Initially published on 10/30/15. Updated with add’l info.
I’ve been working on my waist length hair goal for a while now. I had a few set backs but I’m on track to reach my goal within the next 2 years should there be no other setbacks. I don’t anticipate any.
Oct 2018 UPDATE: I did end up cutting my hair twice due to the first cut not growing in well. I’m back to using Vital Protein Collagen Peptides to assist with my hair growth goals.
One of the components I’ve added to help me reach my goal is focusing more on my internal health. That’s because, you can put all the different products you want on the outside but not see much of a difference. They will be of some benefit but real health for stronger hair comes from within.
When I attended BlogHer15, I received a sample of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I didn’t initially start using the sample when I got home but then I received an email from the company asking if I would like to review their Collagen Peptides. Before I share my experience, let’s first examine the claimed benefits.
How Collagen Peptides are Beneficial
Collagen is a basic building block of our body, also responsible for maintaining healthy skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. Collagen peptides are gelatin proteins broken down using an enzymatic process so that they are mixable in cold or hot liquids. They are said to also help with improving sleep and maintaining healthy weight. Protein consumption in general, can help you feel full for longer periods of time.
Since I know I need to work on my internal health as it relates to my hair, I decided I would give the Collagen Peptides a try to see if they would help with strengthening my fine strands.
Vital Proteins Collage Peptides Results are In!
It’s been about two months since I started regularly consuming Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I add 1 scoop of the collagen peptides into a cup of liquid (water, juice, tea or coffee) nearly every day. I sometimes miss a day on the weekends.
As you can see from the pictures my hair definitely looks healthier and thicker than when I started consuming the collagen peptides back in August of 2015. I can’t attribute all of my hair’s healthy to the collagen peptides but they definitely had a hand in the improvement of my strands. One of the reasons I waited so long to review this product is I wanted to give it an opportunity to really work.
I am convinced that I need to keep this as a part of my regular dietary regimen. My hair has been a big recipient of consuming collagen peptides but there’s more.
In addition to healthier hair, my nails have gotten stronger. I keep them short because they get dirt under them when I let them grow long and that’s no bueno! Plus, I work in a corporate environment and long nails are not conducive to my productivity. However, I like that my nails don’t split or peel as much as they used to.
Even more important than my hair and nails, I also notice that my joints aren’t as “creeky” as they used to be. My knees used to ache a lot by end of the day due to inflammation (probably my sugar consumption problem). I would also get joint pains in my hands. Since taking the collagen peptides from Vital Proteins, the pain has decreased by about 95%.
Finally, the jury is still out on how effective the collage peptides have been for my skin but my overall diet hasn’t been very great so I have to continue working on that.
October, 2018 UPDATE: First, I’ve pretty much kicked that sugar habit (yay!). Second, OMG my skin had really taken a beating…cystic acne break outs etc. It’s been about 2 months since I re-started my consumption of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and all I can say is WOW. I will share an updated post with all the details soon but let’s just say I’ve had very visible, marked improvement! I’m talking 75% clearer than before I began. Stay tuned for another update.
CJ and Collagen Peptides
Initially, I also starting giving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to my son, CJ. CJ has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Being immobile and taking anti-seizure medications weakens his bones. He’s already had 2 fractures.
CJ’s doctor recently put him on a regimen of Vitamin D, Calcium and Magnesium so I discontinued giving him the Collagen Peptides. I don’t want to overwhelm his system and haven’t had an opportunity to check in with his doctor on if I can give him all of these supplements. I will do so at a later date and if she gives us the go ahead, I’ll reintroduce the collagen peptides back into his diet.
About Vital Proteins: Based in Illinois, Vital Proteins provides 100% whole food proteins (no fillers) via collagen sourced from free range cows raised in Brazil in an eco-friendly way. They also offer Collagen Protein Beef Gelatin which can be added to soups, broths and gravies to boost the protein content. It can also be used to make jello and gelatin snacks which I’m going to start doing for my son soon. Here are some collagen recipes.