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August 04, 2021 3 min read
By TJ Ferrara

Collagen for joint health and muscle recovery

Collagen protein powder has tons of benefits and, because it’s a naturally occurring protein in the body itself, it’s a safe supplement for almost everybody to use. And almost everybody does use it, from mountain climbers to beauty gurus to bodybuilders to movie stars. Because of collagen’s reputation as the fountain of youth, human scaffolding, and even the glue holding the body together, it’s no surprise that it’s taken the health and wellness world by storm.


What’s so great about collagen?

It’s no surprise that collagen has a strong presence in the realm of beauty because of its natural ability to strengthen hair and nails, as well as hydrate and enhance the skin. Plus, it just makes you feel overall better since it works to improve gut health as well as reduce inflammation throughout the body as a whole.

But it’s also a popular protein supplement in the world of sports – because collagen is a protein, it contains essential amino acids. These amino acids are used in the body for various functions. Three essential amino acids worth noting include glycine, lysine, and proline.

  • Glycine works in the body to boost production of synovial fluid, that is, the lubricating liquid that increases joint flexibility and mobility, and decreases inflammation and pain surrounding the joints.
  • Proline works on connective tissue, strengthening tendons and ligaments, which can help increase strength and lean body mass.
  • Lysine is an essential amino acid vital for muscle growth.

So what does this mean for athletes?

Benefits of collagen for athletes

Athletes spend crazy amounts of time conditioning, strengthening, and pushing their bodies to the limits. Sometimes this can result in injury, but more often it means sore, exhausted muscles and joints. One of the benefits of collagen is the enhanced ability of the body to rejuvenate itself and recover faster post-workout.

Remember the amino acids we mentioned? Proline and lysine in particular help in this regard. When crafting BUBS’ Collagen, the lysine was incorporated with a higher nitrogen content than whey and other types of protein supplements, making it the best option to help maintain positive nitrogen balance in the body while exerting the muscles during weightlifting, sprinting, and the like. Because our bodies are incapable of producing lysine (and all the essential amino acids, in fact) on their own, it’s important to supplement it in the diet to keep the body working the way it should.

In addition, the amino acid proline, with its magic workings in the joints, can help with strength, endurance, and mobility training, thereby promoting healthy joint, tendon, and ligament function.

But does collagen really work?

The short answer is yes, collagen does really work. Your body actually already makes collagen on it’s own, but once an individual hits the age of 30 or so, collagen production decreases little by little, every year. Externally, certain signs become visible, like hair loss/graying and wrinkles, and sagging skin. Internal indicators might be felt rather than seen – muscles that take much longer to recover, stiff and achy joints, and a GI tract that stops working the way it should.

Collagen protein is already working in the body from the day you’re born, and so supplementing collagen works to keep your body’s systems up to code, so to speak, and keeps these signs and symptoms of aging at bay.

Should I take collagen?

While it’s important for athletes to take collagen supplements to healthily and efficiently build muscle mass and recover from injuries naturally and quickly, collagen isn’t reserved just for athlete use. Everyone can benefit from the goodness collagen protein has to offer.

One of the best parts about collagen is that it doesn’t require a trip to the dermatologist or a special prescription. With BUBS Naturals, it’s literally just two scoops of the collagen protein powder once a day in your morning coffee, afternoon water, or post-workout smoothie. Actually, there are lots of ways to use BUBS collagen, all of them delicious and good for you.

And it doesn’t matter if you live a wildly active lifestyle or simply commute back and forth from the office. Collagen protein supplements still work in the body to keep you healthy and young for as long as possible.

See for yourself

BUBS Naturals Collagen Protein is made for everyone and with everyone in mind. It’s good for those who need a pick-me-up after a workout (combine it with our MCT oil powder for extra oomph); for those looking for a supplement that’s Whole30 approved, Keto- and Paleo-friendly, and dairy, soy, and gluten-free; and for those who want to focus a little more of the health of their nails and hair (check out the Fountain of Youth Formula for that). With effortless incorporation into your daily routine, it’s never been so easy to strive for health and physical well-being.