Numerous problems can arise when it’s depleted because it affects so many areas of our body. As we age, collagen production slows or stops completely leading to thinner skin and wrinkles. As this production ceases it also affects our connective tissue. This tissue can degenerate and leave our joints unprotected, causing them to rub against each other and lead to pain, bone erosion and inflammation. Crippling disabilities and permanent damage can follow if this process isn’t slowed or stopped.
There are many forms of collagen supplements, including pills, liquids and injections. These supplements make many promises in regard to age related collagen depletion and are manufactured from animal tissues, including cows, pigs, chickens and fish.
We will focus on three main types of collagen, type one, two and three. The most promising clinical data comes from the type two collagen supplements which are used by patients who want to build stability and strength in their joints. This type of collagen is used by your body to maintain and repair its tendons and cartilage. If your focus is on joint repair, this usage of collagen supplements might be for you.
If, however, you are trying to fight the visible effects of aging with collagen supplements you’ll need one that contains types one and three. Your body also uses these two types to build and strengthen your arteries and organs in addition to your skin. Your body has the ability to prioritize the use of supplements. Unfortunately your skin is at the bottom of the list. Your body will first treat your arteries and organs so this type of collagen supplement will rarely deliver the effect you desire.
Collagen supplements carry few dangerous side effects. The main one is the problem of allergic reactions. These supplements are derived from animal tissues and if you’re allergic to the animal you may have adverse affects from the supplement.