Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles.
Collagen has many functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones. In recent years, collagen supplements have become popular. Most are hydrolyzed, which means the collagen has been broken down, making it easier for you to absorb.
There are 3 types of Collagens. The collagen in BARLEYGREEN® PLUS+ is Type 1 Collagen (found in Marine sources) which supports all parts of the body including skin, joints, nails, hair, and bones. Type II Collagen comes from chicken and bovine sources, while Type III Collagen is from porcine and bovine sources; Type II only supports joints and bones while Type III only supports the skin.
As such, the collagen found in BARLEYGREEN® PLUS+ is the only Type that supports and strengthens the entire body.
This article will discuss 5 science-backed health benefits of taking Type 1 Collagen.
1. Can improve skin health
Collagen is a component of your skin. It plays a role in strengthening the skin, improve elasticity and hydration. As you age, your body produces less collagen, leading to dry skin and the formation of wrinkles. However, several studies have shown that collagen peptides or supplements containing collagen may help slow the aging of your skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness.
In one study, women who took a supplement containing 2.5–5 grams of collagen for 8 weeks experienced less skin dryness and a significant increase in skin elasticity. Another study found that women who drank a beverage mixed with a collagen supplement daily for 12 weeks experienced increased skin hydration and a significant reduction in wrinkle depth.
Additionally, collagen supplements may promote other proteins that help structure your skin, including elastin and fibrillin.
2. Helps relieve joint pain
Collagen helps maintain the integrity of your cartilage, which is the rubber-like tissue that protects your joints. As the amount of collagen in your body decreases as you get older, your risk of developing degenerative joint disorders such as osteoarthritis increases.
Some studies have shown that taking collagen supplements may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis and reduce joint pain overall.
In one study, 73 athletes who consumed 10 grams of collagen daily for 24 weeks experienced a significant decrease in joint pain while walking and at rest. In another study, adults took 2 grams of collagen daily for 70 days. Those who took collagen had a significant reduction in joint pain and can engage in physical activity than those who did not take it.
Researchers have theorized that supplemental collagen may accumulate in cartilage and stimulate your tissues to make collagen. They have suggested this may lead to lower inflammation, better support of your joints, and reduced pain.
3. Could prevent bone loss
Your bones are made mostly of collagen, which gives them structure and helps keep them strong. Just as the collagen in your body deteriorates as you age, so does bone mass. This may lead to osteoporosis is characterized by low bone density and linked to a higher risk of bone fractures.
Studies have shown that taking collagen supplements may have effects in the body that help inhibit the bone breakdown that leads to osteoporosis. In one study, women took either a calcium supplement combined with 5 grams of collagen or a calcium supplement and no collagen daily for 12 months.
By the end of the study, the women taking the calcium and collagen supplement had significantly lower blood levels of proteins that promote bone breakdown than those taking only the calcium.
Another study found similar results in 66 women who took 5 grams of collagen daily for 12 months. The women who took the collagen showed an increase of up to 7% in their bone mineral density (BMD) compared with women who did not consume collagen. BMD is a measure of the minerals' density, such as calcium. Low BMD is associated with weak bones and the development of osteoporosis.
4. & 5. - Healthy hair & nails
Taking collagen may increase the strength of your nails by preventing brittleness. Additionally, it may stimulate your hair and nails to grow longer.
Collagen treatment promoted a 12% in nail growth rate and a decrease of 42% in the frequency of broken nails. Additionally, 64% of participants achieved a global clinical improvement in brittle nails, and 88% of participants experienced an improvement 4 weeks post-treatment.
Taking collagen is associated with many health benefits. Collagen may improve skin health by reducing wrinkles and dryness. They may also help increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss, and relieve joint pain.