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Practical Tips For Collagen Supplementation

by dietitian Clare Wood

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for about one-third of all protein. You may have heard of it as an ingredient in skincare products, but it also has an important role for athletes. It's the major component of tendons, ligaments and cartilage in the body, and is a vital ingredient in maintaining the strength and repair of these tissues. There is very poor blood flow in these areas, so nutrient delivery and absorption can be enhanced with optimal availability of the required nutrients, through diet and supplementation, plus exercise to ‘switch-on’ muscle machinery and increase blood flow and delivery of these nutrients to the area. See our more in-depth discussion of collagen supplementation.

Tips for Collagen Supplements

collagen supplementscollagen supplements come in many forms

More research is needed to fine-tune optimal dosage and timing for the different scenarios of use of this potentially useful supplement.

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