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Collagen Protein Powder: An Absolute Must

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  • November 21, 2020
  • MKB Team

What is collagen protein powder and when should you start consuming it?

 

What is Collagen Protein?

Collagen is a structural protein serving as a building block for bones, teeth, muscles, skin, joints and connective tissues. It’s more like glue that holds your body together. It is also the most abundant protein in the body, the composition being more than one-third. It’s abundant in glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, the amino acids that enable the body to create more collagen. 

The question in your head might be- Why is Collagen Protein Powder an absolute must?

The Need

When we indulge in intense exercise, collagen production diminishes just as it does when we age naturally. Hence, topping up collagen is essential for a healthy body. Collagen protein powder is the easiest and simplest form of collagen intake. 

What is Collagen Protein Powder?

Collagen protein powder is created when collagen undergoes a process called hydrolysis. This process breaks down the amino acids present in collagen into smaller molecules, thus making it easier for your body to absorb. 

When should it be consumed?

Collagen is helpful at any age. But as aging effects prop up later in life, it is recommended that one should start in the early 20s. If you have a demanding lifestyle, like most of us do, the signs of aging can catch up with you more rapidly. 

How often should it be consumed?

Dosage recommendations vary from person to person ranging from 2.5 grams to 10 grams per day. Some supplement makers recommend up to 30 grams per day. But leading dermatologists say that the magic number is two scoops of collagen powder daily and it’s recommended not to take more than that. 

The Benefits of Collagen Protein Powder

Here are 5 scientific health benefits of taking collagen protein powder. 

  • Strengthens Skin

It strengthens your skin, enabling elasticity and hydration. With age, your body produces less collagen. This causes dry skin and wrinkle formation. In a noteworthy study, women consuming 2.5 to 5 grams of collagen protein powder for a period of 8 weeks witnessed lower skin dryness and an increase in skin elasticity compared to women who did not consume the powder. Studies also indicated that this consumption may produce other proteins like elastin and fibrillin that structure your skin further. 

 

  • Relieves joint pain

The rubber-like tissue protecting your joints is the cartilage. Collagen protects your cartilage as the risk of joint orders like osteoarthritis magnifies with age. In a study, 73 athletes were given 10 grams of collagen protein powder daily for a period of 24 weeks. These athletes experienced a substantial decrease in joint pain compared with athletes that did not consume the powder.  Research has suggested that there’s an accumulation of supplemental collagen in cartilage. This stimulates your tissues to create more collagen. This causes lower inflammation, supports joints better and reduces pain. 

 

  • May prevent bone loss

Bones are composed mostly of collagen, keeping them strong and giving them structure. As collagen in your body diminishes with age, so does bone mass. This could lead to conditions like osteoporosis which could cause low bone density and subject you to a higher risk of bone fractures. In an interesting study, a few women were given a calcium supplement, and others a calcium supplement combined with 5 grams of collagen for 12 months. The end of the study displayed that the women consuming the calcium and collagen together had considerably lower blood levels of proteins that cause bone breakdown than the women who had consumed just the calcium. Studies also indicate that consumption of collagen increases BMD or Bone Mineral Density. This is the measure of the density of minerals like calcium in your bones. Low BMD is indicative of weak bones.  

 

  • May boost muscle mass

Collagen makes up for 1-10% of your muscle tissue and is essential to keep your muscles strong and working properly. According to studies, collagen protein powder consumption helps boost muscle mass in people suffering from muscle mass loss or sarcopenia. This loss of muscle mass occurs with age. Some researchers have suggested that collagen promotes the creation of muscle proteins like creatine and stimulate muscle growth post exercise. But further research is required to investigate collagen’s capability to boost muscle mass. 

 

  • Makes the heart healthy

There is a theory that collagen protein powder reduces the risk of heart related conditions. Collagen brings structure to your arteries, the blood vessels that transfer blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Without enough collagen, arteries become weak and narrow. This may cause a disease called atherosclerosis, leading to heart attacks and strokes. However, more research is needed to substantiate this theory.  

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Some frequently asked questions have been answered below for you!

You ask and we answer!

 

Q.1 Do collagen powders do anything? (Sayantani Dutta, Kolkata)

Studies have indicated that taking collagen supplements for several months can improve skin elasticity, (wrinkles and roughness) and signs of aging. Others have shown that consuming collagen can increase density in bones weakened with age and can improve joint, back and knee pain.

 

Q.2 Does collagen upset your stomach? (Shabnam Ali, Navi Mumbai)

We suggest that you should always consult your doctor before starting any new supplements or increasing the use of any existing supplement. But in general, the side effects of collagen supplements are mild and can include diarrhoea and a general feeling of heaviness in the stomach.

 

Q.3 When should I take collagen protein? (Neha Mehra, New Delhi)

Some say consumption of collagen in the morning on an empty stomach works wonders to maximize absorption. Others swear by taking it at night so your body has ample time to process the collagen while you sleep. The best solution is to consult your doctor. 

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