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How Does Collagen Help You Lose Weight?

by Markita Lewis, MS, RD January 08, 2021 3 min read

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Collagen peptides are helpful for making hair, skin and nails look nice on the outside, but they do a world of good for your body on the inside as well. If you’re on a weight loss journey or just looking to improve body composition, adding collagen to your routine may help you reach your weight loss goals.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in the human body, and is essential for our connective tissues, skin, nails and bones. Collagen production decreases as we age, but regular collagen supplementation may help slow symptoms of aging and keep our bodies healthy.

One significant symptom of aging includes sarcopenia, which is the gradual loss of muscle mass. Without lifestyle interventions like exercise and a healthy diet,sarcopenia can lead to increased body fat, weakness and a reduced metabolism.

Research suggests that adding a collagen supplement to your daily routine can be helpful for weight loss. Not only can collagen help improve satiety (fullness) to prevent excessive calorie intake, it may also impact the accumulation of fat cells in the body. This can help sustain your metabolism through improved muscle mass. One study found that in older men, collagen supplementation paired with resistance training improved muscle mass when compared with exercise alone.

Hydrolyzed Collagen Type I

Type I Collagen is the most abundant collagen type within the body. Both types I and II  are concentrated in the skeletal muscle extracellular matrix, which aids in muscle development, maintenance, repair and muscle contraction. Type I collagen is found in the tendons and the tissue that surrounds muscle fibers, protecting them from damage.

Hydrolyzed Collagen Type II

Type II collagen is found largely in the cartilage between your bones. If this type of collagen is mutated or destroyed in the body, it can lead to the destruction of cartilage as well as increased inflammation. Destroyed cartilage may increase risk for osteoarthritis and decrease your ability to exercise. In addition to decreased mobility, increased inflammation in the body can contribute to further muscle loss.

Hydrolyzed Collagen Type III

Type III collagen is the second most abundant collagen type within the body. Along with type I, type III protects the skeletal muscles from friction against other muscle fibers and bones.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential to the formation of natural collagen and maintaining muscle mass. An animal study found that Vitamin C deficiency caused muscle loss and decline in physical performance in only 12 weeks among mice unable to synthesize Vitamin C. Muscle mass and performance were restored in these mice after 12 weeks of Vitamin C supplementation. Vitamin C is also linked to increased fat burning during exercise.

Other Benefits of Collagen Peptides

In addition to aiding inweight loss,collagen peptides offer a variety of other health benefits. 

Skin Health

They are instrumental in promotinghealthy skin, enhancingskin elasticity and overallskin health, which can help to reduce the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles

Joint Health 

Collagen's role incollagen synthesis and as a key component ofconnective tissue makes it crucial for maintaining joint health and helps to support alleviating joint-related discomfort. 

Bone Health

Additionally, studies have also shown thatcollagen supplements can support bone health, particularly in postmenopausal women, by potentially aiding in the maintenance of bone density.

For those seeking thebest collagen option, our collagen peptide supplement provides 12.4 g of hydrolyzed collagen peptides and 50mg of microencapsulated Vitamin C per serving to help your body naturally create its own collagen.

It is easy to integratecollageninto your weight-loss routine: you only need one scoop of collagen peptides powder per day to experience its benefits. Our collagen peptides powder is unflavored and dissolves easily into hot or cold beverages like coffee, tea or smoothies!Or combine it with otherprotein sources such as our superfood shakewhey protein or in a glass ofbone broth.

 

About the Author

 Markita Lewis, MS, RD
Markita Lewis, MS, RD

Markita has an interest in the biological, social and cultural aspects of eating. She enjoys writing about nutrition and wellness, food justice and policy, cultural food ways and the psychology of nutrition. You can find her at wellnessandchill.com.

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