By Markita Lewis, MS, RD
Collagen is the most abundant structural protein within the human body. It is prominent in our connective tissues like cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bones and is found within the skin, hair and nails. The body is able to naturally produce collagen within the body by combining the amino acids proline and glycine, along with Vitamin C and copper.
Over time, however, our bodies become less efficient at making collagen and it starts to break down. This is when the body may need a boost to keep making new collagen in order to maintain levels. Current research suggests that taking oral collagen peptide supplements may be beneficial in maintaining collagen levels and reducing signs of aging.
Cartilage, the connective tissue found between our bones, is made up of about 60% collagen. It has several functions, including connecting our tissues, assisting joint movement, providing structural support to bones and absorbing mechanical impact to prevent bone damage. Over time, the cartilage between your bones may wear down due to strenuous physical activity or age, causing significant joint pain or stiffness.
With age ... concentrations of collagen within the dermis can decrease and cause a loss of moisture and elasticity within the skin.
In one study, researchers found that athletes who experienced functional knee problems during activity had a significant decrease in knee pain during exercise and rest after taking a supplement containing 5g of collagen peptides for 12 weeks compared with a placebo. Research suggests that collagen peptide supplementation may also be effective in reducing pain and inflammation associated with chronic conditions like osteoarthritis.
The skin is made up of three major layers – the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. Collagen is the most abundant structural protein within the dermis, and helps maintain skin structure, moisture retention and general function. With age and repeated exposure to factors like pollution, smoking, sun damage, and nutrient deficiencies, concentrations of collagen within the dermis can decrease and cause a loss of moisture and elasticity within the skin.
A 2019 study published inNutrients showed that daily oral intake of a collagen blend containing 2.5g of collagen for 12 weeks improved skin moisture, elasticity and skin density while decreasing skin roughness compared with a placebo.
Recent research suggests that collagen peptide supplementation may also be useful for improving nail growth and strength. In a 2017 study of women with brittle nails, daily intake of 2.5g bioactive collagen peptides improved nail growth and reduced brittleness. The collagen peptide supplement was thought to not only increase protein uptake by the nails, but to stimulate nail bed skin growth and health..
Native Origins’ Collagen Peptides supplement contains a unique blend of about 12g of hydrolyzed collagen per serving, plus vitamin C to support the health of your joints, skin and nails. Our collagen peptides product is easily dissolvable and unflavored, making it perfect to add to your favorite hot or cold beverage.
If you’re looking to relieve aches and pains from joint stiffness or improve the health of your skin or nails, Native Origins Collagen Peptides may be a good option to add to your daily routine.
Research shows that regular collagen supplementation is required to maintain its anti-aging benefits.