Curious about collagen? Never even heard of the stuff?


Collagen is a component of connective tissue found in animals- is one of the latest diet fads taking the internet by storm. Bone broth and collagen supplements have become increasingly popular as gym-goers and nutritionally-curious consumers have continued to seek the latest and (supposedly) greatest in diet fads.

 

What exactly is collagen?

 

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Collagen is a component of connective tissue present in skin, ligaments, tendons, bones, and skeletal muscle. Collagen is one of the most abundant protein found in mammals, comprising between 25-35% of the protein present in the human body. Collagen helps fortify bodily structures (such as the skin, bones, and ligaments), acting like the “glue” that holds various tissues together.


As we age, we lose collagen, this is why skin begins to wrinkle with age, as collagen is vital for skin elasticity and firmness. Loss of collagen can cause brittle hair and nails, wrinkled or sagging skin, joint pain, and other issues in the body’s connective tissues. Supplementation has been touted as a way to reduce the effects of collagen reduction that occurs as a natural part of the aging process.


Does collagen supplementation work?

 

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While collagen supplementation has become an increasingly popular topic, research surrounding supplementation has been inconclusive, with some studies finding benefits of supplementation and others finding little more than placebo effect.


The results of a clinical trial published in the Journal of Current Medical Research Opinions found that athletes who were treated with a collagen hydrolysate supplement showed improvement in joint pain over a period of 24 weeks. The researchers cautioned, however, that the implications of the study would need to be duplicated to further support the use of supplementation for joint pain.


A second study, published in the journal of Arthritis Research Therapy, found that 41% of patients taking a collagen supplement showed a 20% improvement in biomarkers of rheumatoid arthritis after 24 weeks of supplementation.


Although supplements seem to show some amount of promise, consuming collagen from food (such as bone broth) seems to be less effective, which many scientists believe is due to the unpredictability of concentration- no two recipes or preparations are the same.


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