Build Tougher Tendons With Collagen

Most active individuals will know the devastating effects that chronic tendonitis and ligament injuries can have on your training and racing.

These issues are most common in those who engage in high impact, high volume, intense or repetitive activities like running, cycling or CrossFit.  

Tissue Breakdown

While traumatic tendon injuries can occur from falls or direct impact, most issues arise from overuse. This happens because both training and racing cause micro-trauma to our muscles, tendons and ligaments. 

While tendons are made of a tough, fibrous substance called collagen, which is a robust tissue that can withstand significant force and tension, without adequate recovery in the face of continued damage, these structures degrade and weaken over time. 

It is only through adequate rest and recovery, proper nutrition and intelligent supplementation that these soft tissues adapt and become stronger and more resilient during the repair process.

Cumulative Damage

Get this balance wrong and the damage can rapidly outpace our body’s ability to repair and restore these tissues to full health.

Add to the mix biomechanical issues like misaligned joints or muscle strength imbalances, and damage to tendons and ligaments can accumulate at a faster pace, often resulting in that dreaded chronic tendonitis or, worse, tears.

A major contributing factor to this cumulative damage is the lack of blood flow to tendons and ligaments, which makes it difficult for nutrients to reach these structures.

If you develop tendonitis or experience a low-grade tear or rupture, recovery can take significantly longer than a similar muscle injury due to poor blood flow to the area. It, therefore, pays to take a proactive approach to connective tissue health and injury prevention.

Collagen to the rescue

Adding well-formulated collagen supplements to your nutrition plan is a sensible first step. These products increase your intake of the structural proteins that make up tendons. 

Collagen also contains the amino acids proline and glycine, which are natural anti-inflammatories and powerful immune system boosters.

However, it can be difficult to get sufficient collagen from our diet because the main sources are animal bones, tendons and connective tissues, which few people cook with or eat.

Tendon supplement stack

As such, powdered collagen supplements offer an ideal solution. Scientific evidence supports the use of supplemental collagen, among other compounds such as calcium, glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin sulphate and MSM, to help regenerate connective tissue like tendons and protect joints.

Hydrolysed collagen is often the most suitable product because its amino acid peptides are easily transported in the blood and absorbed to produce new, healthy tendons (and bone and skin tissue). 

Biogen Peptan Collagen Powder is a great option for active individuals. The product contains Peptan®, a type-1 hydrolyzed collagen. Peptan® is a high purity natural bioactive product that contains more than 97% protein (on a dry weight basis), supplied in a form that can be easily used and digested by the human body. And the glycine and proline concentration is 10 to 20 times higher than in other proteins.

Biogen Collagen Capsules also contain hydrolyzed collagen – 400 mg per capsule – which helps in connective tissue formation and assists in improving joint health or reducing joint inflammation.

With an adequate supplemental supply, hydrolyzed collagen also accumulates in cartilage, where it stimulates natural production by cartilage cells, which can prove beneficial because natural collagen production declines with age.

And you can conveniently cover all of your soft tissue recovery requirements with an innovative product like Biogen Lean Whey with Collagen. Combining these two protein sources can help to improve muscle and connective tissue repair and recovery in one tasty shake.

For those who prefer to avoid bovine-based collagen products, Biogen has just launched a Marine Collagen supplement. As the name implies, marine collagen is derived primarily from fish, which is a more sustainable source, and may offer improved absorption rates over bovine collagen.

Adding additional supplements to your regimen such as vitamin C and silica can also help to boost natural collagen production.