Collagen For Bone Growth
Collagen Supplementation – A New Weapon In Our Arsenal For Battling Weak Bones, “Osteoporosis”, “Osteopenia”….
Weak and brittle bones can sneak up on you, man and woman. If the disease name osteoporosis or osteopenia is most often associated with women due to post menopausal issues but can also be associated with men.
As you age you do not want weak bones! But in the United States we have had established a variety of negative health habits and food intake habits that weakens the bones.
Additionally our foods are said to have 95% less minerals on average versus 50 to 100 years ago due to poor, shoddy farming practices. So our foods are not providing us the mineral intake that we need. And having ample minerals are necessary for building strong bones but also for neutralizing acid in the body amongst many other functions. But in modern times high acid forming diets continually erode the bones and teeth, and really all tissues in the body. And this sets us up for all sorts of disease and in particular, weak bones.
Did you know that if your body gets to acidic and you don’t have ample minerals in your diet then your body will go start to break down your bone tissue and use those minerals in order to keep the pH balance in the body? Yes if you don’t maintain that slightly alkaline pH level that the body requires the body will quickly terminate.
So it’s important to get ahead of the game and map out a plan of action to make sure one’s habits are established for making and keeping stronger bonds. Fortunately here’s another weapon we can use in our arsenal for battling weak bones which is collagen supplementation! Check out this clinical study below.
Specific Collagen Peptides Improve Bone Mineral Density and Bone Markers in Postmenopausal Women—A Randomized Controlled Study
The differences observed between the SCP group and the placebo group were verified by analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), considering the unbalanced baseline values. The analysis showed that bone density significantly (p = 0.030) increased in the spine and the femoral neck after SCP treatment compared to placebo (p = 0.003; Table 3). In the SCP group, BMD increased by almost 3.0% in the spine and 6.7% in the femoral neck, whereas, in the same period, bone density decreased in the placebo group (−1.3% for spine and −1.0% in the femoral neck) (Figure 3).
3.3. Bone Biomarkers
Blood samples were analyzed to evaluate specific biomarkers for bone formation and degradation in both treatment groups. At baseline, bone specific amino-terminal propeptide of type I collagen (P1NP) and C-telopeptide of type I collagen (CTX 1) were similar between the study groups.
During the course of the study, P1NP significantly increased in the SCP group (p = 0.007), indicating a stimulation of bone formation. In contrast, in the placebo group, no changes in P1NP concentration were determined (p = 0.248; Table 3), whereas the bone degradation marker, CTX 1, significantly increased (p = 0.011). In contrast, in the participants that were treated with SCP, no changes in bone degradation markers could be determined (p = 0.747).
In conclusion, the findings of this randomized, placebo-controlled trial demonstrate, that supplementation with 5 g of specific collagen peptides significantly increases bone mineral density of the lumbar spine and the femoral neck as well as blood levels of the bone marker, P1NP, in postmenopausal women with age-related decline in BMD.
Other animal studies have shown that collagen peptides or gelatin hydrolysates increase the longitudinal bone growth in rats , increase the bone mass in both growing rats following treadmill training  as well as mature rats , inhibit bone loss in ovariectomized rats [12,36] and prevent bone loss in estrogen-deficient rats, probably by reducing the levels of proinflammatory cytokines .