The Top 4 Benefits of Collagen

What is Collagen?

Believe it or not, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body.  Collagen acts as the main component of connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, muscles, and skin as well as the organs of the digestive tract, and it’s central function is to help tissues withstand stretching.  


Collagen is naturally occurring in the body,  but as we age–beginning as early as our thirties–collagen production slows down, and thus ultimately we produce less. This is partially why as we age our skin loses elasticity, our joints can get more stiff and bone density can decrease.  Collagen can be found in food sources like bone broth and the skins from proteins like chicken, pork, fish.  How well these sources are absorbed into the body though,  still requires additional research. There is however, a decent amount of research on how we absorb collagen supplements. 

    

Benefits of Collagen Supplements

Over the last decade, collagen has become one of the it supplements.  Available in capsules or a powder, the collagen in supplements is hydrolyzed (meaning already broken down) and therefore is better absorbed by the body than perhaps food sources are.  Given that we now know the function of collagen in the body, here are the main benefits of supplementing with collagen:

    • Skin elasticity: several recent studies have shown that collagen supplementation showed significant improvement in skin elasticity, hydration and anti-aging effects. 
  • Joint health: as collagen plays a crucial role in connective tissue, it serves to reason that as collagen production slows down, pain at the joints can increase due to the decreased amount of collagen present. A 2017 study found that the addition of collagen supplements helped to alleviate knee joint pain both during and after exercise. 
  • Hair strength and fullness: collagen is rich in keratin, which is the amino acid that makes up our hair, so by supplementing with collagen, we add to that ability for our hair to grow in its most efficient way. 
  • Nail strength: collagen is one of the major proteins found in nail beds, so if we are lacking in collagen nails can become brittle and break often. By supplementing with collagen, research has shown that nails become stronger, break less and grow more. 

  • Evidently, collagen is a vital component in our body, particularly in the health of our bones, joints, hair, skin, nails and gut. Our PERFORMIX® AbCUTS CLA + Collagen offers the amazing benefits of our game-changing CLA with an added bonus of collagen allowing you to burn fat and improve your hair, skin, nails and joint health. This combo product works smarter, so you can work harder.

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