Article by: Dominique Paradis, ND PhyD, Instructor, Speaker, Author
Collagen is a protein found in all structures of the body: skin, cartilages, tendons, ligaments, and conjunctive tissues. It represents 30% to 35% of the total amount of protein found in the organism, and helps ensure cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of tissues. It is present in the extracellular matrix of animal organisms. This protein is in charge of reinforcing tissues and creating a resistance mechanism when these are stretched. It is the most abundant protein found in the human body.
Today, the low nutritional value found in our food favors premature aging and does not nourish our bodies enough in order to maintain a healthy production of naturally-functional collagen. Because of this, the production of collagen drastically diminishes and no longer fulfills the body’s needs. At the age of 25, collagen levels in our bodies naturally start to drop at a pace of about 1.5% per year. These days, due to the chemicals that are added to the food we consume and the denaturing of fruits and vegetables, it has become more frequent to observe this drop in natural collagen levels starting as soon as 15 years of age, depending on the diet and hygiene of individuals. The entirety of the collagen protein is not assimilated by the organism but rather eliminated naturally. The collagen must be hydrolyzed in order to allow its assimilation and usage. This hydrolization splits the bigger collagen molecules into available amino acids.
Hydrolyzed collagen (pre-digested) is made up of 20 different amino acids, including 3 specific amino acids; 1/3 glycine, 1/3 proline, and hydroxyproline or hydroxylysine. The percentage of these is three times higher than in animal protein or in the collagen tissues of animals. This particular amino acid sequence targets the production of new collagen in the body. Keep in mind that:
- Three of these amino acids make up the glutathione; a strong antioxidant, detoxifier, and stimulant of the immune system.
- Glycine and proline are abundant in collagen fibers of tendons and ligaments.
- They bring a continuous increase of certain amino acids present in the plasma (proline and hydroxyproline).
Therefore, it is not the type of collagen itself that is important, but rather the amino acids it is made up of which makes it effective once ingested. This is what makes a collagen hydrolyzate of bovine source so beneficial.
Even in the absence of a disease requiring it’s intake, it is favorable to consume collagen as a preventive measure in order to support and maintain the tissue matrix of our organs. In order to prevent the degradation of bones, cartilages, and of the skin due to aging, it is recommended to have a good diet and take supplements such as antioxidants (Polynature) to counteract free radicals and favor cell regeneration. The degeneration can lead to diseases such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Articular and cartilage inflammation
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Muscular pain
- Tendinitis and bursitis
Hydrolysed collagen is a collagen transformed by manner of natural enzymatic hydrolization which is highly absorbable in the bloodstream, making it superior to any collagen found in capsule form. Capsulated collagen is about 50% less effective and harder to absorb than liquid collagen.
Hydrolysed collagen has proven its nutritional and therapeutic virtues, may it be by clinical studies or in preventive treatments. You can optimize its results by pairing this product with the proper dosage of vitamin C and vitamin E.