Collagen (especially type I, which constitutes over 90% of the body's collagen and is most abundant in fish) has a multitude of beauty and health benefits, including:
SKIN, HAIR, & NAILS GROWTH & STRENGTHENING:
Type I collagen accounts for nearly 80% of the skin's collagen composition. Amino acids in collagen encourage the growth of new skin cells and slow the effects of aging of the skin. Double-blind*, placebo-controlled research studies have demonstrated on several occasions that women from the ages of 25-55 consuming at least a 5g serving of collagen a day for two months showed signs of skin, hair, and nail improvement. Volunteers reported increased skin firmness, smoothness, plumpness, and moisture retention.
Collagen has also proven to assist with the reduction of stretch marks, as well as cellulite. Depleted collagen levels trigger thinning of the skin, which makes cellulite both more likely and more evident. When noting collagen-induced skin improvement, cellulite and stretch mark minimization seemed to simultaneously occur. Nail and hair growth and strengthening was also largely noted in volunteers.
It is also found in the bone in our teeth and provides strong, durable, and healthy enamel.
JOINT, MUSCLE, & TENDON STRENGTHENING & MOBILITY:
When we begin to lose the collagen inherent within our connective tissues, we can often develop stiffness of joints, muscles, and tendons, as well as those pesky aches. When we increase our collagen consumption and levels, this allows for the formation of new collagen and increased ease of mobility and function of these joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. We are able to exercise and simply, move, better.
Collagen is frequently used in medicinal purposes to assist with relief in cases such as these, and treating resulting conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis, as well as other joint conditions and general improvement in exercise. This alone plays a great role in quality of lifestyle.
Collagen is also embedded within the connective tissue along the gut. It helps "heal and seal" both the gut and colon lining so that toxins are not released into the bloodstream. This prevents the development of resulting gastrointestinal disorders, such as leaky gut disorder.
Collagen is also a main component of our cardiovascular system. Connective tissues comprised of collagen separate the upper and lower heart valves, and are found interspersed throughout the heart to allow for tension from blood flow pressure throughout the heart. This allows the body's blood flow and heart to function properly. Having a healthy amount of collagen in the heart to function properly assists in preventing cardiovascular irregularities and dysfunction, and helps repair tissues in the arteries. The amino acids found in collagen help to move fat build-up out of the arteries to prevent fat accumulation and clogged arteries to keep a healthy blood circulation. Furthermore, it assists with vasodilation, or a simultaneous widening of the arteries and relaxation of muscles and blood cells to allow for optimal circulation.
METABOLISM & ENERGY LEVEL REGULATION:
Collagen further assists in regulating our metabolism and energy levels. Because collagen assists with digestion, it helps maintain a healthy metabolism. The amino acids in collagen also assist in converting glucose, or sugar, into energy to feed muscle cells and build lean muscle mass and producing energy. Lean muscle helps support our bones and burn more calories than fat.
Lastly, collagen is also beneficial in would healing. When we experience injuries with wounds, new collagen fibrils in connective tissue are synthesized to strengthen, cover, and close the wound. The healing process is dependent on the rate of synthesis and the quantity of collagen available, so supplementing our intake of collagen significantly contributes to healthy wound healing.
Note: Vitamin C is a crucial component to collagen production in the body. Vitamin C, in conjunction with collagen, enhances and encourages the breakdown of amino acids in the collagen proteins for absorption, usage, and formation within the body. The best form of nutrition is whole food-based nutrition, so we have paired our marine collagen with organic Peruvian camu camu, which has the most potent vitamin C content of any fruit, and a number of antioxidant benefits.