Collagen for Weight Loss? Here’s What the Science Says

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You may have heard about collagen’s ability to help with skin firmness, joint and gut health, and stronger hair, nails, and teeth… but what about collagen for weight loss? Is that among its many purported benefits? Indeed it is. Studies have shown a link between collagen supplementation and weight loss – and the mechanisms for this connection may surprise you.

Most of Us Are Deficient in Collagen

Poor diet, stress, lack of sleep… all of these factors play a part in a little-known epidemic of low collagen in adult bodies. woman with upset stomachApproximately 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by some kind of digestive disease, resulting in close to 50 million outpatient visits each year because of GI tract-related issues [1].

At the same time, most people on the planet succumb to the “normal” loss of muscle mass loss as they age: up to 40% [2] less by the time they reach age 40!

Of course, there are many reasons for these shocking statistics. One thing they have in common, however, is that collagen plays a major role in both GI and connective tissue health.

The fact is that a person simply couldn’t survive, let alone sit up straight, without collagen. It is a protein, and one of the most abundant found in your body. It’s what makes up the interior lining of the gut as well as forms connective tissue. Collagen is a central ingredient for hair formation and its glue-like consistency forms the intricate tissues of the skin at all levels. As we age, we lose it, which is what causes our skin to wrinkle.

The Connection Between Collagen and Weight Loss

So, what does all this have to do with collagen for weight loss? Good question! Here are the three main ways that collagen can contribute to a slimmer, more toned figure:

#1 – Collagen Helps the Gut

Collagen helps with the break down of fats and proteins in the gut. The amino acid glycine within collagen also helps maintain the proper pH in the stomach and stimulates gastric juices. Collagen types I and III are literally the raw materials for the connective tissue in the digestive system and there is increasing evidence that collagen supplementation can help repair the intestines and even heal Leaky Gut (aka intestinal permeability).

A 2003 Greek study found that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome had lower serum collagen levels than those who did not have this connection [3]. A healthy GI tract means more nutrient absorption and less “waste around your waist” as well as less gas and bloat. That’s good news for your health in general, as well as your waistline.
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#2 – Collagen Helps Build Muscle Mass

In fact, collagen IS the “stuff” that makes up connective tissues and muscles in the body! It’s a fact that getting the right amount of collagen your body needs can turn “flabby weight” into muscle, as long as you couple your supplementation with a healthy diet and strength training.

A 2016 report [4] in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that collagen peptide supplementation helped to curb obesity in menopausal women by preventing muscle mass loss. According to the researchers, “collagen supplementation can complete its anti-obesity activity with minor side effects in menopausal women.”

#3 – Collagen Speeds Metabolism

In the same vein, collagen helps to gently give metabolism a little “kick in the pants” along the way. And here is something that you may not have known: muscle mass has a direct effect on metabolism. This change may be subtle but over time, can be significant.

For example, the University of Maryland [5] researchers analyzed a group of men age 50-65 during an 18-week strength training regime. During the time, the men gained about 2.8 pounds of fat-free mass. At the same time, their metabolic rate increased by a little over 250 calories a day.

And if all this doesn’t convince you, check this out. One study found that just 12 weeks of consistent collagen supplementation reduced fat mass in participants by up to 10 pounds [6]!

Build Muscle, Lose Fat the Natural Way

Does this mean that you can simply power down a collagen shake every day and never have to work out again? No way! The fact is that nothing replaces a quality, well-balanced diet, and a healthy lifestyle. This includes plenty of movement, stress management [7], self-care, and detoxification.

But collagen supplementation can be an easy and powerful tool to add to your health and fitness toolbox. It’s an amazing substance that every cell in your body simply cannot live without. With enough of it, your body can thrive. What’s more, getting the best collagen supplement can help you LOOK and FEEL younger, stronger, and possibly even slimmer in the process!


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.

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Article Summary

  • Studies have shown a link between collagen supplementation and weight loss.

  • Poor diet, stress, and lack of sleep all play a part in a little-known epidemic of low collagen in adult bodies.

  • Collagen helps with the break down of fats and proteins in the gut.

  • Getting the right amount of collagen your body needs can help turn “flabby weight” into muscle when accompanied with a healthy diet and strength training.

  • Collagen helps to give your metabolism a little “kick in the pants.”

  • Collagen supplementation with a high-quality collagen formula can be an easy and powerful tool to add to your health and fitness toolbox. With enough of it your body can thrive.

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  1. Are the animals involved given hormones or antibiotics? Are they fed GMO products?
    Do they graze on glyphosate-free pastures?

    • Hi Mel, thanks for your question. Our beef is from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine from Argentina. Our fish is Clean Marine Wild Harvested Alaskan Pollock. Our chicken is from non-GMO Chicken bone broth. Please be assured that while we are not involved in the feeding and care of the chickens, the bone broth we use is tested for heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, molds, e-coli, salmonella, and other environmental toxins. If you would like to learn more about the product, please click here for more information: http://oxprod.organixx.com/collagen-lf-v1/. We hope this answers your question!

    • Hi Hardegree! Our Clean Sourced Collagens is tasteless, odorless, and flavorless. This means that 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. Yum!

  2. I have Scleroderma, an autoimmune connective tissue disease. Is it OK to take a collagen.supplement?
    My doctor is was clueless when I inquired.

  3. I am vegetarian, I do eat eggs and cheese. I do not want to take meat or fish products. Is there something for me? Perhaps, algae or seaweed based?
    Thanks, Sandy.

    • Thank you for your interest, Sandy. The Clean Sourced Collagens is sourced from animal products (egg, chicken, beef, and fish), so this is not suitable for our vegan or vegetarian customers. We do, however, have a few supplements in our line that are not only vegan/vegetarian, but are also USDA-Certified Organic! We hope you can check them out in our store at shop.organixx.com and let us know what you think!

    • Hi Chris! The Clean Sourced Collagens is not organic, but it is gluten-free and has no GMO. We hope this answers your question!

      • I have been very interested in your collagen and planned on purchasing today because I thought your products were all organically sourced. I guess I thought that because your company is named ‘ Organixx’ . I also thought I read that in your literature before. I have purchased several of your fermented items such as 7 M and 3D.

        I’d love to hear from you.
        Thank you!
        Kim

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

          While our Clean Sourced Collagens is not organic, it is certified CLEAN by independent labs. This means every single bottle has been rigorously tested – and certified – to be free of heavy metals… chemicals… and growth hormones that wreak havoc on your health. We’ve spared no expense to ensure that you’re getting all FIVE types of collagen from the highest quality sources available! In order to deliver everything your body needs, we don’t just use one type of collagen, our Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens contains Type 1, 2, 3, 5, and 10.

          The sources used for this supplement are Grass-Fed Pasture Raised Bovine, Chicken, Wild Caught Alaskan Pollock, and Eggshell Membrane. To be more specific, our beef is from grass-fed pasture-raised bovine from Argentina, our fish is Clean Marine Wild Harvested Alaskan Pollock and our Chicken is from non-GMO Chicken bone broth.

          Feel free to check out the product label here: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1569/1827/products/Collagens-label-back_1024x1024.png?v=1570800218

          To add, please know, that all of our products go through thorough microbiology, heavy metal, pesticide, and common allergen testing. They’re tested to be free from GMOs, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, molds, e-Coli, salmonella, and other environmental toxins and we are very satisfied that those results line up with or exceed the organic standards.

          If you would like to learn more, feel free to check out the following pages:
          Clean Sourced Collagens Product Information- https://organixx.com/collagens
          Clean Sourced Collagens Shop Page and Customer Reviews- https://shop.organixx.com/products/clean-sourced-collagens
          About Organixx: https://organixx.com/our-mission/
          FAQ’s: https://support.organixx.com/

          We hope this helps and wish you a lovely day ahead!

  4. Hi from Western Australia. I have ordered the collagen powder sometime end of last year and have been taking it fairly regularly. Maybe not every day but at least 3 to 4 times a week. I also have the bone broth protein powder which I also take about 3 to 4 times a week.
    Can I take these two together on the same day in my smoothies or do they have to be taken on seperate days?
    Will it help to restore and tighten muscle and loose skin on the arms?
    Thank you for your reply.

    • Thanks for your question, Joyce. We are happy to hear that you are using our Clean Sourced Collagens and Bone Broth Protein. Organixx researches and develops a broad range of nutritional supplements to assist people in accomplishing a wide range of health goals. Some of our supplements are developed and designed to be taken together, as a system. Others were created for a more specific, targeted health goal. While most should have no issue consuming all of our nutritional supplements together, it is always a wise step to consult with your primary healthcare practitioner related to your own unique health needs and health challenges. We hope this helps! Have a great day all the way to Western Australia!

  5. I’m allergic to SEAFOOD, like saltwater fish, but I’m okay with FRESHWATER fish. Since fish is one of the sources of your collagen products, do you think I could still take this collagen or is there a fish free collagen product?

    • Thank you for your interest in our Clean Sourced Collagens, Gigi. We’re sorry to hear about your allergies as well.

      This supplement uses Clean Marine Wild Harvested Alaskan Pollock as one of our sources, and we unfortunately do not currently carry a fish-free (or animal product-free) collagen product as of the moment. We hope this helps!

  6. I have had Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer, and noticed the skin changes to a crepey look when touched. Have used a body cream everyday through treatment, and have no idea how much it may have helped. Would the Collagen be advisable to help the skin help The skin cells to recover?

    • Thank you for your interest in the Clean Sourced Collagens, Donna. We are sorry to hear about the skin concerns you are having. Since Organixx cannot diagnose, treat or give you advice regarding your health and individual use of our products, we highly encourage a consultation with a trusted health specialist to help you understand if taking this supplement will be beneficial to your skin and your over-all health. We wish you the best!

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

      Yes, our Clean Sourced Collagens is gluten-free. You may click on the following link https://organixx.com/collagens to learn more about how our Clean Sourced Collagens has been formulated and the health benefits it offers.

      Hope this helps. Have a wonderful day ahead!

    • Hi Mary, thanks for your question!

      We actually published a very informative article that talks about Collagen and Heart Health (https://organixx.com/collagen-and-heart-health). We hope you can check it out and learn more about how collagen can help your over-all heart health, including your arteries.

      We hope this helped and we wish you a lovely day!

  7. How many times can I take collagen in a day? Can I also take apple cider , turmeric and vit. D supplement with collagen?

    • Hi Gigi, thank you for your question.

      The suggested dosage of the Clean Sourced Collagens is 1 Scoop daily, approximately 8.5g. Advanced dosage should be in accordance with the advice and guidance of your primary healthcare practitioner.

      Here is the ingredient label of the Clean Sourced Collagens, for more information: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1569/1827/products/Collagens-label-back_1024x1024.png?v=1570800218.

      To add, the 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.

      We highly recommend to consult your healthcare practitioner prior to taking any new dietary supplement, especially if you plan to take it together with another supplement.

      We hope this helped and please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

      Thank you for your interest. Have a great day!

  8. I’ve been using your collagen for 6 months. Wow! I can skip down the stairs in the morning!
    I have fibromyalgia been diagnosed with arthritis and bone spurs in both hips. I would be bent over in the morning and go down the stairs one at a time. It would take about 2 hours before I could walk looking like a human. Sometimes the pain in my body would make me cry. I would love like a 100 year old woman when I got up from sitting for any length of time.
    This product has changed my life! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Finding you was an answer to prayer.

    • That’s so amazing, Laurene. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

      We’re thrilled to know that our Clean Sourced Collagens has made such a big impact on your health.

      If you haven’t done so already, we’d love for you to leave your testimony on our product page: https://shop.organixx.com/products/clean-sourced-collagens so others can benefit from your experience as well.

      Thank you so much for being part of the Organixx community. Wishing you a happy & healthy day ahead!

  9. Hi,
    I have been aking this for 3 months so far. I have not noticed any difference in my hair, nails, skin or wt loss. I have been taking 1 scoop per day. I have long term health problems (arthritis, fibromyalgia, D.I.S.H. plantar fasciitis)to name a few,I also have a torn meniscus in my left knee but I do not expect this to get better for maybe another 6 months. Have had it for 6 months already. and am 68. How long should I persist and should I expect to see some result by 6 months?

    • Hi Madonna, thank you for your question.

      We are very sorry to hear about your health conditions and how you do not see any changes that you expect from using the Clean Sourced Collagens.

      Many people have seen very positive results with the product, however individual results will vary. You should always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to taking any new dietary supplement.

      With this, we highly recommend for you to refer this concern to a trusted health specialist in order to determine if it would be beneficial for you to stop or continue taking the Clean Sourced Collagens according to your health needs.

      Thank you so much for your trust in Organixx. We wish you the best in your wellness journey!

    • Thanks for your question, M.

      The Clean Sourced Collagens is not formulated specifically for weight gain, however, you may visit our online store and browse all of our products by using the filter on the left side of the page according to their health benefits, for more information:

      shop.organixx.com

      We hope this helps!

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