Benefits of Collagen Powder are starting to pop up everywhere in the health and fitness industry but why? Most people including myself have heard of collagen but only in reference to skincare, as a cure for wrinkles, not an aid for health and fitness.
I heard, Collagen Powder could be used for joint pain and arthritis and wanted to know if this was a real thing. See most of my research is done because people ask me about supplements, or how to fix a health or fitness related issue. This time I did the research because I was tired of watching someone very close to me suffer from deteriorating muscles and severe joint pain from previous injuries. So let’s dive right in and find out what the benefits of collagen powder are and how it can be useful for you.
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First in Foremost: What is Collagen?
Collagen is referred to as, “The glue that holds the body together.” Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. Your body is 30 percent protein, and of that 30 percent, 90 percent is collagen. Collagen is a short-chain amino acid comprising primarily of glycine and proline. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, your digestive system, and tendons.
So you’re probably asking yourself, “While if it’s so abundant within our body why do I need to take a supplement?” I was wondering the same thing. Many people including myself have heard of collagen injections used to hide wrinkles and expensive lotions with a fountain of youth claim. Truth is our skin cannot absorb collagen because the molecules are too large, however, it makes for a great moisturizer and is still very beneficial when consumed orally.
As we age however our bodies production of collagen slows down and other lifestyle factors come into play as well — like eating a diet high in sugar, smoking and high amounts of sun exposure — also contribute to depleting collagen levels. Studies have shown by the age of 30 the natural production starts to slow and continues to decrease by 1% every year thereafter. Combine this with the lifestyle factors and joint diseases like Osteoarthritis and Arthritis and it’s a formula for disaster and lots of pain.
Top 5 Benefits of Collagen
Many parts of your body rely on Collagen. Your Muscles, Ligaments, Hair, Skin, Bones, Gut, and even your eyes.
1. Reduces Joint Pain and Improve Elasticity
Over time as our collagen production slows our tendons start to stiffen and become swollen more easily from activities. Collagen helps muscles and ligaments recover faster from injuries as well as keep them well lubricated.
2. Improves Gut Health
A “Leaky Gut” is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products, and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the bloodstream.
Collagen helps break down proteins and soothes your gut lining, healing damaged cell walls and infusing it with healing amino acids. Which is good for overall digestive health with or without leaky gut or IBS.
3. Keeps You Looking Young
Collagen has been used by the beauty industry for decades. People actually use to get collagen injections to get rid of wrinkles. In reality, this is more hype than results because collagen in the form of lotions and elixirs cannot be absorbed thru the skin because the molecules are too large.
Collagen powder that is consumed however and broken down by your digestive system has been shown to improve the appearance of your skin, nails, and hair by slowing the aging process and increasing the skin’s elasticity, smooth out the wrinkles and reducing cellulite.
4. Aids in Weight Loss
Collagen is high in protein (10g) and boost your metabolism and increases muscle growth. The more lean muscle you have the more fat you burn while at rest.
5. Increases Athletic Performance
Collagen reduces inflammation, shortens recovery time and speeds up healing. The two amino acids responsible for this process are glycine and proline. Wild Foods Collagen contains 18 total amino acids. 8 of them being “Essential amino acids” which can only be ingested through your diet. Amino Acids are referred to in the athletic community as “The Building blocks of Life”.
The Effectiveness of Collagen
I don’t know about you but I for one don’t like to take supplements without some sort of proof that it’s not all hot air or worse something that is actually more harmful than good. So for the safety of all of us, I did some investigating of my own and found some studies done to back up the truth behind these benefits. In addition to that, I also tested it on myself. Results to follow.
Lots of Studies have been done on the benefits of collagen but since its use for joint pain is a new trend more is definitely needed to be done.
- In 2006 a trial found that supplements containing collagen helped decrease painful symptoms and improving joint function in people with osteoarthritis.
- Another trial was done on 500 participants and the effects collagen has on rheumatoid arthritis versus a drug prescribed for arthritis called methotrexate.
In the end, both groups showed fewer swollen joints, less pain and were able to walk faster. Even though both groups improved those on methotrexate did improve more than those on just collagen.
The drug methotrexate was shown to have many side effects compared to that of collagen.
- My favorite study by far shows that collagen is considered to be a much more powerful alternative to glucosamine chondroitin. In fact, studies show collagen is two times more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin in promoting joint health.
I too use to suffer from joint pain in my knee from a torn ligament and glucosamine chondroitin never seemed to help. There’s actually no scientific proof to show glucosamine or chondroitin is effective, it was more just from hearsay and popularity.
Also, many people have had shellfish allergies making glucosamine an ineffective supplement for pain relief.
- The most common side effect reported while taking collagen if any was stomach aches and mild diarrhea. Which I did not find in my personal study. See the result below.
My Personal Review and Results
I myself recently finished my first order of Wild Foods Collagen Powder and here are my results.
- First thing I noticed was a faster recovery time after I worked out. My muscles were not as sore after a day of lifting as usual and I was able to lift more frequently. Before if I had a heavy lift day I may need 2-3 days of recovery where now I need no more than one.
- Less joint pain. I have a tendency to get pain in my neck and lower back but the pain was definitely less than normal.
- Thicker shinier hair. In the south with heat and humidity my hair can get frizzy and unruly but while taking the collagen it was much smoother and shinier. My hair has always been thick but it seems to feel fuller.
- Stronger nails, Out of habit I pick at my nails, at least I don’t bite them……as much….as I use to. But with collagen powder, they grow back super fast.
- Fewer stomach issues, even though I eat clean 90% of the time, I still get an upset stomach quite often but over the course of the month I was on the collagen powder I noticed this had stopped. Now that I have been without the powder for a month the IBS has returned.
For overall health and well-being, there is no harm in trying collagen powder. I myself saw many benefits of collagen powder and will be ordering the Wild Foods Supplement again and again.
Remember when talking any new supplements it can take up to 30 days to take effect. So don’t give up if you don’t see improvement after a week. I have heard of people seeing results within 14 days but I myself like to give everything at least 30 days to truly take effect. For me, the changes occurred around the 10th day.
To get the best benefits of the collagen powder I was taking one scoop per day. Either in the morning; adding it to my matcha tea or coffee or at lunch with my smoothie. The powder is tasteless so it makes it easy to add to just about any liquid you choose.
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