What is it?
Collagen peptides are made by breaking down whole collagen proteins into smaller pieces. When taken by mouth, collagen peptides seem to build up in the skin and cartilage. This might help improve some skin and joint conditions.
Collagen peptides are used for aging skin and osteoarthritis. They are also used for osteoporosis, brittle nails, muscle strength, and many other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Don't confuse collagen peptides with collagen type I (native), collagen type II (native), or gelatin.
How effective is it?
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
The effectiveness ratings for COLLAGEN PEPTIDES are as follows:
Possibly effective for...
- Aging skin. Taking collagen peptides by mouth seems to improve skin hydration and skin elasticity in older people. It might also help reduce wrinkles, but it's not clear if it helps enough to be noticeable.
- Osteoarthritis. Taking collagen peptides by mouth might slightly relieve pain and improve joint function in people with knee osteoarthritis. But it might take about 3-5 months of daily treatment before it helps.
How does it work?
Are there safety concerns?
Special precautions & warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if collagen peptides are safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Are there interactions with medications?
- It is not known if this product interacts with any medicines.
Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?
- There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
Are there interactions with foods?
- There are no known interactions with foods.
What dose is used?
To learn more about how this article was written, please see the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database methodology.
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