Skin is the body’s largest organ serving several important purposes. The two top layers of your skin produce elastin and collagen Types I and III as well as hyaluronic acid which helps the skin retain water, elasticity and firmness (Borumand & Sibilla, 2014; Li, Song, Zhang, & Zhang, 2017).
For the skin to keep its youthful appearance, the 2nd level of the skin (the dermis) must be preserved because it provides structural support to the skin (the epidermis). However, with the natural aging process, the structural integrity of the skin becomes weakened and dry causing it to become loose and wrinkle (Borumand & Sibilla, 2014; Li, Song, Zhang, & Zhang, 2017).
Adding to the aging process, there are also environmental and behavioral factors that continue to weaken the integrity of the skin such as sun exposure (photoaging), and a poor diet consisting of ingesting high levels of sugar, smoking, and stress. A combination of these factors coupled with the natural aging process causes changes in the quality of elastin and Types I and III collagen production resulting in visible signs of aging which is most notably seen on the face (Borumand & Sibilla, 2014; Li, Song, Zhang, & Zhang, 2017).
|Benefits of Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides at a Glance|
|Type I — The most abundant kind found in skin, tendon, connective tissue and bone. In supplements, Type I collagen may be derived from cows, pigs, chicken and/or fish (Mercola, 2019).|
|Type III-A fibrous protein found in bone, tendon, cartilage and connective tissue. Supplements containing Type III may be derived from cows, pigs, chicken and/or fish (Mercola, 2019).|
|Hydrolyzed Collagen – Hydrolyzation is the process that breaks the collagen molecules down into smaller pieces. This enhances the absorption of collagen in the intestines and thereby absorbing in the body more efficiently providing the body with optimal use of the digested collagen (Mercola, 2019).|
Routinely consuming hydrolyzed collagen Types I and III are essential for maintaining and restoring bone and joint health. Recent studies show that oral consumption of collagen Type I reduces pain in people who have developed conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA) (Catheline & Dar et al., 2017); and both Types I and III support the healing of knee and other joint injuries by supporting cartilage tissue, joint function and decreasing inflammation (Catheline & Dar et al., 2017; Li, Song, Zhang, & Zhang, 2017).
Ultimately, collagen peptides increase collagen in the skin improving overall strength and integrity, leading to fewer wrinkles and firmer skin as it helps to stimulate the production of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid from within the body promoting a more youthful appearance which plays a role in maintaining self-esteem and social relations. (Borumand & Sibilla, 2014). Collagen also increases bone and joint health which is essential for staying active, getting adequate sleep and rest, maintaining meaningful daily tasks, hobbies and leisure activities; and living and active well-rounded life which is essential in maintaining emotional, mental and physical health and wellness and life satisfaction (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2014; Li, Song, Zhang, & Zhang, 2017; Mercola, 2019).
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Dar Q-A, Schott EM, Catheline SE, Maynard RD, Liu Z, Kamal F, et al. (2017) Daily oral consumption of hydrolyzed Type I collagen is chondroprotective and anti-inflammatory in murine posttraumatic osteoarthritis. PLoS ONE, 12(4): e0174705. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174705 Retrieved from https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0174705
Mercola, J. (2019). Collagen benefits skin and joints, study confirms. Mercola Take Control of Your Health. Retrieved from https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/07/15/health-benefits-of-collagen.aspx
Song, H., Zhang, S., Zhang, L., & Li, B. (2017). Effect of Orally Administered Collagen Peptides from Bovine Bone on Skin Aging in Chronologically Aged Mice. Nutrients, 9(11), 1209. doi:10.3390/nu9111209