9 Benefits Of Collagen, According To Science
Taking the wrong kind of collagen-powdered forms, bone broth, etc., can prevent you from losing weight or reaching your goals. But taking the right kind can improve your health at every level. That's why we went through all of the trouble to turn this superstar nutrient into a more absorbable form, so your body absorbs more (98% more) and won't block up your system, causing you to feel bloated and increasing weight gain. If our bodies don't absorb the nutrients, we simply “pee” them out, which is a huge waste of money.
By now, we’ve all seen and heard about the health-boosting benefits of collagen, but there are so many more we seldom hear about. I’m going to share nine of them with you that are backed by scientific evidence and research.
In addition to improving hair, skin, and nail health, most people don't realize that collagen can also help your brain, heart, gut, joints, and much, much more. Our Daily Repair Liquid Hydrolyzed Collagen is THE best when it comes to hydrating every cell in your body, including your eyes, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. All in addition to your skin that begins to dry out as you age, starting at age 30, when your body's collagen production begins to slow down. It becomes progressively slower every year and can be accelerated by age, sickness, disease, and environment (like staring at your phone or computer screen all day long).
What Is Collagen and Why Is It So Important?
Collagen is a crucial component of our connective tissue that is found in-between other tissue everywhere in our body, including our over-taxed central nervous system and the three outer membranes (the meninges) that envelope the brain and spinal cord, including our eyes. In fact, the outer layer of our eyeball is made of dense connective tissue, which protects it and helps it maintain its shape.
Connective tissue provides structural and functional support to bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and organs as well. But what most people don't realize is that collagen also sends out important signals to every cell in your body, which can combat inflammation and help repair damage brought on by aging, repetitive stress/overuse, injury, or post-surgical.
Unfortunately, as mentioned, with age and exercise, our collagen declines, resulting in a host of issues if we aren’t careful about properly replenishing the nutrients our bodies need to synthesize it. Nutritional supplements make it easy to provide our bodies with the nutrients it needs and maintain their stores. Quite frequently, collagen is often overlooked. Daily Repair Liquid Collagen provides those specific nutrients required, in the clinal amounts needed, to combat the losses we experience as we age.
Most of us think of skincare products and expensive treatments when we think of collagen, but they are band-aids that don't address the problem, which is providing our body with the nutrients it needs while working with our body from the inside versus simply applying topical collagen. Combining the two is the most effective.
Collagen is so popular in skincare products and treatments due to its ability to hydrate the skin, which is how it works to minimize fine lines, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, and promote hair growth.
Interestingly, there isn’t much research to support the use of topical collagen applications. That’s likely because the amino acids in collagen are too large to penetrate skin cells. This is also true of collagen powders, which is why they are counterproductive when trying to lose weight and burn fat, despite what the advertisements may tell you.
I've got thousands of emails that all say the same thing: ”as soon as I started taking powdered collagen, I gained weight.” That is why I’m taking so much time to educate as a clinical metabolic nutrition expert.
On the flip side, taking Daily Repair Liquid Collagen every day can provide more health benefits and positively impact every aspect of your health, including brain, eye, heart, skin, digestive system, and more, without the side effects.
Did you know that when taking a collagen dietary supplement, it’s crucial that you also take vitamin C along with it to better absorb its nutrients? That's why we added 60mgs to each one-ounce serving, along with the supportive nutrients, making it THE MOST powerful collagen you can take, saving you time and loads of money too since you don't have to buy any extra supplements. We blended it for you!
9 Health-Boosting Benefits of Daily Collagen Consumption
#1: Support and Protects the Gut
Health originates in our gut, and stress can wreak havoc on it, often leading to gastric distress, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and/or Leaky Gut Syndrome (impacting nutrients from being absorbed). All can be health-harming and painful conditions in which the digestive tract and stomach lining become inflamed and irritated and stop working correctly.
An unhealthy gut can allow nutrients and toxic substances to leak back into the bloodstream instead of being absorbed, used, and then processed out. Stress, poor diet, prescription medications, too much alcohol, and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to these gastrointestinal disorders.
An unhealthy gut is often the root of many of our health issues and shows up as gas bloating, fatigue, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, and malnutrition.
Leaky guts are more common and often go unnoticed because rather than being absorbed, the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals pass right through your system. Research shows that patients suffering from IBS and similar inflammatory conditions like ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD) tend to be low in collagen IV. What’s more, animal studies show that supplementation with collagen can help to repair a damaged intestinal lining.
Collagen supplementation isn't the magic bullet, but it does suggests that collagen supplementation could possibly benefit those with gut inflammation and bring healing to the gut.
#2: Healthy Brain Function
The collagen known as collagen IV nourishes and protects brain health and may prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, collagen IV protected the brain against amyloid-beta proteins — believed to be one of the causes of Alzheimer’s.
Amyloid-beta refers to the type of amino acid that clumps together, forming a plaque that is commonly found in Alzheimer’s patient's brains. By increasing collagen intake, you're providing your brain with the necessary nutrients it needs to create a form of protection for your that combats the same amyloid-beta proteins that attack neurons and cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists have known for a while how collagen, cartilage, and muscle were intertwined, but they didn’t know neurons in the brain were also rich in collagen IV.
Did you know that LynFit has been selling hydrolyzed collagen liquid for two decades? As a physical fitness therapist, I have always suggested my patients take it to promote joint health and prevent further damage caused by bone on bone damage.
#3: Promotes Heart Health
Taking the right kind of collagen supplementation may help lower your cholesterol and prevent heart disease, whereas trying to consume enough through your diet can elevate it and often isn’t absorbed by the body, which is useless.
During one study, participants took collagen twice a day for six months to see if it helped prevent plaque buildup in their arteries. Here’s what happened to the participants as a result:
- Their LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio reduced significantly, which is good news since a higher ratio increases your risk for heart disease
- Collagen prevented and treated the buildup of plaque in their arteries. Plaque buildup is what clogs your arteries, preventing blood from flowing to other organs. Collagen may help prevent this buildup in your blood vessels, protecting against heart attack and stroke.
#4: Protect Joints and Eases Aches and Pains
You don’t need to be a gym rat or pro athlete to experience joint aches and pains. Whether your job is sedentary or you’re on your feet all day long, joint aches and pains pop up, especially as we age due to wear and tear and collagen loss.
Many people with chronic inflammation are so sensitive that a change in weather is enough to stiffen up their joints and make them ache more. This inflammation isn’t limited to the joints; it also affects the sinus, causing migraine headaches, sinusitis, and many more. Daily collagen supplementation can help! It's a natural way to get relief.
Researchers gave collagen supplements to athletes without any joint diseases to see how it would affect both their cartilage and pain levels. The results showed that collagen reduced pain while standing, lifting heavy objects, and even at rest.
While more research is still needed, this study supports the possibility that collagen may help slow down joint deterioration in individuals, such as those with arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
In another study, scientists experimented to see how a collagen supplement would affect knee pain (specifically, osteoarthritis pain). After 180 days, participants had less pain and lowered scores on the osteoarthritis index, as well as reduced stiffness and physical limitations.
#5: Benefits Your Back Too
If you suffer from any kind of back pain, collagen can help! Studies show that taking collagen daily helped participants (over the age of 50) with upper or lower back pain experience significant improvement after taking collagen every day. The length of time it took to get relief varied due to the level of depletion and consistency of usage, but it helped!
#6: Improves Skin Health
When collagen is consumed in a highly absorbable liquid form, contains supportive nutrients like vitamin C, adequate water is consumed, and of course, limiting sun exposure, it is one of THE BEST best anti-aging practices we can all do.
In one recent study, scientists wanted to see how collagen would affect collagen peptides in the skin, so they observed 69 women between the ages of 35 and 55 for eight weeks. The women and men who took a collagen supplement showed noticeable improvement in skin elasticity compared to those who took a placebo.
What makes it even more interesting is that the older women in the collagen group had even more noticeably pronounced improvements, most likely because collagen production decreases with age, and we need it more, so it shows more too.
That's not all the scientists noticed; they also noticed positive changes in the participant’s skin’s moisture/hydration levels, reducing dryness.
It's important to note that researchers only discovered the changes when hydrolyzed collagen was consumed, which is why we use it in Daily Repair Liquid.
Wanna know why liquid collagen is so much better than powdered collagen? When you take collagen in liquid form (found in our popular Daily Repair Liquid Collagen), it's immediately absorbed due to it being colloidal (small particle size), and nutrients are sent straight to your joints, connective tissue, and skin through your bloodstream.
#7: Help Brittle, Broken Nails
Liquid collagen also helps strengthen and fortify your nails so they don’t become brittle and prone to breaking. In one study, participants were given collagen peptides daily for 24 weeks. Here’s what they found:
- 12% increase in nail growth
- 42% drop in broken nails
- 64% overall improvement in formerly brittle nails
- What’s more, 88% of the participants also reported these positive changes were visible in less than four weeks.
#8: Strengthens Bones and Improves Bone Mineral Density
As we age, our bone mineral density declines, and many people reach for calcium, but calcium is only one part of the nutrient equation. Strengthening our bones adequately requires supporting nutrients to be more effective.
What is bone mineral density? Bone mineral density is a measure of the amount of bone mineral in the tissue of our bones, which includes our teeth too. It’s one of the best ways to assess bone health and whether you’re at risk for osteoporosis.
When we are young, we don't worry about bone health, but as we age, it becomes more crucial to pay close attention. This is especially true for us pre-and postmenopausal women.
These liquid collagen peptides have an anabolic (growth-promoting) effect on bone, which is why daily collagen intake can also help if your bones have already weakened. In fact, it's even more important to take, even if you take prescription medications for osteoporosis. Collagen peptides can enhance bone mineral density by increasing bone formation.
In one clinical trial, the benefits of daily collagen nutritional supplements on the bone mineral density in postmenopausal women found that the supplementation resulted in not only increased bone mineral density but also a shift in bone markers, indicating decreased bone degradation. In short, it stopped bones from weakening!
#9: Tightens, Tones, and Protects Lean Muscle Mass
Collagen doesn’t just make your body function better; it also improves how it looks, which is why most people use it. Collagen supports your muscles in many ways; one of the favorites is how it makes our skin tighter and firmer, so your muscles look better due to less saggy, crepey skin.
Collagen is an integral part of our body's extracellular matrix (ECM), which provides a scaffolding-like structure for our skin, tissues, and organs. The ECM of our muscle tissue plays a huge role in the repair, function, and maintenance of our muscles, including our eye muscles and our nervous system.
The most abundant amino acid in collagen is glycine, which has been proven to protect muscle wasting, which is why we sag. In one study, researchers who studied the effects of collagen on sarcopenia (muscle wasting) gave 53 men collagen supplementation for 12 weeks while also following a resistance training protocol. At the end of the trial, the participants showed both an increase in muscle mass as well as muscle strength.
Keep in mind that collagen supplementation is the only way to absorb collagen directly, making it THE BEST choice. LynFit's Daily Repair Liquid Collagen is the most absorbable form of collagen peptides and contains six supportive nutrients, making it ten times more powerful than collagen by itself. It contains more collagen that's better absorbed than bone broth, without bloat or weight gain.
And, while other collagen supplements are often made from random animal parts, LynFit's Daily Repair Liquid Collagen contains 100% grass-fed collagen from U.S.-raised cattle. You also won’t find any preservatives.
For an extra boost of amino acids to improve muscle tone, you can have an additional serving before, during, or after your workout to help with muscle synthesis and improve recovery.
When it's hot outside, try having your collagen over ice, or freeze it and eat it like a popsicle. Or, add a serving to your Complete Protein Smoothie, along with your favorite fruit, for an ice-cold fruit smoothie that you can freeze and enjoy later as healthy ice cream/sorbet!
- Lisa Lynn