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Collagen benefits skin and joints, study confirms

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Collagen is the most common and abundant of your body’s proteins, one of its primary purposes being to provide structural scaffolding for your various tissues to allow them to stretch while still maintaining tissue integrity
  • Collagen supplements allow for certain peptides to enter your bloodstream intact, before they’re broken down into their component parts in your digestive system, thereby benefiting connective tissues throughout your body
  • A peptide known as prolyl-hydroxyproline, in particular, which plays a role in skin health and repair, has been shown to enter the bloodstream intact
  • Oral collagen has been shown to increase skin elasticity, hydration and collagen density in the dermis of older women
  • Collagen may also help reduce joint pain, improve wound healing, improve blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular damage, improve glucose tolerance, strengthen bones and improve osteoporosis

Collagen is the most common and abundant of your body’s proteins, which makes sense when you consider one of its primary purposes is to provide structural scaffolding for your various tissues to allow them to stretch while still maintaining tissue integrity.

Collagen makes up anywhere from 25% to 30% of the total proteins in your body, and as much as 70% to 80% of the protein in your skin, in terms of dry weight.


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