Collagen peptides are known for their positive effects on joint health. But did you know that research shows that they are also good for strengthening your bones, for your bone health?
In this article, we explain what bone health is, and I will give you tips for strengthen your bones and also an update on the latest science showing how collagen peptides can support healthy bones.
WHAT ARE BONES AND WHAT IS BONE HEALTH?
Bones give our body structure and support. They make our vital movements possible and protect our organs. Our bones store calcium and release it back into the bloodstream when the body needs it. Most of the body’s blood cells are produced in the soft center of the bone.
Bones are made up of hard and soft tissue components. The tough outer layer is known as cortical bone, while the spongy interior is known as trabecular bone.
There are different types of bone cells: osteoblasts, osteocytes and osteoclasts. They take care of the growth and regeneration of the bone throughout our life.
The whole bone is supported by a matrix of a gelatinous protein called collagen type 1 in combination with other organic substances. Together, this is called: the osteoid. Bones are formed when the osteoid binds with calcium phosphate, which hardens to a hard substance.
From our birth, the skeleton is made by continuous bone formation. This process is known as bone modeling and generally stops when we become adults.
When the bones are fully formed, they undergo a continuous replenishment process. The body cleanses old cells and creates new ones – so it’s very important that there are enough nutrients for this – to maintain the mass of the bones.
If your bone health is compromised, it’s more easty to get fractures and other uncomfortable bone conditions.
ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE HEALTH OF YOUR BONES?
That’s certainly possible because many people are concerned about this. Older people are concerned about bone health because bones get weaker as we age and they are afraid of fractures.
But also young people can be afraid for there bone health. For many reasons.
– Because they prefer fastfood
– or because healthy food is more expensive and they don’t have money for it.
– Young people sometimes also worry about their diet, and when you’re on a diet most of the times you don’t eat enough nutritional food.
Women in their 50s who are in their menopause are also sensitive to brittle bones and often try to do something about it.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR BONES HEALTHY?
There are several proven ways to support your bone health, all of which focus on making healthy lifestyle choices.
If you don’t move enough, your muscles and bones can lose strength. Being active is especially important for older people because they are more at risk for bone related conditions.
SUFFICIENT CALCIUM IS IMPORTANT
Calcium is essential for maintaining bone strength. If you take enough calcium, you risk developing weaker bones.
USE ENOUGH VITAMIN D
Vitamin D enables the body to absorb calcium, which is essential for maintaining good bone health. The best way to get vitamin D is sunlight, preferably in the spring and summer. Just going out with part of your skin exposed will replenish your vitamin D levels. You can also take vitamin D and calcium supplements together to maintain good bone health.
A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Both underweight and overweight can lead to weakened bones and increase the risk of bone fractures.
COLLAGEN PEPTIDES CAN IMPROVE YOUR BONE HEALTH
According to a new groundbreaking study conducted by the French National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in collaboration with Rousselot , collagen peptides have a positive impact on bone metabolism; in other words, supplementation with collagen peptides can support the body to maintain bone strength.
The study took a pioneering approach that included clinical screening as well as in vivo and ex vivo research. The conclusion shows that collagen peptides (which are easily absorbed by the body) taken as a supplement can stimulate the remodeling process by stimulating osteoblasts (the cells related to bone formation), while at the same time inhibiting osteoclasts (the cells that cause that the bone breaks down).
These results support previous studies that found evidence that bone cell activity is related to supplementation with collagen peptides  .
With the evidence available, it’s safe to say that supplementation with collagen peptides in addition to calcium and vitamin D can be used as part of a combined approach to support good bone health.
Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6627680/  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19895915  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21927918