Collagen from food or supplements can be beneficial for skin, joint, and bone health. Some of the benefits widely studied and reported are discussed here.
Collagen is essential for maintaining the elasticity and hydration of the skin. Consuming enough collagen can prevent dry skin and wrinkles.
Collagen peptides are also important for enabling other proteins, such as elastin and fibrillin, that play a role in maintaining the elasticity of cells in the body.
Consumption of collagen may help reduce the severity of osteoarthritis and joint pain.
Taking collagen supplements can also promote the synthesis of collagen in the body.
Collagen peptides promote muscle growth. It is also involved in the synthesis of creatine (a metabolite), which is involved in energy production in the muscle cells.
Although collagen triggers muscle synthesis, it is not as effective as whey protein as it lacks adequate amounts of branched-chain amino acids.
Collagen plays a crucial role in the synthesis of vascular tissues, which can be beneficial for healthy blood circulation and thus prevent atherosclerosis.
Blood vessel structure should be maintained for proper blood flow and these people experience improved blood pressure.