There are multiple benefits to taking collagen. For starters, it can improve skin health, help with achy joints, keep bones strong and healthy, increase muscle mass, and boost gut health. Debra Jaliman, MD, author of “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a top New York Dermatologist”, says “After the age of 25, we break down more collagen than we make so that’s why we start to see fine lines and wrinkles.” With that, I want you to keep these four things in mind the next time you hear someone talk about collagen.
- Collagen is basically the glue that hold everything in our body. There are more than 28 different types of collagen in our body. Types I, II, III are the most common.
- Collagen helps the body send out cell signals. These are signals that can help with inflammation and repair battered cells.
- Collagen production slowly decreases as you age. This is just part of the normal human cycle of aging.
- It’s the most abundant protein in our body. If you can believe this, collagen makes up more than one third of our total protein in the body.
You may be thinking these are all great, but what does the research say? Let’s break it down:
Improved skin health: As we get older, it is only normal that are skin become lax, losing that youthful look. A double blind- placebo controlled study from Skin Pharmacology and Physiology found that women who consumed between 2.5 and 5 grams of collagen for eight weeks showed a significant improvement in skin elasticity compared to women who took a placebo. 1
Joint pain: It’s part of the human physiological process for the body to break down bone collagen and then rebuild it. Hydrolyzed collagen supplements can help stimulate more collagen in the body. A 2008 study found that athletes with activity related joint pain who took hydrolyzed collagen for six months saw an improvement in their pain.2 Also, a 6-month randomized, double blind study evaluated the efficacy and safety of collagen hydrolysate to participants between the ages of 50 years old with joint pain. The study concluded that participants found an improvement in joint pain.3
Improved gut health: With a little spurt of collagen supplementation in the body, the gut can improve exponentially, especially if you suffer from leaky gut where bacteria and other toxins can invade the rest of the body. One study concluded that collagen strengthens your intestinal and stomach lining, which would help with leaky gut syndrome.4
Sleep: Who doesn’t love getting more Z’s? Glycine is an amino acid, which also acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in collagen to help with calming the peripheral and central nervous systems. One study found that glycine lessened daytime sleepiness and daytime cognitive function.5 Say goodbye to your sleep troubles.
How long does it take for collagen supplements to work?
Each individual is as unique as the supplements they take. Whether it is for your joints or skin and nails, it can take up to 3-4 months to see results. With Persona Nutrition supplements, we offer collagen in our Hair, Skin and Nails and UC-II.
- Karger AG, Basel. Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. Karger Journal. 2014;27:47-55 https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/351376 Accessed. Dec 31 2018.
- Clark KL, Sebastianelli W, Flechsenhar KR, et al. 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Curr Med Res Opin. 2008;24(5):1485-96. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885 Accessed Dec 31 2018.
- Bruyère O, Zegels B, Leonori L, et al. Effect of collagen hydrolysate in articular pain: a 6-month randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study. Complement Ther Med. 2012;20(3):124-30. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22500661 Accessed Dec 31st 2018.
- Graham MF, Drucker DE, Diegelmann RF, Elson CO. Collagen synthesis by human intestinal smooth muscle cells in culture. Gastroenterology. 1987;92(2):400-5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3792777 Accessed Dec 31st 2018.
- Wataru Yamadera, Kentaro Inagawa, Shintaro Chiba, Makoto Bannai, Michio Takahashi, Kazuhiko Nakayama. Glycine Ingestion Improves Subjective Sleep Quality In Human Volunteers, Correlating With Polysomnographic Changes. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. 2007;126-131. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1479-8425.2007.00262.x Accessed Dec 31st 2018.
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