Can Collagen Help Your Mental Wellbeing?

Collagen has become a buzz-worthy ingredient in recent years, popping up in a plethora of edible products—from foods and beverages to nutritional powders and oral supplements. We’ve seen celebrities and health experts alike touting the benefits of collagen on social media and TV shows. But, unlike other ingredients that offer loads of hype and not enough proven results, collagen has also received well-deserved attention from the scientific and medical communities.

Perhaps the most exciting news about collagen is the impressive array of health-boosting benefits it offers. When many people think of collagen, they may imagine glowing skin and healthier hair and nails. Yes, these are welcome side effects of taking collagen supplements—but they’re only the beginning. Collagen can also promote everything from gut and heart health to stable blood sugar. And did you know that it’s even beneficial for your mental health?

The numerous healing powers of collagen, particularly its cognitive-enhancing effects, have inspired BrainMD’s groundbreaking new formula, Smart Collagen. This supplement, in an easy-to-use, highly potent formulation, offers a long list of benefits, and it’s become my newest go-to for optimizing my physical and mental health.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen plays a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of our skin, joints, bones, and connective tissues. It’s the most abundant protein in the human body, but a lot of harmful modern-day lifestyle choices work to deplete it. A diet with excess sugar and refined carbs, overexposure to the sun, environmental pollution, smoking, drinking alcohol, and inadequate sleep or exercise can all decrease collagen.

Other factors are beyond our control—for example, aging naturally diminishes collagen production in the body. Less collagen creates less skin elasticity, leading to typical age-related side effects like wrinkles and a sagging or drooping appearance.

But when it comes to collagen supplements, it’s important to seek out the right types—they’re not all created equal. There are actually 28 types of collagen, only 5 of which are most commonly used for supplements. Any of these types must be made into a form that can be used by the body. One of these forms is hydrolyzed collagen, which includes collagen peptides.

Smart Collagen’s Powerful Potency

Smart Collagen, with its groundbreaking porcine formula, is one of the most potent and scientifically advanced collagen supplements currently on the market. That’s because it contains up to 30 times the level of bioactive dipeptides—proline-hydroxyproline (PO) and hydroxyproline-glycine (OG)—compared to standard collagen peptides. Smart Collagen contains over 3,000 parts per million (ppm) of PO and OG, while typical collagen supplements contain less than 100 ppm.

Smart Collagen has been created through cutting-edge research and advanced hydrolysis technology. Unlike some other types of collagen—including collagen-enhanced foods and vitamins—Smart Collagen combines the specialized peptides PO and OG to maximize efficacy and benefits. These are scientifically shown to be more effective in delivering the rejuvenating benefits of collagen to your brain and body. Consuming collagen isn’t enough to get the full benefits; it has to be able to be utilized by the body. Smart Collagen is therefore optimized for bioavailability and absorption.

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Benefits of Collagen

Because Smart Collagen is rich in collagen type I (ideal for bone strength and skin health) and type III (supportive for muscles and blood vessels), it does wonders for supporting and maintaining radiant, glowing skin and healthy bones. But it also delivers improved cognition. It’s one of the only collagen products on the market that’s specifically recognized for its advanced nootropic, or cognitive-enhancing, benefits. Smart Collagen is also proven to help optimize joint health and mobility, contribute to bone formation, support healthy blood sugar metabolism, and speed up post-workout recovery time, among other benefits.

Collagen’s importance in overall health has led researchers to explore its wide variety of uses. One 2021 review of clinical studies noted that collagen has been studied for skin regeneration, bone defects, sarcopenia, wound healing, dental therapy, gastroesophageal reflux, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s even been tapped for treating COVID-19.

Meanwhile, various studies have established that supplementing your diet with collagen peptides can help support the synthesis of new collagen, promote dermal repair, support cellular rejuvenation, and enhance skin radiance. Let’s review in more detail some of the benefits of Smart Collagen:

  • Improved Skin Health: You’ll notice a visible difference in your skin’s texture and tone within just 4 weeks of taking Smart Collagen. The collagen featured in this supplement has been shown in clinical research to promote firmer, smoother, and more elastic skin.
  • Cognitive Function: Research suggests that ingesting 5 grams of collagen peptides per day (with concentrated levels of PO and OG, as found in Smart Collagen) improves brain structure, memory, and language-related cognitive function after just 4 weeks.
  • Joint & Bone Reinforcement: Smart Collagen offers crucial support for your body’s structural integrity, promoting long-term joint and bone wellness.
  • Gut Health & Vitality: Smart Collagen helps fortify gut health, a cornerstone of overall well-being and immune system function.
  • Healthy Blood Sugar & Insulin Levels: Smart Collagen helps promote healthy insulin sensitivity, which is a key factor in maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
  • Cardiovascular Support: Clinical research suggests that supplementing with 2.5 grams per day of collagen peptides (with concentrated levels of PO and OG) for 12 weeks can significantly reduce baPWV, which is a marker for arterial stiffness.

Smart Collagen: An Easy Addition to Your Daily Routine

Anyone who knows me knows that my time is precious and my life is full. As a mom, wife, author, speaker, expert, and much more, when I’m considering a new addition to my life, it needs to fit seamlessly into my routine. That’s why I love the format of Smart Collagen—it’s super easy to slip into your daily morning ritual.

To kickstart your day with a rejuvenating brain and beauty boost, simply grab one packet of Smart Collagen, packaged in a pre-measured portion for maximum ease. We recommend first dissolving Smart Collagen in hot water, then you can blend it into your morning smoothie, add to your coffee, or effortlessly mix into your meals. It’s incredibly versatile and is ready to consume in moments. In addition, its neutral taste means you’ll get all the benefits of collagen without changing the flavor of your favorite foods or beverages.

Smart Pairings with Smart Collagen

While collagen clearly boasts a long list of benefits for the entire body, I’m most excited about its positive effects on cognitive health, which translates into mental health. For best results, I recommend pairing Smart Collagen with other brain-boosting products from BrainMD. For example, Brain & Memory Power Boost will help support your body in recovery, memory, and cognitive function. This supplement addresses 5 different mechanisms underlying brain function, so you can feel more mentally sharp and focused at any age.

And I love reaching for BrainMD’s OMNI Protein powder for an extra boost of bioavailable protein to fuel my body and brain. It helps rev up your energy, supports gut health, and enhances your brain function. Thanks to delicious flavors like Vanilla and Chocolate, you can toss it in your morning smoothie right alongside your Smart Collagen packet. I love how these products can work in tandem for maximum ease and benefits.

Collagen for Mental Health

The right collagen supplement can transform not only your looks, but your health and your life. Smart Collagen’s revolutionary formula, scientifically shown to outperform other collagen supplements in head-to-head clinical research, will get you results in weeks and keep your body functioning at its best. Helping me look, feel, and perform better, this superstar supplement has already become a core element of my daily well-being routine.

Tana Amen, BSN, RN