Would you benefit from more Collagen?
Collagen is a major component of the human body. About 30% of our total body protein is collagen and is crucial for mobile joints, dense bones, healthy muscles and strong tendons and ligaments. Optimal collagen levels in the body are essential for smooth skin, strong finger nails and glossy hair. Collagen is one of the primary structural proteins of connective tissue and is also abundant in blood vessels, intervertebral discs, the blood-brain barrier, eyes, teeth and the intestinal wall.
The British Medical Journal states that the global collagen market for regenerative medicine is expected to be $1 billion this year alone. The journal describes collagen as “it helps to hold everything together, like the mortar between the bricks of a house”. The journal further states that arthritis instantaneously causes collagen degradation, which will have an impact on many functions, including joint movement.
In a recent study that was published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport the long term effects of collagen in individuals with knee osteoarthritis was investigated. Thirty subjects were randomised into the group receiving 10 grams of collagen a day for 48 weeks and a control group, with a similar number, receiving a placebo. Three MRI scans were performed on each subject, one at baseline, one at 24 weeks and the final scan at 48 weeks. The outcome was there was statistical and clinical improvement in the group that was taking the collagen in the reported reduction of symptoms and with clinical testing.
The International Journal of Molecular Sciences states that as one ages collagen production declines. This decline can influence the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin and a reduction in bone strength. While collagen loss as one ages is inevitable, various dietary and lifestyle factors can accelerate the process.
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