Collagen is all the rage right now and it’s no wonder – the benefits are spectacular! Plus, everyone wants to look and feel younger, right? I mean, who doesn’t want that? Supplementing with collagen even for just a few weeks now can make a difference in the appearance and health of your hair, skin, and nails. Collagen offers other benefits to the body as well. Keep on reading to learn why we need it and the benefits of it.
Why We Need Collagen?
Collagen is the major component of our skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscles, and is the most abundant protein in the body. We lose collagen as we age which causes wrinkles, brittle bones and instability of joints (which is why consuming a collagen supplement daily is very beneficial). Studies on collagen supplementation prove it is beneficial for hair, skin and nails, but did you know that collagen can help maintain the integrity of your cartilage - the tissue that protects your joints? In fact, studies have shown a significant reduction in pain, stiffness and physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis when supplementing with collagen (Lugo et.al, 2016). Researchers have theorized by supplementing collagen it may accumulate in cartilage and stimulate your tissues to make more collagen.
Another reason why we need collagen is to promote heart health. Did you know collagen provides structure to the blood vessels that carry blood cells from your heart to the rest of the body (also known as arteries), and without enough collagen the arteries may become weak and fragile? Loss of collagen can lead to atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by the narrowing of the arteries, and has the potential to lead to a heart attack and stroke. Researchers have theorized by taking a collagen supplement may help reduce the risk of heart-related conditions. One study showed 31 adults taking a collagen supplement daily had experienced a significant reduction in measures of artery stiffness compared to before, and increased their “good” HDL cholesterol levels by an average of 6%.
Benefits of Collagen
Reduces and prevents wrinkles
Improves elasticity & hydration of skin
Relieves joint pain & improves osteoarthritis
Prevents bone loss & increases bone density
Softens arteries & prevents atherosclerosis
Boosts muscle mass
Strengthens hair & nails
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Lugo, J. P., Saiyed, Z. M., & Lane, N. E. (2016). Efficacy and tolerability of an undenatured type II collagen supplement in modulating knee osteoarthritis symptoms: a multicenter randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Nutrition journal, 15, 14. doi:10.1186/s12937-016-0130-8
Franchesca Choi-Calvin Sung-Margit Juhasz-Natasha Mesinkovsk - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30681787