When you think of collagen, you probably think of Instagram posts of beautiful women with flawless skin, shiny hair and long, luscious nails, right? The last thing that probably comes to mind is your other half?
But, there is so much more to collagen than the obvious benefits of skin elasticity and hydration. Collagen does some other really super-cool stuff that men might be interested in too!
So, should men take collagen as a supplement? ABSOLUTELY!
And here’s why…
Firstly, why on earth shouldn’t men want to care for their skin as much as women? And why wouldn’t men want to reduce the visible signs of ageing as well? But, boys, even if you don’t let’s take you through 8 reasons (outside of the ‘wrinkle argument’) that might convince you to include this supplement powerhouse in your daily routine!
1) It helps to reduce hair loss as we age. Collagen keeps both hair follicles and the hair itself supple and strong.
2) It supports bone and joint health. Several studies have examined collagen’s ability to support cartilage integrity and reduce overall joint pain. Researchers believe that collagen consumption stimulates the cartilage’s ability to produce more collagen which ultimately reduces inflammation and pain.
3) Collagen helps your muscles to recover faster. The special combination of amino acids found in collagen can help you quickly recover after training.
Your tendons and ligaments contain about 75% collagen so consuming it as a supplement can help reduce potential pain or injury. Collagen also helps reduce inflammation due to strain from intense lifting or high-impact exercise.
4) It helps to maintain muscle mass as we age. Even men who aren’t particularly concerned with the size of their deltoids, should care about the potentially dangerous loss of muscle mass due to age because it increases your risk for falling. Collagen accounts for up to 10% of all muscle tissue. Studies have found that collagen consumption can boost muscle mass, improve strength, and encourage creatine synthesis.
5) It may keep heart disease at bay. Researchers have done plenty of studies on collagen for its ability to maintain flexibly in arteries and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels. To top it off, collagen contains proline (an amino acid that can help clear fat from arteries and relax blood vessels). Although more studies are needed, collagen is safe so it can’t hurt to add it to your regime.
6) Collagen supports a healthy gut. You probably put your digestive system through more stress than you’d like to admit. It’s okay, we’re all on the same page here. If you suffer from conditions like leaky gut syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you may want to consider adding collagen to your diet. Collagen supports flexibility in every cell in your gut so it helps reduce inflammation and protects the lining of your sensitive intestines.
7) It keeps skin strong as we age. We all want to age gracefully, right? Who says women are the only ones who can take advantage of collagen for healthy aging? As we age, our skin becomes hydrated and loses its elasticity. Collagen can boost skin hydration which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, research shows that consuming collagen can actually improve your body’s own ability to produce collagen which can improve elasticity and support natural anti-ageing.
8) Collagen can improve energy levels and metabolism. The amino acids in collagen, particularly glycine, glutamine, and arginine, play an important role in supporting healthy metabolisms and muscle mass. Collagen also keeps the central nervous system healthy which can help maintain optimal energy levels.