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Can You Build Up a Tolerance to Collagen Supplements? Here's the Low Down

Is it possible to consume too much collagen? Here’s everything you need to know…


Collagen is a type of protein that is found throughout the body’s connective tissues. In fact, it makes up one-third of the total protein in our bodies, which means that it supports healthy bones, tendons, skin, and muscles (1).

Whether you take your collagen supplement religiously or you’re still on the fence about this whole wellness routine, there’s one question that may have gone through your mind…

Can I build up a tolerance to collagen supplements?

In this article, we’re diving into this very important topic, along with why collagen is so essential and how to maintain healthy collagen levels.

Do Collagen Supplements Lose Effectiveness Over Time?

Because collagen makes up one-third of the protein in your body, you will always need it (2).

It is a vital component of human life.

With that being said, it will not lose effectiveness over time.

It will do just the opposite—its amino acid profile will support and strengthen your bones, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue, gut lining, and blood vessels, as well as your skin, hair, and nails.

At NativePath, we have two recommendations for supplementing: Collagen loading and collagen maintenance. Here’s the difference between the two:


  • Collagen Loading

  • This is a 6 to 8-week phase that consists of 20 to 40 grams of collagen per day. This will get your collagen levels where they need to be. From there, you transition into the “Collagen Maintenance” phase...


  • Collagen Maintenance

  • This is an indefinite phase that consists of 10 to 20 grams of collagen per day. This will keep your collagen levels where they need to be.

    The reason collagen maintenance is necessary is because humans lose, on average, 1% of their collagen production every single year, which can start as early as their 20s.

    Maintaining Healthy Collagen Levels

    The ancient way of consuming collagen was by simmering the bones and ligaments of beef, chicken, fish, and lamb. This created a nutritious, collagen-rich bone broth to drink or add to soup.

    However, most people don’t want to drink heaping amounts of bone broth every day to get their collagen content. In fact, one study ruled that bone broth is not a reliable source of collagen compared to actual collagen supplements (3).

    Lucky for you, we have simple (and delicious) ways to get your daily collagen in.

    Put the flavorless Unflavored Collagen Peptides in your smoothie, the Wild Berry Collagen Peptides in your water, or the Collagen Coffee Creamers in your morning cup of joe.

    If you’re collagen loading, get the Value Size Collagen Bag. Each scoop has 20 grams of collagen, so you’ll only need 1 or 2 scoops as opposed to 2 to 4 with the regular size jar.

    The Bottom Line

    If there’s one thing that children across the globe hear, it’s this: “Drink your milk for strong, healthy bones!”

    Even sugary breakfast cereals are boasting their high vitamin D content.

    Here’s a spoiler alert you didn’t see coming: There is more collagen in your bones than calcium and all other minerals combined!

    The new phrase should be: “Eat or drink your collagen for strong, healthy bones!”

    You can keep your collagen levels flourishing with 10 to 40 grams of collagen daily, depending on whether you’re in your Collagen Loading or Collagen Maintenance phase.

    Tell us in the comments how much collagen you consume each day!

    As always, be sure to consult a health care professional before adding anything new to your diet, supplement, or exercise regimen. NativePath and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any diseases. All NativePath material is presented for educational purposes only.

    References

    1. Collagen: The Fibrous Proteins of the Matrix - Molecular Cell Biology - NCBI Bookshelf
    2. COLLAGEN STRUCTURE AND STABILITY 
    3. Bone Broth Unlikely to Provide Reliable Concentrations of Collagen Precursors Compared With Supplemental Sources of Collagen Used in Collagen Research 

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    Medical Disclaimer
    This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Chad Walding nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement, or lifestyle program.

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