How Collagen Can Help Restore Your Joint and Bone Health
Discover the Impact of Collagen on Your Joint and Bone Health
By Dr. Chad Walding, DPT
November 24th, 2020
Do you suffer from joint pain or are worried about your bone health? Discover how collagen can help address these common issues.
Are you noticing everyday tasks now take longer to finish due to aching or stiff joints?
Does your day revolve around timing activities when your hips, knees, or hands aren’t throbbing?
Maybe you think it’s because you haven’t been exercising as much as you said you would.
Or it’s because that holiday weight never really left after the new year.
Maybe you think there’s nothing you can do and this is just what happens when you ‘get old’.
For many people, the issue is more complex than diet, exercise, and a few extra birthdays.
As you age, your body begins to produce less and less of vital structural proteins and one those proteins is collagen.
There is much research that suggests collagen supplementation can help restore joint function, reduce mobility pain, and improve bone health.
Moreover, studies also convey this vital protein to be crucial for maintaining healthy hair, skin, nails, artery integrity, as well as digestive and immune function.
Maybe you’ve tried collagen supplements in the past to help with your joint pain, but with so many options out there, it can feel overwhelming trying to decide what would be best for you.
How do you know which one to choose? How do you know which collagen supplement is safe?
The following article explores the research-backed health benefits of collagen, and how adding collagen into your diet helps maintain the youthful appearance and function of your body.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant, and arguably most important, protein in your body. Like other proteins – collagen serves as a building block for many things including your:
- Blood vessels
Collagen is what gives your skin its full and youthful look. It’s what keeps your ligaments (the rubbery material in between your joints) intact and flexible. Collagen helps your ligaments have the cushiony support required to support your joints as you move around throughout the day. Collagen also helps prevent bone loss by protecting the integrity of your bones.
You may notice something in common with these collagen benefits – they’re all benefits of being young! You are born with a ton of collagen, that’s why babies have smooth, plump skin (and no stiff joints). You also make collagen well into your 20s, but then your natural ability to create enough collagen starts to decrease.
What Happens when Collagen Levels Decrease?
Once collagen levels start to decline, several changes gradually occur. These changes are usually most apparent when it comes to skin and joint health. Your plump, youthful skin can start to sag and lose laxity, making way for wrinkles to form.
A similar process happens to your ligaments – the plump cushion between your joints starts to deteriorate and becomes less elastic. This can lead to joint pain and eventual injuries. The ligament can even diminish to the point of “bone on bone” causing severe pain and further damage.
Don’t worry – this isn’t meant to create a mood of wrinkled and arthritic despair! Thankfully your body can absorb collagen when taken orally. During caveman days this was accomplished by eating a diet high in bone broth, organ meats, and eating more of the grisly bits of animals people tend to avoid today.
Now, instead of finding collagen only in animal products, there are collagen supplements available to achieve healthy collagen levels again. By increasing collagen, you are increasing the plump fullness in your ligaments (as well as cheekbones!).
Joint and Bone Health Benefits of Collagen Supplement
You might be wondering if oral collagen supplementation provides benefits to joint and bone health like the natural collagen your body produces or by consuming animal products. More and more science is pointing to yes!
Data now shows when you consume collagen orally, your body accumulates this collagen into the cartilage of your joints and ligaments. This means the cartilage that was once stiff and lack luster – regains the elastic and plump integrity you had when you were younger.
Research shows collagen supplements can improve joint health tremendously in multiple areas. Pain is usually the most obvious symptom of joint concerns, but this also means stiffness and loss of function.
Do you slowly unfurl yourself in the morning in order to get out of bed? Or maybe you feel like your hips are made of concrete when you get out of the car after a long road trip?
The stiffness you feel is due to the same collagen loss. Replacing collagen with a high quality supplement helps with stiffness and pain.
You can see improvement in activities of daily living that are becoming more and more difficult with a good collagen supplement. Loss of function can mean having trouble doing everyday things like:
- Bending down to pick up laundry basket
- Pulling groceries out of the car
- Bending over to put socks and shoes on
- Kneeling to help your kids or grandkids in the bathtub
- Walking up and down stairs
These are all areas where collagen supplementation can help. By addressing pain, stiffness, and loss of function – collagen supplementation can help you live free of joint pain or worry of bone health.
What to Look for When Choosing a Collagen Supplement
There are many collagen supplements on the market and it can feel overwhelming deciding what is the best brand or formulation for you. Knowing what to look for can help you pick the right choice.
The first thing to realize is collagen supplements come from animal products. The diet of those animal sources has a tremendous impact on the absorption, effectiveness, and safety of the collagen supplement.
Choosing a collagen supplement made from a grass-fed cow ensures the animal has never been fed or exposed to:
- Genetically modified organisms
- Growth hormone treatments (rBGH and rBST)
- Injected pathogens
Making sure you choose a collagen supplement made from grass-fed collagen means you won’t be exposed to these toxins. And the only way to be sure is to choose a supplement that is Certified Grass-Fed (you’ll see it on the label).
Collagen I & III
You may have noticed on your collagen supplement search that there are several ‘types’, or fibers, of collagen. This is referring to the tiny fiber strands making up each type of collagen.
There are over 28 types of collagen, and many supplements have multiple fibers claiming to treat multiple concerns.
But more isn’t always better. Studies have shown when you create a multi collagen supplement – this results in reduced overall absorption of the supplement. When a collagen supplement has multiple fibers, they clump together and are more difficult to break down. This loss of proper absorption leads to loss of desired results.
So what collagen fiber type should you use? Type I and Type III have been shown to be the most effective in addressing joint and bone health. Finding a supplement containing only these two collagen fiber types will help ensure you’re able to effectively absorb the product you paid for!
Hydrol-what? Hydrolyzed is a fancy word meaning a protein is easily dissolved in water. Hydrolyzed proteins are also easier to digest. What makes hydrolyzed proteins easy to dissolve and digest? By carefully breaking them down into small peptides (the shorter version of protein).
By taking collagen from long chains into shorter ones, your body has to use less energy to break it down. Long story short – hydrolyzed collagen is easier for you to digest, so you see benefits of taking your collagen supplement quicker.
Plus, hydrolyzed collagen is easier to dissolve when you add it to a liquid because no one wants a clumpy, gritty drink!
Taking a grass-fed, hydrolyzed collagen supplement containing Type I and Type III fibers can have multiple joint and bone health benefits.
Studies have shown taking hydrolyzed collagen improves joint pain due to osteoarthritis (which is joint pain due to overuse and age). Hydrolyzed collagen has also been shown to protect your bones from calcium loss and subsequent integrity loss. This means you’re more protected against the effects of osteoporosis, which includes risk of fractures.
NativePath’s Grass-Fed Hydrolyzed Collagen Supplement: The Smart Choice for Joint and Bone Health
When you’re looking for a collagen supplement to address your joint pain, stiffness, and overall loss of function – NativePath Grass-Fed Collagen is here to help. By using their breakthrough hydrolyzed collagen formula, NativePath’s collagen allows for maximum absorption and potency. NativePath’s collagen is guaranteed to be clump-free so no more gritty drinks or constant stirring.
NativePath’s Grass-Fed Collagen is made of the two most proven collagen fiber types, I and III, and leaves the filler out. By bringing you only the best – you will see an increase in your results compared to other multi collagen supplement.
If you’re looking to restore lost joint flexibility, reduce joint pain, and rebuild stronger bones, NativePath can help you reach your goals.
Every scoop of NativePath Grass-Fed hydrolyzed Collagen has 10 grams of the highest quality type I and type III hydrolyzed collagen. Which means you are only one scoop away from joint pain relief.