How Marine Collagen Improves Skin, Joints, Muscles, and the Gut

How Marine Collagen Improves Skin, Joints, Muscles, and the Gut


Hi, this is Dr. Ruscio. Any time we can achieve healing with a dietary
or food-based intervention, that is clearly a win. Thankfully, collagen shows promise in healing
intestinal tissue, joint tissue, skin tissue, and muscle tissue. And I’m happy to announce that we’ve just
released a fish-based Marine Collagen. I’ll come back to the importance of why fish
is so critical in the sourcing of the collagen in a moment. But don’t worry, there’s no fishy odor or
taste. Now, regarding supplemental collagen, what
does the research literature show? It’s very important that we look to the research
to help us decide if a given supplement or intervention is something that we should consider
undergoing. I’ll put up a short synopsis of what the literature
shows to date here on the screen. As you can see here, collagen shows benefits
to the skin. And these benefits are fairly well established,
including human trials showing an anti-aging effect, improving skin elasticity and moisture
in three different trials (1, 2, 3). There is also evidence showing that collagen
gives your joints and muscles support. There have been a randomized control trial
for both osteoarthritis and another for just generalized joint pain, both showing improvement
in joint pain and function. Remember, randomized controlled trials are
one of the highest levels of scientific evidence. Also, a human interventional trial showing
benefits for muscle strength. Continuing here, regarding gut health, there
are preliminary data—they are animal data, so we have to be a little bit cautious with
how much we extract from this—but we can infer from these results (4, 5) that collagen
is beneficial for the gut. There’s one particular study I want to show
you (in addition to animal data). I think the most compelling data comes from
a human cellular study. So this would be a Petri dish or a cell line
study where they found that collagen significantly decreased dysfunction in the intestinal barrier. We have some good evidence here showing that
collagen can support various tissues of the body. I wish there was a bit more evidence showing
support for the gut. But certainly, we have some preliminary data
there. When combined with the fact that we see—in
the studies that have been done—benefits for skin, joints, and muscles, it seems a
reasonable inference that collagen could help. Also, when considering this is essentially
a food supplement, I think it’s fairly easy to make a case for at least trialing a supplemental
collagen. Especially when we consider, are you getting
enough collagen in your diet? Now, the main source of collagen in the diet
can really be found in bone broth and/or from gelatin. If you’re making a lot of soups that will
essentially cook out collagen and gelatin from the bone and connective tissue, then
you’re probably getting a good amount of collagen in your diet. But if you’re like most people, you may not
be eating enough of these foods. This is where a simple collagen supplement
can really help fill in that gap, when you’re not getting quite enough in dietarily. Again, consider adding collagen to your supplement
protocol to help improve gut health, skin health, joint health, and muscle health. I should mention that collagen can be added
to our Elemental Heal powder. For those who are looking to give their gut
a break or reset and use our Elemental Heal hypoallergenic meal replacement shake, if
you add some of our marine collagen to this, it actually helps give a bit of a creamy consistency
to the shake. It’s quite a nice pairing, and it can be safely
added. Now, studies have not tested the FODMAP content
of collagen, so we don’t know if it’s low-FODMAP for sure, but it’s most likely going to be
low-FODMAP. There certainly seem to be a number of people
who are using collagen, who have sensitive digestion, who really benefit from supplementing
with it, at least from an anecdotal perspective. Another question that may arise here is, why
fish-based collagen over beef? This is a great question and something we
should definitely expound upon. Up here on the screen, I want to share a very
important and impactful study with you from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This is a worldwide assessment of hunter-gatherer
diets by Cordain and colleagues, and to quote, “plant food markedly decreases with increasing
latitude.” So we know as hunter-gatherers moved away
from the equator, they were able to eat fewer plants. Fewer plants would naturally grow the colder
it gets, the farther away from the equator. So “plant food markedly decreases with increasing
latitude.” This is the key phrase: “the reduction in
plant-food subsistence is replaced by increased subsistence on fished animal foods.” The main food in the diet that increased as
our hunter-gatherer ancestors moved away from the equator, north and south to the poles
(where it was colder and less plant life was available), was fish. I fear that many in the ancestral or paleo
community are over-consuming beef, grass-fed beef, butter, beef byproducts, beef collagen. It’s not to say beef is bad. I think that’s a conflation on the other end
of the spectrum that’s incorrect. Lumping meat in—red meat, beef—with things
like processed foods and added sugar and then proclaiming, “Aha, the beef is what’s causing
the increased obesity or cancer,” that I disagree with, and that, certainly, I think is an unfair
and incorrect conflation. However, it doesn’t change the fact that it
seems that many in the community are over-consuming beef-based foods and would do well to consider
bringing more fish-based foods into their diet, as this study by Cordain so eloquently
points out. And what about mercury? Well, essentially, if you eat the appropriate
kind of fish (avoiding fish that are known to be high in mercury like tuna, swordfish,
and shark), then the selenium naturally occurring in the fish tends to buffer the effect. Our collagen product is tested to ensure it
is devoid of mercury, so there’s no concern with mercury in using this product. I invite you to try our fish-based Marine
Collagen to improve your gut health, skin health, joint health, and muscle health.

4 Replies to “How Marine Collagen Improves Skin, Joints, Muscles, and the Gut”

  1. That's so weird. I just came across a "marine collagen" supplement on another website during a totally unrelated search and sure enough your video shows up in my sub feed about the same thing. What are the odds

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