9 Amazing Benefits of Collagen for Health (and Beauty)

Medically Reviewed by Shane Mouser, RPh, Pharm.D. Shane Mouser, RPh, Pharm.D.

Shane Mouser is a Nashville-based registered pharmacist specializing in wellness and chronic disease management through medication therapy management

Read More →

By Nikki Lyn Pugh

Reading Time: 8 minutes

In a hurry? Click here to read the Article Summary...

“Collagen peptides are used for aging skin and osteoarthritis. They are also used for osteoporosis, brittle nails, muscle strength, and many other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.” ~ Collagen Peptides Benefits

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 collagen benefits that will make you a believer in this vital substance.

What Is Collagen?

Img Source: Collagen – The Natural Source

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. 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 understand 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 9 Collagen Benefits

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

#1 – Healthy Skin

Img Source: Collagen Hydrolysates for Skin Protection: Oral Administration and Topical Formulation

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.

When collagen production decreases, the skin begins to sag and wrinkles form. Collagen hydrolysate, which is a more absorbable form of collagen, was found in a Japanese study to be able to transfer from the bloodstream directly to the skin. This has led to more studies on the benefits of added collagen for skin health.

#2 – Glowing, Silky Hair

Img source: Collagen Peptides

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.” The study participants were given collagen supplements for eight months and researchers found that “average hair count was increased by 40 percent, and the average weight of each hair strand was increased by 17 percent.”

In other words, collagen helps keep your hair healthy, shiny, and thick!

#3 – Hard-as-Nails Nails

Img Source: I Had Brittle Nails For 40 Years—Here’s What Finally Helped Them Grow

A 2017 report published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology [3] found that collagen supplementation helped improve brittle nails after 24 weeks of use. The study participants were given 2.5 grams of collagen peptides daily, and researchers found that this was effective in treating nail brittleness.

The study participants were given 2.5 grams of collagen peptides daily, and researchers found that this was effective in treating nail brittleness.

#4 – Easing Joint Pain

Img Source: 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related 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.

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 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.

Adding collagen to your diet is a great way to help support that you’re getting all of the health benefits it has to offer.

#5 – Fat-Burning and Muscle-Building

Img Source: Effect of Oral Ingestion of Low-Molecular Collagen Peptides Derived from Skate (Raja Kenojei) Skin on Body Fat in Overweight Adults: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

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. 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 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.

#6 – Reducing Cellulite

Img Source: Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology

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.

A 2006 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found that collagen supplementation improved the appearance of cellulite after eight weeks. 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.

A 2006 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found that collagen supplementation improved the appearance of cellulite after eight weeks.

#7 – Strengthening Teeth

Img Source: Type XVII Collagen is a Key Player in Tooth Enamel Formation

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. The study participants with lower collagen levels also had a greater number of cavities and gum diseases.

Adding collagen to your diet can help keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free. 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 found a correlation between low collagen levels, inflammatory processes, and periodontal disease. The study participants with lower collagen levels also had a greater number of cavities and gum diseases.

Adding collagen to your diet can help keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free.

#8 – Aids the Liver

Img Source: Targeting collagen expression in alcoholic liver disease

#9 – Helps Heal Wounds

Img Source: The Role of Antioxidants on Wound Healing: A Review of the Current Evidence

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].

The interesting aspect to all of this is when you add in zinc to your diet to help your body absorb the collagen faster.

Is Collagen Supplementation Right for You?

There you have it… the top 9 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.

Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens
Nikki Lyn Pugh
Nikki Lyn Pugh, MFA, INHC is a natural health researcher and writer. She is also an integrative nutritional health coach specializing in autoimmune conditions, chronic stress, and energy medicine. She loves to inspire people to become empowered with their health through education and gentle guidance. Nikki lives and works in Cottonwood, AZ, with her bunny "Mr. Dot."

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”
  • Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens contains five types of collagen from four sources and is combined with targeted nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 for maximum absorption and utilization by the body.

Comments

  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: https://organixx.com/collagen-lf-v1/. We wish you the best!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

100% Safe & Secure
100%

Safe & Secure

Free Shipping
Free Shipping

U.S. orders over $99/CAN over $149
Worldwide over $199

1-Year Money-Back Guarantee
1-Year

Money-Back Guarantee

Free Recipe eBook

33 Superfood Smoothie & Drink Recipes For Weight Loss, Immune Support, Detoxing, and More.

Please enter your name.
Please enter your email address.
Please enter a valid email address.

Yes, send me my free recipe ebook along with other health tips, recipes, and discounts from Organixx! I understand that I can change my preferences and unsubscribe at any time. Our Privacy Policy