If hydrolyzed collagen improves joint and skin health, then everyone over the age of 45 needs to know about this.
Because after the age of 45 our body’s ability to replenish collagen declines by about 1.5% per year.
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Collagen is the most prevalent protein in your body. It provides structural support and strength to many tissues, especially your skin and joints.
As you age you see and feel the effects of collagen not properly being replenished.
Skin loses its strength and elasticity resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
Joints become stiff and painful.
Scientists have broken this collagen down into three main groups:
Type I collagen – is mainly found in the skin and represents about 80% of all collagen. This type of collagen in also found in bone, tendons, and ligaments.
Type II collagen – is the type of collagen found in cartilage, which is the connective tissue that protects the ends of bones.
Type III collagen – is a component of blood vessels and other soft tissues.
By itself collagen is a large and complex protein. Because of this it cannot be easily digested or absorbed into the body.
This is were hydrolyzed collagen comes in.
Sometimes called collagen peptides, they are formed through enzymatic hydrolysis of collagen. This process breaks down collagen into smaller segments that are water soluble, non-gelling, and highly absorb able.
Once absorbed into your bloodstream, they can be taken to the various areas of your body to be reformed into the complex collagen molecule.
Over the last two years there have been numerous studies that have shown the following benefits towards healthier and younger-looking skin:
Improved skin hydration
Improved skin elasticity
Improved skin texture
Reduced fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet
Hydrolyzed collagen also improved the flexibility and texture of nails.
Studies are also being done on how hydrolyzed collagen can be used to improve joint health.
Joints are where two or more bones meet. Cartilage helps these joints maintain their full range of motion. As we age, our joint cartilage breaks down.
As this joint cartilage becomes thin, rough, and cracked it gives rise to the medical condition called osteoarthritis. This results in inflammation and joint pain.
Collagen is vital to the health and structure of cartilage. As well as the supporting ligaments and tendons that surround the joint.
Hydrolyzed collagen has been shown to help repair damaged cartilage resulting in greater volume and structure. This then aids in reducing pain and improving joint mobility.
Hydrolyzed collagen has also shown benefits in the following areas:
Bone Loss Prevention
Muscle Mass Improvement
In reviewing clinical studies, the amount taken ranges from 2.5 – 15 grams of hydrolyzed collage per day. This use has been broken down into the following three recommendations:
2.5 grams per day for joint pain, skin health, and hydration.
5 grams per day to improve bone density
15 grams per day to improve muscle mass and body composition
Hydrolyzed collagen either comes in a capsule form or as a powder that you can mix in with both food and drink.
Because hydrolyzed collagen comes from cattle, seafood, poultry, pigs, or other animal sources, there is no vegetarian or vegan method for consuming this ingredient.
So if you’re experiencing joint pain or sagging and wrinkled skin, then you might want to consider investing in a good hydrolyzed collagen supplement.
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