option. This gives you both the BCAAs that the body needs to help with muscle synthesis, and collagen to help naturally repair joints, connective tissue and bones. This product is best taken at the end or after exercise for muscle maintenance and to get the most out of your sports performance.
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- Clark, K.L. et al., 2008, 24-week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Current medical research and opinion, 24(5):1485-1496