Thanks to collagen supplements, it’s now easier than ever to stay at the top of your athletic game!
Taking collagen after your workout can help you to avoid a plateau in your performance and reduce potential regression in your training brought about by factors such as injury.
The proof is in the science:
According to a study conducted by Paul, Leser and Osser 2019, over 20 years of scientific research has indicated that taking a daily collagen supplement can optimise your health and address a variety of physiological needs posed by exercise and ageing.
So, let’s look in more detail at how a collagen supplement, like Reverse Life high-strength marine collagen can enhance your physical health and boost your performance:
Muscle Repair and Growth
The crux of the matter is: What you put into your body after you workout can affect how well your muscle fibres repair and grow. When it comes to aiding recovery and building muscle mass, proteins play a vital role.
‘What are proteins?’ I hear you ask!"
Put simply, a protein is a naturally occurring, very complex chain of amino acids which are joined together by peptide bonds - sciencey, huh?
Proteins are present in all living organisms and include essential compounds such as hormones, antibodies and enzymes. Proteins do most of the work in your cells and are required for structure, function and regulation of the body’s organs and tissues (such as muscle, ligaments and tendons etc.)
When you work out, your cells stop synthesising (producing) protein and your muscle fibres tear at a microscopic level. After your workout, there is a spike in protein synthesis and your muscle fibres knit back together- but most importantly, they grow back stronger! Isn't the human body amazing?
Luckily, collagen is a type of protein and just so happens to be the most abundant protein in the animal kingdom!
It makes sense then, that collagen supplements are packed full of essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protein.
For example, the team at Reverse Life have incorporated a generous 9.6 grams of protein into their high strength marine collagen supplement.
This groundbreaking product is brimming with essential nutrients and minerals - so now it’s easier than ever to ensure you are putting the right nutrients into your body to enhance the repair and growth of your muscles! It’s also the only collagen supplement in the UK to get the NHS seal of approval and has official NHS Partners In Health status.
What is one of the main factors that will stop you in your tracks from becoming fitter and hitting those personal best’s (PB’s to those of you in the know!?) That’s right - Injury (cue ominous music).
Injury can slow down and even reverse the hard work you put in to become fitter and significantly impact your day-to-day life.
How do you stop yourself from becoming injured?
You take simple, yet effective, preventative measures like increasing your intake of collagen!
It has been scientifically proven that taking collagen peptide supplements can reduce the chances of becoming injured, and prevent re-injury too! For example, a study conducted by Dressler et al. (2019) found that athletes with chronic ankle injuries who increased their intake of collagen showed ‘significant improvements in perceived ankle stability’, and even showed a ‘clinically relevant’ reduction in the rate of re-injury. Cool, right?!
Don’t forget, regular exercise like stretching can also help you to prevent injury. Staying flexible will reduce the chance of sustaining injuries such as strains and sprains and will increase your athletic performance.
Why not try these 5 gentle yoga exercises to boost your flexibility?
Reducing Joint Pain
Collagen helps to reduce joint pain, but don’t just take our word for it:
A scientific study conducted by Zdzieblik et al. 2021, explained that collagen peptides are found in joint cartilage tissue where they stimulate molecules which counteract tissue degeneration. The study concluded that the oral intake of collagen peptides lead to a ‘significant reduction of activity-related joint pain in young adults suffering from knee joint discomfort.’
Not only does taking collagen benefit young adults, it also helps to relieve the symptoms of degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis which is more prevalent in those aged 40+.
Arthritis is a condition where your joints become inflamed, stiff and painful. Collagen has been shown to relieve joint pain, increase joint mobility and reduce joint inflammation by rebuilding damaged joint cartilage.
Read our blog for more information about how taking collagen supplements can help with arthritic joint pain.
In 2015, Juher and Perez found that taking collagen continuously not only prevents joint pain and skin ageing, but also reduces bone density loss and degenerative bone diseases.
Bone density (or bone mineral density) is how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone and can be measured by using an X-ray or a DEXA scan. Low bone density leads to fragile bones that can fracture and break easily, and potentially cause a condition called osteoporosis.
The benefits of high bone density include providing us with better structural support, balance and strength, and even an improved posture which can help you to look and feel more youthful!
It’s evident that collagen is not just for making your skin look radiant and youthful! Although let's not forget it does an AMAZING job in this respect.
Collagen has numerous benefits throughout the body.
Any preconceptions that collagen is only intended for women can be put in the bin and then thrown out of the window right now!
No matter what your age, gender or level of fitness, a good collagen supplement like NHS approved Reverse Life marine collagen makes good wellbeing sense for everyone! Isn't it about time you started taking your wellbeing seriously and invested in a collagen supplement that really works?
This blog post was guest written by Holly Everett. Holly holds a BSc in Exercise and Sport Science along with an MA in Exercise and Sport Science: Coaching Studies. Look out for more great exercise and mobility tips from Holly coming to the Reverse Life blog.