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September is officially in full swing and for many of us that means getting back to our routines. For some of us that may mean going back to school, going back to work, or just getting back to our healthy habits after a summer of traveling. Whatever it may look like for you, I think many of us are looking for some tips or recipes to support us during this busy season. Enter: Matcha Collagen Tea Lattes, 2 Ways.

I have been drinking matcha tea almost every morning for almost a decade! It gives me the perfect amount of energy, without the jitters that I experience from coffee. I also just love the experience of taking a few minutes out of my morning to whisk together the tea. I find the practice very grounding and a calming way to begin the day.

While matcha is delicious and nutritious on its own, I love playing around with different ways to boost both the nutrition and flavour profile of this morning beverage. Today I’ve partnered with Genuine Health to share 2 different ways to boost your morning matcha with their Marine Clean Collagen (Unflavoured). Keep scrolling to see how you can make your own Rose Matcha Collagen Tea Latte and Maple Cinnamon Matcha Collagen Tea Latte at home.

But first, let’s start with a little nutrition 101 on all things collagen!

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What Is Collagen?

Collagen is the primary structural protein of our body. As a structural protein, you can think of collagen as the “glue” that helps provide structure and support to the cells in our body. It’s found in places like our skin, bones, tendons, cartilage, digestive tract, teeth, hair, and nails. Collagen makes up about 30% or one third of our body’s protein content!

As a protein, collagen is made up of different kinds of amino acids (19 to be exact!). When consumed orally, collagen gets broken down into these individual amino acids during digestion. These amino acids then become the building blocks to produce collagen within the body, or they may be used to produce other kinds of proteins. Our bodies prioritize where amino acids are needed; so if supplementing with collagen, it’s important that you still are eating a balanced diet to ensure all your protein needs are covered.

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How To Support Collagen Synthesis

Our bodies naturally make collagen through processes that involve different vitamins, minerals, and amino acids (protein). As we age, our bodies start to produce less collagen, which can lead to things like joint pain, decreased flexibility, and wrinkles.

In addition to aging, poor nutrition is a leading factor in reduced collagen production. If we aren’t eating the essential nutrients needed to create collagen, it makes sense that our bodies won’t be able to produce it!

Nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, copper, and sulfur all play a role in the synthesis of collagen. This means that including foods rich in vitamin C (e.g. citrus, bell peppers, berries, tomatoes), zinc/copper (e.g. oysters, cashews, almonds, whole grains), and sulfur (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, onions) can all help your body produce collagen.

Because collagen is a protein made up of amino acids, it makes sense that we also need to consume adequate protein to support its production! Foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, tofu, tempeh, and quinoa are examples of foods rich in protein. In addition to these protein foods, we may also choose to supplement with a collagen powder, which contains the exact amino acids that our bodies need to produce collagen.

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Collagen Supplements: The Research

Like many areas in nutrition, research on collagen supplementation is still in its preliminary stages. That said, early research appears to be promising in the areas of both joint and skin health! Let’s take a look at the results from some studies done in human populations:

  • 2 placebo-controlled clinical trials assessed the effect of daily oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin hydration, and found that supplementation significantly increased skin hydration after 8 weeks of intake. These same studies found that the collagen density in the skin significantly increased as well, along with a reduction in collagen fragmentation. (I)
  • A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial on 120 subjects found that subjects who consumed daily hydrolyzed fish collagen for 90 days had an overall significant increase in skin elasticity, compared to the placebo group. This same study found reduced joint pain and improved joint mobility from collagen supplementation as well. (II)
  • Another double-blind placebo-controlled trial among 69 women ages 35-55 found significant improvement in skin elasticity in the group receiving collagen peptides after 8 weeks. (III)
  • There have been a number of small studies showing that oral collagen supplementation can improve exercise-related join paint among both healthy volunteers and athletes. (IV, V, VI, VII)

While there is still more research to be done, there appears to be a growing body of evidence that collagen supplementation may provide health benefits! Overall, collagen supplementation appears to be safe. If you’re curious to see if collagen supplementation works for you, be sure to choose a high quality supplement while also eating a balanced diet.

Remember – our health is never in isolation, and supplements are meant to be “in addition to” other lifestyle practices! Proper nutrition, minimizing sun damage, and avoiding smoking all help support our body’s production of collagen.

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Matcha Collagen Green Tea Lattes

I personally have been taking Genuine Health’s Marine Clean Collagen (Unflavoured) for the past few months. I love that hydrolyzed collagen is the only ingredient, and that Genuine Health sources their collagen sustainably by using fish skins that would otherwise go to waste. When mixed into food or beverages, I can hardly taste it!

One of my favourite ways to use this collagen powder is in an elevated matcha green tea latte! These drinks are popular in coffee shops, but it is super simple to make them yourself at home. Keep scrolling for 2 delicious recipes – you will LOVE these morning drinks to energize and support you throughout your busy day.

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Thank you so much to my friends at Genuine Health for sponsoring this post and making Walder Wellness possible! As always, all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own. To try some of their products for yourself, feel free to use my discount “walderwellness” for 15% of your next purchase.

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Get the Recipe: Matcha Collagen Tea Lattes: 2 Ways

Support collagen synthesis with these delicious and energizing matcha green tea lattes. Choose from Rose or Maple Cinnamon flavours!
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Ingredients

Rose Matcha Collagen Latte:

  • 1 scoop Genuine Health Marine Clean Collagen (Unflavoured)
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 Tbsp rose water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 cup steamed milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup hot (but not boiling) water

Maple Cinnamon Matcha Collagen Latte:

  • 1 scoop Genuine Health Marine Clean Collagen (Unflavoured)
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup steamed milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup hot (but not boiling) water

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend for 30 seconds until well-combined and frothy!
  • Pour into a mug and enjoy 🙂

Notes

*Lattes can be enjoyed hot immediately, or feel free to chill and serve over ice for an iced matcha latte!
*Recipes make one latte each.

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