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 of collagen 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 collagen can help with high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) as well [10].
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#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 and teach you how to find the best collagen supplement here. 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.

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!

      • I was also wondering if I can take it 2x a day. The FAQs are non informative and I don’t know any medical practitioner who would even have a clue about taking collagen and I have utilized both integrative and alternative MDS.

        So, how is your daily dose established? What is it based on? Body Weight? I weigh 250lbs. Would a 125lb person take the same dose?. Some minimal daily requirement for collagen? Is there a doctor on earth who even know a MDR for collagen. In my humble opinion you should be able to offer a more in depth answer for people who it is unlikely will ever be able to find an answer to this.

        Thank you

        • Hi Missy, our apologies for the delayed response.

          All of our supplements are based on a person who is on a 2,000 calorie diet. This amount was established by the FDA and is how all supplements are measured.

          This measurement is based on a moderately active adult female (weighing approximately 132 pounds) who would need to be on a 2,000 calorie diet to maintain her weight.

          If this customer does not fit that description she can consult with her healthcare professional to find out what her caloric intake should be which may then alter how much of our supplements she may want to take.

          You may use this ingredient label as a reference: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1569/1827/products/Collagens-label-back_1024x1024.png?v=1570800218.

          We hope this helped. Have a great weekend!

    • 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: http://oxprod.organixx.com/collagen-lf-v1/. We wish you the best!

  4. I just received my Collagen and look forward to it’s many benefits. I tried it first in iced tea and then this morning in hot coffee. I am finding that it is hard to dissolve and go into solution by stirring with a spoon. It tends to aggregate into small clumps that float in the liquid. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Hi Missy, thank you for your purchase!

      We are sorry to hear that you are finding it difficult to dissolve the Collagens in cold and hot beverages. We highly recommend to use a blender or an immersion blender to get rid of the clumps and thoroughly mix the powder into your drink.

      We hope this helped and we thank you for your patience while we do our research to answer your other questions. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can. Have a great day ahead!

  5. How much of each type of the 5 types of collagen is in the product and what is the total amount of collagen. If you are unable to answer me here please send your data to my email address. I find it very unusual that information is not included

    Thank you

  6. Is it better to have in cold drinks rather than hot drinks? Does the heat kill any of the good nutrients in the powder?

    • Hello Kelly, thanks for your question!

      Our Clean Sourced Collagens is tasteless, odorless, and flavorless. Which means you can simply mix it into a plain glass of water, your favorite juice or smoothie and even any of your favorite hot beverages like coffee and tea. This means that you don’t need to worry about the heat killing the good nutrients in the powdered collagens.

      We hope this helped!

  7. Hi Missy, when you add it to hot coffee just add it to a little hot water and stir it until it dissolves. Easy! this way you dont get clumps!

  8. Hi there, I live in Scotland and was wondering if you ship your products this far…I never miss the emails that come in from Jonathan and Organixx and I would love to get the collagen and the book 90 Days but I don’t know if I could even afford to bring it from America to Scoland. Can you advise me please…..
    With thanks, Margaret.

    • Hello all the way from Scotland, Margaret! We understand your concerns regarding the shipping fee and we appreciate your support in Organixx and your interest in our products.

      We do ship worldwide, including Scotland. Our flat shipping rate for most of our products is $9. Please note all prices are listed in USD and upon arrival, you could see some customs fees, please contact your local PO for additional information.

      You may visit our official online store at shop.organixx.com in order to learn more about the shipping fee of your order. If you need assistance in placing an order, you may reach out to our Customer Service Department here: https://support.organixx.com/649565-Contact-Us.

      We hope this helped and we look forward to your purchase. We wish you a wonderful day ahead!

    • Hi Maria, thank you for your question and interest.

      We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t see results with the collagen supplement you previously tried.

      Our Clean Sourced Collagens is scientifically designed to promote younger-looking skin & fewer aches and pains. It’s formulated from the ground up to enhance and support your body’s natural ability to heal and rebuild itself from the INSIDE out.

      We encourage you to follow this link if you would like to learn more: https://organixx.com/collagens.

      Also, if you would like to check out our product reviews, you may go here: https://shop.organixx.com/collections/anti-aging/products/clean-sourced-collagens.

      Hope this helps! Thank you for being here with us. Wishing you all the best!!

  9. Hello. I’m waiting for my first order to arrive, and have the same question as Missy does above, from July 10th.
    How is your daily dose established? What is it based on? Body Weight? I weigh 185lbs. Would a 125lb person take the same dose?.
    Today is Dec 6th,, six months after her question was asked. Maybe I’ve missed it, but I’ve scanned the Q&A three times and don’t see an answer to this question yet. Thus how much longer should we wait to hear a reply to this question? Rather than waiting another six months, may I hear back today? Or, when can I expect to hear your reply to this question? Thank you!

    • Hello Leslie, thank you for your question. Our apologies if the similar question has not been answered for a while.

      All of our supplements are based on a person who is on a 2,000 calorie diet. This amount was established by the FDA and is how all supplements are measured.

      This measurement is based on a moderately active adult female (weighing approximately 132 pounds) who would need to be on a 2,000 calorie diet to maintain her weight.

      If this customer does not fit that description she can consult with her healthcare professional to find out what her caloric intake should be which may then alter how much of our supplements she may want to take.

      You may use this ingredient label as a reference: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1569/1827/products/Collagens-label-back_1024x1024.png?v=1570800218.

      We hope this helped and you are welcome to reach out to us if you have additional questions. We’re here to help!

      Thank you for your purchase and we wish you a lovely day!

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