First of all, what is collagen?
Collagen is a prominent structural protein that helps to hold together our connective tissues including tendons, ligaments, skin, cartilage, and bones. It is sometimes referred to as the “glue” that helps to hold everything together.
Collagen protein is made up of strings of certain sequences of amino acids (amino acids are compounds that act as the blueprint for proteins). So the more of these amino acids available, the more collagen that can be built up in the various connective tissues.
What are collagen “peptides”?
Collagen peptides are short chains of amino acids that make up collagen protein. You can think of peptides as broken up pieces of collagen protein. When your body has an abundance of these certain amino acids, then these amino acids can be used to buildup collagen in the body. In other words, these peptides (short strings of amino acids) will be strung together in the body to synthesize collagen protein.
Note that there are several different types of collagen protein, but the most prominent are types 1, 2, and 3. What differentiates these types is their specific amino acids and their specific amino acid sequence. . Collagen supplements will contain the amino acids from these most prominent collagen protein types.
The great thing about collagen peptide supplements is that they come in powder form and are easy to blend and mix into meals and snacks, such as a smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal.
Why do we care about collagen?
As we age our collagen supply takes a hit because collagen breaks down and the production of collagen decreases. This leads to decreased integrity of our major connective tissues. For this reason, supplementing with the building blocks of collagen protein helps our body to restore this loss and improve our appearance as well as prevent pain.
There are so many benefits of supplementing with collagen, and below lists tops benefits:
1. Great for skin
Supplementing with collagen peptides has been found to be great for your skin, most notably for preventing signs of aging.[1, 2, 3, 4]. Read about the top benefits of collagen for your skin with our article here.
2. Great for joints
If you have joint pain or you want to prevent joint pain (who doesn’t?) supplementing with collagen has been found to be effective for this. There was a 24 week study done that found significant improvement in joint pain in athletes who supplemented with collagen. [5.6].
3. Improved muscle strength
Supplementing with collagen peptides along with resistance training has been found to increase muscle strength. .
3. Great for your gut
Certain amino acids found in collagen have been shown to improve the integrity of the gut as well as prevent inflammation in the gut. .
4. Great for hair
Collagen is a main structural protein of hair, and supplementing with collagen peptides supplies the necessary amino acids to keep hair strong.
Our experience with collagen peptides..