Collagen is not just for your skin!

Written by: 
Dr Christa North
 
Collagen also plays an important role in:
  • Heart Health
  • Joint Health
  • Weight Loss/Management
  • Bone Health
  • Muscle Mass
Collagen Promotes Heart Health
GENEWELL
 
Researchers have theorised that taking collagen supplements may help reduce the risk of heart-related conditions.  Collagen provides structure to the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of your body. Without enough collagen, arteries may become weak, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by the narrowing of the arteries. 
 
In one study, 31 healthy adults took 16 grams of collagen daily for six months. At  the end of the study, they had experienced a significant reduction in measures of artery stiffness compared to before they started taking the supplement.  Additionally, they increased their levels of “good” HDL cholesterol by an average of 6%. 
 
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Joints & Bone Health
·      Cartilage-regenerative and anti-inflammatory effects of Peptan
·      Stimulating chondrocytes (cartilage cells)
·      Maintaining healthy joints
 
Helps relieve joint pain
·      Restoring bone mineral density
·      Improving bone strength
·      Stimulating osteoblasts (bone cells)
 
Collagen helps maintain the integrity of your cartilage - the tissue that protects the joints. As the amount of collagen in your body decreases as you get older, your risk of developing degenerative joint disorders such as osteoarthritis increases. Some studies have shown that taking collagen supplements may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis and reduce joint pain overall. 
 
In one study, 73 athletes who consumed 10 grams of collagen daily for 24 weeks experienced a significant decrease in joint pain while walking and at rest compared to a group that did not take it. In another study, adults took two grams of collagen daily for 70 days. Those who took collagen had a significant reduction in joint pain and were better able to engage in physical activity than the control group.
 
Taking collagen supplement for potential pain-relieving effects, you should start with a dosage of 8–12 grams daily.
 
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Bones are made mostly of collagen, which gives them structure and helps keep them strong. As collagen in your body deteriorates as you age, bone mass does too, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.  In a study, women took either a calcium supplement combined with 5 grams of collagen or a calcium supplement and no collagen daily for 12 months. By the end of the study, the women taking the calcium and collagen supplement had significantly lower blood levels of proteins that promote bone breakdown than those taking only the calcium.
Another study found similar results in women who took 5 grams of collagen daily for 12 months. The women had an increase of up to 7% in their bone mineral density (BMD).
 
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GENESPORT

Peptan has been proven to:
 
·       Accelerating recovery
·       Aiding muscular contraction
·       Restoring protein content of muscles
·       Providing energy for performance
·       Supporting connective tissues and preventing injuries
 
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Between 1–10% of muscle tissue is composed of collagen. This protein is necessary to keep your muscles strong and functioning properly. Studies suggest that collagen supplements help boost muscle mass in people with sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass that happens with age. In one study, 27 frail men took 15 grams of collagen while participating in an exercise program daily for 12 weeks. Compared to men who exercised but did not take collagen, they gained significantly more muscle mass and strength. Researchers have suggested that taking collagen may promote the synthesis of muscle proteins such as creatine, and may also stimulate muscle growth after exercise.
 
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Weight Loss (GENEDIET™)
 
Known to be among the most satiating macronutrients, proteins can prevent cravings and help people reach their fitness and weight goals. Peptan collagen peptides are particularly renowned for their ability to help individuals lose or maintain weight when incorporated in weight management formulations.  A 2009 study demonstrated the improved satiating effect of collagen peptides on humans, in comparison to other proteins. The study showed that collagen peptides – taken alone or supplemented with tryptophan – are 30 to 50% more satiating than casein, soy or whey.
Ribas-Fernandez, J.L. et al., 1998, Effects of gelatin hydrolysates in the prevention of athletic injuries. Archivos de Medicina del Deporte, 15(16):277-282
 
Gut health: Although there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, some health practitioners promote the use of collagen supplements to treat intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome.
Genes:FTO & MMP1
 
Skin Health (GENERENEW™)
 
Taking supplements that contain collagen may be helpful for slowing the aging of your skin. 
Collagen plays a role in strengthening skin and benefit elasticity and hydration. As you age, your body produces less collagen, leading to dry skin and the formation of wrinkles.  Several studies have shown that collagen supplements may help slow the aging of your skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness.  In one study, women who took a supplement containing 2.5–5 grams of collagen for eight weeks experienced less skin dryness and a significant increase in skin elasticity compared to those who did not take the supplement.  
 
Another study found that women who drank a beverage mixed with a collagen supplement daily for 12 weeks experienced increased skin hydration and a significant reduction in wrinkle depth compared to a control group. Additionally, taking collagen supplements may promote the production of other proteins that help structure your skin, including elastin and fibrillin.  
 
Hair and nails: Taking collagen may increase the strength of nails by preventing brittleness and may stimulate your hair and nails growth longer.
 
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