How to Leverage Collagen Repair for Injury-Proof Joints
At this point, I think we can agree that taking NSAIDs just isn't worth it.
Besides, there are natural supplements that outperform ibuprofen and other NSAIDs on pain relief scores.
Not only that, they actually increase collagen mass at injury sites instead of reducing it.
So you end up with more resilient, injury-proof joints.
The catch is that only specific forms of these supplements (in specific dosages) taken at specific times are proven to bolster the injury repair process.
We'll come back to this point later.
When it comes to injury recovery, time is definitely of the essence. But it's not just about recovery time. It’s about optimizing tissue formation for strength, flexibility, and joint resilience. This is where collagen synthesis comes into play.
Collagen synthesis describes the process in which your body builds and repairs connective tissue.
It's like muscle protein synthesis, but for your joints.
Just like protein supplies the building blocks for muscle repair, collagen supplies the building blocks for connective tissue repair (and no, just taking a collagen protein powder won't do the trick).
But rarely do you hear about how collagen metabolism relates to injury recovery.
Even though studies on injured athletes and people suffering from chronic tendinosis have demonstrated a direct connection between collagen metabolism and recovery outcomes.
For example, a 12 week study of runners suffering from chronic Achilles tendinosis showed that eccentric exercise (the lowering portion) under moderately heavy loads increased the collagen synthesis rate — improving recovery time and collagen formation strength.
There are three important notes to consider based on this research:
Eccentric exercise appears to kick start collagen metabolism and turnover, helping athletes who have not been able to overcome an injury finally start the journey to full recovery.
Increased collagen synthesis (formation) speeds up recovery time.
And most importantly, improved collagen metabolism leads to more mechanically optimized collagen formations — stronger tissue that is less prone to injury and irritation in the future.
This last point deserves repeating: most injuries resurface later in life.
Either as a full-blown tear, or nagging discomfort. This can be partially attributed to the quality (or lack thereof) of the collagen tissue formation.
This is why collagen synthesis is so vital to a speedy, optimal recovery.
So, if you only took away ONE concept from this article, it would be this:
Learning the art and science of tissue repair (via collagen synthesis) is the closest thing there is to a 'hack' for healing and repairing joint damage.
Keep reading to see exactly how you can boost collagen synthesis for shorter recovery times, stronger connective tissue formations, and injury-proof joints.