Established in Scientific Analyses
Benefits Beyond Building Muscle
Collagen offers many benefits beyond muscle building such as improving athletic performance, protecting connective tissues, supporting healthy joint maintenance, and helping to reduce the risk of injury both during and after exercise.
Improved Athletic Performance
When you run long distances or lift heavy weights, you are putting incredible strain on your body, which causes inflammation. Collagen helps to promote a healthy inflammation response by speeding up the repair of connective tissues that have become damaged and inflamed during an intense workout. (1) Muscular contraction during exercise is dependent on creatine, a molecule made of 3 amino acids – glycine, methionine, and arginine. CUP-O Protein’s collagen contains 20% glycine and 8% arginine, which may help the synthesis of creatine in the body. Creatine has been shown to help improve performance during short periods of exercise, thus helping athletes increase their body mass and reduce body fat percentage. (2,3) Further scientific studies have shown that consuming collagen before and after exercise aids in maintaining and restoring the protein content of muscle. (4)
(2) McGlory, C. , Vliet, S. , Stokes, T. , Mittendorfer, B. and Phillips, S. M. (2019), The impact of exercise and nutrition on the regulation of skeletal muscle mass. J Physiol, 597: 1251-1258. doi:10.1113/JP275443.
(3) Cooper, Robert & Naclerio, Fernando & Allgrove, Judith & Jimenez, Alfonso. (2012). Creatine supplementation with specific view to exercise/sports performance: An update. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 9. 33. 10.1186/1550-2783-9-33.
Strengthen Joints, Tendons, and Ligaments
If you run regularly, you understand how hard exercise can be on your joints. That’s because high impact activities and high intensity sports cause stress on joints that can lead to pain and injury. A study conducted on college athletes at Penn State University suggests the use of collagen supports joint health; supplementation with collagen protein for 120 days resulted in improved joint function and flexibility while exercising. Subjects were also able to exercise longer before experiencing joint pain. (1)
Ligaments are made up almost entirely of collagen (75%), and consuming collagen helps to rebuild these important connective tissues when they are stressed by physical activity. Studies have shown that the administration of collagen to athletes suffering with chronic ankle instability reported improved ankle stability, reduced ankle sprains, and the risk of ankle injuries. (2)
Additionally, one study measured effects of daily intake of collagen peptides on the structure of the Achilles tendon found a significant increase in collagen fiber diameter, suggesting improved strength of the tendon as a result of collagen supplementation. (3)
(1) L Clark, Kristine & Sebastianelli, Wayne & R Flechsenhar, Klaus & F Aukermann, Douglas & Meza, Felix & L Millard, Roberta & R Deitch, John & Sherbondy, Paul & Albert, Ann. (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. 24. 1485-96. 10.1185/030079908X291967.
(2) Dressler, Patrick & Gehring, Dominic & Zdzieblik, Denise & Oesser, Steffen & Gollhofer, Albert & König, Daniel. (2018). Improvement of Functional Ankle Properties Following Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides in Athletes with Chronic Ankle Instability. Journal of sports science & medicine. 17. 298-304. 10.1016/j.jbmt.2018.09.037.
(3) Matsuda, Naoya & Koyama, Yoh-ichi & Hosaka, Yoshinao & Ueda, Hiromi & Watanabe, Takafumi & Araya, Takayuki & Irie, Shinkichi & Takehana, Kazushige. (2006). Effects of Ingestion of Collagen Peptide on Collagen Fibrils and Glycosaminoglycans in the Dermis. Journal of nutritional science and vitaminology. 52. 211-5. 10.3177/jnsv.52.211.