Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibers in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage and bones. Collagen acts as a kind of intracellular glue that gives support, shape and bulk to blood vessels, bones, and organs including the heart, kidneys and liver. Collagen is also required for the repair of blood vessels, bruises and broken bones.
Protein, considered the building blocks of the metabolism, is the second most plentiful substance in the body (after water). It is needed for the growth and repair of every cell in the body. Up to 40% of the body is made up of connective tissue with 70% of the connective tissue being collagen.
After the age of 25 the body’s natural ability to produce amino acids diminishes, but supplementing the diet with collagen protein can help. Collagen Hydrolysate is unique in its amino acid profile, because it contains high amounts of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. Other protein food supplements contain much lower levels of these key amino acids.
Collagen Hydrolysate is unique in its amino acid profile, because it contains high amounts of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. Other protein food supplements contain much lower levels of these key amino acids.
Amino acids play central roles both as building blocks of proteins and as intermediates in human metabolism. There are 20 amino acids found within human proteins. Proteins not only catalyze all (or most) of the reactions in living cells, they control virtually all cellular process. Unlike fat and starch, the human body does not store excess amino acids for later use—the amino acids must be in food every day.
Humans can produce 10 of the 20 amino acids. The other 10 (essential amino acids) must be supplied in food. Failure to obtain enough of even 1 of the 10 essential amino acids, those that we cannot make, results in degradation of the body's proteins—muscle and so forth—to obtain the one amino acid that is needed.
Both cartilage and bone in joints are subject to continual physical stress, so they are constantly being broken down and replaced. Cartilage that covers the surface of joints is composed of cells called chondrocytes. These cells are embedded in an extracellular matrix containing collagen fibers and other molecules linked into an integrated network with hyaluronic acid. A diet devoid of ample protein to combat the collagen breakdown can result in sore or damaged joints.
Hydrolyzed collagen may be an effective supportive nutrient for individuals with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, and its level of safety makes it attractive as an agent for long term use in these chronic disorders.
COLLAGEN (TYPICAL NUTRITIONAL INFO)
Key Amino Acids
AMINO ACID PROFILE % (GMS / 100 GMS PROTEIN)
Typical Amino Acid Content per serving of Collagen Hydrolysate
Serving size = 12 g (90% protein, 10% moisture)
The calculations above are taken from an average and should not be used for label claims.
*Essential Amino Acids