If you're new to the collagen supplement world, we recommend first reading: What is Collagen?
If that's yesterday's news for you, then let's start breaking down these 7 collagen benefits with the beauty factor — an awesome benefit that many of our female customers can't stop talking about!
1. Improves Hair, Skin, & Nails
Have you noticed that as we age, our skin becomes looser, we develop wrinkles, our skin starts to discolor, our hair may start falling out and our fingernails/toenails need to be cut less often? This is in part due to collagen production declining as we get older, in additional to other lifestyle factors contributing to what we like to call the the aging process.
But, does it have to be this way?
Are we all doomed to have saggy skin, gross toenails and clogged drains because of all our hair falling out? Well, no, actually.
Sound too good to be true?
Here's the science on 5 studies, if you like research and data (like us). If not, feel free to scroll quickly. 🙂
ResearchGate studied middle aged women and found the collagen consuming groups experienced “reduced skin wrinkles and had positive effects on dermal matrix synthesis.” That sounds like something every women (and man, they care about our wrinkles too) could ever dream of?
The Journal of Medical Nutrition & Neutraceuticals has the best opening line ever for a scientific paper:
Many people around the world strive to achieve younger looking skin.
Amazing. JMNN gave fish collagen to middle aged women and the conclusions were again positive. Hooray collagen and its magical power to reduce wrinkle depth, hydration to the skin, and overall elasticity. (Those are all fancy words we pulled from this study.)
success rate of 88% in terms of overall improvement to nail health
80% of the participants on the study were said to be "completely satisfied" with the collagen supplementation treatment
Increasing collagen consumption has been shown to help the cells in our skin, hair and nails to repair, thus contributing to smoother and firmer skin, healthier nails, and fuller hair.
Unfortunately, our product does not cure baldness, if it did, we would be gazillionaires and all have hair like Fabio.
2. Help Tendons, Ligaments, & Joint Recovery
Collagen benefits tendons, ligaments, and helps with joint recovery. Who doesn't need that? No matter what age you are, quick recovery is always a good thing!
What happens the day after leg day at the gym? Your body hurts, specifically your knees are sore and hips/back are tender (leg day is the best isn’t it?) At CB Supplements, we aren’t scared of leg day and like to work hard. We earn that soreness.
We work hard to grow our muscles stronger, but what are we doing to strengthen/repair those things we call tendons and ligaments that connect our muscles and bones? Well, unless you are routinely eating organ meats, drinking bone broth, or taking daily doses of a powerful multi collagen supplement, you are doing very little for your tendons and ligaments.
Collagen will not guarantee from injuries (we can’t make that claim!), but individual results seem to suggest that collagen supplementation throughout the day has powerful abilities to help our bodies rebuild and recover faster.
Science supports collagen could possibly regrow cartilage
This SciELO study looked at many databases compiled from 1994-2014 and concluded that:
Supplementing with collagen was associated with the maintenance of bone composition and strength, and the proliferation and cell growth of cartilage.Scientific Electronic Library Online
Yes, associated and correlation does not prove causation, however it's still an exciting conclusion for the field of collagen supplementation. Sure, more study is needed (we agree), but if there's any chance that supplementing collagen can fight against osteoporosis and osteoarthritis by potentially regrowing lost cartilage (while at the same time releasing pain associated with such diseases) — that's frikin' awesome.
The bottom line
Everybody is different in terms of the right amount of collagen to supplement for your tendons, ligaments, and joints. We've had some customers need only 1 scoop a day and 2 weeks later they cancel their knee surgery (true story). Other customers have upped their consumption to 20+ grams per day and experienced "miracles" (like their elbow tendinitis going away — another true story).
So the magic formula should probably include collagen supplementation for joint health.
3. Fights Against Leaky Gut
Leaky gut is what it sounds like:
A condition where there are small holes in the small intestinal lining thus allowing toxins (and nontoxic food) to pass directly into the bloodstream
When this happens, the immune system goes into full force attack mode.
And make no mistake, our immune system is ruthless and vicious and that's kind of awesome. But, not when it attacks substances that never should be in our bloodstream and go there through a leaky gut.
Inflammation is created from this autoimmune response, and inflammation, especially chronic, is arguably the root of all disease. Chronic inflammation, like a continuous undiagnosed leaky gut, can lead to some pretty nasty and awful diseases ranging from joint pain, migraines, diarrhea, skin rashes, arthritis, and even really bad things like contribute to the development of cancers and organ disease/failure (heart disease, for example).
And if that didn’t scare you enough, in a leaky gut the cells in your intestines are damaged and not functioning correctly, hence why you literally have holes in your small intestine. These cells are no longer producing enzymes needed to digest food properly. Why is this important? Because you can experience hormonal imbalances due to the body not being able to absorb critical nutrients.
OK, enough about leaky gut. Let’s talk about how collagen can help!
So how does collagen fight against leaky gut?
Collagen protein helps form connective tissue in the lining of the digestive system.
The intestinal lining is made of tiny folds of villi that are actually built of/made of collagen. Collagen consumed can support new tissue growth and health of these villi, which effectively closes the holes in a leaky gut.
The science of collagen and leaky gut
To be fully transparent, there is not much science around the topic of collagen fixing a leaky gut. There just haven’t been many studies done on this subject.
Studies look to probiotics and other alternative ways to heal the gut, which is cool and all, but like let’s use common sense and maybe fix the gut by consuming what it is made of? Hello, collagen anyone?
Check out Charlie's (our founder) collagen testimonial — he fixed his leaky gut in 3 days. Also, what's the #1 feedback we get from hundreds of customers? Our multi-collagen helped their digestive system get back to "normal".
4. Strengthens Bones
Bones are made of collagen.
Pop quiz. What are bones made of? Collagen, yes, thank you for reading.
Here is a good illustration for you to visualize how collagen makes our bones so damn strong. Think of a spider web, where you have the web connected into this massive shape, but it has holes throughout it. Now, fill the holes and you have a solid structure. The web itself is the collagen, and the filling in the holes is hardened calcium and phosphorus.
That is what our bones look like. The matrix web of collagen with calcium and phosphorus filling in the middle.
Point is collagen is a major part of our bones, if not the most important. It holds everything together and you wonder why the older we get the more fractures and broken bones we suffer?
Collagen production decreases every year and most people don't consume any collagen whatsoever in the standard American diet.
In fact, most people only consume about 14% of their calories for overall protein, which is woefully low compared to our hunter/gatherer ancestors who consumed closer to 19-35% of their calories from protein. Thanks Loren Cordain.
And if you want strong bones, prioritize protein (including collagen!) at every meal and eat less energy (fat and carbs). Thanks Dr. Ted Naiman.
Worried about your grandparents and their osteoporosis?
No, CB Supplements multi-collagen is not steroids and it won't make you look like 1975 Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it can most certainly help you build muscle.
Collagen is found in muscle tissue, but it is a small percentage, only accounting for less than 10%.
The secret is that collagen helps you recover significantly faster by supporting your joints with the amino acids they need to rebuild what you broke down during an intense workout.
Additionally, collagen may help stimulate the production of certain proteins needed for muscle growth.
This promising study, while small, demonstrated the positive effect of supplementing with collagen. Participants were either given a collagen supplement or a placebo. The group that supplemented with 15 grams of collagen per day (that's about 2 scoops of our product) showed significant improvement in strength and muscle mass.
6. Promote Heart/Circulatory Health
It can be argued that the heart is the most important organ we have in our amazing bodies.
We are so obsessed with the heart that we have a huge organization called the American Heart Association that rules over the medical landscape of the wonderful US of A.
We aren’t going to get into the debate about whether or not saturated fat causes heart disease (it doesn't , go watch Fat: A Documentary or read The Big Fat Surprise), we are here to talk about how collagen can help your ticker tick for many years.
Collagen is rich in the amino acid proline
This particular amino acid helps to remove plaque from arteries by binding to free-floating molecules in the blood, thus preventing the depositing of more plaque. Collagen also plays a vital part in the make up the structure of the blood vessel.
This study showed that half of the patients who suffered an aneurysm had type III collagen deficiencies. Coincidence? We don't think so.
This study shows that collagen supplementation can significantly reduce atherosclerosis (the hardening of arteries). Additionally, collagen can help to lower LDL cholesterol, what we all know was the “bad cholesterol” (which isn’t really bad at all), and increase HDL, what we all know as the “good cholesterol”.
We aim to be the best source for education and look to present information to our customers, so if you’d like to learn more about cholesterol, get to know Dave Feldman.
7. Helps Liver Detox Alcohol (Honorable Mention)
Collagen might help the liver do its job of detoxing our bodies from the daily exposure of toxins, alcohol in particular.