By now, we've covered many of the benefits of collagen, from an overall look at why you should incorporate collagen in your routine to more specific questions, like the beauty benefits of the supplement. Today, we're going to hone in on one of these benefits, specifically — collagen's impact on joint health.**
Whether you're training for a marathon, practicing yoga or just exercising to keep your heart healthy, maximizing your body's potential is so important. So below, we give you a look into how Vital Proteins® collagen can be there to help you rebuild, restore and recover on your journey.** Scroll on for the info.
collagen & the body**
Let's start with a refresher!
It's important to note that collagen is the second most abundant substance in our body, after water. Collagen also happens to be the most abundant protein in our body.
Collagen is found in all of our connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and bones with its purpose being to provide these body parts with their strength, structure and elasticity. As we get older, our bodies become less efficient at naturally producing collagen, which can lead to slower workout recovery time. This is why we recommend introducing ingestible collagen to your diet. Not only have we made taking collagen easier than ever with our variety of products, but our collagen offerings can also be seamlessly added to your daily routine by mixing them into your favorite drinks or foods.
Despite collagen being synonymous with a more youthful appearance, one of its most important jobs is to keep our bones and connective tissue in optimal working conditions. These benefits are sometimes overlooked, but they shouldn’t be, considering that we use these body parts every day and are rightfully in need of an extra TLC.
At the gym, most people solely focus on building muscle. But our collagen-rich tendons, ligaments, bones and connective tissue are actually what enables our bodies to get stronger. If you want to lift heavier weights, then you’ll need to have stronger supporting structures. That’s where Vital Proteins come in.
collagen for joints, muscles & ligaments**
Ligaments, joints and tendons are all part of the intricate matrix in our body largely consisting of collagen. Eating a healthy diet (boswellia extract is a popular addition, too), getting plenty of exercise and including foods rich in collagen are a few ways to help keep these important parts of our bodies well-oiled and strong.
Our wide variety of products replace what modern food processing has removed from our diets by restoring and promoting collagen production, which is the key to muscle and ligament health. After an intense workout, it's this fact alone that helps you push harder, farther and longer, getting you back on your feet and helping you dig deeper into every bit of movement.
collagen's role in strenuous exercise**
Sure, you love your 60-minute HIIT class, and you thrive on sweating through a miles-long run. However, as important as exercise is to your life, strenuous and continuous exertion causes a strain on our bodies, especially in muscles, joints and ligaments. Along with age, repetitive activity can lead to collagen depletion in the body.
To account for this, consuming collagen can assist in keeping joints flexible, comfortable and healthy. From our Vital Performance™ line to our OG Collagen Peptides, we have a variety of products to choose from. (Not sure where to start? Take our quiz to find your perfect collagen fit!)
collagen & recovery**
A tough workout or training session calls for plenty of downtime, and making collagen a part of your daily diet can help with your recovery. For example, a product like Vital Performance™ RECOVER boasts powerhouse ingredients, like 8g of all 9 Essential Amino Acids (EAA), 20g Collagen Peptides and 5g of Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA). These help support protein and collagen synthesis, while added glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, helps keep up with increased demand caused by intense training. It's also designed to help support healthy muscles and joints. Reach for this — or other collagen products — the next time you're ready to conquer your post-workout recovery.
Note: We also recommend discussing your health needs with your licensed healthcare professional. They can best provide you with the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and assist you as well in deciding whether a dietary supplement will be a helpful addition to your regimen.