Q&A: Does Collagen Help Repair Nerve Damage?

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May 18, 2021

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Can a collagen peptide supplement help regenerate nerves?Elaine

Great question, Elaine!

Since collagen’s superpower is connective tissue building, one can assume that collagen can aid in repairing nerve damage. Collagen’s benefits are long and impressive, and though we’re huge believers in collagen in general (duh), we have a firm grasp on the scientific evidence currently available and never hesitate to be honest about those facts.

If this topic of collagen and nerves is interesting to you, but you’re brand new to collagen, we’d recommend starting with What is Collagen? or check out these Collagen FAQs.

Back to the question. We’re going to let both Charlie (our Founder) and our awesome Dr. Cate, M.D. respond separately to Elaine’s question about whether collagen is good for nerve damage.

Charlie’s response

So, does collagen help with nerves?

While there is no scientific evidence that says collagen does help to regenerate nerves, if you think about it, it does make sense that collagen would indeed help.

Here is my simplest explanation. Collagen is the main ingredient in connective tissue and when we consume collagen, our bodies get told to “go make/repair connective tissue” from the specific amino acid peptide chain found in collagen. And nerve endings are found all over and in our connective tissue.

Therefore, if our connective tissue becomes stronger, the nerves might also benefit from this.

There is research on the role of collagen in peripheral nerve repair, but there’s no scientific evidence (yet) that proves collagen can help repair nerve damage.

Dr. Cate’s response

There’s definitely truth to what Charlie said because your nerves do need to be supported by connective tissue.

Not only does the tissue that your nerves travel through need to be strong in order to avoid over stretching your nerves, your larger nerves themselves are wrapped in bundles of collagen, and so in that sense collagen is quit literally required to keep those nerve bundles tightly wrapped and well protected.

In addition, we do know that components in collagen have general anti-inflammatory properties. And the benefits may depend on exactly what has damaged the nerves.

But I also believe that not getting these components in your diet (see: What Foods Have Collagen?) is a kind of nutritional deficiency and any time you correct that all sorts of things can improve.

I hope that helps!

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Eric Sharp

Eric discovered collagen back in 2019 (thanks to Charlie) and been a believer since. He brings 20+ years of digital marketing experience to the CB Supplements team. As CMO, he's directly responsible for crafting the CB Supplements positioning, content, branding, and overall marketing direction.

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If you've bought our multi collagen, there's a pretty darn good chance you've received an awesome personalized thank you note from Charlie. Aside from caring A LOT about customer appreciation, he's also our Founder and CEO and responsible for assembling our great team and vision.

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Dr. Cate Shanahan is our Medical & Scientific Advisor. She is a Board-certified Family Physician, biochemist trained at Cornell University, and New York Times Bestseller.

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