Momentous Collagen Peptides is now available. Before you buy, take a look at how our formula is different and why collagen is a great tool to add to your routine.
If you’re interested in speeding your recovery, reducing injury risk, and boosting your joint health, then collagen is something you should be paying attention to. But what exactly is collagen, how can it help you as an athlete, are collagen sources created equal, and what about the Momentous Collagen Peptides formula sets it apart? In today’s blog, we’re diving deep into the science and answering each of these questions.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a type of protein fiber found abundantly throughout the body that makes up nearly 70% of cartilage mass. It is also found in other types of connective tissue, such as tendons, bones, skin, and ligaments. Collagen’s main roles are providing strength, elasticity, and cushioning. If you put collagen under a laboratory microscope, you’d see a rope-like structure that’s comprised of a bundle of small fibers called macrofibrils. These are made of even smaller fibers called microfibrils. It’s this overlaying composition that gives collagen its strength and resilience.
When you ingest collagen peptides, they are absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed to collagen-rich areas of the body, including the joints, skin, etc. However, as we get older, our ability to produce collagen internally and absorb it from external sources declines, which can contribute to a deficiency that increases the incidence of injury, leads to joint pain, and compromises recovery. As we age, this process accelerates over time, and while a balanced and healthy diet can help combat collagen loss, it often doesn’t go far enough to overcome such issues.
So what’s an athlete to do to boost their joint health? A 2018 meta-analysis of 69 peer-reviewed studies that was published in the British of Journal of Sports Medicine noted that taking supplemental collagen reduces joint pain, and improves function in the hands, hips, and knees.
Why Should Athletes Care About Collagen?
Practices like mobility and stretching routines, regularly moving through a full range of motion, and doing daily weight-bearing exercise are all important factors that help preserve joint health. The same goes for consuming collagen-containing foods like bone broth, eating a diet rich in calcium, and getting enough supporting micronutrients like vitamins K and D. But even if you check all of these boxes, accumulated joint stress from everyday life and training can still take its toll.
Because collagen mass and synthesis decrease with age, it’s no surprise that we often see older competitors experiencing a higher rate of injury and confronting joint pain. This can be incredibly frustrating for athletes who are still training just as hard and eating just as well, if not better, as when they were younger. Creaky and hurt knees, elbows, shoulders, and other joints can also jeopardize athletes’ everyday activities like playing with their kids and traveling.
When athletes visit a team doctor or personal physician, seven times out of 10 it’s because of a musculoskeletal injury. Keith Baar, a physiologist at the University of California, Davis, notes that 60 percent of Premier League soccer players and almost 70 percent of NFL players incur at least one soft tissue injury per season. According to leading human performance blog My Sports Science, the strength and durability of athletes’ extracellular matrix (ECM) is a primary factor in such injuries. The writer noted that optimal function of the ECM requires increased collagen levels. This usually isn’t possible by simply changing your diet, in which case taking a collagen supplement daily may be the way ahead.
What Sets Momentous Performance Collagen Apart for Athletes?
As we’ve established, your body’s amount of collagen actually decreases, even as the cumulative load on joints from all those miles on the track, road, or trail take a greater toll. So while our body’s need for more collagen grows, its capacity to produce it diminishes. We viewed this challenge to be similar to the other problems we work to solve at Momentous, so we asked ourselves a question – how can we create a performance product that focuses on collagen synthesis in tendons and ligaments specifically? There are many collagen offerings that are designed to improve the appearance of skin, hair, and nails, but we wanted to focus on performance and complete recovery.
As with every Momentous product, we wanted the finest, purest, and most efficacious ingredients available. This search led us to base our unique collagen blend on PEPTIPLUS®. Sourced from the highest quality US grass-fed bovine, this collagen peptide source is comprised of Type I and III peptides, short chains of amino acids that are readily absorbed into the bloodstream, where they quickly get to work repairing joints and bolstering skin health. PEPTIPLUS® has an extremely low mineral content and is free of fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, dietary fibers, and GMO. And just like Momentous’s other product formulas, our collagen blend is guaranteed to be free of contaminants and banned substances by the stringent NSF Certified for Sport® and Informed Sport programs.
A deep dive into the latest research made it clear that we could further improve upon the collagen currently available in the market by helping athletes combat joint pain and improve soft tissue health, so we added a kind of collagen called FORTIGEL® (also referred to as collagen hydrolysate). This is sourced from pasture-raised, German bovine hide and was specifically designed and tested to improve joint and ligament health utilizing Type I and II peptides.
A recent study found that daily collagen supplementation strengthens knee cartilage (and suggests that it can improve the durability of other joints as well). A team of rheumatologists from Tufts Medical Center used MRI scans to do a before/after comparison of patients with knee osteoarthritis, and found that after 24 weeks, the cartilage of those who supplemented daily with FORTIGEL® had regenerated significantly.
A second 24-week study published in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion examined the role of collagen in joint pain. At the end of the six-month observation period, the participants who took collagen consistently reported considerably less pain during and after physical activity than the group that took a placebo.
Another area improved by FORTIGEL® supplementation is the extracellular matrix (ECM). The ECM is the dynamic, web-like structure that transmits force and absorbs energy to prevent injury – both components of athletic activity. A review of the literature on orally administered collagen hydrolysate (FORTIGEL®) concluded that it “stimulates a statistically significant increase in the synthesis of extracellular matrix macromolecules.” In layman’s terms, this means it improves cartilage tissue metabolism. The review also noted that collagen hydrolysate reduces pain, improves function, and benefits people struggling with joint disorders.
To complement FORTIGEL®, we added 50 mg of vitamin C in each serving of Momentous Performance Collagen, as research demonstrates that this promotes greater collagen absorption and synthesis. In fact, Keith Barr found that participants who took collagen with vitamin C one hour before exercise doubled the levels of amino-terminal propeptide, a key indicator of collagen synthesis.
This combination is particularly effective for athletes who train in the morning, as the body enters a fasted state overnight, which means there’s not enough vitamin C in the bloodstream to support collagen uptake. Even for those who workout later in the day, there has to be a certain baseline level of vitamin C for the body to fully absorb collagen. By adding this essential micronutrient to Performance Collagen, we eliminated the need to consume it with another source of vitamin C.
How Much Collagen Should I Take, When Should I Take It, And Why Should I Combine it with Exercise?
To make Momentous Performance Collagen’s as efficacious as possible, we suggest mixing one 15-gram scoop in six to eight ounces of your choice of liquid around an hour before you train. As it’s unflavored as is free of lactose, dairy, soy, gluten, and other allergens, it will be easy to add into your daily routine. Some of our athlete’s favorite ways to integrate collagen into their routine includes mixing a scoop into their morning coffee, adding it to their breakfast smoothies, or mixing it into oatmeal. While sporadic consumption might provide some benefits, but for optimal results, you should take it daily. Note that the combination of collagen intake and movement is key, as it has been found to increase collagen synthesis in tendons.
Keith Baar’s research with the Australian Institute of Sport shows that jumping rope for just six minutes, three times a day increased such synthesis 200 percent. When participants ingested collagen before these sessions, collagen synthesis doubled again. In other words, the sum of collagen + training equates to more than the sum of its parts (and in this case, squares the benefits). This is why we suggest taking Momentous Collagen Peptides 45-60 minutes before you train.
So whether you’re looking to bounce back from injury, banish joint pain, or reduce the chances of your connective tissues cutting your playing time, Momentous Performance Collagen isn’t merely a good choice. It’s the best option available.