First, let's discuss how our body absorbs collagen.
Collagen is a big protein. This can make it difficult for our body to digest and absorb it. That's why it is important to look for something that contains collagen peptides such as our Marine Collagen. Collagen peptides are smaller, broken-down pieces of collagen. The smaller pieces make it easier for the body to absorb and reap the benefits. Collagen peptides are also often heat-treated. This means that you can safety add collagen powder to your hot drinks or cooking without the risk of destroying the protein. Heat can sometimes destroy proteins if they are not properly treated. With any of our collagen products, you won't have to worry about that! All our collagen products contain hydrolyzed collagen peptides. So, feel free to add in a scoop of our powders to your cooking, baking, or hot drinks! Once you've consumed collagen peptides, your body works to further break down the collagen. It does this so that it can use each individual amino acid that makes up collagen. When your body breaks down the collagen it can then absorb it and put it to use. Collagen peptides are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract (aka your gut). When the collagen has been absorbed, your body then uses the amino acids. These amino acids are used for lots of different things throughout your body. They can be used to grow your muscles, to help support the healing of a wound or injury, or even for skin health. This is partly why collagen can be used for so many different health or aesthetic purposes!
Collagen absorption is a complex topic. Basically, your body works to break down collagen into the smallest possible pieces. This makes it easier for your body to absorb and then use the collagen!
Now, to the burning question. How long does it take for collagen supplements to work?The short answer? It depends. Studies vary in length depending on the issue that is being targeted. For example, a study investigating the effects of collagen on skin may run anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks and see benefits. In comparison, studies looking at collagen for joint health may be a lot longer and last up to almost a year before recording any noticeable benefits. One of the best ways to get a better understanding about how long it takes for collagen supplements to work is to look at meta-analyses. A meta-analysis is a type of statistical analysis that combines the results of many different studies. This makes it very easy to compare the duration of studies to easily see how long one should take collagen before expecting results! A meta-analysis compared evidence from 14 different studies on collagen and skin. Of these studies, one showed that collagen could benefit skin after just 4 weeks! Most studies, however, saw benefits to skin after 8 to 24 weeks of collagen supplementation. Another meta-analysis looked at the effect of collagen supplementation on osteoarthritis symptoms. 5 different studies were included. Participants took a collagen supplement for anywhere from 10 to 48 weeks. At the end of the trials, they reported improvements in their arthritis symptoms. As we can see, there isn't a simple answer when it comes to determining how long it will take for you to see or feel the benefits of a collagen supplement. The important part about these studies is that participants took collagen every single day.
There are other factors that can affect how long it takes for a collagen supplement to begin working.
Diet and Lifestyle
There is no one size fits all for determining how long it takes for people to reap the benefits of a collagen supplement. It can depend on a variety of factors. What truly matters when taking a collagen supplement is consistency. You can't expect to see or feel the benefits of collagen if you only take it once a week! Consistency is key!
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