12 Amazing Benefits of Collagen for Health (and Beauty)

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12 Amazing Benefits of Collagen for Health (and Beauty)

12 Amazing Benefits of Collagen for Health (and Beauty)

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Collagen can be found everywhere these days – from pills and powders to collagen-infused gummy bears, and even beer! Not sure what collagen is and why it’s so good for your health? Here are 12 easy-to-understand benefits of this vital substance.

What Is Collagen?

outstretched leg of man highlighting bonesCollagen is one of the most abundant substances in the human body. It is a type of protein that makes up about a third of all the protein in your body.

It is found especially in the bones, skin, muscles, and tendons but can also be found in the internal organs, since some types of collagen hold together connective tissue in these areas. Without collagen, all the “parts” in your body would be swishing around pell-mell (not a good visual at all).

In other words, collagen “keeps it all together” and provides a sturdy structure. If your collagen production is healthy and balanced, it keeps your joints, skin, and other parts flexible too.

Another important thing to remember about collagen is that there are over two dozen kinds. In general, however, there are three basic types: I, II, and III. As you shall see, each type is beneficial for your health in its own unique way.

Top 12 Collagen Benefits

Collagen is absolutely essential for keeping you healthy and feeling young and vibrant. These 12 ways are just the tip of the iceberg:

#1 – Healthy Skin. Lack of collagen in the body means skin begins to lose elasticity. This causes skin sagging and wrinkles, especially as we age and collagen production goes down. A 2017 Japanese study [1] found that collagen hydrolysate (collagen that has been broken down into peptides for better absorption) are able to transfer from the bloodstream directly to the skin. Several studies over the last decade or so have pointed to the benefits of added collagen for skin health.

#2 – Glowing, Silky Hair. Likewise, a 2012 study [2]conducted by the University of California, Las Angeles, found that “oral supplement…safely and effectively promotes significant hair growth in women with temporary hair thinning.”

#3 – Hard-as-Nails Nails. A 2017 report published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology [3] found that collagen supplementation helped improve brittle nails after 24 weeks of use.

#4 – Improving Eyesight. The eyes are made up in large part of watery, gelatinous tissue. This means that they need enough optometrist giving patient eyesight examcollagen to make them strong and able to work effectively. Research in India suggests that a lack of collagen may be one of the causes of cataracts [4].

#5 – Easing Joint Pain. The connection between collagen and healthy joints may seem obvious – and it is. Collagen, especially Type II (sometimes called cartilage collagen), is the primary component of the tissues that provide a buffer between bones and which make up joint muscles. A 2018 meta-analysis conducted by the University of Sydney [5] found that collagen supplements used specifically for osteoarthritis “demonstrate(ed) clinically important effects for pain reduction in the medium term” and was more successful for reducing knee pain than other supplements studied.

#6 – Fat-Burning and Muscle-Building. Some research also suggests that collagen may be beneficial in helping you lose weight through fat burning. This is because collagen contains the amino acid glycine, which is essential for creatine synthesis. Creatine is a compound that is formed in protein metabolism which provides the body with fuel, especially during physical activity.

As a healthy counterpoint for the fat-burning amino acids in collagen, this abundant protein substance may also help you build muscle. A 2015 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition [6] found that after 12 weeks of collagen supplementation and resistance training, older males saw a greater increase in muscle strength as well as fat burning than the control group.

#7 – Reducing Cellulite. The presence of cellulite may be another sign of low collagen. This is because of collagen’s relationship to skin elasticity. Without enough collagen, the skin can pucker and become weak. This can allow liquid to gather under the surface of the skin, which gives it that dimpled look.

#8 – Strengthening Teeth. Collagen also forms one of the building blocks of healthy teeth, especially collagen type XVII which helps to form tooth enamel. In addition, a 2015 Serbian study [7] found a correlation between low collagen levels, inflammatory processes, and periodontal disease.

#9 – Aids the Liver. Collagen can help your internal organs as well, including the liver. In fact, collagen can be a great liver protector. The glycine in collagen can prevent this primary detoxification organ from getting overtaxed by too many harmful substances, according to an animal study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences [8]. Many experts state that the best way to cleanse the liver is with a bone broth fast. Bone broth is an excellent source of many types of collagen.

#10 – Helps Your Heart. The amino acid content in collagen is one of the reasons why supplementation can be so beneficial, especially as we age. Proline is an important amino acid found in collagen that has been proven to help release fat buildup along arterial walls and in the bloodstream [9]. Because of this, there is evidence to suggest that it can help with high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) as well [10].

doc#11 – Helps Heal Wounds. As stated in Benefit #2, collagen is vital for skin elasticity and strength. This goes for skin and tissue repair as well. This is why the latest non-toxic wound healing and dressing technology in medicine use organic as well as synthetically-produced collagen substances for sponges, injectables, membranes, films, and skin grafts [11].

#12 – Helps Heal Leaky Gut. Perhaps one of the most exciting and hopeful benefits of collagen is for the millions of Americans who suffer from digestive issues, autoimmune diseases, and neurological conditions connected to Leaky Gut. Leaky Gut, or intestinal permeability, is a condition where microscopic holes form in the digestive tract, allowing toxins and foreign matter to pass through into the bloodstream.

Collagen can help break down proteins in food. This gelatinous substance can also help soothe and repair the intestinal lining. This keeps both bad and good bacteria in the GI tract where it belongs. A 2003 study published in the Journal for Clinical Pathology [12] found that individuals with IBS (inflammatory bowel disease) also suffered from lower concentrations of collagen.

Is Collagen Supplementation Right for You?

There you have it… the top 12 benefits of collagen in a nutshell. We discuss each of these benefits and uses in more detail in other articles. As with all supplements, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any protocol, especially if you have significant health issues. Hopefully, however, this is enough to show you (and them) the importance of collagen for just about every function in your body.


Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens blend contains five types of collagen from four sources. What’s more, it’s combined with targeted nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 which specifically enhance the bioavailability and potency of collagen. Clean Sourced Collagens is formulated from the ground up to enhance and support your body’s natural ability to heal and rebuild itself from the INSIDE out. Click here to find out more

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Sources:

  1. [1] Oral Ingestion of Collagen Hydrolysate Leads to the Transportation of Highly Concentrated Gly-Pro-Hyp and Its Hydrolyzed Form of Pro-Hyp into the Bloodstream and Skin
  2. [2] A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-perceived Thinning Hair
  3. [3] Oral supplementation with specific bioactive collagen peptides improves nail growth and reduces symptoms of brittle nails
  4. [4] Possible role of lens collagen in cataractogenesis.
  5. [5] Dietary supplements for treating osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
  6. [6] Collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training improves body composition and increases muscle strength in elderly sarcopenic men: a randomised controlled trial
  7. [7] Morphometric analysis of collagen and inflammatory cells in periodontal disease.
  8. [8] Glycine alleviates liver injury induced by deficiency in methionine and or choline in rats.
  9. [9] Proline
  10. [10] Type III collagen is crucial for collagen I fibrillogenesis and for normal cardiovascular development
  11. [11] Collagen-Based Biomaterials for Wound Healing
  12. [12] Serum laminin and collagen IV in inflammatory bowel disease.

Article Summary

  • Collagen is one of the most abundant substances in the human body. It is a type of protein that makes up about a third of all the protein in your body.

  • It is found especially in the bones, skin, muscles, and tendons but can also be found in the internal organs, since some types of collagen hold together connective tissue in these areas.

  • There are over two dozen kinds of collagen. In general, however, there are three basic types: I, II, and III.

  • Top 12 Collagen Benefits:

    • Healthy Skin
    • Glowing, Silky Hair
    • Hard-as-Nails Nails
    • Improving Eyesight
    • Easing Joint Pain
    • Fat-Burning and Muscle-Building
    • Reducing Cellulite
    • Strengthening Teeth
    • Aids the Liver
    • Helps Your Heart
    • Helps Heal Wounds
    • Helps Heal “Leaky Gut”

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  1. I just ordered this product for the first time. I have Lyme disease, maybe for two years, took the 3-week antibiotic but with all I read, it’s not likely to kill the spirochets which DO live on collagen. I’m losing collagen everywhere and rapidly it seems. I’m hoping taking your product will stay ahead of the collagen loss while I work on ways to eradicate the destructive bacteria with help of a Lyme specialist I can’t see until 12/3 appt. Do you know if this will work? How much and how fast? Anything you can add that may contribute to my predicament would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Edna Lynch , NJ 973.853.4672

    • Hi Edna! We’re so sorry that you have been dealing with Lyme disease. It’s best to work directly with a trusted healthcare professional and Lyme specialist in order to determine the treatment options that are best for your unique situation. We wish you a speedy recovery!

  2. Many thanks for the article but I am hoping it will help my poor bones as I have had R.Arthritis since 1972…..anything you think would help other than all the items I have being shipped at present? Jan

    • Hi Jan! Thanks for the question! It’s best to work with a trusted healthcare professional to discuss which supplements would offer the most benefit in your situation. We wish you health and happiness!

  3. I just received mine recently, about to start , but it’s all in powder form, with no instructions, so do I add to smoothie or how do I take it

    • Hi Phil! The Clean Sourced Collagens can be mixed it into a plain glass of water, your favorite juice or smoothie and even any of your favorite hot beverages like coffee and tea. The recommended daily dosage is one scoop (approximately 8.5g). You may read the FAQ on this product here: https://support.organixx.com/802126-Clean-Sourced-Collagens. We are excited for you to try this, let us know if you have more questions!

    • Hi Louise-Anne, we highly recommend a consultation with a medical professional for advice on whether collagen supplements such as our Clean Sourced Collagens are appropriate for a thirteen-year-old. You may refer to this link to learn more about the product: https://organixx.com/collagen-lf-v1/. We wish you the best!

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