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What is Collagen and What is it Good For?

Collagen is an ingredient in a huge range of face creams, powders, and health supplements. Amongst its many benefits, collagen is said to help support skin health, support weight loss, and support the body's natural inflammatory response.*

But do collagen peptide supplements work? Is collagen useful to support weight loss? Are there any benefits for your skin? How can collagen support your heart health? Is it safe to take collagen? We’ve got the answers to all your collagen questions. Keep reading to learn how collagen supplements can support your body’s overall health.* 

What is Collagen?

In simple terms, collagen is a naturally occurring protein made up of amino acid chains. You can find collagen in every tissue in your body. In fact, up to 80% of your skin is made up of collagen. You can also find collagen in your hair, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is one of the vital structural elements of the body. (1)

At this point you may be asking yourself: If people are bursting with so much collagen, why would anyone need to take a collagen peptide supplement? What would be the point? Well, unfortunately, one of the effects of aging is that it significantly decreases the amount of collagen in the body.

Collagen production first starts to reduce when we are in our mid-20s and continues to lessen as we get older. Once we pass 40, our body’s collagen production will have already reduced by 25 percent. Cross the threshold into your 60’s, and your body will be producing 50 percent less collagen than it did when you were a youngster. (2)

It’s not only age that has an impact on the amount of collagen we produce. Being overly exposed to UV rays from sunlight, smoking, or eating too much sugar can all exacerbate collagen loss. Alongside thinning hair and weak joints and muscles, one of the main effects of collagen loss is weak, sagging, dry, and wrinkled skin. (3)

Keep reading to find out about the benefits of collagen peptide supplements and how they can support your health.*

What Is Collagen Good For?

There are many advantages to increasing the amount of collagen in your body* (4). Many people take collagen peptide supplements to:

  • Support the body's natural inflammatory response*
  • Support joint and muscle health*
  • Support heart health*
  • Support weight loss*

Why Do I Need Collagen for My Skin?

Taking a collagen peptide supplement regularly helps to support your body in stimulating proteins called fibroblasts which then create extra collagen using vitamin C*. Increasing the amount of collagen in the body helps your skin health, supports skin hydration, and fights oxidation.*

Taking a collagen peptide supplement regularly helps to stimulate proteins called fibroblasts which then create extra collagen using vitamin C. Increasing the amount of collagen in the body helps to stop your skin from sagging, enhances skin hydration, and stops lines and wrinkles from forming as easily. 

Collagen supplements can support your skin health by:

  • Supporting elasticity*
  • Supporting already normal blood flow*
  • Supporting skin hydration*
  • Helping your skin*
  • Supporting protein growth*

Additionally, collagen peptide supplements are thought to support the natural production of other proteins that help the skin, such as fibrillin and elastin*. 

What are Collagen Peptides?

Most collagen supplements are made up of collagen peptides. These are tiny strands of amino acids that are extracted from animals using a process called enzymatic hydrolysis. The collagen supplements may support the collagen production in your body.* Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there are no vegetarian or vegan collagen substitutes. While many supplements do not contain dairy products, sugar, or gluten, the only way to source collagen peptides is directly from animals.  

How Much Collagen Should I Take?

Deciding how much collagen you should be taking per day can be complicated. Different people take collagen for different reasons, and the amount of collagen in supplements can vary. Usually, people take anywhere between 2.5 to 15 grams of collagen per day.*

When Should I Take Collagen?

Opinions also vary on when is the best time to take collagen supplements. Some people take their supplements before bedtime. Some prefer to have them first thing in the morning before breakfast, while others take their collagen right after lunch. Collagen can be taken at any time of the day with or without food!*

Can You Take Too Much Collagen?

People are often concerned about the possible side effects of taking collagen supplements. While a small number of people have reported minor stomach issues or a feeling of being too full, most users experience no negative side effects at all.*

Where Can I Buy Collagen?

The Collagen Peptides supplements from Orphic Nutrition are an easy way of supporting your body’s natural collagen production. These simple-to-swallow capsules give you a mix of high-quality collagens that will help to support your skin health.* You can easily order Orphic Nutrition Collagen Peptides supplements via our website.

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References
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1606623/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4089350/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6835901/