Bone, muscle, and joint pain can be caused by a number of factors but not all joint, bone, or muscle pain is disease-related. An injury could also be caused by regular, day-to-day activities. In this post explore if collagen for joint pain can help.
Common causes include:
- sprains, strains, muscle tears, fractures, jolts, twists, spasms, and generalized aches and pains
- wear-and-tear due to ageing or
- strenuous labour, physical activity, or repetitive motion (often job-related)
- degenerative diseases, meaning they worsen over time
In most cases, however, how we move and manipulate our bodies to perform tasks or activities remains the underlying cause of the pain we feel.
Examples of degenerative diseases
Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and tends to occur in middle age, due to an injury, or obesity. Osteoarthritis occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down. The wearing down of the protective tissue at the ends of bones (cartilage) occurs gradually and symptoms include joint pain in the hands, neck, lower back, knees, or hips.
Osteoporosis – When viewed under a microscope, healthy bones resemble a healthy honeycomb structure. Osteoporosis means “porous bone” and is a disease concerned with bone density (either too much, too little, or both).
Treating everyday joint pain
Pain alleviation begins by determining the cause of your pain and then treating it. While some pain killers may be effective for you, the long-term effects on your gut, skin, moods, hair, heart, nails, and appetite are disastrous. Healing is a process that begins from within, on a cellular level.
Our bodies are structured to need more than what we feed it to operate at optimal levels. Essential minerals and vitamins are obtained from our diets, but need to be supplemented in today’s busy lifestyles. But “popping a vitamin pill” means you have simply exchanged one kind of pill for another, whether it works or not.
Your body needs a supplement that will work on healing you from the inside, on a cellular level, not just another pill, even if that’s a multivitamin. Nutraceuticals (and nutritional supplements) have been around for a long time, but have gained in popularity thanks to the word-of-mouth effect (the products and services we recommend to our friends).
What is a nutraceutical?
Nutraceuticals include all-natural ingredients in preparations containing maca root, tea tree oil, collagen, ubiquinol, and more. Generally, these vital nutraceutical supplements are not pharmaceutically regulated, and there are very few clinical trials that have been done to confirm their health benefits. That said, those who use nutraceuticals are quick to point out the health and wellness benefits of these products, and will recommend them without being asked to.
There are many reasons why clinical trials do not take place. Financials are always an issue. Where pharmaceutical giants have access to funding to support their product launches, nutraceuticals are generally made and marketed on a very small scale to begin with. In general, funding for trials requires an awareness of the health benefits a newly-discovered nutraceutical product could offer, as is the case with collagen.
Research evidence indicates that consuming essential amino acids (AA) (as is abundantly present in Correxiko’s collagen product range) has the capacity to positively increase production of new collagen in ligaments and tendons, even during exercise and strenuous activity.
Clinical trials add credibility to the statements made about a specific nutraceutical. Celebrities further lend credibility by endorsing whichever product they’re being paid to endorse, or they have personally tried and discovered works for them.
While we couldn’t find a celebrity at short notice to tell you about the amazing benefits of collagen, we did find a large amount of research that clearly indicates collagen is a Super Wellness nutraceutical of choice for people suffering from either bone-related diseases, joint-related pain and diseases, and muscular/skeletal diseases or pains.
The research in these studies may be from small, isolated pockets of people but it packs a powerful punch. In addition, every time another “small” study is conducted to determine how collagen positively influences a specific disease or ailment, the larger the total body of research grows.
Here is a breakdown of some of that research:
1. The use of collagen as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain
The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of collagen on activity-related joint pain in athletes who were physically active but had no evidence of joint disease. This study is dated May 2008.
The researchers recorded statistically significant changes with collagen as a dietary supplement which included an easing of symptoms for the five parameters measured: joint pain at rest, joint pain when walking, joint pain when standing, joint pain when running a straight line, and joint pain when changing direction.
2. The use of collagen peptides in activity-related knee joint discomfort
The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of specific collagen peptides in reducing pain in athletes with functional knee problems during sport. This study is dated June 2017.
In this study, a change in pain intensity during activity involving functional knee problems was evaluated, as well as pain intensity under resting conditions, and the range of motion of the knee joint. Results again revealed a statistically significant improvement in activity-related pain intensity and pain under resting conditions. The use of additional treatment options was also significantly reduced after consuming collagen peptides.
3. Efficacy and tolerance levels in the use of hydrolyzed collagen in patients with knee osteoarthritis
In April 2019, researchers measured whether hydrolyzed collagen shows improvement in the treatment and management of pain, related specifically to knee osteoarthritis. The study also measured disease activity, joint assessment, use of rescue medication, overall quality of life, and the safety and tolerability of using hydrolyzed collagen to ease painful symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Overwhelmingly, clear improvement was observed in both regular joint pain and in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Hydrolyzed collagen was well-tolerated by study participants, who expressed an 80.8% improvement in pain and symptoms.
Other research into bone, muscle and joint pain focuses on athletes with functional knee problems during sport, patients with Achilles Tendinopathy, athletes with Chronic Ankle Instability, and osteoporosis.
What’s a “safe serving” of collagen for joint pain?
After decades of research into collagen and its health benefits, an average of 10mg collagen per patient, per day was used in most studies. Overwhelmingly, the results indicate that the inclusion of collagen peptides in everyday diets leads to various improvements in health.
Collagen is a source of physiologically active peptides and essential amino acids that optimize your health and manage the effects of ageing and exercise. Studies indicate that the maximum level of dietary collagen peptides that can be added to a so-called Western diet (while maintaining indispensable amino acid balance) tops out as high as twice the amount used in most studies!
Collagen is categorized as an incomplete protein source because it lacks tryptophan which is used to create niacin, a B-vitamin that plays a key role in the production of serotonin. This is of course responsible for your moods, anxiety levels, state of well-being, overall happiness, and quality of sleep.
The good news however is that this crucial amino acid occurs in abundance and naturally in certain tryptophan-rich foods such as:
- tofu and soy
- pumpkin and sesame seeds
The great news is that Correxiko’s collagen range can be added to smoothies, used as a sauce base in foods, stirred into milk, tea, or coffee, and even used to make gummy bears and brownies!