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Gnarly boosts lineup with Collagen Pro

Adding to its quality line of supplement products for athletes, Gnarly Nutrition has added Gnarly Collagen Pro.

Collagen, which is the body’s most abundant structural protein, provides the structure that builds strength in joints.

There are some foods that are high in collagen, including fish, chicken, egg whites, berries, red and yellow vegetables, garlic and citrus fruits.

However, collagen production declines with age. Athletes, of course, are especially vulnerable to joint-related injuries so taking collagen peptides 30 to 60 minutes before training will trigger collagen synthesis, strengthening tendons, ligaments and joints, says Gnarly’s Shannon O'Grady, who received her doctorate in biology from the University of Utah.

“For a long time, I had a bit of an issue with collagen protein in the market because I didn't think the science was there quite yet,” she says. “I've slowly been convinced, as more and more science comes out, that it is definitely a good thing for athletes who put a lot of wear and tear on their joints, tendons and ligaments to incorporate collagen into their nutrition. It's taken me a bit of time to be convinced but I think I'm there. The research isn't where I want it to be yet, but it definitely occurred to me that it should be in everybody's diet. It's getting there and it's pretty convincing.”

O’Grady helps steer Gnarly’s commitment to developing high-quality products for endurance athletes to use before, during and after workouts.

Gnarly Collagen Pro peptides contain 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C and 15mg of zinc to help collagen absorption

O'Grady says it was intentional for Collagen Pro to be Gnarly’s first unflavored product.

“Most of the research suggests that for collagen to have the impact in terms of injury prevention it really needs to be taken before training because blood flow to joints is really poor,” she says. “In order to get those amino acid building blocks there's going to be glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, the main component of collagen, and are important for collagen synthesis. To really get those to joints you need the blood flow that is promoted by activities.”

For me, Gnarly Collagen Pro is another edition to my nutrition routine. I also use Gnarly Vegan in protein drinks and Gnarly’s BCAA mix. Gnarly’s products are cleaner, healthier and more effective than other similar ones like Ucan.

I have found that Gnarly’s Collagen mixes great in hot or cold water. I’ve tried it in my morning coffee and smoothies before workouts.

O’Grady says that a challenge for Gnarly now is to educate its customers on how to properly use collagen in their daily routines.

“Collagen protein is different from the other proteins in our line, which are more recovery proteins,” she says. “They're high in essential amino acids and high in branched amino acids. They're important for muscle repair and synthesis. Collagen protein doesn't fall into that category. You're purely taking collagen protein for potential injury preventative, and then for rehab if you already have an injury. It should be taken prior to training, while those recovery proteins should be taken after training. We're going to really push hard on making sure that our customers understand the difference.”


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