The Benefits of Collagen Supplements


BLOG, Health, Makeup, Skincare / Friday, February 21st, 2020

Collagen is one of the most talked about supplements right now. For centuries, Asian women have viewed collagen as a fountain of youth, routinely consuming foods like pig’s feet, shark fins, and donkey skin in hopes of smoothing and plumping skin and preserving aging joints. In the US, collagen became best known in the 1980s as an expensive injectable filler to plump lips and soften lines. But only in recent years, as companies have come up with more appetizing ways to take it, collagen begun to catch on here. But what is it, and why do you need it?

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the main structural protein in the extracellular matrix in the various connective tissues in the body. As the main component of connective tissue, it is the most abundant protein in mammals, making up from 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. It is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and skin.

Collagen is often called the body’s scaffolding. “It’s the glue that holds the body together”, says board certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe. She says “collagen makes up about 75% of the dry weight of your skin, providing volume that keeps skin looking plump and keeps lines at bay. It’s also rich in in the amino acids proline and glycine, which you need to maintain and repair your tendons, bones, and joints.”

“As we get older, we break it down faster than we can replace it,” she says, noting that we begin to lose about 1% of our collagen per year in our mid-20s and lose as much as 30% during the first 5 years of menopause. “This, unfortunately, means drier skin.” Sun exposure, cigarette smoke and pollution can also accelerate collagen breakdown. “The concept of supplementing our collagen, especially as we age and as our body’s natural collagen production declines, is incredibly appealing from a dermatologic standpoint,” she Bowe.

Over the years, wear and tear on skin, hair, bone and joints become more prevalent. Ultimately, this wear and tear can result in dry and wrinkled skin, joint aches, and weakened bones. Our bodies depend on their natural collagen production to maintain skin elasticity and provide structural support in connective tissue and muscles and joints. However, as we age, the production of this vital protein begins to slow down—supplementing with collagen may help this issue. 

Declining collagen levels in the body cause negative changes with regards to skin, hair, bones and muscles. Collagen supplementation is critical for healthy aging because of its unique role in helping to maintain and support the important aspects of skin, hair, bone, joint and muscle health!

Collagen supplements

Types of Collagen

There are different types of collagen, but I, II, III are the major types and each can function in different aspects of the body. Primarily, collagen types I and III are grouped together because they are the most abundant and have similar functions. They are best for skin, hair, bone and muscle health. Studies have shown collagen peptides provide numerous beneficial effects on skin by helping to promote skin elasticity, thickness and hydration.

Other research shows the important role of collagen for bone health and strength. Type II collagen is heavily concentrated in cartilage and therefore has been shown as most effective for joint health. However, there is research that shows types I and III also have benefits on joint health. After collagen is absorbed in the body, it works in the various tissues where cells will build the peptides into complete collagen that support the areas that need it – skin, hair, bone, muscle, joint, etc.

Hydrolyzed collagen peptides refer to collagen that has been broken down into much shorter chains of amino acids, which creates a form that is better absorbed into the bloodstream.

The Research

Often referred to as a “complex protein,” collagen contains a plethora of different amino acids, including hydroxyproline, which does not occur in other proteins, and is found everywhere in the body. Studies show that it is one of the most plentiful proteins in mammals as it is responsible for several biological functions.

One 2014 study of 69 women ages 35 to 55 found that those who took 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen daily for 8 weeks showed a lot of improvement in skin elasticity, compared with those who didn’t take it.

Another found that women who took 1 gram per day collagen supplement for 12 weeks had 76% less dryness, 12% fewer visible wrinkles, better blood flow in the skin, and a 6% higher collagen content.

And a 2019 review of eight studies including 805 patients concluded that preliminary results are promising for the short and long-term use of oral collagen supplements for wound healing and skin aging.

Pure Collagen +

Signs of aging can mean changes in hair, skin, bones and joints. Age however is not the only contributing factor. A diet lacking in diverse protein sources or missing some important antioxidant co-factors can additionally limit our metabolic potential. Our bodies depend on their natural collagen production to maintain skin elasticity and provide structural support in our connective tissue and muscles and joints. As we age, the production of this vital protein begins to slow down, supplementing with collagen may help this issue. Pure Collagen+ offers a comprehensive grass-fed bovine collagen formula, hydrolyzed into small bioactive peptides that support healthy collagen production and maintenance throughout the body.

Often referred to as a “complex protein,” collagen contains a plethora of different amino acids, including hydroxyproline, which is found everywhere in the body, making it a particularly important component of our diet and often supplementation. Studies show that collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in mammals as it is responsible for several biological functions. Because collagen is a unique type of protein accounting for as much as 30% of the body’s total protein, it is an essential component of our dietary regimen. Pure Collagen+ is especially unique because it offers 10 grams of hydrolyzed grass-fed bovine collagen which includes not just Type I collagen but also type III which is missing from collagens exclusively from marine sources.

Antioxidants are known for their ability to help quench free radicals, thus promoting the performance of your body’s collagen to work most optimally. While most collagen is hard to assimilate into tissues, hydrolyzed collagen has a higher potential for absorption when pairing it with cofactors like vitamin C, vitamin E and biotin. The combination of specific nutrients may allow your body to generate its own collagen naturally while also supporting the utilization of collagen peptides. Pure Collagen+ is formulated with bamboo stem extract (with 70% silica), acerola, Vitamin C and Vitamin E; each providing antioxidant support and helping to promote the healthy development of collagen. Specifically, Vitamin C is an essential vitamin the body requires for collagen production and has shown to aid in the production of collagen in young and older adults. The additional support of the added ingredient of Biotin, which may be obtained through food or supplementation, naturally aids the body’s keratin production, which acts like collagen in the way that they both support the structural fibers (structural proteins) of the body’s connective tissues.

Benefits:

  • Antioxidant support 
  • Supports healthy bones 
  • Supports bone health 
  • Supports skin health 
  • May support skin barrier health and function 
  • Helps maintain healthy skin elasticity, thickness and hydration 
  • Helps maintain hair and nail quality 
  • May support joint health 
  • Supports healthy joint tissue, health & function involving cartilage, tendons & ligaments 
  • May help maintain muscle strength 
  • Supports healthy collagen maintenance throughout the body 
  • May support a healthy gut lining 
  • May support normal healing 

It is often assumed that collagen supplements can only benefit women versus men due to their association with beauty products, especially those offering lifting and firming benefits. While it is true that collagen is a great skin health supplement, this does not limit it to a specific gender; collagen’s powerful skin, bone and joint benefits are essential to both women and men’s health. As a matter of fact, studies show that daily use of collagen supplementation may help maintain muscle strength, an important benefit to everyone.

Selecting the right collagen can be difficult with such a large selection available in the market and there is a lot one should keep in mind when making their selection, such as the source of the collagen or if it is non-GMO. Pure Collagen+ is sourced from non-GMO animal-derived grass-fed bovine collagen, so you can ensure the collagen is natural in form; collagen sourced from animals has shown to be more beneficial than eating plant-based foods that solely work to promote collagen synthesis within the body. 3 Pure Collagen+ comes in a convenient flavorless powder, making it perfect for adding to water, coffee, smoothies or your favorite beverage. For optimal results, it is suggested to consume 1 serving daily.*

Offering 10 grams of hydrolyzed grass-fed bovine collagen, plus Biotin to support healthy collagen production in the body.*

FAQs

Pure Collagen+ specifically contains 10 grams of grass-fed bovine-Type I and Type III hydrolyzed/hydrolysate powder collagen, what does this mean for the body? 
There are several different types of collagens. Collagen is a crucial building block of the tissues in the body. Type I and III collagens account for 90% of the collagen in the human body, thus supplementation of types I and III can be beneficial for the body.5 Marine Sources of collagen do not contain Type III collagen making grass-fed bovine collagen found in Pure Collagen+ ideal for skin, hair and nails- as well as active bone and muscle.

Pure Collagen+ is in an agglomerated form of collagen, what does this mean?
Agglomerated collagen powder is highly bio-available (or easily absorbed by the body) and can be dissolved more quickly into liquids, without clumping together.

Who should take Pure Collagen+? 
Pure Collagen+ is suitable for men and women seeking to promote healthy collagen production for the very best in self-care. Collagen, being the most abundant protein in the body, makes it an essential for both women and men. Collagen production declines by 1%-1.5% in early adulthood, which means our bodies do not produce as much collagen as before. 6 If not maintained, skin loses elasticity (or the ability to spring back) and joints may not function as well. Collagen is what helps joints, maintains healthy muscle strength, and provides skin and hair health. Since both men and women are concerned about maintaining healthy bodies this is good for appearance as well as physical performance during exercise and day-to-day activities. Decreased amounts of collagen may mean you may notice changes in your hair, appearance of your skin, and changes in joint comfort.

Who should avoid using Pure Collagen+?
If you are vegan or allergic to any of the ingredients in Pure Collagen+ you should not use this product. Pure Collagen+ contains collagen from grass-fed bovine which means it uses animal byproducts. Because it is sourced from grass-fed bovine the product is non-GMO. As with any change in supplementation, consult your primary physician before using.

Are there any collagen products that are vegetarian? 
Collagen products are created with animal sources; this is only to obtain the collagen necessary. While collagen is sourced from animals such as bovine and marine animals, not the actual meat itself. Collagen cannot be sourced from plants themselves but consuming a sufficient amount of plants from diverse plants or leafy greens may assist the body’s production of collagen.

Can my child take collagen?
Collagen is regarded safe to take. Teens ages 13-19 would benefit from collagen intake since it may support joint health, help maintain healthy muscle, and promote bone health. As with any supplement, we recommend that you talk with your pediatrician before introducing your child to collagen, as each child’s nutritional needs will differ.

When should I take Pure Collagen+?
It can be taken anytime throughout the day as desired. Take first thing in the morning or before a meal (on an empty stomach) for digestive health, take 1 hour before exercise to assist in muscle and joint comfort, before bed for restful sleep.

What can I mix Pure Collagen+ with?
Pure Collagen+ has a neutral flavor that can be mixed in water, stirred into coffee or added to shakes and smoothies. Pure Collagen+ mixes best with liquids that are room temperature or warmer without any aftertaste. Adding it to colder drinks may cause it to lump together. Try it in your favorite drink any time of day. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


The Benefits of Collagen Supplements

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