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Is Collagen Good For You?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Is collagen good for you? Collagen is an important protein in your body. Collagen has important functions such as providing skin with structure and helping to keep your bones strong. The four most common types of collagen types are:

Type I- This is found in connective tissue

Type II- This is found in joints and spine shock absorbers

Type III- This is found in the skin and blood vessels.

Type IV- This is found in the kidneys, ears, and eye lens.

Collagen can be found in supplements like powder or pill form. Collagen is found in the connective tissues in animals and those foods are chicken, pork, beef, and fish, etc.

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Collagen plays an important part in the strengthening and elasticity of your skin. The older you get the less collagen your body makes which leads to the formation of wrinkles and dry skin. There was a study review that showed that women who take 3 to 10 grams of collagen per day for an average of two months had significant improvements in their skin elasticity and hydration of skin.

Collagen can also help improve joint pain and joint mobility. There are studies that have shown that collagen supplements can improve symptoms of arthritis and reduce overall joint pain. There was a review in over 3 to 5 studies where it showed that over 500 people that had osteoarthritis that took 3 to 5 grams of collagen daily for an average of 24 weeks. And the result was they saw an improvement in joint stiffness and joint pain.

Your bones are made of collagen which helps gives it strength and structure. Studies have shown that collagen supplements can help inhibit bone loss but also improve muscle mass especially in the older adults that have sarcopenia.

Studies have also shown that supplemental collagen can help with muscle mass gain and help stimulate muscle growth after the workout.  To see results from taking collagen supplements it can take up to 8 weeks on skin health, bone health and joint health.

Some of the mild effects to taking collagen supplements if you have allergens are bloating and heartburn.

“Collagen plays an important part in the strengthening and elasticity of your skin. The older you get the less collagen your body makes which leads to the formation of wrinkles and dry skin.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is taking collagen supplements can help improve skin health, bone health, and potentially increase muscle mass. It is safe to use with minimal side effects.

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