The combo of whey protein and collagen (gelatin) is a very good one.
I took a few minutes to look at this combo (a good reference point):
This is prepared without Tryptophan or Taurine.
My friend whose health is worse off than mine, but who has taught me a lot in chasing down these health solutions, said this year that she has been taking whey protein and doing a lot better mood wise. Chief suspect there is Tryptophan in the whey.
Collagen doesn’t have Tryptophan in it (important for making serotonin). I had taken Collagen for maybe a few months(?) and didn’t notice a real mood difference to speak of. Of course, you know I have a game-changing mood difference taking 5-HTP which is a step further along from Tryptophan. (I am starting to think about taking Tryptophan instead of 5-HTP and see how I do).
I’ve been taking Magnesium Glycinate (glycine) and now also Taurine for extra insurance. But, here’s why I’m not going to be taking the Taurine any more…
Neither whey nor collagen have Taurine. But, Taurine can be made by adult bodies from Methionine and Cystine. Collagen doesn’t have Cystine. Whey has both. Fish is also high in Taurine. For various reasons, I am increasing fish in my diet. I plan to eat fish at at least one meal per day. Sardines (in water) will be 2-3 meals per week. Also, liver, which I plan to eat once per week.
Collagen is high in Glycine. You know I love Glycine and require a good couple of doses every day. I normally get this from magnesium glycinate supplement.
(But, I’ve been thinking of trying straight glycine supplement so that I can use magnesium oil on my skin.)
So, For mood repair, if you have to choose whey OR collagen, choose whey. But, I do recommend blending the two to cover all the bases.
I’m dairy free, so I have to look at it a different way.
I will definitely stick with collagen daily. This Winter, I will try to make broth at least once a week and use all the broth for that week. I’ve found that saving it in the freezer is too much work. Just make more! And drink up the leftovers.
I will be trying to get my kids and Erik back on the protein shake daily with whey + collagen.
When I get my ears un-clogged from my crap travel diet, I will try a round of whey. I may just do goat whey. I may also try cow’s whey–maybe there is one out there that comes from A2 cows (So that traces of A1 don’t end up in my body).
Some of us are more easily sensitized to foods we eat often. That’s me. So, there’s the possibility of getting sensitized to these products if taken daily. If so, I’ll be going to a free-form amino acid blend in a pill.
To help digest the proteins and reduce the chance of sensitization, it seems prudent to be taking HCL to the degree that a person feels they need it and tolerate it. I am one who may need it and I need to get that into my repertoire on a regular basis. HCL (Such as a supplement of Betaine HCL with Pepsin) should be taken 40 minutes after a meal (anywhere from 30 minutes up to 60 minutes later is still acceptable and helpful). It “mops up” the proteins leftover which haven’t yet broken down in your stomach and gets them ready to enter your small intestine where they can get further processed and absorbed. As such, this should help those with leaky gut who have low stomach acid. Some pretty sharp people do like the work of Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, which informs us about the need for us to eat according to our blood types. Some blood types will do better using HCL.