Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and provides several biological functions.
As we age, we produce less collagen, which is where supplements come in.
While certain foods provide collagen, supplements may be the better way to get those extra amounts of collagen.
Also known as hydrolyzed collagen or collagen peptides, these supplements come in various forms:
Do collagen supplements work?
The effectiveness of collagen supplements largely depends on what you use them for.
Some of the benefits include:
- Better skin health
- Improved joint health
- Increased muscle mass
- Prevents bone loss
- Supports heart health
Better Skin Health
- Collagen may significantly reduce the depth of wrinkles
- May improve skin hydration and elasticity
- May increase moisture levels in the skin
- May prevent certain skin conditions like acne
Improved Joint Health
- Helps promote joint health
- May potentially restore some bone density in people with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
- Helps reduce joint pain
Increased Muscle Mass
- May increase muscle mass and strength
- May help stimulate the production of proteins responsible for muscle growth
Prevents Bone Loss
- May help prevent deterioration of bone density and strength
- May lower levels of a protein responsible for breaking down bones in their blood
Supports Heart Health
- May support a healthy cardiovascular system
- May reduce artery stiffness and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels
Collagen supplements may deliver these additional benefits (although there is no scientific research backing them yet):
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Improving mood
- Maintaining a healthy gut
- Reducing anxiety
- Promoting healthy hair and nail growth