1: IMPROVED SKIN ELASTICITY AND AGING
Collagen has made a strong name for itself for its anti-ageing properties. But what does the science say?
A recent study observed 69 women between the ages of 35 and 55 over eight weeks, who consumed a collagen supplement. The women who consumed the collagen showed significant improvements in skin elasticity compared to the women who took a placebo.
Another study showed that older women in the collagen group experienced more noticeable improvements. It was suggested that because collagen production decreases with as we age which would leave more room for improvement. Other studies have shown improved skin hydration levels with collagen supplementation.
2: HEAL LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
For those who suffer from Irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS) and leaky gut syndrome understand how painful it can really be. IBS causes nutrients and toxic substances to be “leaked” back into the bloodstream. This causes negative effects like bloating, fatigue, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation and malnutrition. Collagen can be helpful as it breaks down proteins and soothes your gut’s protective lining and heals damaged cell walls.
3: BRAIN AND ALZHEIMER’S PROTECTION
A study has shown that collagen IV is able to protect the brain against amyloid-beta proteins, one of the causes of Alzheimer’s. Collagen proteins create protection for your brain that combats the amyloid-beta proteins that attack neurons and cause Alzheimer’s disease.
4: BOOST METABOLISM
It is well known that as we age our bodies lose muscle mass and gain fat, but collagen can help combat against this. First, the amino acid Glycine which is found in high doses in collagen helps form muscle by converting glucose into energy and having more muscle burns more calories. Second, studies have found that collagen helps ageing individuals maintain lean body muscle and preserve nitrogen balance.
5: REMOVE JOINT AND KNEE PAIN
Studies reveal that shows collagen may be able to relieve joint pain. A 4 month study monitored athletes who consumed a collagen supplement. They found that collagen reduced pain while standing, lifting heavy objects and even at rest. In another study, scientists experimented over 180 days to see if a collagen supplement would affect knee pain, participants experienced lower scores on the osteoarthritis index and less pain, stiffness and physical limitations.
6: LESS BACK PAIN
A study gave 1,200 milligrams of collagen a day (or a placebo) to 200 individuals with back pain and who were over 50 years old, found that within 6 months, over 20 percent of the collagen group saw a significant improvement in their back pain after taking collagen every day.
7: SAY GOODBYE TO BRITTLE, BROKEN NAILS
Astudy of participants who were given 2.5-grams of collagen peptide each day for 4 months experiences on average, a12 percent increase in nail growth, a 42 percent drop in broken nails and a 64 percent overall improvement in formerly brittle nails.
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