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Why You and Your Dog Should Take Collagen

This well tolerated supplement can relieve joint pain, improve skin health, increase muscle mass, and prevent bone loss—in both you and your dog

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Collagen supplements benefit skin, joint, bone, muscle, and heart health.


Why should you consider giving your dog collagen? For the very same reasons you may want to take it yourself: Collagen peptide supplementation may increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss, relieve joint pain, and improve skin health. Most collagen supplements come in a hydrolyzed, powdered form that is tasteless, making it very easy to add to your dog’s dinner and reap the benefits. Mix some into your smoothie or morning coffee while you’re at it!


5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Collagen Supplementation

#1 Improve Skin, Hair + Nail Health

Numerous studies have found collagen supplementation strengthens the skin and increases elasticity and hydration.

#2 Relieve Joint Pain

Collagen helps maintain the integrity of the cartilage that protects joints. As the amount of collagen in the body decreases with age, the risk of degenerative joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis, increases. The majority of dogs over age eight suffer from arthritis. In clinical trials over the past decade, the beneficial effect of orally administered collagen peptides in osteoarthritic dogs has been clearly demonstrated, states Scientific Research. Another study found that undenatured type II collagen mitigated inflammation and cartilage degeneration in healthy Labrador Retrievers during an exercise regimen. A review of studies in people with osteoarthritis found that taking collagen led to significant improvements in joint stiffness and overall osteoarthritis symptoms.

#3 Help Prevent Bone Loss

Bones are made primarily of collagen, so when the body’s collagen production decreases, bones weaken, making them more susceptible to fracture. Studies show that taking collagen peptides may be helpful in treating and preventing osteoporosis.

#4 May Reduce the Risk of Heart Conditions

In a six-month human study, adults taking collagen daily experienced a significant reduction in artery stiffness. Additionally, their levels of HDL (good) cholesterol rose by an average of six percent. HDL diminishes the risk of heart conditions, including atherosclerosis.

#5 Healthy Gut + Better Mood

Though studies are needed, proponents claim that collagen supplementation can improve gut health as well as mood.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It’s the main component of connective tissues that make up tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles, providing the skin with structure and strengthening bones.


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This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

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