Collagen, we have all heard of it. We have heard of it for skin, hair, and nail growth. We have heard of it in protein shakes, but what exactly is it and why do you need it?
About 80-90% of the collagen in our body consists of type I, II, and III collagen. (1) However, over 90% of the collagen in our body is type I. Type I collagen is the strongest. Collagens main purpose is to help with tissues and withstand stretching. Basically collagen gives the skin its strength and elasticity and keeps the joints and tendons strong. Type I collagen is rich in the two amino acids, glycine and proline. Type I collagen is found in the skin, tendons, vascular ligature, organs, gut, and bones. (2) Most people that take collagen, take it in a powder form. Most of those people are body builders. And need a tremendous amount of collagen to help their muscles get massively large. Thats why you will not see type 1 hydrolyzed collagen in a capsule form because most companies gear their product to the body building market. However, with that being said, Organiccs has designed a collagen for the average person ("non body builder") because the needs of type one collagen are still there. The quantity that is needed is far less than a body builders needs. Plus you can take it everyday and not worry about mixing clumpy protein shakes, especially if you have a busy life style and are on the go. Below are some specific ways that the body can utilize collagen:
1.Improves Gut Health
If you suffer from chronic stomach aches, leaky gut syndrome or irritable bowl disease collagen may be one way to heal your gut. Collagen is essential in maintaining a healthy gut. Studies have shown that collagen plays a role in the repair and fibrosis of the gastrointestinal tract. (3) This means that collagen can help heal our intestinal wall and keep it all the tight junctions together. Whether the damage is from inflammation or irritable bowel disease,collagen can help create new smooth muscle to help heal the gut. Collagen is rich in glycine and proline playing a significant role is the healing of stomach lining.With glycine having the ability to inhibit gastric secretion, it can protect the stomach from chemically and stress induced ulcers. (4) Therefore, collagen is a necessary component in maintaining a healthy gut.
2. Improves Joint Health
Ever feel super stiff when you get up? And you say oh it's just because I am getting old, as you stumble to get up from your desk. Well, this is likely because of a loss of collagen production. As we age, our body's collagen production begins to decline, leading to deterioration of bone quality.(5) Studies say around your mid twenties collagen production begins to decline. This ultimately leads to arthritis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. Collagen fights these diseases early on. The common factor in all three of these conditions is inflammation. In these conditions inflammation triggers the breakdown of the bones and joint cells. Which leads to the common symptoms of pain, stiffness, and loss of motion. Science has shown that supplementing with collagen has helped with pain and function in people with arthritic conditions. (6) So, in other words, collagen can help PREVENT this from happening because it minimizes the bone degradation and join degradation. By supplementing with collagen you are using preventative measures and maintaining proper bone health. In summary, collagen can improve mobility, flexibility, and overall bone health.
3. Improves Skin & Hair
As I have said before, collagen is responsible for the skin’s strength and elasticity. So what do you think causes us to get wrinkles as we age? Do you think it's coincidence that as we age our collagen production decreases as well? Yup, you guess right. These two go hand in hand. Collagen will help improve skin elasticity and cellulite. In a study done it was shown that women who took collagen for 4 weeks showed significantly high skin elasticity, positive results on skin moisture and skin evaporation. (7) This is why collagen is used in several beauty products. Having adequate amount of collagen in our body will help improve the volume of our hair by increasing the diameter of each individuals hair. Collagen not only makes your insides health, but also leaves you looking radiant and beautiful on the outside.
4. Wound Healing Lets think about this.
When we get a wound that body has to grow new skin over the area that was damaged. Again we want that stretchy and elastic skin back. This will help increase collagen stores allowing there to be more collagen available for the body to build back new skin. This will improve the quality of the skin and hold the wound together so it won’t tear. I hope by now you're thinking why YES, I definitely should be taking collagen for this!
5. Muscle Mass
Since collagen is important in the growth and maintenance of tendons and ligaments, consuming collage pre & post workout is one way that you could utilize collagen to help recover from workouts. One study found that athletes who supplement collagen hydrolysate can reduce joint pain, mobility, and inflammation which can all negatively impact athletic performance.(8)
Now you may wonder what’s the best way to consume collagen. Actually, absorption of hydrolyzed collagen is 90% compared to 27% or less absorption rate from food. In the Western Diet that we all typically eat, we don’t get enough of collagen (amino acids) So, with that being said, it is a great idea to supplement Type 1 Collagen into your daily regime.
Let's promote wellness. Let's be well. Give Organiccs Absolutely Pure Type One Collagen a try!
Yours in Health,
Nicole Herrera, MS
The Organiccs Team