Joint and bone health is something many of us take for granted – until something isn’t right. From breaks to strains, there are many things that can go wrong with our skeletal system.
Let’s explore the role that collagen plays in your joints and bones, and how to prevent some of the more common issues we encounter as we age.
What is Collagen and its Role in the Skeletal System?
Collagen is a much-talked-about nutrient – and rightly so. Created by combining certain amino acids, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, making up everything from your skin, hair and nails, to your bones, tendons and joints. It gives your body structure, and getting enough is crucial to maintaining a healthy body.
Collagen is produced naturally in our bodies throughout our lives. However, as we age, we start to lose the collagen in our body and the amount we produce naturally becomes lower.
This can result in cosmetic complaints such as wrinkles, but the problems that low collagen levels cause is more than skin deep.
For example, the fact that your bones are primarily made of collagen means that a lack of collagen in your body can result in weaker bones, which can increase the risk of fractures and breaks.
It’s a similar story with your joints. Collagen is required to keep tendons and ligaments flexible, so a lack of collagen can leave you feeling stiffer. You may also become susceptible to joint issues as the cartilage in your joints wears down. And as you’ve probably guessed, it’s collagen that helps to maintain this cartilage.
How to Increase Collagen Levels for Joint & Bone Health
To combat these common complaints, everything points towards trying to regenerate the levels of collagen in your body – or at least attempting to slow down the loss. Luckily, this is possible and is becoming easier.
So how do you go about getting more collagen into your body?
Try to eat more collagen-rich foods to naturally increase your collagen levels – you can find out more about these in our blog on how much collagen you should take every day.
However, it’s important to bear in mind that the amount of food you are required to eat to achieve desired collagen levels is unrealistic.
This is why many people turn to collagen supplements as a way to boost collagen in their daily routine, without having to consume the volume of food required if you were solely doing it through diet. Collagen supplements are available as a convenient powders and liquids, which makes achieving higher doses of the nutrient much easier.
Another benefit of collagen supplements is that collagen is combined with other ingredients that are renowned for enhancing joint health. For example, our LQ Joint Care Max pairs 2,000mg of easily-absorbed hydrolysed marine collagen with powerful active ingredients, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, ginger, plus vitamin C and copper, which support joints and bones.