Collagen is a type of protein. It is fibrous in nature and it connects and supports other bodily tissues, such as skin, bone, muscles, cartilage and tendons. There are more than 25 or so types of collagens that occur naturally in the body. Laboratory study has also shown that collagen can stimulate the growth of new cartilage tissue. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body at about 33 per cent. It is present in bones, joints, muscle and other connective tissue. Scientists believe that in some people, particularly the elderly, its production slows down or stops. Supplements appear to perform the same role as natural collagen in keeping the tissue in joints supple and generally healthy.


Dr Stefan Oesser, of at Kiel University in Germany, published research which demonstrated that by adding collagen to cartilage tissue, it was possible to encourage extra cells to grow. “This is the first time anyone has demonstrated that collagen has this effect on cartilage and backs up anecdotal evidence and patient trials” he states.


Research by Roland Moskowtiz, a professor of orthopedics at Case Western University in America, looked at 400 patients with arthritic knees from the U.S., Britain and Germany. Some got a placebo while others were treated with collagen. The latter group showed significant reduction in pain and an improvement in joint mobility, with 93 per cent achieving positive results, some after only two weeks!

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