Six Potential Health Benefits of Collagen - And One Bonus
Collagen is present throughout your body, but what do you really know about this protein? Is it worth taking a supplement, and what is the best form of it? Here are six potential health benefits of collagen plus a bonus benefit, and what you should know about the Collagen Plus Vitamin Patch by PatchAid. As always, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any dietary supplement or if you have any health concerns.
Healthier Looking Skin
Collagen is responsible for the elasticity of skin, or its ability to bounce back. Deficiency of collagen can lead to less firm-looking skin or the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The types of collagen in skin include Types I and III. Both of these are in the Collagen Plus Vitamin Patch by PatchAid.
Other ways to support healthy skin are to wear a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen when you go into the sun, to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and to avoid sugary and fatty foods too often. Quitting smoking, if you smoke, can greatly improve skin health and reduce wrinkle formation as well.
A Natural Compound in the Body
Collagen production naturally decreases with age. Taking a supplement of collagen is not like adding a foreign compound into your body, Instead, it is simply a strategy to replace what is lacking. The Collagen Plus Vitamin Patch by PatchAid comes with ingredients that support absorption of collagen, as well as ingredients that are building blocks for your body to produce its own collagen.
Support Heart Health
Collagen, including type III, is in the walls of blood vessels. Having low levels of collagen could impair blood vessels’ ability to be strong and resist damage. People with low collagen may even have a greater risk for atherosclerosis.*
Other ways to support heart health include being physically active on a regular basis, avoiding smoking, and eating a high-fiber diet with healthy fats and lots of fruits and vegetables. Managing stress is also a good strategy.
Support Gut Health
You need adequate collagen for normal repair of the lining of the gut. This can be an issue especially with conditions that have greater damage, such as if you have an inflammatory bowel disease such as colitis, or if you have celiac disease or an ulcer.
You can also support gut health by eating a high-fiber diet to promote regularity. In addition, some types of fiber are prebiotics, which support the growth of healthy gut bacteria called probiotics. You can get probiotics from supplements or some foods, such as yogurt with live and active cultures.
Your bones are made of minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, but they also have connective tissue. Healthy bones have collagen, and a deficiency of collagen can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, which is a risk factor for fractures.
You can also support bone health by eating a diet high in calcium and vitamin D, as well as by including weight-bearing activities in your daily life.
Joints may come to mind when you think of collagen, since arthritis and joint pain are common. They can result when cartilage in joints wears away, leaving you with less of a protective cushioning. You may experience pain and swelling with a collagen deficiency.
Other ways to support joint health are to stay physically active as much as your healthcare provider recommends, as well as to eat a diet high in vitamin C. Limiting fatty foods may also help.
Bonus: Weight Loss
Why is weight loss a “bonus” if it may be the top action item on your healthy to-do list? It is because collagen does not cause weight loss in any direct way. So why are we putting it on the list at all? Collagen can indirectly help you lose weight for these reasons.*
- A reduction in joint pain can make it easier for you to be active and burn more calories.
- Feeling more attractive, such as with healthier skin or hair, can motivate you to eat healthier and support these positive changes.
- Collagen is a protein, which can help reduce hunger for longer after a meal.
While it is not realistic to take collagen as a weight loss supplement, it does make sense to use it to motivate healthier choices that can help with weight control. Other ways to lose weight include eating smaller portions of high-calorie foods, choosing lower-calorie and less-processed foods, and being physically active.
Boosting Collagen Levels
Collagen production naturally declines with age. Collagen is hard to come by in foods, with amounts being lower than in supplements. If you want to boost collagen in your body, a supplement is likely the best bet.
The Collagen Plus Vitamin Patch by PatchAid comes with collagen and other nutrients that support the production of collagen and related functions in your body.* The Collagen Plus Vitamin Patch by PatchAid has these ingredients.*
- Collagen Types I, II, and III (in hair, skin, nails, and joints)
- Vitamins C and D (needed normal collagen production and healthy bones)
- Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Hyaluronic acid (building blocks of collagen)
- Black Pepper Extract (helps to absorb nutrients)
- Aloe Vera (may help support normal growth and healing)
The Collagen Plus Vitamin Patch by PatchAid is easy to use and it does not lead to stomach discomfort related to digestion and absorption, unlike many oral collagen supplements. Just stick a patch on your skin and remove it 8 hours later.
The potential benefits of collagen are many, since collagen is present throughout your body and production decreases as you get older. The Collagen Plus Vitamin Patch by PatchAid contains collagen types I, II, and III, plus related ingredients. For safety and effectiveness, check with your healthcare provider before using any nutritional supplement.
*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. PatchAid patches are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone with a medical condition should seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individual results may vary.