Liquid collagen is used as a bodybuilding supplement.
Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids. It is produced in the bodies of humans and animals. Collagen is the substance that holds most parts of the body together, including skin, muscles, bones, tendons, and organs. Several forms of commercially produced liquid collagen are found in beauty products and nutritional supplements.
Supplements can be taken orally, placed directly on the skin, or injected under the skin. A common use of this liquid is to reverse skin damage such as wrinkles. As people age, less collagen is produced in the body and existing collagen breaks down. Collagen is also destroyed by sun damage.
Skin lacking collagen can become dry and wrinkled.
Skin lacking collagen can become dry and wrinkled. A collagen supplement can help firm the skin, increase elasticity, and reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles. Collagen injections can thicken the skin to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles. This effect is temporary and the user must continue with regular injections to maintain results.
Liquid collagen protein can help promote fat loss by helping the body maintain lean muscle mass. Lean muscle burns energy, so there is less fuel left in the body that can be stored as fat. Since collagen creates a cushion between muscles, bones and tendons, supplements can also help maintain overall joint health. As a result, liquid collagen is known as a bodybuilding supplement that promotes muscle growth and joint support.
Hair and nails also naturally contain large amounts of collagen. Collagen supplements can help strengthen and grow hair and nails. Topical creams formulated specifically for hands and nails are also widely available.
Collagen injections can be used to increase skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles.
Most commercially available supplements are in the form of liquid hydrolyzed collagen. Hydrolyzed means the protein has been pre-digested. In other words, the component proteins have been partially broken down by enzymes to help ensure absorption in the body. Higher absorption rates generally lead to better liquid collagen performance.
Side effects of the supplement can include allergic reactions or stomach sensitivity to liquid collagen taken by mouth. Collagen injections and creams can cause temporary redness or swelling. More serious reactions can also occur.
While collagen deficiency can cause premature skin aging, too much collagen can cause the skin to tighten.
In the United States, liquid collagen is not a controlled substance and is not subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or regulation. As a result, the manufacturers of this supplement cannot claim to cure or prevent any disease. General health and beauty claims made by vendors must still be based on fact. These claims are not always confirmed through extensive research or clinical trials.