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Collagen for Arthritis?

Question:
Does collagen taken as a supplement help with arthritis? I'm seeing it in products for joint health.

Answer:
Collagen hydrolysate (enzymatically hydrolyzed collagen or collagen peptide) may help reduce the pain of osteoarthritis (worn joints) according to some preliminary studies, although the evidence is not conclusive and it is unclear how much it may help improve other symptoms, such as stiffness and swelling. Collage peptides may also help increase muscle strength. For details, including dosage typically used and length of treatment, see the full answer>>

For information about other supplements used for joint health, see the Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements Review >>


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WILLIAM17207   October 1, 2018
I have been taking ProCaps Marine Collagen Peptides for a month , which contains 5g protein , 5g Marine Collagen Peptides, 500mg msm . I have noticed slight improvement in joint relief , hair condition .I haven't noticed a skin changes yet maybe it will take more time.

Gjalt16606   March 18, 2018
comment: I read that most of the supplements you mention relief pain. But I am interested in Healing. Pain relief is the wrong Messenger!
I am a hard-working healthy 80 years old and my experience is that use of some of the supplement ingr├ędients you mention here may indeed help. But nothing beats regular and varied forms of motion and eating naturally.
For somebody raised 50-60 years ago in engineering and theoretical physics the studies you and others mostly refers to are quite unconvincing: mice may be genetically similar to us, but we are not mice.
Studies reporting on pain relief are quite misleading. Not only becausse of tis subjectivity, but also the cloud of other factors influencing this kind of sensation make pain a quite unreliable indicator. For most 'pains in your back', for instance, there are no physiccal indications.

ConsumerLab.com   March 19, 2018
Hi Gjalt - We agree that supplements are not a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise, although in some situations supplementation with certain nutrients is recommended (see https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/is-it-better-to-get-vitamins-from-foods-or-supplements/natural_vs_synthetic_vitamin/). Also, while we do refer to one study of collagen absorption in mice in the Answer above, the studies we cite regarding efficacy of collagen in arthritis are clinical trials in people.

KathyAnn16526   March 2, 2018
I just got over Collagenous Colitis. It was pretty horrible. Can taking collagen supplements create this problem? I've been taking them for years and stopped after this diagnosis.

ConsumerLab.com   March 16, 2018
Hi KathyAnn - We are not aware of any studies or case reports linking collagen supplement use to collagenous colitis (although as noted in the answer above, mild gastrointestinal symptoms have occasionally been reported). Researchers are not sure what causes collagenous colitis; some suspect it may be an autoimmune condition, and there is some preliminary/mixed evidence it can be triggered by use of certain medications, such as NSAIDs (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5318339/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2903747/).

ferdinand 16387   January 30, 2018
Has really reduced my knee pain along with water exercise. I have no knee pain at night and i am able to walk fairly well most of the day . It took a couple of months to start noticing the good effect. Using for 2 years + and still feel that there is still modest improvements occurring.

Christine11341   October 16, 2016
Make your own Bone Broth from organically & pasture-raised animals. It's easy to make. Or, order it from Dr. Kellyanne Petrucci's website. I have no affiliation with this, just a satisfied customer. Her book has great healthy recipes. It's the only way to get Organic that I know... and making your own is a way to obtain collagen/gelatin & marrow that is Organic and fresh. Even though I was a vegetarian for a very long time, adding homemade bone broth to soups, stews, sauces,....to my diet was medicinal and worth the change. It really is easy to make-honestly! Just follow one of Dr. Petrucci's many recipes. I definitely prefer making it fresh over a supplement ??

Suzanne8102   November 29, 2015
Does one need to take collagen in liquid form for the benefits mentioned here? Any evidence that taking it by capsule produces similar relief? Thx, Suzanne

Andrew16123   October 31, 2017
I would think you would have to consume a lot of capsules to get the quantity needed making it much easier to take from the powder form in water. The ones I have tried are all tasteless and mix well with many beverages other than just water. Even works in coffee.

ROBERT6950   September 14, 2015
Is there any type of plan collagen that can substitute for the bovine or other animal type of hydrolized collagen?

THx

Ellen13987   May 5, 2017
The UC-II type undenatured collagen is from chicken

Vicky16065   October 25, 2017
I use a fish-derived collagen from Elavonne - you can get it on Amazon. I think it's a great product. The bovine collagen is much cheaper, but it made me break out really bad - don't know why.

ConsumerLab.com   November 16, 2015
Hi Robert - Some supplements are labeled as containing "marine collagen," typically derived from fish -- but we are not aware of any plant-derived collagen products.

ROBERT6949   September 14, 2015
Hello,
I have a fear of getting spongiform encelapathy, or MAD COW's disease from cows because I saw a warning of it.

I don't like vitamins or medications that are obtained from animals or sea creatures, even though my medication caplets may have it in it.

I'm thinking that the processing should kill any virus that is in the products, however its scary to think about.

Isabelle7958   September 18, 2015
Same here. I don't think during the process it is heated that much or else it would be denatured. The best way to stay away from that is to look at the country of origin. Some country are safer than other. Can consumer lab comment on this?

Marilyn696   April 29, 2015
Marilyn 43
I would like to find collagen hydrolysate certified as organic. Does anyone know of any?

Christine11340   October 16, 2016
Make your own Bone Broth from organically & pasture-raised animals. It's easy to make. Or, order it from Dr. Kellyanne Petrucci's website. I have no affiliation with this, just a satisfied customer. Her book has great healthy recipes. It's the only way to get Organic that I know... and making your own is a way to obtain collagen/gelatin & marrow that is Organic and fresh. Even though I was a vegetarian for a very long time, adding homemade bone broth to soups, stews, sauces,....to my diet was medicinal and worth the change. It really is easy to make-honestly! Just follow one of Dr. Petrucci's many recipes. I definitely prefer making it fresh over a supplement ??

mary6945   September 13, 2015
Great Lakes Hydrolyatsate Collagen is recommended by my nutritionist. She believes in doing organic when possible so I don't think there is an organic collogen on the market yet or she would have recommended it...its non GMO, GF. I'm taking it to heal leaky gut. This form of collogen is suppose to be easily absorbed by the body.
Hope that helps.

Melanie104   August 18, 2014
I have been taking collagen supplements since my early 40s, first in the form of gelatin and than as hydrolyzed collagen. I began taking it because I had creaky knees after jogging along with some shin splints and accompanying pain. The noisy knees and shin splints went away. I am now in my 60s and my hair, skin, and nails appear in good shape and I look and feel in much better shape than my peers. I am still able to get up and down off the floor with no trouble. My joints feel good and I would recommend the supplement to anyone over 30. I use a powdered form (Nutrajoint from Knox) and take a scoop a day which provides about 10 grams of hydrolyzed collagen. Since it also has calcium in a form that is easily digested, it's definitely a win-win for supplements

anthony 83   August 4, 2014
I'm 73 years old. I have been taking hydrolyzed collagen regularly for years (about 6.6 grams per day. Many years ago my podiatrist prescribed it for bursitis pain in one of my feet. The pain practically immobilized me. The pain is long gone but I continue to take it. Some of the benefits may be no joint pains, less than typical facial aging or wrinkles minimum loss of head hair (baldness is typical with most of the men in my family).

ruth6948   September 14, 2015
What brand do u take

anthony 7968   September 23, 2015
Great Lakes Hydrolyatsate Collagen

Barbara12825   March 13, 2017
I add Great Lakes every day to my coffee along with coconut oil!

Michael15485   September 4, 2017
I also just started taking Great Lakes Hydrolyatsate for my joints. I take two TBS each morning with water or juice. I use the green can because it mixes easily. Based on the research, I do not expect any immediate results but hope to see some in 6-8 months. I plan to take it long term.

Jeanne7997   October 7, 2015
Agree completely! I recommend it to my nutrition clients and take it myself.

Be aware that there are three different colored cans. The green can doesn't gel up in liquids, the red can does. The orange can is Kosher, but Im not sure if it gels or not.

The Great Lakes website should have the answer.

Teresa 8178   December 11, 2015
Does it help with stiffness? My husband (68) and I (66) are both very stiff so I would really like something that would help with that. We are both very active and would like to be able to get up and down easier. Comments please!!


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