Many products contain hydrolyzed collagen, and there are a lot of supplements on the market. But what can hydrolyzed collagen really do for you?
Collagen is a protein found in the body of all animals, including humans. It makes up connective tissue like skin, tendons, cartilage, organs, and bones. When collagen is hydrolyzed, it’s broken down into smaller, easy-to-process particles. Those particles are used in products designed to heal everything from skin on the outside to joint pain on the inside.
Claim 1: It Can Help Joint Pain
Because joint cartilage contains collagen, and joint pain often comes from collagen loss, it is thought that collagen can reduce joint pain.
However, you don’t necessarily need supplements if you want to up your collagen intake. Meat contains a lot of collagen. When you eat meat, your body breaks down the collagen naturally. In fact, one
Claim 2: It Can Treat Osteoporosis
While research is still in the early stages, a few
Claim 3: It Helps Fix Wrinkles
Your skin is made up of collagen proteins, so it makes sense that collagen supplements can heal it. The effectiveness of products depends on how the collagen is made, and how the body uses it. There haven’t been long-term studies with large groups of people, but one 2014 study reports that taking Viscoderm supplements, which contain hydrolyzed collagen, twice a day can repair sun damage, improve sebum and hydration levels, and tone the skin.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also
The FDA has recalled many products containing hydrolyzed collagen because manufacturers have made false claims about what they can do. Sometimes labels promise fixes that actually require medical attention, the FDA said in a
As with any supplements or cosmetics, you should always read claims carefully. While drugs must get FDA approval before they are put on the market, cosmetics don’t need any approval before they can be sold. Always be suspicious of any product that claims it is magic, instant, or a miracle cure.