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Benefits of Collagen

by Lenah Caruana-Eriksson

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that acts as a building block for bones, joints, healthy skin, and connective tissues.

Our body takes care of this building process on its own, but unfortunately, production starts to slow down as early as in our 20’s. There’s also a loss of collagen when exposing ourselves to smoking and UV light. I’m sure we can all agree that we want to remain strong and healthy for a lot longer than that, so what can we do to help ourselves?

Collagen supplement vs collagen in foods

Now is where the supplements come in handy. We can get collagen via foods, but it needs to be broken down by digestive enzymes, while the collagen in supplements has already been broken down – or hydrolyzed. That’s why it’s thought to be absorbed more efficiently than the collagen in foods.

What are the benefits of collagen supplements?

  • It can increase muscle mass – it’s believed that collagen can help stimulate the production of the proteins responsible for muscle growth.
  • Promote heart health – Collagen provides structure to your arteries, the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
  • Prevents bone loss – Did you know that your bones are made up mostly of collagen? As we age, bone mass deteriorates and may lead to conditions that put us at a higher risk of bone fractures. Taking collagen supplements can help prevent this.
  • Healthy Skin – Collagen supplements help slow down the aging of your skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness and increasing skin elasticity.
  • Promote joint health – It’s rich in amino acids that play an essential role in the building of joint cartilage, and it may have anti-inflammatory effects.

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