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Explore the benefits of collagen for weight management

Did you know that collagen can help promote weight loss? The distinctive structure of collagen peptides has been found to provide greater satiating ability compared to proteins such as whey and soy protein consumed in the same quantity. Collagen’s unique amino acid profile also allows it to help in suppressing appetite and promoting lean body mass.

Losing weight isn’t easy, and keeping it down can be even harder. Numerous studies have shown that collagen may be able to help you not only lose weight, but also deal with some of the side effects of weight loss such as maintaining strength and skin health after dropping a few kilos. Here are a few ways that collagen can be useful when it comes to losing weight.

 

1. A Feeling of Fullness

Research has shown collagen is more filling than other similar protein powders and one trial found collagen to be 40% more filling than the same quantity of other protein powders used for weight maintenance. Trial participants consumed 20% less at their next meal after collagen consumption than individuals who consumed other types of protein. When you feel fuller for a longer time, you are more likely to eat less the next time you have a meal. Less energy consumption is one of the main factors to losing weight.

 

2. Appetite Reduction

One of the main benefits of collagen for weight loss is that it can help reduce appetite. A study among overweight and diabetic participants found that consumption of collagen promoted the release of satiating hormones into the bloodstream. Taking collagen reduced the appetite of participants resulting in a reduction of overall food intake. Reducing our hunger hormones will not help you lose weight by itself but it will make it much easier to resist cravings because you don’t feel the desire to eat as strongly.

 

3. Muscle Mass Retention

As we age, our bodies lose muscle which is often replaced with fat. This loss of muscle is linked to excess loss of nitrogen and increased need for protein in the diet of elderly people.

Research has shown collagen can be effective in helping maintain lean body mass and nitrogen levels. In one particular study, elderly participants taking collagen supplements showed better preservation of lean body mass and nitrogen levels than those given alternative supplements such as whey proteins. Higher muscle mass assists with weight loss because the body consumes calories faster. Maintaining muscle mass is important for aging, but it’s also important when it comes to losing weight and staying healthy. If we want to remain active and keep our bodies strong, we also need to consider injury prevention as well as the management of resulting aches and pains.

Arginine, an amino acid found in collagen, has been shown to enhance overall strength as well as promote injury recovery in adult males, an important consideration for helping you stay active and managing your weight.

 

4. Cellulite

Collagen also plays an important role in hiding cellulite by strengthening the dermis layer of our skin.  Cellulite becomes more visible as we age because our skin stretches, thins, and sags. 70% of our skin and 90% of our connective tissue is made up of collagen. Regular consumption has been clinically proven to increase our skin’s collagen levels and improve its elasticity and thickness, which is important for covering the fat cells that lie underneath our skin.

 

Nutraviva’s premium collagen products that may assist with weight management:

Probiotic Super Smoothie is formulated to assist with healthy diet maintenance, gut and digestive concerns, weight loss and appetite control. This unique product can be used as a meal replacement option for one meal per day as it is enhanced with a suite of essential vitamins and superfoods. Always consult your doctor when deciding dietary restrictions.

Nutraviva Collagen Hydrolysate is a 100% natural GMO-free premium grade collagen sourced from grass-fed bovine and has a high level of bioavailability. Adding collagen supplements may support weight management through appetite suppression and muscle support.

Nutraviva Beef Gelatin is packed with collagen and has a satiating effect when combined in the diet to reduce cravings and manage appetite. Our premium grade Gelatin is also great as a thickener in recipes that require a special, jelly-like texture.