Benefits of Collagen Supplementation for Athletes

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What is collagen?

Why should I take collagen supplements?

When should I take collagen supplements?

Why should I choose Kinetica Collagen with Turmeric?

 

We think it’s safe to say that at this rate, thanks to communication from credible nutrition experts, news outlets and platforms like social media, most people are aware that protein is an important nutrient for a healthy body. Whether people understand what it actually does or not is probably a better question. We at team Kinetica, want to make sure you know WHAT you’re putting into your body and WHY to empower you to be at your best.

Let’s start at the beginning.

 

What is Collagen?  

To be clear, it is a protein that serves as one of the main building blocks for your bones, skin, hair, tendons and ligaments. Its main function is to give structure or mechanical support to the body (Gelse, 2003). Beyond this primary role, studies have shown that Collagen can provide the following benefits:

 

  • Supports joint, ligament and tendon health
  • Can help to reduce inflammation
  • May help to reduce aches & pains in joints
  • Can support skin, nails and hair health

 

For the purposes of this blog, we will focus in on the benefits Collagen can provide to athletes and active people in particular.  

Why should I take collagen supplements?  

The evidence behind supplementing with collagen is strong, as exercise itself increases collagen production, (Langberg, 2001). So, it’s not like it’s a foreign substance that you are introducing into your diet, your body actually already produces it, but sometimes, you might need a little bit of extra support especially if you are training hard and trying to avoid picking up an injury or already suffering from one and need extra support during the rehab and recovery stage.

It’s also worth noting that the strongest use case for collagen peptides pertains to joint health because collagen peptides can reduce inflammation and pain associated with the degeneration of cartilage (Khatri, 2021). While the exact mechanism is still debated, collagen peptides appear to block the pain and inflammation associated with joint damage. Put simply, if you or somebody you know is suffering with joint pain, introducing a collagen supplement could help.  

When should I take collagen supplements?

Collagen can really be taken at any time of day. We generally recommend taking collagen 30-60 minutes before exercise because the activity from your training session, competition or workout will provide stimuli for the muscles and tendons to begin producing collagen to kickstart the recovery process; already giving your body the best possible environment to protect, repair and recover.  

Why should I choose Kinetica Collagen with Turmeric?

Each shot of Kinetica Collagen with Turmeric contains 20g of collagen and 50mg of Vitamin C. The addition of Vitamin C is important as our body doesn’t naturally store it, so a daily dose is essential as it helps with the collagen production (Robertson, 1953) and maintenance of the body’s collagen. It also supports immunity plus the growth and repair of body tissues. As little as a 10g dose of collagen has been shown to improve cartilage thickness and reduce pain, Kinetica Collagen has double the dose which is even better (Clark, 2008)

Another key ingredient within the Kinetica Collagen Shot (it’s in the name!) is turmeric. This has received a lot of attention for its health benefits. It contains the polyphenol curcumin, which works as an anti-inflammatory (Panahi, 2016) by inhibiting pro-inflammatory markers and speeding up the healing process. It also has antioxidant properties that works by suppressing free radicals (Menon, 2007). Each shot contains 250mg of turmeric and 20mg of curcumin. Meanwhile we added Glucosamine and Chondroitin which are naturally found in the body and acts to protect cartilage. They slow down the natural deterioration process and they also have anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce pain and swelling of the joints and tendons.  

 

Conclusion

Due to the natural decrease of collagen production in our body as we age, as well as the wear and tear caused by injuries that occur while playing sports or exercising, supplementing with Kinetica Collagen with Turmeric can help with overall joint health.  

If you are in the rehabilitation stage of an injury, have ligament or tendon issues or you just want to keep joints healthy and supple, make sure to include Kinetica Collagen with Turmeric as part of your injury protocol or daily routine.

 

Bibliography 

Clark, K. L., 2008. 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Current medical research and opinion., p. 1485–1496. 

Gelse, K., 2003. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. Collagens—structure, function, and biosynthesi, Volume 55,(Issue 12), pp. 1531-1546. 

Khatri, M., 2021. The effects of collagen peptide supplementation on body composition, collagen synthesis, and recovery from joint injury and exercise: a systematic review. Amino Acids, p. 1493–1506. 

Langberg, 2001. Training-induced changes in peritendinous type I collagen turnover determined by microdialysis in humans. The Journal of Physiology, p. 297–302. 

Menon, V. P., 2007. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. Advances in experimental medicine and biology, p. 105–125. 

Panahi, Y., 2016. Effects of curcumin on serum cytokine concentrations in subjects with metabolic syndrome. Biomedicine & pharmacotherapy, p. 578–582. 

Robertson, W. &. B. S., 1953. Ascorbic Acid and the Formation of Collagen. The Journal of biological chemistry, Volume 201, pp. 689-96. 


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