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    COLLAGEN TYPE I (NATIVE)

    Other Names:

    Collagen Type I, Type I Collagen, Native Collagen Type I, Native Type I Collagen, Undenatured Collagen Type I, Undenatured Type I Collagen.

    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Overview
    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Uses
    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Side Effects
    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Interactions
    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Dosing
    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Overview Information

    Collagen type I (native) is a protein found in skin, blood vessels, and other tissues. Most collagen type I in supplements comes from cows. But it can also come from eggshell membranes, pigs, fish, and other sources.

    Collagen type I is most commonly used to support healthy skin, hair, and nails. It has been investigated for osteoarthritis and a condition called scleroderma. But there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.

    Don't confuse collagen type I (native) with collagen type II (native), collagen peptides, or gelatin.

    How does it work?

    Some experts believe that taking collagen type I by mouth may reduce overproduction of collagen by the skin. But these theories are unproven.

    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    • Osteoarthritis. Limited research shows that taking collagen type I might reduce pain and improve function in patients with osteoarthritis.
    • Hardening of skin and connective tissue (scleroderma). Diffuse scleroderma is a condition that causes skin thickening. The extent of skin thickening is linked with the severity of this condition. Taking collagen type 1 seems to improve skin thickness in people with this condition for more than 2 years. But people with diffuse scleroderma for more than 2 years are less at risk for complications than people with this condition for less than 2 years. And taking collagen type 1 doesn't appear to reduce skin thickness in people with diffuse scleroderma for less than 2 years.
    • Small tears in the lining of the anus (anal fissures), when applied to the skin.
    • Bleeding, when applied to the skin.
    • Bed sores (pressure ulcers), when applied to the skin.
    • Sores in people with diabetes, when applied to the skin.
    • Burns, when applied to the skin.
    • Wound healing, when applied to the skin.
    • Skin damage caused by radiation therapy (radiation dermatitis), when applied to the skin.
    • Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of collagen type I (native) for these uses.

    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Side Effects & Safety

    When taken by mouth: Collagen type I is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth, short-term. Collagen type I has been safely used in research in doses up to 8 mg daily for 3 months. Lower doses of 500 mcg daily have been safely used for up to 12 months.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if collagen type I is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Interactions What is this?

    We currently have no information for COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Interactions

    COLLAGEN TYPE I NATIVE Dosing

    The appropriate dose of collagen type I depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for collagen type I. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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