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What is collagen?
“Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons and is referred to as the ‘glue’ that helps hold the body together. It also gives our skin strength and elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells.”
Adding, “Collagen is also full of conditional amino acids like arginine, glutamine, glycine and proline. These are amino acids that, under normal circumstances, are produced by your body.”
“However, when you’re sick, under stress or otherwise unhealthy, your body may not be able to produce enough of these amino acids on its own. It needs help from outside sources (your diet or supplements) to get its fill.”
“And these ‘nonessential’ amino acids are actually pretty darn important. Proline and glycine, in particular, play a major role in ensuring your body’s running smoothly.”
“Proline makes up almost 15 percent of collagen. It also helps your artery walls release fat buildup in the bloodstream, shrinking the fat in the arteries and minimizing fat accumulation. Healthy arteries equal a healthy heart!”
“Glycine also makes up a major portion of collagen. And while size-wise it’s the smallest amino acid, big things come in small packages, and glycine is no exception.”
“To ensure our cells function properly, it helps build healthy DNA strands. It’s also one of three amino acids that form creatine, which promotes healthy muscle growth and boosts energy production during workouts.”
Why do we need collagen?
As we age, our body’s collagen production naturally slows down. It is easy to tell as it can be seen through the sagging skin, wrinkles and weaker cartilage in our joints. Our body’s collagen production can further more be slowed down when we smoke, expose ourselves to sun and eat food that are high in sugar.
What are the sources of collagen?
Collagen supplements and skincare products are from:
- bovine (cows),
- porcine (pigs),
- chicken collagen, and
- fish (marine) collagen.
As per renewalliance.com, “Collagen from cows, pigs and chickens are extracted from their skin, tendons and cartilage. They are mainly Type II collagen (for joints and tendons) and very little Type I.”
“Fish collagen, also known as ‘marine collagen’, is extracted from either the meat or scales of cold sea fish and is primarily Type I and Type III collagen.”
Bovine VS fish collagen?
“Fish collagen has been shown to have superior ‘bioavailability‘: the rate at which it is absorbed into the blood stream through our intestinal wall.
This means that fish (marine) collagen enters the bloodstream more quickly than other types of collagen, so it is the best source of collagen for your skin.”
“In fact, fish (marine) collagen is up to 1.5 times more absorbent than bovine, porcine or chicken collagen, because of its optimum (low) molecular weight. Fish (marine) collagen is also the right type of collagen (Type I&III) needed for the building blocks of our skin.”
“Because Marine Collagen is extracted from fish, it is free from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) (‘Mad Cow Disease’), Hoof-and-Mouth disease and Bird Viruses.”
Draxe.com gave out Top 7 Collagen benefits, as follows:
- Skin and Hair
As we age, collagen production declines — it’s happening as you read this! You’ll see notice it physically: looser skin, more wrinkles and less elasticity. Increasing collagen levels can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally.
Have you ever felt like you’ve got skeleton legs? Yup, that’s a loss of collagen rearing its head. That’s because when we lose collagen, our tendons and ligaments start moving with less ease, leading to stiffness, swollen joints and more.Think of ingesting more collagen like greasing a creaky door hinge: It’ll help your joints move more easily, reduce joint pain and even reduce the risk of joint deterioration. (1, 2, 3). A recent study even found that collagen is an effective treatment for treating osteoarthritis and other joint disorders.
- Leaky Gut
If you suffer from leaky gut syndrome, a condition where bad-for-you toxins are able to pass through your digestive tract, collagen can be super-helpful. It’ll help break down proteins and soothe your gut’s lining, healing damaged cell walls and infusing it with healing amino acids. It will also help absorb water, keeping things moving freely in the digestive tract.
- Boosts Metabolism & Energy
A boost in collagen can increase your metabolism. Gylcine, found in collagen, helps pump sugar into your body’s tissue to increase energy levels. It also helps in muscle development — and muscles burn more calories than fat. Combine any supplementation with vitamin C to ensure your body can convert the collagen into a useable protein that can begin to restore the source or your energy and vitality.
- Strengthens Nails & Teeth
Ever had peeling and splitting nails? Well, a lack of collagen could be to blame. Collagen protein is also the building block of your fingernails and teeth as well! Adding collagen into your diet regimen can help keep your nails strong and your teeth healthy!
If you’re looking to detox, collagen is extremely helpful. That’s because glycine helps minimize damage your liver experiences when it absorbs foreign substances that shouldn’t be passing through it.One of the easiest ways to cleanse your liver is with a bone broth fast; I often recommend a three-day bone broth detox to rapidly repair leaky gut. It’ll help rid your body of chemicals and “reset” your gut.
- Reduce Cellulite/Stress Marks
When skin loses its elasticity as a result of decreased collagen, there’s another side effect: more visible cellulite! Because your skin is now thinner, cellulite becomes more evident — no more hiding what’s happening below the surface. Improving your skin’s elasticity through collagen will help reduce that dimpling on your skin.
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