5 health benefits of collagen. What is collagen? What are it’s health benefits? Isn’t it that stuff the celebrities use to make themselves look younger and to always look like they’re smiling? Yes and no, but hold onto your seats, friends of Bestie. Because today, we’re going to learn all about collagen.
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1. May Ease Joint Pain:02:33
2. May Reverse Skin Aging:04:11
3. It Helps Keep You Fit:05:23
4. May Reduce Cellulite:06:43
5. May Improve Digestion:08:08
1. May Ease Joint Pain.
Remember that joint pain we mentioned mere paragraphs ago? Maybe you’re experiencing it and it’s become pretty annoying, if not unbearable. Don’t worry, collagen might provide the answer to your woes. As we mentioned, collagen helps to provide structure to your joints and tendons. After a while, these joints and tendons break down, and as your production of collagen slows, these same joints start to hurt. Introduce more collagen, and the pain should ease.
These claims are backed by science too. In a 2009 study done by the DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy: “participants took a type II collagen supplement made from chicken necks for 90 days. Results showed that osteoarthritis symptoms decreased by 40 percent while the severity of symptoms dropped by an impressive 33 percent.”
2. May Reverse Skin Aging.
Arguably the worst part about getting older is the changes to your face. What was once beautiful and vibrant is now sagging, littered with wrinkles and sunk by the pressure of time itself. It may seem impossible to regain this youth, save the interjection of a magical fountain or a biblical cup, but it turns out there actually might be something in real life that could help. That’s right, it’s collagen.
The skin altering effects of collagen are well documented. One study done by the DEPARTMENT OF DERMATOLOGY at the University of Kiel discovered that: “[they] randomly chose 46 of 69 women, ages 35 to 55 years old, to take a collagen hydrolysate supplement. The rest of the group took a placebo. The women who took the collagen showed an improvement in skin elasticity within four weeks.”
3. It Helps Keep You Fit.
As if collagen wasn’t awesome enough, it’s now great for building muscle mass and losing weight as well. Collagen is a big part of your muscle tissue, so it’s not surprising that it would be awesome for gaining muscle mass. It also contains a concentrated amount of glycine, an amino acid involved in the synthesis of creatine. Creatine, for those of you out there who aren’t gym rats, can increase muscle mass, strength and exercise performance. So, if you’re looking to get better performance during your workouts, collagen can help you out in so many different ways.
Once again, we have the sources to back up these claims as well. A 2015 study done by the INSTITUTE FOR SPORTS AND SPORTS SCIENCE at the University of Freiburg “looked at collagen supplements in 53 older males with sarcopenia, a condition where you lose muscle mass due to aging. After 12 weeks, those who took supplements along with resistance training saw an increase in fat loss and muscle strength more than the placebo group.”
4. May Reduce Cellulite.
Remember this before we jump into our section here– cellulite is completely natural. Everyone gains it as they grow older, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. HEALTH LINE even found that “cellulite is incredibly common — an estimated 80 to 90 percent of women have it.” So, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
However, cellulite does stink. It’s described by medical experts as “Cellulite is when the layer of fat under the skin pushes up against the connective tissue, creating a dimpled or lumpy appearance on the skin” So if you’ve ever wondered why your face looks older, wrinkled and lumpy, that’s probably because of cellulite. Ugh, great.
5. May Improve Digestion.
Do you have issues with your stomach? Well, this might be because you have a lack of collagen. You see, the protein is very active in the stomach’s connective tissue. It strengthens and supports the protective lining of your digestive tract. When you start to lose collagen, the connections start to weaken, and suddenly you’ve got yourself a problem. These broken connections can lead to a leaky gut syndrome, an affliction which causes particles to pass your intestines into your bloodstream.
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