How Can Collagen Help You?

You’re here reading this because you have a specific illness, ailment or well-being goal, and you have heard that collagen may be able to help you. Well, you’ve come to the right place. On the basis that you know of collagen, we will assume that you are already aware of what collagen is, how prolific collagen is in our bodies, and just how crucial a role it plays in supporting our well-being. So, given you have a great base of knowledge already, let’s find out what it is that YOU need collagen to help you with...

Single Supplement,  Multiple Benefits

The benefits of taking this protein peptide powder are so far-reaching. Here are some of the more common reasons why our customers use it:

Pain & Inflammation

Gut health & the immune system

Examples:

  • Crohn's Disease 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Leaky Gut 
  • Food intolerances and sensitivities 

There is growing evidence that our gut is central to maintaining our overall health and well-being and, in fact, is now regarded by many as being our ‘second brain’. Collagen plays a key role in digestive health by managing the optimum balance of our gut’s microbiome as well as ensuring the integrity of our gut lining. When our gut’s microbiome is imbalanced, or a condition such as leaky gut results in toxins, food particles, bad bacteria  and other material seeping from our gut into places they just should not be, our immune system can be triggered. It identifies these threats and, in turn, initiates inflammation as a self-defence response.

This may lead to a whole host of issues ranging from relatively minor problems such as food intolerances, right through to major health conditions such as Crohn's disease, IBS, other autoimmune diseases and even bowel cancer, as our body ironically essentially fights itself to protect itself. To find out more about our favourite protein and its benefits to overall health and wellbeing, visit this article on collagen and our immune system.

Fibromyalgia

The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek words for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Fibromylgia (FM) is a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain (often in the neck, shoulders, back, arms, legs and chest) accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Sufferers often describe it as like having the flu.

FM patients have been identified as having lower hydroxyproline and a lower total concentration of the major amino acids of collagen than non-sufferers and often experience muscle wasting. Patients with this condition have therefore seen their chronic symptoms improve as a result of taking collagen hydrolysate because it contains large quantities of hydroxyproline and a total of 18  amino acids that are very pure and highly absorbable by the body. Read about Hebe’s jaw-dropping story.

Bones & joints

Collagen is found in cartilage, the rubbery layer surrounding the end of bones where they meet joints. As we age, this cartilage becomes thinner and the ‘cushioning’ is not as effective. Bones then end up rubbing alongside each other, causing discomfort. As a result supplements which help provide support to grow and repair this cartilage can offer relief from such symptoms.

Discover Zuleika’s inspiring story - from a juvenile arthritis diagnosis at the age of 13 to becoming a sports model and fitness instructor in her 30s, and feeling fantastic on collagen. Or read about Brooke’s miraculous knee recovery, which turned out, of course, to have nothing to do with miracles. 

Recovery from surgery

We have some amazing testimonials from people like Mark and Beryl who are convinced that collagen has expedited their road to recovery after significant surgery. 

Looking Good & Feeling Great

Metabolism & weight management

When it comes to forming muscle, the amino acid glycine is a key player. No surprises that our favourite protein collagen contains this amino acid in abundance and therefore helps to improve muscle mass. The more muscle we have, the more calories we burn when our body is resting. We call this our resting metabolic rate. In addition, protein helps you feel fuller for longer and so collagen can help your body feel more satisfied after a meal.

Beauty from within - hair, skin, & nails

As you already know, collagen comprises amino acids called protein peptides. These incredible molecules stimulate our hair follicles, plump our skin and nourish our nail beds. They can give you stronger, healthier and faster-growing hair as well as hydrate your skin and reduce wrinkles. We  all know that ‘we are what we eat’ so why not nourish your insides for a radiant glow on the outside? 

Heart health

A study has linked collagen to helping lower cholesterol and therefore potentially preventing heart disease. As a result of taking collagen supplements, participants saw a reduction in their LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio, as well as a prevention and treatment of plaque building up in their arteries. 

Sleep, Stress & Mental Health

Cognitive function

We’ve already seen that collagen is a big player in maintaining gut health. As it turns out, there is a distinct connection between our gut and our brain by way of major physical and biochemical connections. It seems all sorts of hormones, including our happy ones, form in the gut. So, from the perspective of positive cognitive function, this powerful protein continues to exert its influence.

But, there’s more! Collagen contains the amino acid glycine, which provides a wealth of benefits to the body, particularly the brain health.  It is a neurotransmitter (the process of transferring impulses from one nerve fibre to the other) that participates in a variety  of motor and sensory functions and influences our ability to function, our moods, our appetite and much  more. 

Difficulty sleeping

Speaking of glycine and its neurotransmissions, it can send impulses to the brain that are either excitatory or inhibitory. In other words, it can serve to either stimulate the brain and nervous system and therefore pep us up, or quieten them and therefore relax us. Studies suggest that higher levels of glycine might encourage sleep to come more easily, improve sleeping quality and reduce symptoms of insomnia. 

Stress

When we stress, our adrenal glands produce cortisol, a hormone that is then released into our system giving us that fight or flight sensation. Unfortunately, these higher levels of cortisol may negatively impact collagen levels, breaking it down and adversely impacting our skin’s elasticity. 

Fitness & Performance

Sports & recovery

Taking our collagen peptide powder within 30 minutes pre and post exercise can help enhance performance, burn fat, increase energy and improve endurance. It can also expedite recovery and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) as well as speed up healing from injuries and surgery.  Read all about Louise’s story here, a champion athlete now in her 50s and training as hard as ever. 

Pregnancy

Protein supplements can be taken by pregnant women to help respond to increased nutritional demands, aid their protein intake, manage stretch marks and assist in joint health. Pregnant women can experience brittle hair and even hair loss, so collagen supplements can help restore hair back to health. The postpartum benefits of taking them may also assist with skin elasticity, helping to re-tighten the skin on the stomach.  

Shop Edible Health

If you’re interested in testing the water and trying some Edible Health protein peptide powders, shop our range of products here. Otherwise, we really hope this has helped inform your investigation into this incredible protein. And, if you have a health challenge or concern that you would like support with, or if you would like to tell your collagen story and spread the word to help others like you, then please  feel free to drop us a line. Just say hello@ediblehealth.com. Helping people is our passion so we’d love to hear from you!

The information we have provided herewith, and all linked materials, are not intended nor should they be construed as medical advice. Moreover, the information herewith should not be used as a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions and consult your General Practitioner for advice specific for you.