Collagen could help ease aches and pains

Collagen could help ease aches and pains

(NPN) - Tania Reuben wouldn't dream of skipping her morning smoothie packed with good-for-you staples including kale, spinach and chia seeds, but now she adds a little something extra.

"I also add two different supplements," Reuben said. "One is a joint supplement that contains collagen."

She counts on the collagen to help with achy joints and says she gets a lot more compliments lately on her hair and skin.

There are several new collagen supplement options on the market from pills to powders to grab-and-go drinks. They join a slew of already popular collagen beauty products.

“It’s very important to have a lot of collagen in our system because, as we age, we have less collagen,” said Dr. Debra Jaliman with the American Academy of Dermatology. “Our collagen actually breaks down and that’s why we start to sag. We get wrinkles. We get aches in our bones and our joints.”

Dr. Jaliman points out you can get collagen from a high protein diet.

As for the supplements, she says she was actually surprised to find that studies show they can help.

“What the studies found is if you take ingestible collagen, after 12 weeks they found that the moisture content of your skin would be better, fine lines would be improved, the texture of the skin would be better and, overall, you would look a little bit younger,” Dr. Jaliman said.

A small study also found collagen supplements helped the achy joints of athletes, although experts say more research is needed.

Taking too much could lead to constipation or bone pain, so Dr. Jaliman says it’s important to follow the suggested doses.

Reuben says she feels the difference it makes to her.

"I know the collagen is working for me simply because my joint pain has gone away," she said.

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