COLLAGEN FOR JOINT HEALTH
One of the most popular benefits people associate with collagen is joint health and support. A large amount of our connective tissue is made up of cartilage. It also just happens that collagen makes up 90% of cartilage. So not only does collagen have the potential to help reduce joint pain, it also may be helpful taken as a preventative joint solution to stay young and agile.
Below is the most popular potential benefits of collagen when it comes to joint health.
Collagen May Help Relieve Joint Pain
Using Collagen for joint health and potential pain relief all comes down to the actual collagen found in your cartilage.
Cartilage is the rubber-like tissue that protects your joints and allows everything to operate “smoothly” (no pun intended). As you age, the collagen in your body decreases. This is what leads to wrinkly skin and, yes you guessed it, joint pain. Without the collagen in the cartilage to protect your joints, your body starts to lack the support it needs in those areas which can lead to inflammation and pain.
Not only can collagen potentially reduce joint pain in those suffering from age related joint pain, but as well as younger athletic individuals that have joint pain related to activities. A study performed in 2008 took 73 athletes and gave them collagen to take every day for 24 weeks. The study found that those athletes that took collagen every day experienced a significant decrease in joint pain while walking (and sitting) compared to a group that did not take collagen.
Another study took regular adults and gave them only two grams of chicken collagen for 70 days. Once again, the adults who took collagen experienced less joint pain and were better able to engage in physical activity than those who did not take collagen.
To learn more about the studies mentioned:
Athlete Study Chicken Collagen Adult Study