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Collagen: So Much More Than Glowing Hair, Skin and Nails

Collagen: So Much More Than Glowing Hair, Skin and Nails

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body providing structure and strength for muscle, ligaments, tendons, bones, and joints. It truly is the “superglue” that keeps the support and structure of the body. Collagen also contributes to glowing and youthful skin; and strong and healthy teeth, hair, and nails (Spence, 2019. p. 1).

However, in a person’s 20s, collagen begins to decrease by about 1% year resulting in a reduction in firmness and elasticity in the skin. As a person approaches forty (40) years of age, collagen begins to reduce more rapidly causing many people to begin to experience more symptoms from the loss of collagen including joint pain primarily in the back, hips, and knees.

Body aches and pain can be quite debilitating, affecting a person’s quality and satisfaction of life as enjoyable activities and important tasks that were once accomplished with no problem now become difficult or even impossible to participate in or complete. This ultimately leads to a less active and a more sedentary socially isolated life which increases the chance for other conditions to develop such as:

  1. Weight gain
  2. Obesity
  3. Heart disease
  4. Weak bones
  5. High blood pressure
  6. Diabetes
  7. High cholesterol
  8. Metabolic syndrome
  9. Depression
  10. Anxiety
    Potential Benefits of Collagen Peptide supplements may include:
  11. Healthy and glowing skin and hair
  12. Strengthens nails
  13. Strengthens teeth
  14. Strengthens bones, ligaments and tendons
  15. Helps to restore or maintain cartilage
  16. Increases gut health
  17. Helps with maintaining a healthy weight.

Collagen has many wonderful benefits and is an essential protein that your body needs to look and feel its best but must be replenished. Medications can help with decreasing pain and inflammation but do not get to the root cause. Collagen peptides, however, give the body what it needs to reduce many of these debilitating symptoms of aging naturally.


My Collagen Story
I have been active all my life. I competitively swam as a youth; and continue to exercise regularly. Also, I am a mother, wife, volunteer, mentor, relationship coach, teacher and occupational therapy practitioner. As I got older, I began to feel more fatigue and weakness in my knees along with hip and elbow pain; and I thought, “It just comes with age”. Eventually, I went to the doctor and found that I had a degenerative disc in my spine which was probably contributing to my hip pain.


To add to the pain, one day at work, I sprained my back and was unable to return to work for almost a year. The injury led to severe back and hip pain that significantly slowed or stopped me from doing simple everyday activities such as bending down to tie my shoes, getting out of the bed, carrying groceries, lifting my legs to get into a car, walking on uneven surfaces such as grass or even sneezing without feeling the excruciating (lightning bolt) pain in my back. I felt scared and anxious at times
thinking that I may not ever be able to engage in many everyday activities without help again. Even more, doctors and physical therapists said that I would have to live with the pain and may not ever return to work. I couldn’t accept this and took matters into my own hands.


So, I began researching the benefits of collagen peptides and found studies evidencing the health benefits of collagen on joints, bones, and muscles. To date, I have been taking collagen peptides for six (6) months and am now back to regularly exercising and was actually able to return to work with
virtually little to no back pain. I attribute it to taking collagen daily (along with a home exercise program) and will be taking it for the rest of my life.


References
Collagen Peptides for Healthy Aging. (2014). Prepared Foods, 183(11), 93. Retrieved from
http://search.ebscohost.com.baypath.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=bth&AN=1
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Myers, A. (2019). How collagen benefits your joint and bone health. Amy Myers, M.D. Retrieved on
November 16, 2019.
Spence, C. (2019). Stay active be adding collagen to your diet. Life Wellness Occupational Therapy.
Retrieved from https://www.otwellness.com/stay-active-by-adding-collagen-to-your-diet/