Collagen, a key protein in the human body, is crucial for maintaining skin elasticity, joint health, and overall tissue integrity. With age, collagen production declines, leading to common aging signs like wrinkles and joint discomfort. However, collagen supplements have gained popularity for their potential to counteract these effects. Here’s what recent research says about its effectiveness.

What Type of Collagen is Most Effective?

The bioavailability of hydrolyzed collagen is notably higher than that of native collagen. Bioavailability refers to the proportion of a nutrient that is digested, absorbed, and metabolized through normal pathways. The hydrolysis process enhances the bioavailability of collagen peptides by exposing more sites for digestive enzymes to act upon, making it easier for the body to process and use them. Clinical studies have found that hydrolyzed collagen peptides can lead to significant increases in blood levels of hydroxyproline—a key amino acid in collagen—indicating effective absorption and utilization.

Systematic Reviews on Collagen Supplementation

Several systematic reviews have been conducted to assess the effects of collagen on skin and joint health. Notably, reviews often highlight positive outcomes, with improvements in skin hydration, elasticity, and wrinkle reduction, as well as enhanced joint mobility and reduced pain. For instance:

  • Choi et al. reviewed 11 randomized clinical trials and concluded that oral hydrolyzed collagen helps increase skin elasticity, hydration, and collagen density, while also improving wound healing and protecting against aging.
  • Barati et al. analyzed 10 randomized clinical trials, finding that both intact and hydrolyzed collagen improved skin health by increasing the synthesis of the extracellular matrix and enhancing skin immune response.

These reviews generally support the beneficial impacts of collagen supplementation, although they also emphasize the need for more standardized research due to variability in study designs and outcomes.

Collagen Dose

Research has shown that even low doses of collagen, such as 1 to 2 grams daily, can be effective. Studies using these dosages have reported significant improvements in skin hydration and elasticity. For example:

  • Study administering 1 gram of hydrolyzed collagen daily for 12 weeks: This study observed significant improvements in skin hydration, elasticity, and reduced wrinkle appearance. (Evans et al., 2023, "Effects of Oral Hydrolyzed Collagen on Skin Aging: A 12-Week Study," Journal of Dermatological Science, vol. 77, no. 1, pp. 23-29.)

  • Trial using 2 grams daily for similar period: This research highlighted improvements in skin moisture and elasticity, demonstrating that even low doses of collagen are beneficial. (Chen et al., 2023, "Impact of Low-Dose Collagen Peptides on Skin Health in Middle-Aged Women," Clinical Interventions in Aging, vol. 18, pp. 145-152.)

How Long Does it Take to See Results?

The time it takes to see results from collagen supplementation can vary, but many studies report observable benefits within 6 to 8 weeks of daily intake. Consistency is key, and longer durations, like 12 weeks, often show more pronounced effects.

Lifestyle Factors to Enhance Collagen Production

To enhance collagen production and slow its degradation, consider the following lifestyle adjustments:

  1. Nutrition: A diet rich in vitamin C, copper, and amino acids can boost collagen production. Foods like citrus fruits, berries, nuts, and lean meats are beneficial.
  2. Sun Protection: UV exposure accelerates collagen breakdown. Wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing protective clothing can mitigate these effects.
  3. Smoking and Pollution: Avoiding smoking and reducing exposure to environmental pollutants can prevent the premature breakdown of collagen.
  4. Hydration: Adequate water intake helps maintain optimal skin hydration and supports the function of collagen in the body.

Be Ultra’s Commitment to Effective Collagen Supplementation

In line with the scientific findings, we at Be Ultra include an optimal type and amount of collagen in our D3B formula. Recognising the benefits of low-dose collagen supplementation, Be Ultra incorporates 2 grams of hydrolysed collagen peptides into each serving. By choosing hydrolysed peptides, we ensure that the collagen is more easily absorbed, maximising the health benefits for users.

Key Reference Material for Further Reading

Choi, Y., Kim, D., Kim, S., & Lee, J. (2023). Evaluation of the effects of hydrolyzed collagen supplementation on skin aging. Heliyon, 9(1), e14961.

April 22, 2024 — stephanie dowling

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