One of the most potent supplements that I prescribe to my patients is pure collagen. Think about it– our joints are made out of the stuff! Also our hair, nails, skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage… all contain collagen.
There are a few types of collagen to be aware of. Type 2 is what the cartilage inside of our joints is made out of. When people say they are “bone on bone” it’s this cartilage that they have lost. Types 1 and 3 are more for tendons and ligaments (as well as skin, organs, and bone).
I can’t say for certain which type a patient needs without first seeing them, taking a history, and performing a physical exam. In person, I can see their cartilage layer under ultrasound, which can give me a better idea of which structures are being affected. My decision-making also comes down to WHAT their joint pain is like.
If it is knee pain, for instance, and it’s a deep ache with very little swelling of the knee or pain around the outside of the joint, I usually suggest Type 2 collagen. My absolute favorite product for that type of pain, or if someone is bone-on-bone on their x-ray, is Collagen JS by Pure Encapsulations.
If they have a lot of spinal pain and/or many areas of tenderness AROUND the joint or the spine, I suggest Type 1 & 3 Combo product. My favorite is by Collagen MD Inc. I like to stir this product into my morning coffee or smoothie.
When in doubt, I encourage my patients to take both products as I’ve seen very good outcomes when they are on all three types of collagen concurrently.
To tell you the truth, I’ve had several patients to whom I only prescribed collagen and 90 oz daily water intake, and then I never saw them again! They report that those two simple additions to their lives significantly improved their knee pain. Some even skip the injection therapies all together.
I hope this is useful to you!
Yours in health,
P.S. Bone broth is also a good source of collagen. Gelatin is another. It is difficult to be specific about types and dosages with these products, but they both great to ingest regularly. Vitamin C and zinc also contribute to collagen production in the body.
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