Snap, crackle, pop! It's time to start listening to your joints
Your alarm clock goes off early on a winter’s morning and you immediately dread getting yourself out of bed and feeling that dreaded hip pain or that lower back creaking in protest.
Joint pain can often get the better of us: Sore hips from sitting too long? Sore knees from running? Sore elbows from sport? Numb fingers from writing?
These are all warning signs of Osteoarthritis.
Arthritis can be described as inflammation of the joints and Osteoarthritis is also a degenerative joint disease which is the most common type of arthritis. Arthritis is associated with the degeneration of cartilage in the joints which often occurs in the hips, knees and spine.
It can also affect the finger joints!
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How does collagen help with degeneration in the joints?
Collagen is a protein found in our connective tissue, skin, tendons, bones and cartilage. Collagen is made up of essential amino acids which are our fundamental building blocks and therefore, it plays such an important role in the building up, or the maintenance, of joint cartilage!
Why do we only start to feel creaky as we age?
As we get older, the cartilage of a joint can start to wear and degenerate. This often happens with athletes who are physically active daily. They can start to experience joint pain in the hips and knees for example
Why should we supplement with collagen?
Collagen production in our bodies begins to decline naturally as we age from as early on as our 20’s and this can quickly begin to affect our joints! We can actually experience painful joints and cartilage loss even earlier on if we are physically active every day.
The question is, which collagen is best?
Collagen from animals, such as cows or even fish, is similar to the structure of human collagen which makes it a great replacement for the collagen that we lose!
Even more specifically, collagen hydrolysate, which is collagen that has been broken down into peptides, is absorbed and digested more easily. This can improve the symptoms of Osteoarthritis by stimulating the body’s production of joint collagen.
When collagen is in peptide form, and therefore highly bioavailable, your body is able to absorb these nutrients easily which means the collagen gets to work instantly to rebuild and repair your collagen structures where needed most!
How does collagen impact our joints?
Collagen works to reduce pain in the joints, improve the cartilage in between these joints and support overall joint health. This means that you will feel less pain when going for a walk, a run, when standing, carrying objects or doing whichever exercise you prefer!
Miyuki A. from Johannesburg has been suffering with joint pain but a chance recommendation in May changed all of that. Miyuki explains:
Collagen works to slowly reduce the risk of joint deterioration in high-risk individuals making sure everyone can have the best chance at feeling strong, being active and getting out of bed a little bit quicker each and every morning…