6 Basics of Protein
Protein 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, 70% of the connective tissue is collagen. Protein is naturally considered the building blocks of the metabolism.
Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibers in tissues
such as skin, ligaments, cartilage and bones. Collagen also acts as a kind of intracellular glue that gives support, shape and bulk to blood vessels, bones, and organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver. Collagen is also required for the repair of blood vessels, bruises and broken bones.
Collagen Hydrolysate is unique in its amino acid structure
because of its high amounts of glycine and proline, which are found in lower amounts in other protein food supplements. After the age of 25 the body’s natural ability to produce the amino acids diminishes, but can be easily obtained from adding collagen protein to the diet.
Both cartilage and bone in joints are subject to continual physical stress
and are constantly being broken down and replaced. When a person does not have enough raw materials in their diet to combat the collagen breakdown, the joints begin to wear out. Continuous daily intake of Collagen Hydrolysate, 2 tablespoons (12 g) morning and evening, may benefit nails, hair, skin, ligaments, tendons and cartilage.
The sustained use of hydrolyzed collagen has been reported to have
beneficial effects on other connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, cartilage, joints and bone. Cartilage that covers the surface of joints is composed of cells called chondrocytes that are embedded in an extracellular matrix that contains collagen fibers and other molecules that are linked into an integrated network with hyaluronic acid.
Joint degeneration due to excessive wear and tear is a major problem in athletes
Damage occurs with excessive stress on major joints from occupational activities that involve repetitive motion. 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.