Welcome to the first edition of ‘It’s Science’ where we look at the science behind our favorite supplements, recovery routines, stress management methods, sleep hygiene, exercise regimens, nutritional science, mindfulness and everything else you may need on your journey to healthy living.

We begin with collagen, the most abundant structural protein in the human body. There are a number of factors that decrease our body’s ability to produce our own endogenous collagen, including stress, lack of sleep, and the natural aging process. Exogenous supplementation with high-quality collagen, like BUBS Naturals Collagen Protein, is not only beneficial but necessary for good health. Here seven scientifically proven benefits of collagen.

  1. Supports joint health and can alleviate joint and back pain
    Collagen supplementation has been shown to significantly reduce activity-related joint pain in athletes, and reduce joint swelling and tenderness in patients suffering from RA. Studies also show continuous exogenous collagen supplementation for 6 months has helped patients suffering from back pain find some much-needed relief. 
  1. Protects the Brain
    A powerful neuroprotector, collagen, specifically collagen VI, forms a barrier that protects the brain against amyloid-beta (Aβ), proteins that are widely believed to be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies have also identified collagen’s remarkable potential to repair and regenerate the Central Nervous System (CNS), making it the perfect biomaterial for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  1. Feeds Skin, Hair & Nails
    As the most abundant protein structure in the human body, collagen makes up 75-80% of our skin. As we age, the collagen content in the largest organ of the body decreases by at least 1% annually, leading to wrinkles, and loose and sagging skin.  Numerous studies show that continued supplementation with hydrolyzed collagen peptides, like BUBS, improved skin elasticity, moisture, the appearance of wrinkles, and ability to heal. Collagen supplementation has also shown significant improvement in nail growth, a decrease in nail brittleness and breakage, and  remarkable hair growth and scalp coverage.
  1. Lowers cholesterol, which can help prevent and treat heart disease
    Atherosclerosis, a type of heart disease, occurs when cholesterol builds up on the walls of your arteries. This study indicates that collagen supplementation lowers LDL levels in healthy patients, contributing to the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
  1. Heals your Gut
    Gastrointestinal disorders like Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and leaky gut syndrome can be debilitating. These painful conditions cause irritation and inflammation in the gut, leading to painful symptoms and nutrient malabsorption.  Collagen helps restore and heal the gastrointestinal lining, while glutamine, an amino acid in collagen, reduces inflammation.
  1. Increases Bone Density
    The bones in our bodies are primarily made up of, (you guessed it)calcium. As our ability to produce collagen decreases with age, so does our bone density. hydrolyzed collagen has been shown to not only increase bone density in both healthy subjects, and subjects suffering from osteoperosis,  but also prevent age-related bone-density loss.
  1. Controls Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
    A 3-month collagen supplementation study in patients with diabetes and hypertension showed a decrease in blood sugar, increase in insulin sensitivity, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol.  

In short, if you want to improve your health with no known side effects, consider giving collagen a try. Your heart (and brain, and gut, and joints, and bones, and skin) will thank you!