The Benefits of Collagen:
Collagen declines with age, and for this reason research into collagen has exploded in the past few years. Sadly many products have a boat-load of additives:
Having fillers and preservatives, artificial sweeteners and other unnecessary additives will interfere greatly with the process of rebuilding the body, which really is what you are taking it for in the first place. Collagen is the most abundant source of protein in the human body – but declines quite radically with age. Collagen is excellent for the following:
Collagen, with absolutely nothing added:
Stronger, thicker hair and nails
Healthy joints – also rebuilds cartilage
May rebuild entire organs
Improves arthritis (rather dramatically!)
Increases muscle mass
Promotes weight loss through fat-burning
Helps the body form new collagen of its own
Amazing for gut health – restores digestive balance
Wonderful for a good sleep if taken before bed
Helps prevent and treat osteoporosis
Some people claim it resolves hypertension
Improves bladder weakness
Improves chronic fatigue (definitely improves energy levels)
Helps with autoimmune diseases
Collagen is pure, 100% protein, but does not have the dairy component that many powders have – if you are lactose or casein intolerant dairy isn’t an option. I am opposed to legume powders (like pea protein for example) as there are too many problems here, and it’s not complete protein anyway, high in phytates and lectins etc. If you want something you won’t react to, something pure, this may be your go-to new product. It’s tasteless, has around 20g protein per serving and has no carb content.
Collagen literally ‘holds everything together’ in the body – it’s in your bones, skin, ligaments, joints – it’s everywhere. I have found my back problem has dramatically improved since I’ve been on it. I’d been thrown from several horses as a child and was left with a weak back. It would often ‘go out’, necessitating visits to the physio all my life. Since I’ve been on collagen though, my hair is thicker, skin smoother and the back problem is no more (my physio thinks he’s offended me). The journal Pharmacology and Physiology published a ‘gold standard’ double blind, placebo controlled study in 2014 which demonstrated that just 12 weeks of collagen supplementation improved skin elasticity, structure and moisture visibly.
As we age, collagen levels decrease, skin sags and joints ache through a process called ptosis. A lack of collagen also has knock-on effects like instability and weakness in our organs, the heart and prostate may enlarge due to lack of collagen and bone begins to lose density as collagen levels drop. Collagen is like a cushion between your joints and your bones, it keeps your arteries strong so as to resist plaque formation and keeps your skin moist, plump and supple. With declining digestive capacity (illness, age, compromised gut function), protein absorption from food is often incomplete leading to very large peptide chains in the body which cannot be effectively utilised. A good hydrolysed collagen will be extremely easy to absorb, and you will actually notice the results very soon.