Are we in a collagen crisis?

One in four people have never even heard of the fundamental human building block – collagen – according to a new report[1] from the makers of COLNATUR, a new, evidence backed collagen supplement range for muscles, joints and bone health. Yet millions are experiencing symptoms of collagen decline.

Unfortunately, having heard of collagen does not necessarily equate to knowing what it is. The majority of those who said they had heard of it thought it was just good for skin health. The truth is that it is so much more.  GP, Dr Nisa Aslam says, “Collagen is such an essential protein in our body helping make up many structures such as tendons, bones, hair, skin, muscles, ligaments and joints. When we start to lose collagen, these structures can weaken; our skin can sag, our muscles become weak and our bones are more prone to breaking.”

Public health nutritionist, Dr Emma Derbyshire says, “There are several factors that contribute to collagen decline, although ageing really is the main one. This new report from COLNATUR shows that a third of Brits think the collagen decline happens in their fifties, but it occurs far earlier, from the age of 25 to 30, putting us at risk of pain, discomfort and poor quality of life. It’s concerning that people believe that such issues with their health won’t be a cause for concern till later in life.”

As we enter our late 20s and 30s, the production of collagen slows down, at a rate of 1.5% loss per year until 45-50 when the deterioration speeds up. Other factors involved in collagen decline include the menopause, for women and sedentary lifestyles. What many do not realise is that TOO MUCH physical activity can also cause problems, particularly if it is repetitive exercise (such as running), as this can impact joints and bones, making them weaker. Modern day environmental factors, such as cigarette smoke, pollution and damaging UV rays can also damage our collagen reserves.

There are only a few foods that contain collagen and they are not popular food choices – pork skin, bone broth, fish with the skin on and chicken[2]. Taking a collagen supplement is helpful but choosing the right supplement is what is vital. The new COLNATUR range contains hydrolysed collagen, making it easier to be absorbed by the body. It contains 10,000mg a serving, which shows positive outcomes for bones, joints, muscle health and skin when used continuously over certain periods of time.

COLNATUR has clinical trials backing the efficacy of the range and, as it comes as a powder, it can be added to hot and cold food and drinks – e.g. coffee, tea, smoothies, soups, stews. You can even use COLNATUR when you bake, so it makes it easier to incorporate to day-to-day life. More than two thirds of Brits in the COLNATUR report confirm that they would take a collagen supplement if it helped with their bone density and strength. Dr Derbyshire says, “It’s time we made collagen a priority and started upgrading our diet with this useful addition”.

The current life expectancy for U.K. in 2021 is 81.52 years and the United Nations predicts that by the year 2102, life expectancy in the UK will be 90.76. However, if we want to enjoy our long lives, then maintaining the health of our bones, joints and muscles is essential[3].  GP, Dr Nisa Aslam says, “I know that if I get to live into my 80s and beyond, I want to move comfortably, climb stairs, walk pain free and exercise for as long as possible, and this is where collagen comes in.”


Notes to editors: Laboratorios Ordesa – a Spanish family company formed 75 years ago – are the dietetic brains behind COLNATUR – the clinically backed collagen range of food supplements for muscles, joints, bones, teeth and skin health*, whatever your age.  *Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones. Protein contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass and normal bones

Research, innovation, and quality sits at the very heart of Laboratorios Ordesa. This is why the company has been a pioneer in infant food and nutrition since 1943, creating a range of baby products and more recently adding the COLNATUR portfolio of collagen supplements – the collagen nutrition pioneers in Spain; trusted and loved by thousands of shoppers across the globe.

COLNATUR, made with natural ingredients, is a special, natural, hydrolysed collagen in a powder format that you can add to drinks, foods and bake with. It’s easily absorbed into the body and is enriched with hyaluronic acid – acts as a lubricant in our joints – as well as all the essential nutrients to help support our muscles, joints and bones.

It’s made with natural, high quality, traceable ingredients including a porcine source, which is the closest collagen to that inside our bodies. Plus, the entire COLNATUR range is free from fats, sugars, artificial sweeteners, colours, preservatives, allergens, genetically modified ingredients or residues. In addition, the hydrolysed collagen is obtained through a natural process, approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA[4]).

Like all other supplements, it can take up to three months to see the full benefits from taking COLNATUR, but when you do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

COLNATUR is ideal for anyone who wants to take a collagen supplement and take care of their muscles, joints and bone health. However, it may be of particular benefit to:

  • Anyone who wants to take care of their joints and enjoy good bone and muscle health.
  • Those hoping to give their skin some extra care.
  • Individuals who want to keep active and continue their favourite hobbies such as gardening, baking, the gym, walking, running, cycling, football, racket sports, golf, skiing and even horse riding.
  • People over 40, particularly women.
  • Menopausal women who want to maintain their collagen levels. And those in later life.
  • Sporty people or anyone who exercises or lifts weights regularly.