Why should I take UEN Collagen+? What’s different about it?
The inclusion of Vitamin C is important for a few reasons, mainly because studies demonstrate that vitamin C has the potential to accelerate bone healing after a fracture, increase type I collagen synthesis, and reduce oxidative stress parameters, or in other words, Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen and has an essential role in connective tissue healing.
What is collagen, and what is it good for?
Collagen is a protein that is a key component of many systems in our body, including the bones, cartilage, skin, and our muscles. Collagen makes up 30% of the total protein in our bodies. In a reputable study by well-known nutrition scientist Keith Baar, PhD, he noted that supplementation of vitamin-C enriched gelatin in combination with specific tendon-focused training increased collagen type I synthesis in subjects.
What is UC-II® and how can it help me?
There is a significant amount of research that looks at Type 2 Collagen (UC-II®) supplementation and its benefits on joint and tendon health. In a 2013 study by James Lugo et al, the researchers found that after 120 days of supplementation, subjects in the UC-II group exhibited a statistically significant improvement in average knee extension compared to placebo. The UC-II® group also demonstrated a statistically significant change in average knee extension versus baseline. In 2016, Lugo and his group of researchers again studied the benefits of Type 2 Collagen on knee osteoarthritis pain, concluding that UC-II® significantly improved knee function in osteoarthritis subjects by day 180 and was well-tolerated.
When should I take my UEN Collagen+?
For best results, you should take it 45 minutes before training. Research has shown this to be the optimal time to stimulate maximum collagen production.
What type of training should I be doing to build tendon strength?
Research like Baar’s has shown that tendons respond quickly to a load stimulus and don’t need to be hammered with long periods of high intensity exercise to adapt. Optimal dosage for tendon-focused activity was determined to be less than 10 minutes, with 6 hours in between, 3 times per day. That seems like nothing, right? Well in this case, less is measurably more. The “magic” lies in creating just enough of a stimulus, then providing the body with the proper nutrients to be able to recover and rebuild.
Can Collagen+ be taken with any other supplements?
Yes! There are no contraindications to taking other nutritional supplements with Collagen+.
What should Collagen+ be mixed with?
We prefer to mix this with 8 to 12 ounces of room temperature water. Collagen powder tends to clump in colder water and may not mix completely with other beverages. Plus, the flavor is great and should be experienced on its own! You can always add ice after it has been thoroughly mixed if you want.
Do I need to take Collagen+ in cycles?
No, you do not need to cycle it. In fact, taking it over time will yield the best results as some of the benefits are cumulative.
How should I store my Upper Echelon Nutrition Collagen+?
It is best to store your tub in a dry, dark, cool environment.
Want to learn more? Check out this incredibly insightful article by our own Dr. Sam Schwartz on tendons, collagen, and more by clicking here!
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