Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body. It is the core component of connective tissue, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. Collagen as a nutritional supplement is made from animal or fish materials. It’s rich in amino acids that play an important role in the building of joint cartilage and is known for having anti-inflammatory effects.

We naturally produce our own collagen, however the rate that we make our own collagen starts to decline at around the age of 20 (yes, that young!). It then continues to decline at a rate of around 1% every year, and even more so for women when they reach menopause.

Collagen maintains the integrity of your cartilage, which is the rubber-like tissue that protects your joints. The amount of collagen in your body decreases as you, which means your risk of developing degenerative joint disorders such as Osteoarthritis increases.

Studies have shown that taking collagen as a supplement, may help improve the symptoms of Osteoarthritis and reduce joint pain overall. Researchers suggest that supplemented collagen may accumulate in cartilage and stimulate your tissues to make its own collagen. This can lead to lower inflammation, better support of your joints, and reduced pain.

Hydrolysed collagen supplements are rich in a number of amino acids that play an important role in the creation of collagen. Each BodyShotz sachet contains 6,000mg of the world’s leading, ethically sourced, Hydrolysed Marine Collagen. Collagen is also present (in smaller quantities) in some types of Porcine (pig) Collagen and Bovine (cattle) Collagen.

However, Marine Collagen is absorbed up to 1.5 times more efficiently into the body, meaning it has superior bioavailability over bovine or porcine collagen. Because of its low molecular weight, it is absorbed far more easily and enters the bloodstream more rapidly.

It’s been suggested that taking collagen can improve the symptoms of Osteoarthritis by stimulating your body’s production of joint collagen.

Some studies have suggested that autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis may be treated by taking a foreign antigen (a substance that causes your immune system to react to it) by mouth, which could dampen down your immune system’s reaction. This is called ‘oral tolerance’. Taking collagen by mouth may introduce some chemicals that cause joint inflammation into your body and create oral tolerance to these antigens, reducing the effects of inflammatory Arthritis. If you want to try taking a collagen supplement for its potential pain-relieving effects, studies suggest you should start with a daily dosage of 8,000–12,000mg.