Collagen is essentially protein acting as a superglue that holds our connective tissues—hair, skin, nails, muscles, and blood vessels—together. This “superglue” property of collagen means that collagen is also, in part, responsible for the strength of our hair and nails, the elasticity of our joints and muscles, and the appearance of wrinkles on our skin.
In our mid-20s, most of us begin to lose collagen production. That is—our body begins to make less collagen as we get older. By the time most of us reach 50 years old, our collagen production is about halved. While this decline is a completely normal part of aging, it’s also one of the primary reasons we begin to have more wrinkles and joint issues, less flexibility, and thinning hair.
Types I, II, III, V, and X
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Add this collagen to your morning coffee or smoothie. Organixx gets you 8 grams of protein per 1-scoop serving, which delivers 8.5 grams of collagen and absolutely no sugar at all. Like the header says, Organixx includes all the ‘main’ types of collagen (more on this below), making it a ‘complete collagen’ and helping you get every type you need, conveniently. Cherries on top include the added typtophan, Vitamin C, and zinc; it also comes in eco-friendly packaging and is non-GMO, preservatives-free, dairy-free, and gluten free.
Supplementing with collagen daily has been found to reverse the effects of the body’s natural decline in collagen production. Studies have shown that taking collagen daily decreases wrinkles, improves skin hydration and elasticity, reduces the appearance of cellulite, reduces joint pain, and bolsters bone density.
- A 2015 collagen study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that participants who took 100 mg of collagen every day showed increased skin hydration and elasticity and reduced wrinkling compared with participants who took a placebo.
- A 2015 collagen and cellulite study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that of the 105 women participants, the group who took collagen showed a statistically significant decrease in the appearance of cellulite over 6 months compared to the other group, who took a placebo.
- A 2013 collagen and joint pain study published in the Journal of International Society Of Sports Nutrition found that people with joint pain and mobility issues who supplemented with type II collagen for four months experienced improved joint function and less pain. Another collagen and osteoarthritis study in the same journal a year later found that collagen supplementation reduced symptoms of osteoarthritis.
For a more in-depth article on the studies supporting collagen supplementation, please see our best collagen powder review.
There are five types of collagen, and each can be bucketed into one of three distinct categories. Types I and III help with skin elasticity (wrinkles) and bone density, among other things. Type II collagen is associated with decreases in joint pain. Type V and X collagens are associated with bone formation.
Organixx Clean Sourced Collagen—our recommendation here—includes all five types of collagen, which is somewhat rare for a collagen product. Additionally, it’s formulated not only as a collagen with Vitamin C, but includes tryptophan, which makes it a complete protein source and a good post-workout option.