New Research Champions Collagen!

New research from Medical News Today has further strengthened Collagen’s claim to numerous health benefits.

Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in humans. It is responsible for several biological functions, one of which is to provide structural support in connective tissue, muscle and skin.

Collagen is the protein responsible for skin elasticity. It also plays a role in joint and bone health.

Human bodies create collagen naturally. Over time, however, the production of this protein slows down.

As a result, a person’s skin begins to lose some of its ability to bounce back into shape, a process that many call “elasticity.”

As this occurs, wrinkles begin to form therefore people who want wrinkle-free skin or other health benefits often look to supplements to increase their collagen intake.

What are they, do they work, and how?

People can increase their intake of collagen by taking supplements. Most collagen supplements go through the process of hydrolyzation. This means that the manufacturer has broken the collagen in the supplements down into peptides, making it easier for the body to absorb and use.

There are several potential health benefits that collagen supplements offer:

Better skin health

Some people who take collagen supplements are looking to improve the look and overall health of their skin. Many believe that collagen supplements can help reduce the effects of aging, such as by adding moisture to the skin, reducing wrinkles, and improving elasticity.

What do the studies say?

There is evidence to back these claims up. For example, in a study in the Journal of Medical Nutrition and Nutraceuticals, several women drank a mixture containing various vitamins, minerals, hydrolyzed collagen, and hyaluronic acid.

The study showed that compared with those in the control group, the women who drank this mixture reduced the depth of their wrinkles significantly. The participants’ skin hydration and elasticity also improved significantly. There are also claims that collagen may help prevent skin conditions such as acne.

Improved joint health

As a person ages, their joints start to break down. In particular, the spongy cartilage of the joints starts to wear away. There is evidence to suggest that collagen supplements can help with restoring or preventing the deterioration of the cartilage in the joints.

What do the studies say?

One review of the research into collagen supplementation found that using hydrolyzed collagen supplements helps promote joint health and potentially restore bone density in people with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. The review also showed that it helped reduce joint pain.

Increased muscle mass

There is evidence to suggest that using collagen supplements may help increase muscle mass.

What do the studies say?

A small study of men revealed the positive effects of taking collagen supplements when exercising.

The participants study took 15 grams of collagen or a placebo pill per day and engaged in regular exercise for 12 weeks. At the end of this period, those who took the collagen supplements showed an increase in muscle mass and strength that was significantly more pronounced than in those taking the placebo pill.

The researchers theorized that collagen helped stimulate the production of the proteins responsible for muscle growth.

Prevents bone loss

Collagen makes up a significant amount of bone structure and helps keep the bones strong.

As a person ages and collagen production slows, bones can become weaker as the person loses the collagen necessary to keep the bones strong and supported. This can lead to the development of conditions such as osteoporosis.

What do the studies say?

There is evidence to suggest that taking collagen supplements may help prevent the deterioration of bone density and strength.

For example, one study had women take either calcium or calcium and collagen supplements for one year. The researchers found that the women taking the calcium and the collagen had lower levels of a protein responsible for breaking down bones in their blood.

Supports heart health

Taking collagen supplements may also help support a healthy cardiovascular system.

What do the studies say?

In a small study of 30 participants, half took 16g of collagen tripeptide for 6 months. This group saw a significant reduction in artery stiffness and a reduction in their low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol levels. Reducing the stiffness of arteries can help promote heart health.

Other potential benefits

  • Maintaining a healthy gut
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Improving mood
  • Promoting healthy nail and hair growth

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