Later in life, individuals may have trouble with muscle loss as a natural part of the aging process. New research suggests supplementation with collagen peptides may help.
In a study of fifty-three older men with sarcopenia (i.e., age-related muscle loss) they participated in a 12-week resistance-training program and also took powdered collagen peptides (15 g/day) mixed in water or a placebo. After the study, those receiving the collagen peptides had improved fat-free mass (+4,2 kg compared versus +2,9 kg in the placebo group), isokinetic quadriceps strength (+16,5 Nm compared to +7,3 Nm in the placebo group) and fat mass (-5,4 kg versus -3,5 kg in the placebo group).
Conclusion: Because collagen contains the amino acid glycine, and glycine is important in forming muscle tissue, collagen helps improve muscle mass, which helps boost metabolism. In summary, it could be possible that the short post-exercise interval and the rapid digestibility and absorption of collagen peptides supplementation may have supported the post-exercise muscle protein anabolism (muscle building process). Researchers have added a few other theories for why the collagen peptides affected the muscles: the collagen supported joint comfort that allowed the men to exercise better, the collagen peptides improved amino acid delivery or since collagen is rich in arginine and glycine, it supported creatine synthesis in the body that helps supply energy to the cells.
Adding collagen protein into your diet can help support your bones and joints. In a 24-week study, researchers observed the effect of collagen supplementation on exercise-related joint pain on 97 human athletes. The researchers found that collagen supplementation can reduce joint pain. As such adding collagen to your routine can help in your weight loss by preventing pain and joint injury from physical activity and exercise.
Collagen is an important component of our body, making up 90 percent of our connective tissue and 70 percent of our skin. Research has found that collagen supplementation can reduce joint pain. … Adding collagen to your daily diet can help keep your bones strong, helping you to stay active and healthy.
Another side benefit collagen can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin hydration and surface, plus support skin elasticity. Collagen consumption can increase skin elasticity and help your body’s skin repair process, thus encouraging your body to form new collagen,
What to Look for in a Collagen Supplement? There are a lot of collagen supplements available, and I’ve tried most of them. I recommend you do your research and make sure you purchase one that contains no additional additives, flavors, or sweeteners. Also, make sure the collagen has no hormones. Look for “rBST free.” rBST is a growth hormone given to dairy cattle in increase milk production. Find a collagen from grass-fed bovine or wild-caught fish.
MacroLife Naturals MacroMeals contain 25 grams of time released protein per serving. Providing a blend of Collagen Peptides, Whey Protein and Brown Rice protein – for fast, medium and slow digestion. This helps quench hunger fast and keep you satiated longer.
Article written by Sylvia Ortiz, founder MacroLife Naturals
Study data was published in the British Journal of Nutrition by researchers Institute of Sports and Sports Science at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
 Clark KL, Sebastianelli W, Flechsenhar KR, Aukermann DF, Meza F, Millard RL, Deitch JR, Sherbondy PS, Albert A. 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes