Updated: May 26
Collagen peptides are becoming an increasingly popular supplement among athletes and those looking to improve their overall health. Collagen is the main protein in skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, and cartilage, so theoretically, supplementation could help with any injury that involves those areas.
A growing number of studies have been looking into the impact of collagen on muscle damage, inflammation, and bone turnover. In one study, collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training was found to improve body composition and increase muscle strength. (1)
In another study, collagen supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle damage and improved recovery. (2)
Interesting case study (3) of an NBA player undergoing an 18-month
rehabilitation while using collagen supplementation showed a fascinating result.
This player had severe patellar tendinopathy and had a "hole" in their patellar tendon. Following this protocol, the player no longer had a hole in their tendon, as shown in the image below.
Axial proton density-weighted SPAIR MRI images from (a) before, (b) 12 months and (c) 18 months into the intervention show the hole within the proximal patellar tendon before the intervention and the progressive loss of signal at the inferior pole of the patella following the intervention.
Here are the six main reasons you should add collagen to your daily regime.
1. May improve athletic performance.
In one study (4), the rate of force development (RFD) was higher in the group consuming collagen supplement + 50mg of Vit C compared to the placebo group. One subject had an improvement of RFD of over 78.2% from baseline. More research is coming; hopefully, we will have more details soon.
2. It can help speed up the healing process.
Another way collagen promotes healing is by stimulating tissue repair. When you injure yourself, your body starts repairing the damaged tissue immediately. But as we age, that process becomes less efficient. Fortunately, collagen can help reverse some of those effects by increasing the production of key molecules involved in tissue repairs, like fibroblasts and hydroxyproline.
3. It can reduce inflammation.
Inflammation is a normal response from our body when we get injured. However, too much inflammation can delay the healing process.
Collagen has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and keep the healing process on track.
4. It can improve joint function.
Joint pain is a common issue as we age, but it can also be a problem for athletes due to overuse or acute injuries. Conversely, collagen can help improve joint health by reducing inflammation and stimulating new cartilage growth. Many people use collagen supplements to relieve joint pain and prevent future injuries. Maintaining healthy joints is key to peak performance for athletes, and taking collagen can help them do just that.
5. It can reduce pain and stiffness.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, collagen can also help reduce pain and stiffness associated with injuries. A study on people with osteoarthritis found that those who took a collagen supplement had less pain and stiffness than those who didn't take any supplements.
6. It's safe and easy to take.
Collagen is a natural protein our bodies already produce, so taking a supplement is safe. It's also easy to take; most supplements are in powder form and can be mixed into drinks or food. Our products have lab test certificates for heavy metals and other contaminants. When shopping for a hydrolysed collagen supplement, look for one derived from pasture-raised, grass-fed British or European sources free from additives, fillers and heavy metals.
Conclusion: Most athletes know about collagen supplementation and its benefits for injury recovery and performance, but it's not just for athletes! If you're looking for a way to speed up the healing process, reduce inflammation and pain, or improve joint function, collagen supplementation may be right for you. It's safe, easy to take, and, best of all - it works!