Collagen supplements for better health: do they really work?


Human bodies are capable of naturally producing collagen protein, but their generation becomes slower over time. This is when supplements are recommended, since collagen is responsible for the elasticity of the skin, joining the ligaments of the knee and other joints. About 28 types of collagen are found in the body, but it is types I, II and III that comprise 80 to 90 percent of all the collagen present in the body. While the first two types are present in the skin and bones, type III is present in the joints. Supplements are developed from collagen derived from the bones and joints of cows and pigs, which tend to have collagen I, II and III. Supplements can be purchased online in the form of capsules, powders and tablets. The content of the supplement varies from hydrolyzed, raw to gelatin. There are not many studies that support the benefits of supplements and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not support the claims of any company that makes supplements. The effectiveness of the supplements depends on the needs and constitution of each person. These are some of the potential benefits: Bone Density
Type I collagen is one of the main components within our bones. Supposedly, collagen supplements prevent bone loss, benefiting people with osteoporosis. Most of the research so far has been done in animals and more human-based studies are needed to verify this possibility.
A study in 131 postmenopausal women demonstrated the positive effect of taking the collagen supplement. When women took 5 grams of the Fortibone supplement, a hydrolyzed version of collagen, every day for a year, their bone density increased by 3 percent in the spine and 7 percent in the bones of the femur. Muscle mass If accompanied by resistance training, the collagen supplement could possibly stimulate muscle growth. The evidence is limited. When older men and premenopausal women took collagen supplements along with consistent resistance training, they experienced an increase in muscle mass compared to participants who took placebo in these two different studies. SkinSome evidence suggests that taking collagen increases its presence in the skin, which increases skin elasticity and eliminates wrinkles. The skin has the first three types of collagen. Some studies indicated that the skin may stop growing by one percent, thus reducing aging. Joints The cartilage, the damping present inside the joints, is formed by type II collagen and its supplementation supposedly relieves pain. Some studies suggested that collagen supplements decrease joint pain, especially in people suffering from osteoarthritis. A limited number of studies associates the consumption of collagen with better skin health, better symptoms of arthritis, faster wound healing and lower risk of muscle wasting. Pixabay (TagsToTranslate) collagen types i (t) ii and iii (t) collagen supplements (t) bone density (t) muscle mass (t) skin (t) joints


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