Role of Collagen Peptides in Skin and Body Health

Dr. Jenny Pfleghaar
Jen Pfleghaar, DO, ABOIM
February 2, 2024
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As we get older, the collagen in our skin decreases. This is caused as the cells that make collagen, called fibroblasts, become less active with age, which later leads to wrinkles and sagging. While there is no way to completely reverse the aging process, there are several things we can do to maintain healthy skin and reduce the appearance of aging signs.

One promising approach is to incorporate collagen peptides into our skincare and nutrition routines. Collagen peptides are a form of hydrolyzed collagen, which means that they have been broken down into smaller, more easily absorbed peptides. Research shows that these peptides can penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen production, helping to improve skin elasticity, firmness, and hydration.

In addition to their benefits for skin health, collagen peptides may also offer other potential benefits, such as reducing joint pain, improving bone density, and supporting muscle function.

In this blog, we will explore how collagen peptides keep your skin vibrant and maintain body health.

Understanding Collagen Peptides

Collagen peptides have many potential benefits. They can improve skin health, reduce joint pain, increase bone density, support muscle function, and aid in wound healing.

There are different types of collagen, including bovine, marine, and porcine collagen. Each type has its own effects and benefits. Marine collagen is popular for skin health, while bovine and porcine collagen are known for improving joint health.

When consuming collagen peptides, some possible side effects may include a bad taste in the mouth or a feeling of fullness. However, these can be avoided by choosing high-quality supplements and following the recommended dosage.

To maximize the benefits of collagen peptides, it’s important to ensure that the source is reputable, the product is certified, and that hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are included in the formula. An article by Maryam Borumand and Sara Silbilla shows that this combination can provide a range of additional health benefits, such as glowing skin and long-lasting hydration.


Advantages of Collagen Peptides for Your Body

Keeps Skin Bouncy and Soft

Collagen peptides help maintain and improve skin health, keeping it bouncy and soft. The proteins in collagen peptides such as glycine, proline, Hydroxyproline, and arginine promote skin suppleness and elasticity, preventing sagging and wrinkles. They also enhance skin moisture and hydration, for a more youthful appearance.

Collagen peptides can be easily added to beverages, smoothies, or used in cooking. With consistent use, people can see improvements in skin texture, firmness, and glow, making it a vital component for healthy and radiant skin.

Could Improve Joint Health

Collagen peptides can improve joint health. They provide structural support to tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues near the joints. This helps reduce joint pain and stiffness, making movement more comfortable and fluid.

Collagen peptides also support collagen production in the body, necessary for maintaining healthy cartilage – the cushioning tissue in the joints. Consuming collagen peptides through supplements, powders, or adding them to foods and beverages can effectively support joint health.

This allows for easy integration into daily routines, offering convenient and consistent benefits to the joints. Incorporating collagen peptides into one’s diet provides a simple and practical approach to maintaining joint health and mobility, making it a desirable option for those looking to improve their overall well-being.

Makes Bones and Muscles Stronger

Consuming collagen peptides benefits bone density and strength, improving muscle mass and function. Collagen supplements may also aid in physical performance and recovery, especially with strength training or resistance exercises.

While specific exercises or activities don’t directly enhance collagen peptides’ effectiveness, a study from British Journal of Nutrition shows that a balanced fitness routine with weight-bearing and resistance exercises can maximize their benefits for bone and muscle health.


How to Take Collagen Peptides Safely

Possible Side Effects from Eating Collagen Peptides

Consuming collagen peptides can lead to side effects such as digestive issues. These may include upset stomach, bloating, and diarrhea. In rare cases, allergic reactions like hives or swelling can occur.

To reduce the risk of side effects, it’s important to consume collagen peptides in moderation and follow the recommended dosage. Buying high-quality collagen supplements from trusted sources can also help ensure product safety and purity, lowering the chance of adverse reactions.

It’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen, especially for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or allergies. This will help ensure that collagen peptide consumption is safe and suitable for their specific health needs.

How to Consume Collagen Peptides

Collagen peptides are typically tasteless and odorless, making them easy to incorporate into a variety of foods and beverages. Additionally, mixing collagen peptides in warm drinks doesn’t affect the effectiveness, so it’s stable even in hot drinks such as coffee or tea.

It’s also important to consider dietary restrictions, as some products may be certified kosher while others may not be suitable for certain dietary preferences.

It’s always suggested to start with a low dose and gradually increase as per the need since too much collagen can cause digestive upset.

Can Warmth Spoil Collagen Peptides?

Collagen peptides can be affected by warmth. Temperatures above 70°F (21°C) can spoil them and reduce their effectiveness.

To keep collagen peptides at their best, store them in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and heat sources. It’s best to keep them in a pantry or cupboard in either the original packaging or an airtight container.

In Summary

Collagen peptides are a promising ingredient for skin and body health. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which gives our skin its firmness, elasticity, and structure. This decline in collagen production contributes to the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. Collagen peptides can help to combat these aging signs by stimulating collagen production in the skin and body.

Collagen peptides offer a range of potential benefits, including improved skin health, reduced joint pain, increased bone density, support for muscle function, and faster wound healing. To reap the benefits of collagen peptides, it’s important to choose high-quality supplements, keep them in dry and cool places, and follow the recommended dosage.

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Disclaimer: Please note that many peptide therapies are not FDA-approved and their efficacy and safety have not been fully established. It is crucial to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements or treatments, including peptide therapy.


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