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Collagen and Glycine Facts

By September 27, 2017May 11th, 2022Dairy Free, Nutrition Education

Collagen and Glycine Facts

If you have never heard of glycine let me tell you a little bit about why EVERYONE should be adding this to your regimen.

You most likely are hearing a lot about collagen and new collagen products. Collagen peptides ensure there are biologically active peptides that are easy for the body to utilize (study link). Choosing one that is properly sourced and contain only top ingredients will give you better results.

There have been many studies showing a wide range of benefits from collagen. You get a lot of glycine from collagen. THIS STUDY showed that the glycine derived from collagen is essential to maintain the normal structure and strength of connective tissue, such as bones, skin, cartilage, and blood vessels. Many other studies have shown benefits ranging form immune health, digestive health, bone strength and much more. It also greatly benefits the skin and reduced wrinkles and aging. Smoking reduces collagen synthesis and that is why smokers have more wrinkles.

Another important benefit of collagen is that it is the second most ferment-able substrate behind FOS (fructooligosaccharides). This study showed that collagen is great for feeding our gut flora, much better than almost any plant fiber (collagen is 7.96 where plant fiber is 1.53). So the push for feeding the gut flora with lots of plant fiber is really not needed. Just add some collagen.


Collagen is derived from the connective tissues, bones and skin of animals (typically beef). This is one of the reasons bone broth is great for health (CLICK HERE to get the all new Kettle and Fire Mushroom and Chicken Bone Broth!). It contains collagen. The collagen peptide products isolate the collagen and give you a much more concentrated dose. They are also very convenient as they dissolve easily into water or other foods and have no taste or smell. That is why we love the Further Foods Collagen (use coupon code: MARIAMINDBODY  for 5% off). It is grass-fed, pasture raised, NON-GMO, kosher and has only 1 ingredient. This makes it really easy to add to any recipe. But note, this type will not gel up like with gelatin. For that use the Great Lakes collagen (red can).


  1. Can help with skin elasticity and aging. This means when losing a lot of weight it can help the skin shrink better, reduce wrinkles and cellulite
  2. It can help strengthen hair and reduce hair loss
  3. Improves joint health
  4. Builds bone strength
  5. Contains 18 amino acids that help muscle and ligament repair and recovery
  6. Contains glycine that helps with immune system health and helps with digestion



You can either add collagen powder (we like THIS ONE, use coupon code: MARIAMINDBODY for 5% off) or glycine capsules into your daily routine. Click HERE to find the glycine capsules I prefer and take daily. You want to take 1000mg glycine daily on an empty stomach. Collagen is the best as you get additional benefits from the other amino acids it contains.

It is found that collagen powder has maximum health benefits. The problem is when the powders have added things to the ingredients list to make them extra tasty. Watch out for those brands. There are MANY collagen companies on the market now, but way too many of them have added carbs and junk in the ingredients. I searched high and low for the best quality collagen that has zero carbs and maximum benefits! I only use Further Foods Unflavored Collagen!

Click HERE to order the collagen I love that has 0 carbs! Use coupon code: MARIAMINDBODY for 5% off

I even add a scoop to my boys drink! They love Everly water and since the Further Food collagen is flavorless, they do not even notice I added it!


Some recipes I love to add Collagen are:

1. Keto Fudge

2. Immune Boosting Ice Pops

3. Pumpkin Shake

4. Shamrock Shake

5. Pumpkin Pie Push Pops

6. Bone Broth Gummies

7. Gummy Bears

8. Easy Keto Ice Pops

9. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Pops

10. Pumpkin Latte




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 Thank you for your love and support!


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Lisa says:

    Hi, I was going to order the collagen you recommend and the discount code isn’t working.

  • Kathleen says:

    What is the difference between the Further Foods collagen and the Great Lakes collagen in the green can?

    • Sonja says:

      I would like an answer to this too. I’ve been using the Great Lakes collagen in the green bag for a couple of years now.

    • Sandy R. says:

      I buy the Great Lakes Green – by the case – love it and it is much cheaper and the quality is great! It’s about $19.00 a can for 16 oz.

      • Marla says:

        I buy it directly from the Great Lakes website in the 8-lb bag. Even though Great Lakes doesn’t offer free shipping, buying the 8-lb bag from them is still cheaper than buying any of Amazon’s 1-lb canister packs with free shipping.

    • Dell0821 says:

      Great Lakes has gelatin, Further Food is powder.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Further Foods is a hydrolyzed collagen peptide. This means that it is more bio available than gelatin. It also means it is odorless and tastless and dissolves easily in water without gelling up. So it is easy to add to water or a drink or any food.

  • Mary says:

    Is this necessary if you drink 1 cup of homemade bone broth every day?

  • Candy nelson says:

    I had a question – I did purchase the green can from land of lakes, what about the protein in this product as it states take 2 rounded tablespoon twice daily with trying to lose weight would that take all my protein for the day? Also then would it be better to purchase the capsules you stated above.?
    I have purchased 3 of your books and I’m trying this on my own threw your recipes which are amazing
    Thank you

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      2 tablespoons is 12g protein. So twice a day that would be 24 grams of protein. You will need more than that (at least 75g or so of protein a day from all food sources).

  • Cheryl P says:

    Great Lakes has two different products, gelatin (red/orange container) and hydrolyzed collagen (green container). The hydrolyzed collagen (green label) is odorless, colorless, and dissolves easily without gelling (never gels). I’m looking at the label for the hydrolyzed collagen right now: one serving is 12 grams or 2 rounded tablespoons, containing 11 grams of protein and 12 grams of collagen hydrolysate.

  • Hi! I have a question… I started eating Keto about 5 weeks ago and truly feel better every week in terms of energy. At first I felt super hydrated by the fats. 2 weeks ago I started experiencing extreme dryness under my feet and dry eyes. I started adding whole good salt to my water. I am wondering if you have any other suggestions or if it is something you have seen with clients before.
    Thank you!

  • Beth says:

    Hi! I started taking the Further Foods Collagen a few weeks ago. Should I be adding glycine in addition to the Collagen? Or is that taken care of with the FF Collagen? Thanks!

  • Megan says:

    What do you think about the Biocell collagen capsules? I would like my husband to add some collagen but he won’t use the powder like I do in my coffee…juat wonder if those capsules are any good?

  • monika says:

    Do you still get the benefits of collagen with the orange canister (i.e. the stuff that gels)?

  • Kathy says:

    You mentioned electrolytes for dehydration. What product do you recommend for electrolytes? Thank you.

  • CK says:

    Hi Maria,

    I wanted to find out if you like FF Marine Collagen or their Collagen Peptides better? I just ran out of my usual collagen but had not heard about the marine collagen before. Is there one that is better than the other for gut health?

    THANK YOU!! By the way – THANK YOU for only having ads on your site that you support and actually use. SO HELPFUL.

  • Just tried the Further Foods Collagen Peptides you recommend. Maria, I’m hooked! There is no taste, which is amazing. It dissolves easily in my tea or coffee, and it doesn’t thicken the liquid. What a life-saver! Thank you for caring enough to keep the rest of us informed, healthy, and excited to continue our journeys. Sending you lots of positive vibes! 🙂

  • Kathryn DeSilva says:

    Hi Maria,
    I purchased the collagen but the first two times I added it to my day I had bowel issues. I a man going to cut back to half scoop per day and build up. Is there anything else you recommend? Thank you for all you do.

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