I know that Collagen seems to be the craze these days. You will see it on the label of various different labels touting amazing health benefits. I’ve been using and recommending it to people for a good 4-5 years.
Here’s a little snippet (not really little) but worth the read anyway.
I’m now carrying this product at FE.
Collagen makes up as much as 70% of the protein in your skin and as much as ~33% of the protein in your body.
It’s role in promoting healthy and strong bones, skin, hair and nail growth are the primary reason why this ingredient in powder form has been receiving so much attention as a nutrition supplement.
Collagen gives your skin elasticity. It helps hold together your tendons and joints and is even found in your blood vessels and digestive system. Think of collagen as the “glue” that holds the many parts of your body together.
Since collagen is used in your entire body, it’s no wonder it is finally becoming such a hot supplement. Of course, your body produces collagen on its own. Like everything else, though, collagen production slows with age.
A little collagen boost can not only contribute to better skin, joints, hair and nails, but it may also aid your body in restoring natural collagen production. (Awesome, right?)
From the Greek word Kólla, meaning glue, collagen is integral to human health. Unfortunately, with age and lifestyle related damage—smoking, sugar, processed foods, lack of sleep—your body’s ability to produce collagen slows.
Supplementing with collagen can help stimulate collagen production in your body while supporting the many functions that contribute to keeping your body strong and functional.
Benefits of Collagen:
Reduce skin wrinkles -
As you age, your skin will lose elasticity through the process of elastosis. A double-blind study consisting of 114 women between the ages of 45-65 showed a 20% decrease in eye wrinkle volume compared to the placebo group.
Reduce cellulite and stretch marks - As you lose skin elasticity, your skin becomes thinner and more susceptible to cellulite and stretch marks. Once your skin over-stretches, it can leave visible red marks in the form of stretch marks. Collagen can help keep your skin elastic and vibrant while also increase moisture content.
Reduce Joint pain - Collagen is integral to protecting your joints while allowing them to work without pain.
As Kelly Starett says, “…your body is built to live 100 pain-free years…” The problem is, poor lifestyle factors such as lack of movement, processed food, missing sleep, and chronic stress, all contribute to reducing the natural healthy function of your human body. Not to mention the fact that most people exercise on hard surfaces, often for long periods of time, which produces major stress to the joints.
It’s no wonder joints as with all our connective tissues break down over time. Collagen can help you maintain and possibly repair your over-used, over-worked joints.
Promote muscle growth and boost metabolism -
A typical serving of collagen contains 6-7 grams of protein and a host of beneficial amino acids. If you aren’t currently aware, muscle mass is the most metabolically-active muscle in your body.
What this means is, the more muscle you build, the more calories you burn every day as your muscle needs fuel to maintain itself. More muscle = more calorie burning. This is why I usually add a scoop of collagen to my morning coffee and another to my after workout shake or food regime.
Reduce inflammation and improve recovery after exercise -
Collagen contains glycine and proline, two amino acids responsible for repairing damaged muscles and recovering after exercise. Amino acids are often called “the building blocks of life.” That’s because 50% of a cell’s dry weight is comprised of proteins. And proteins are made up of amino acids.
Further, 95% of your muscle and heart are made up of amino acids. And last but not lease, the vital hormones that operate your body are made up of amino acids.
In summary, around 75% of your dry body weight is made up of amino acids.
To say the least, amino acids are important… extremely important for your health and longevity.
Since collagen contains 8 of the 9 essential amino acids (an essential nutrient is one your body doesn’t produce and must ingest from your diet)—as well as 11 other supporting amino acids, it’s easy to see just how potent and beneficial collagen is for the human body.
Collagen Nutritional Makeup-
Collagen contains 19 amino acids, making it a complex protein. Here is a list of the amino acids found in collagen:
• Glycine: One of every three amino acids found in the collagen peptide chain is glycine. Helps creatine production. Known to protect against joint pain.
• Arginine: Regulates metabolism. Helps promote growth hormone secretion. Integral to eliminating nitrogen waste in the body.
• Leucine: An essential amino acid in the body. Integral to muscle protein production. Supports insulin secretion to maintain blood sugar levels.
• Hydroxyproline: Another primary component of collagen that contributes to bone and connective tissue health.
• Glutamine: Known to improve muscle recovery and rebuilding of damaged muscle fibers. Involved in DNA synthesis .
• Hydroxylysine: A primary component of collagen thatpromotes skin, hair and joint health.
• Alanine: Involved in insulin secretion to maintain blood sugar levels. Integral to vitamin B5 synthesis.
• Isoleucine: An essential amino acid. Helps maintain blood sugar levels.
• Lysine: Essential amino acid.* Found abundantly in muscles. Regulates immune response.
• Proline: A primary component of collagen.
• Tyrosine: Concentrations found in muscles. Precursor to central nervous system functions.
• Valine: Essential amino acid. Provides energy to muscles.
• Aspartic acid: Amino acid used in protein synthesis.
• Serine: Amino acid used in protein synthesis.
• Threonine: Essential amino acid used in protein synthesis.
• Phenylalanine: An essential amino acid found naturally occurring in mammalian breast milk.
• Cysteine: A semi-essential amino acid that serves a structural role in many proteins.
• Histidine: An amino acid used in protein synthesis.
• Methionine: An essential amino acid integral to new blood cell growth.
• *Essential amino acids must be ingested through your diet to live.
• Some collagen studies have shown collagen to be effective at treating joint point issues as well as osteoarthritis. Link - Link
• Collagen may help with building and recovering muscles. Glycine, an amino acid in collagen, is used by your body to convert glucose into fuel for your muscles. Glycine has also been shown to play integral roles in digestion and the function of your central nervous system. (Link)
• Oral intake of specific bioactive collagen peptides reduces skin wrinkles and increases dermal matrix synthesis. - PubMed - NCBI
• Collagen hydrolysate for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint disorders: a review of the literature. - PubMed - NCBI
• Amino acids: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia