Collagen is the “glue” that holds everything together.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is a long, fibrous structural protein that is a major component of the extracellular matrix that provides support and functionality to most tissues and systems in the body.
While dietary protein, in general, helps in muscle growth and the maintenance of muscle mass, collagen does all of this and more, supporting bone health, immune system health, and the proper functioning of all organs. vital.
Collagen not only supports skin health by promoting elasticity, but also helps build and repair all membranes in the body, including those in the mouth and digestive system, blood vessels, and respiratory tract.
Research shows that our natural collagen production begins to decline in early adulthood.
Nowadays, people consume much less collagen in their diet. It just depends on the weather, many people don’t make homemade bone broths, stews or soups. These slow cooking methods release the collagen from the bones into the cooking liquid.
To reap all the incredible benefits of collagen supplementation, the following specifications are important:
Collagen in its natural state is a long, fibrous structural protein that can be difficult to break down and digest.
Amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) come together through peptide bonds to create a protein. Peptide bonds are formed by a biochemical reaction that extracts a water molecule when it links amino acids together.
When these proteins are hydrolyzed, they are reduced to a smaller chain length and are called peptides. Hydrolysis of collagen increases its functional properties such as antioxidant capacity, antimicrobial activity and allows maximum absorbability and bioavailability.
Types of collagen
A broad spectrum of collagen provides benefits for the whole body
There are six main types of collagen (I, II, III, IV, V and X)
Types of collagen:
I – Skin elasticity
II – Joints & Immune System
III – Skin, blood vessels, vital organs
IV – Health and cell growth
V – Skin, tendons and immune system
X – Joints, Bones, Muscles and Hair
Sources of collagen
There are many sources of collagen for example:
Bovine collagen – Type I, II, III
Marine collagen – Type I and III 4
Chicken Collagen – Type II 5
Eggshell membrane – Type I, V and X 6 7
It is vital to ensure that these sources are clean and sustainable
Clean ingredients will have virtually no flavor or aroma
Collagen digestion enzymes
The action of proteolytic enzymes such as papain and pepsin ensures maximum absorption and bioavailability.
Studies on the benefits of collagen
• Skin health – a study published in the Journal of Medical Nutrition and Nutraceuticals reports a significant reduction in wrinkle depth as well as improved hydration and skin elasticity in several women who have drunk a mixture containing various vitamins, minerals, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid 8.
A study in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that consuming dietary collagen not only resulted in healthier skin and a greater degree of collagen deposition and repair, but also slowed down the process that damages collagen in skin tissue.
• Immune health – collagen has been associated in recent studies with the stimulation of immune system modulators of the inflammatory response. Not only does type II collagen inform the immune system to stop attacking similar molecules in the joints, but overall healthy collagen status has been reported to improve the integrity of columnar epithelial cells in the respiratory and digestive systems10, that support, reduce the likelihood of them triggering or responding inappropriately with an inflammatory response.
• Body fat – a study concluded that long-term therapy with orally administered collagen peptides leads to improvement in cellulite and has a positive impact on skin health. The study reported a marked improvement in the appearance of the skin in women with moderate cellulitis with regular ingestion of collagen peptides over a period of 6 months11.
A lot of research suggests that collagen plays a vital role in the deposition of body fat.
• Bone health – Eggshell powder due to its overall mineral content has been reported to increase bone mineral density in people and animals with osteoporosis.
For more information contact Susan at Au Naturel, Irishtown, Athlone on 090 6487993.