We know that collagen is important for our skin and bones, that its deficiency affects both our bones and our skin, that if we do not produce the necessary amount, our face becomes dull, dull and we begin to look older, then yes We know all this, we know that it is vital to stop the loss of collagen or apply treatments that help us maintain it, in this article we will talk about what hydrolyzed collagen is, an option to solve the lack of it in our body.

What is hydrolyzed collagen?

Hydrolyzed collagen is a food supplement, a powder without color or odor, similar to gelatin but does not have the gelling properties of it, it is extracted and made from animal tissues such as birds, cows, pigs and fish, It contains a large amount of protein and many properties for both health and beauty purposes.

This nutritional supplement is ideal for weight loss, it contains 8 essential amino acids, ideal for those who want to strengthen muscles and bones, consuming it can provide numerous benefits. And it can also be of great help to improve the quality of life in people with joint problems, inflammation and overweight.

Health benefits

The hydrolysed collagen is a key ingredient to our health and maintenance of skin, joints and intestines. But its benefits don’t end there, as collagen has also been shown to help boost energy levels, improve mood, and regulate appetite and digestive functions, among many other benefits listed below.

  • By increasing natural collagen it can be beneficial in the treatment of osteoporosis as it strengthens the bones.
  • Benefits for beauty as it hydrates the skin and hair , delays the signs of aging, tones the skin, gives it shine and elasticity.
  • Improves mobility and flexibility of the joints , consuming this product for a period of 4 months can show a significant improvement in areas such as knees, hips and shoulders, eliminates existing ailments when climbing stairs, jumping, lifting objects or making impact movements . The composition of hydrolyzed collagen is very similar to the substance that joints are made of, so it is a great help.

Other detailed benefits of hydrolyzed collagen

Below are the benefits of hydrolyzed collagen

Rise the levels of energy:

Glycine is also considered to increase metabolism and energy levels, so you can improve both your physical and mental performance with this supplement.

Mood improvement:

This might go without saying, but when your body feels better, the good mood appears. Collagen has been scientifically linked to a wide range of granular benefits, the overall result of which is an increase in quality of life.

Reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks:

Although genetics play a role in the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, collagen levels also affect their appearance on the skin. As collagen levels decrease, the skin becomes thinner. This makes the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks more dramatic. Skin with a healthy amount of collagen has a firm structure and is less prone to collapsing into cellulite.

Increases the elasticity of the skin:

By replenishing connective tissues , the skin maintains its ability to stretch structurally without remaining flaccid. Our body uses collagen to rejuvenate this structure, giving our skin the ability to be elastic. You can feel it when you touch your skin. With the right amount of collagen, skin looks and feels firm. This firmness, or plumpness, contributes to the visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

It enhances sleep quality:

Sleep is a key factor in everything from metabolic function to healing and mental health. The good news is that glycine can help. The studies have shown that glycine enhances the overall quality of sleep  and even significantly improves fatigue and daytime sleepiness in people experiencing insomnia.

Control inflammation:

The chronic inflammation is the main culprit in a long list of health problems. Fortunately, studies have shown that glycine, one of the key amino acids in collagen supplements, works to reduce inflammation.

Decreases joint pain:

Collagen has been shown to reduce the risk of joint deterioration, regenerate cartilage, and improve joint pain. Which is the key to staying moving with less pain and more rejuvenated.

Relieves anxiety:

Who doesn’t experience anxiety from time to time? But if stress and anxiety become chronic, they can seriously affect our daily lives. The glycine present in hydrolyzed collagen is also an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means that it is a natural way to calm the brain and create balance.

Improves digestion:

By now you’ve probably heard of the term ” leaky gut .” This is a situation where certain lifestyle choices start to catch up with us. A leaky gut has been linked to a host of physical and mental health problems, from nutritional deficiencies to anxiety. Collagen can help “heal and seal” the intestinal lining , resulting in a wide range of benefits, including better digestion, nutrient absorption, and even a better mood.

Balances the appetite:

Many people report feeling fuller longer after taking hydrolyzed collagen in the morning. That is not entirely surprising since collagen is actually a protein.

When is it advisable to use hydrolyzed collagen

It is necessary to evaluate if the following symptoms are not the result of conditions derived from any disease or condition that requires treatment.

However, hydrolyzed collagen can help with the following conditions:

  • Your skin, hair, and nails may need a boost
  • Are you an athlete or exercise regularly
  • You suffer from joint pain
  • You are having trouble losing weight
  • You have symptoms or a digestive disease

Adverse effects of hydrolyzed collagen

Here are some of the possible side effects of collagen hydrolyzate . Keep in mind that the negative effects are atypical. People who experience side effects exceed recommended doses or have pre-existing allergies.

* Either way, these supplements should be used in consultation with a specialist.

Bad mouth taste

Some people have complained that hydrolyzed collagen powder and even pills leave a bad taste in their mouth, which persists for several minutes after ingestion.

This is a minor and mostly non-systemic problem, especially considering that it is easily preventable. Just take the powder or the pill with juice or vegetable milk ; that easily reduces any unpleasant effects on the palate or throat.

Calcium overload

Side effects of hydrolyzed collagen supplements can also include the risk of hypercalcemia . This may be the case if the tablets contain marine sources, such as shellfish or shark cartilage, which generally also contain high amounts of calcium. Symptoms of a calcium overdose include chronic fatigue, nausea, and abnormal heart rhythms.

However, it should be reiterated again that you are only at risk if you consume much more than the dosage suggests or if you are already hypercalcemic. Most Americans, however, are actually deficient in calcium . According to one study, 68% of Americans do not get the recommended daily intake of calcium from food.

Skin irritation

Side effects of collagen supplements also include mild skin irritation if taken as a topical agent. The skin is mainly made up of water and collagen. This is the reason why collagen, particularly type 1, is common in anti-aging and wrinkle-reducing creams.

Some of the symptoms include: mild skin irritation, such as itching, redness, and an itchy sensation. Others also reported that the skin became soggy, in the same way that skin becomes when you are in the shower for too long. Keep in mind that collagen creams are often loaded with secondary active ingredients and dozens of inactive excipients. Irritations are much more likely due to one of those other ingredients, especially if they are synthetic.

Hypersensitivity

We already mentioned it briefly, but it bears repeating. Side effects can be experienced if you have pre-existing allergies, particularly to eggs or fish.

If you know you are allergic to such foods, it is recommended to try a very small dose, perhaps an eighth to a quarter of a serving to see if you experience the usual symptoms associated with your allergy. Otherwise, gradually increase the serving until you know that you can safely consume the recommended dosage without any discomfort.

But this must be supervised by a specialist, since the effectiveness of the use of hydrolyzed collagen will depend on 3 factors:

  • The quality of the collagen supplement, for this the ideal is to look for hydrolyzed collagen derived from healthy animals, such as grass-fed and free-range cows.
  • Treat from the source either joint pain conditions, skin problems and other symptoms.
  • Receive the necessary dose and not exceed it, this must be supervised by a specialist, it is recommended.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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