The Collagen and Bone Health Connection
The Collagen and Bone Health Connection
Collagen is by far the major constituent of bone mass. The natural process of bone calcification is initiated by bone building osteoblast cells found in the bone tissue. Mineral salts (hydroxyapatite, calcium carbonate, magnesium, fluoride, potassium and sulfate) are deposited and crystallise around a collagen fibre framework secreted by osteoblast cells. Bone hardness is dependent upon the crystallised mineral salts, and its flexibility and tensile strength upon the presence of collagen fibres. Bone is a living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced (bone metabolism), osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone cannot keep up with the rate of old bone loss.
Osteoporosis is a chronic condition where bones become brittle, weak and fragile and is responsible for pain, inactivity and increased risk of injury. Worldwide it is estimated that one in three women and one in five men with sustain an osteoporotic bone fracture and currently there are a number of therapeutic and pharmacological treatments to manage osteoporosis. In recent years the supplementation of collagen as part of prevention and treatment protocols has gained a lot of attention, particularly in the area of increasing bone density levels.
With the natural process of aging, bones begin to weaken becoming more porous with the potential for more frequent fractures. Recent findings from clinical studies indicate that collagen hydrolysate supplementation is associated with a favourable increase in bone markers, increased bone mineral density, improved bone metabolism and bone microarchitecture, as well as an enhanced biomechanical resistance of vertebrae. Collagen supplementation is able to stimulate collagen formation by mediating signalling proteins supporting an increase in the organic substance of the bone.
Premium Collagen for Bone Health
Nutraviva’s range of premium collagen hydrolysate powders (both bovine & marine) are great options for supporting bone health. They are both 100% pure unblended collagen hydrolysate powders and are highly bioavailable and unblended peptides that are easily absorbed through digestion.
Nutraviva's Joint and Bone Formula is specifically designed to enhances the benefits of premium collagen by fortifying with glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), chondroitin, vitamin C, vitamin D, B6 and vitamin B12 to address specific physiological deficiencies, the restoration of which are vital for improvements in bone functioning and joint movement.
Bone broth is another great product for bone health. The collagen is extracted through the boiling of the bones where all the nutrients are extracted from the bone, marrow and cartilage. This entire liquid including the sediment is then dried and the resulting bone broth powder contains, not only collagen but also all the other trace elements that assist with bone & joint health, inflammation, immunity and gut health. These trace elements include glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, hyaluronic acid, and minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon) and vitamins.
Before starting any new supplement, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have underlying health conditions. With proper guidance, you can harness the natural benefits of collagen supplements to support your joints, bones, and overall well-being.
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Disclaimer: As with any dietary choice, it's essential to strike a balance. A varied and balanced diet, coupled with a healthy lifestyle, is key to overall well-being. This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult with your Doctor or healthcare professional regarding your individual health needs before making any changes to your health routine or starting any new dietary supplements.