Collagen Hydrolysate (Health From The Inside Out)

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Collagen Hydrolysate (Health From The Inside Out)

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What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most common protein found within our bodies. Known as a complex protein, it contains 19 different amino acids and can be found all throughout the body - including the skin, nails, muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels and in the digestive system.

Our bodies naturally produce collagen - this production slows dramatically as we age. All the regular things we associate with bodily aging - sagging skin, wrinkles, reduced cartilage - are directly related to the depletion of collagen in our bodies. Lifestyle factors also contribute to collagen loss - some notable examples include smoking, sugary drinks, and high levels of exposure to the sun. Combinations of genetic defects, inadequate intake of collagen rich foods, inadequate nutrition and digestive issues all impact the synthesis of collagen and its viability. Responsible for the replacement of dead skin cells, collagen is the ingredient that gives our skin its strength and elasticity.

Collagen is the 'adhesive' that holds the body together 

The Important Bits

Approximately 15% of the collagen in the body is made up of the amino acid Proline. Proline is instrumental in maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, as well as maintaining joint and cardiovascular health.

Then there is Glycine. Glycine comprises 1/3 of the protein profile of collagen – this is important because Glycine ensures that healthy DNA strands are built as well as being one of the three amino acid ingredients of creatine – you know the compound that boosts energy production and promotes muscle growth from workouts? That’s the one.

Arguably the two most important amino acids for the body – Glutamine and Arginine – are both found naturally in Collagen and have clinically demonstrable benefits including relief from anxiety, sleep disorders, tension, poor concentration, weakened immune systems and poor digestive health.

Collagen – Types 1, 2, & 3

Although there are at least 16 different varieties of collagen in the human body, the three most abundant are Types 1,2, and 3. These three account for between 80-90% of the total collagen within the body (Type 1 accounts for 90% of this total).

Type 1: The most common, and strongest collagen in the body -Type 1 Collagen is responsible for the formation of ligaments, tendons, skin, organs, and bones. Extremely important in the healing of wounds, Type 1 Collagen is that which provides skin its stretchy, elastic nature. It is also found within the GI tract.

Type 2: Primarily found in connective tissue in the production of cartilage - very important for joint and arthritis related symptoms.

Type 3: Typically found alongside Type 1 Collagen, the Type 3 is a major building block of the extracellular matrix that forms our skin and organs. Important for building the tissue and blood vessels within the heart, Type 3 Collagen deficiency is linked to a higher risk for ruptured blood vessels and early death.

So That’s Collagen – What about Gelatin?

Many of you have probably heard collagen and gelatin being spoken about as if they were one and the same thing. Well, to a point this is true. Gelatin is the name of what is derived from collagen when it breaks down under the cooking process. Gelatin was one of the first foods recognised as a complete medicine in and of itself ever since ancient times and modern science only backs up what our forebears always already knew. Truly, if you want to better your health from the inside out you can do no better than to start your day with the boost of collagen in your diet. And all the wonderful benefits of incorporating collagen into your diet hold true for gelatin as well. You simply cannot go wrong.

But don’t my skin creams have collagen in them?

Well yes, they do. But don’t rush out and spend a fortune on skin care products.

Like most things in the facile beauty industry, their claims just don’t quite stack up. Sure, their products have collagen in the ingredients but as a rule the molecules are way too big to even attempt absorption through the skin.

Basically, the best, and only real, way to get collagen into your diet is to eat foods high in amino acids. What this does is promote collagen growth from the inside out. Taking collagen or gelatin supplements such as Nesproteins Collagen Hydrolysate or Gelatin is yet another excellent, tried and true, highly absorptive way of topping up your body’s natural collagen levels.

A diet high in Vitamin C alongside the use of grass fed bone broth in your cooking wherever possible will ensure that the nutritional goodness of this amino acid powerhouse is maximised to its full potential. This is important because it isn't just how much of the good stuff we put into our bodies that matters - it's also how well our bodies can access and utilise the goodness on offer. If our bodies can't access or process or use as ingredients to synthesize its own - then there's no point even trying - is there?

So what are you waiting for? If the idea of firmer skin, better stronger bones, better heart health, healthy nails, less wrinkles and just overall feeling fantastic sounds like something that you could get well into – then get into it.  Get yours here today - you'll feel better yesterday for it!!!



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