In case you haven’t heard Collagen is the latest nutritional supplement that is worth its weight in gold for skin and musculoskeletal health. Collagen provides support to various tissues such as tendons, ligaments, skin, teeth, and many other connective tissue structures (1) meaning it has far-reaching effects. While topical products are described as ‘cosmeceutical’ containing both cosmetic and therapeutic benefits, (1) the ingestion of Collagen as a ‘nutraceutical’ is proving to have equally impressive effects. Collagen has shown real promise as more than just a vanity product for glowing skin, so much so that clinical trials are conducted frequently.
Collagen is currently under the microscope in the field of medical dermatology for its potential therapeutic application in wound healing and skin ageing, with preliminary results of studies showing positive signs. (2) Collagen is increasingly recognised to have the capacity to increase skin elasticity and hydration (2) and the benefits of oral intake of specific bioactive collagen peptides (Verisol®) demonstrates a statistically significant reduction of skin wrinkles and eye wrinkle volume. (3)
Beauty and Brawn
While Collagen is often touted as a beauty product, it has fast gained attention for other applications medicinally. Under the spotlight in the research arena, Collagen has demonstrated benefits in weight management, supporting the body to endure a healthy exercise routine. Improvements in body composition, strength and muscle recovery (4) have been duly noted with its use. As a protein, Collagen offers itself as a practical and effective workout supplement for weight management and muscle recovery.
Medicine for Movement
Collagen has been shown to exert an anabolic effect on cartilage tissue, appearing beneficial in patients with osteoarthritis by supporting joint health and possibly reducing the risk of joint deterioration. (5) Other findings indicate that Collagen is beneficial in improving joint functionality and reducing joint pain. (4) Minimising injury risk to which joints are susceptible is a key issue for athletes and the ageing population alike. Providing nourishment and support for the joints for a range of people is just another reason why Collagen delivers the goods.
Food as Medicine
Bonus points go to Collagen for its capacity to count as food. It doubles as a protein powder (averaging about 10 grams per serve) and since it is cold-water-soluble (unlike gelatin) it blends perfectly in smoothies. Collagen ingestion and supplementation are generally safe with no reported adverse events. (2) There are a growing number of products on the market and some are certainly more superior in quality. For therapeutic application chat to an expert to ensure you are getting the best product for your needs as not all food grade products are created equal.
Collagen on its own is already a winner, with some potent combinations also on point, designed to enhance the desired effects. Oral supplementation with Collagen bioactive peptides combined with chondroitin sulphate, glucosamine, L-carnitine, vitamins, and minerals can significantly improve both skin ageing and joint health and is potentially effective at slowing down the hallmarks of ageing. (6) Vitamin C is also an essential co-factor in the biosynthesis of collagen (7) and is a classic added ingredient to a collagen supplement.
Keep some collagen in the cupboard
Collagen really does have an impressive profile. If you feel you would like a tailored prescription, chat to one of our practitioners about some of our exclusive practitioner only formulations or ask when in clinic about the non-prescription products we can recommend.