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Collagen is an abundant protein found in the skin, bones, joints, and tissues.
It's mainly responsible for maintaining the structure of our bodies.
The problem is, as we age our body's natural collagen production starts to slow down so we end up getting wrinkles, the joints start to break down and hurt, bones get frail, etc.
A good way to combat this is to actually supplement with collagen as it's been shown to be both preventative and reparative making it an essential supplement for people in every stage of life, young or old.
Here are 6 ways collagen supplementation can benefit you!
#1 Skin health
Collagen is found in the skin and its role is to help with elasticity and hydration. As we get older, our skin naturally produces less collagen which causes us to have dryer more wrinkle-filled skin.
Collagen supplementation has been found to both prevent and reverse this!
One study found that people who drank a collagen beverage daily for 12 weeks had more hydrated skin and a significant reduction in wrinkle depth compared with a control group
#2 Helps relieve joint pain
Joint pain happens when cartilage, the rubbery tissue that acts as a cushion for your joints, gets worn down.
Since cartilage is made up of collagen, supplementing has been shown to be both preventative and healing to damaged joints because it actually stimulates your body to produce it naturally.
In one study, 73 athletes who consumed 10 grams of collagen daily for 24 weeks had a significant decrease in joint pain, compared with a control group. ( 10Trusted Source ).
#3 Prevents bone loss
Collagen plays a big role in keeping bones rigid and strong.
Bones tend to break down as we age so a great way to prevent and reverse that process is to supplement with collagen.
In one study, 66 people took 5 grams of collagen daily for 12 months and were measured against a control group.
Those who took the collagen showed an increase of up to 7% in their bone mineral density (BMD), a common indicator of bone health, compared with the control group. (
#4 Promotes lean muscle
Protein is known as the building block of muscle and collagen is a protein with abundant amino acids, the building blocks of muscle.
Supplementing with collagen can help your body naturally create other muscle proteins like creatine and ultimately helps to repair muscle tissue and maintain lean muscle mass.
#5 Heart health
Supplementing with collagen may improve heart health due to the structure collagen provides to your arteries, the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
Without enough collagen, arteries become weak which leads to blood flow problems. (
In one study, 31 healthy adults took 16 grams of collagen daily for 6 months. By the end, they had a significant reduction in measures of artery stiffness, compared with before they started taking the supplement (
They also saw HDL “good” cholesterol increase by an average of 6% which is a good indicator of a healthy heart.
Where to get it
Since we consider ourselves to be a healthy habits company, we knew we had to offer collagen to our customers as it's one of the best habits you can develop to maintain optimal health!
We now have 100% Grass-fed Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides!
Collagen is one of the easiest supplements to use because it's tasteless and can be added to anything!
One of our favorite ways to use it is to add 1 scoop of Collagen to 1 scoop of ProLoco, our totally Loco hydration + protein drink mix, for a tasteless protein boost!
To learn more and get some, CLICK HERE!