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5 ways collagen can improve your health

by Natasha Whiting |

At Kollo, we understand just how beneficial collagen supplements are to the body and boosting overall health. Collagen is one of the most important proteins in the body. Although there are 16 known types of collagen, the majority of collagen in the body is type 1, 2, or 3. These three types of collagen are responsible for the health of hair, skin, tendons, muscles, bones, ligaments, and a whole host of other representative tissues. (1) Marine collagen falls into collagen type 1 and is a rich source of amino acids, including proline and glycine. Here we discuss 5 of the ways collagen can improve your health.

 

Collagen and immune system health

The short-chain amino acids found in marine collagen include glycine, proline, and glutamine (2). These amino acids are easily absorbed and utilised by the body, helping to boost the immune system in a number of ways. When faced with physical or emotional stress, the body's ability to produce these key amino acids is reduced, causing us to become ill. By incorporating a daily supplement of collagen into your diet, you can maintain sufficient levels, helping you to recover from illnesses more quickly. Some studies have suggested that collagen may also be beneficial for slowing down the effects of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis by helping to support the tissue that is mistakenly attacked. (3)

 

Bone & joint health

Collagen is an abundant natural protein making up around 1/3 of the protein found in the body. It is a main component of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, but unfortunately, after the age of 29, the production of collagen begins to decline, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis and other joint-related ailments. (4) Including a collagen supplement in your daily diet can help to boost collagen levels and provide your body with everything it needs to continue building and maintaining cartilage for healthy joints. Collagen is also important for preventing bone and joint injury during exercise. Joint pain and ligament injuries are common complaints for athletes, so Kollo has partnered with Informed Sport to create a liquid supplement that has been tested for a wide range of prohibited substances.

 

Promotes skin & hair health

Collagen plays a major role in building healthy skin and hair. In the skin, collagen contributes towards structural integrity, replacing and restoring dead cells, and supporting skin tone, suppleness, and elasticity. After the age of 29, the production of collagen steadily declines and we begin to experience age-related effects, including wrinkles and saggy skin. (5) Skin can also play an important part in the health of our hair. Boosting collagen levels can help to replenish the cells in the scalp, helping to produce a healthy foundation for hair follicles. (6) When you consume collagen through foods or supplements, your body breaks it down into several amino acids that are used to build new proteins. Collagen contains 3 non-essential amino acids; proline, glycine, and hydroxyproline. One of these amino acids, proline, is a component of keratin which is the main protein found in hair.

 

Supports a healthy digestive system

Glutamine and Glutamic acid, two of the amino acids found in marine collagen, are essential for healthy digestion. Contributing towards cellular reproduction, and healing of the gut and intestines as well as the production of bile salts and gastric acids, they help to keep your stomach happy and healthy. In addition, a 2017 study found that glutamine, an amino acid in oral collagen supplements, can help to slow the effects of leaky gut syndrome, a condition that thins the lining of the intestines, allowing bacteria to pass through into the rest of your body. (7)

 

Natural detoxification

The liver is one of the main organs responsible for removing toxins from the body. Produced naturally by the liver in limited amounts, collagen helps to remove everyday chemicals and non-essential substances from the body, including alcohol and tobacco. Additionally, Glycine, one of the amino acids in collagen, helps to protect your liver from damage and speeds up liver recovery.

 

Buy Kollo collagen supplements

The researchers at Kollo found that liquid supplements are better than powder as they contain hydrolysed proteins that have been broken down for easy absorption and added effectiveness. This is why we created our award-winning daily liquid marine collagen supplements with the maximum dose of 10,000mg of high-grade marine collagen peptides. Buy a two-week supply online today or subscribe to regular deliveries and feel the benefits for yourself. When you subscribe, you can save up to 25% as well as receiving free UK delivery.

 

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21582/

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1199877/pdf/biochemj00848-0159.pdf

(3)http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/collagen-supplements-helpful-arthritis/

(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1606623/

(5) https://healthfully.com/collagen-functions-4176583.html

(6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2818774/

(7) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27749689/

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