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Some Benefits of Collagen

There is some collagen in stock at the gym and I was asked what it is good for. It has many benefits, here are some of them:

  • Collagen is a building block for bone, teeth, intervertebral discs, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. It is also found in the skin, organs, and even blood. It is the most abundant fibrous protein in the human body.

  • Collagen consists of 30% of the total protein in the human body. Collagen is essential for the extracellular matrix of muscles and tendons, and muscle force transmission, flexibility, and adaptability. Collagen peptides have a unique amino acid composition, including hydroxyproline, glycine, and proline (approximately 12%, 22%, and 13%, respectively).

  • Studies show that protein intake can augment post-exercise skeletal muscle protein synthesis. Collagen peptides have been shown to help increase skeletal muscle anabolic gene expression and enhance contractile force transmission from muscles to tendons or bones by supporting the extracellular connective tissue. Collagen peptides may also act as signalmessengers in anabolic cellular processes in cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

  • Collagen also acts as a semi-conductor of electricity. By being able to conduct electricity inside the body, collagen helps cell communication, which optimizes growth and healing. By helping the cells communicate better, collagen can also help the cells work together to eliminate their own toxic waste products.

  • Collagen may be able to help prevent stretch marks. It gives our skin strength and elasticity.

  • After the age of 25, collagen production decreases by about 1 to 1.5 percent per year. As collagen levels decline, connective tissues begin to deteriorate. When there is a shortage of collagen, even if you drink enough water, you have a hard time staying hydrated. This can lead to a build-up of toxic substances and other related problems.

  • If you have had repetitive joint injuries, pain, and discomfort of the joints, you will see a decrease in joint inflammation which will reduce pain and will have you feeling much better. Musculoskeletal injuries also heal much faster. Supplementing with collagen appears to reduce autoimmunity to the body's own collagen, resulting in less inflammation in instances of osteoarthritis and rheumatism and benefits to joint health.

  • Mentally, collagen can help you be more alert, have better concentration, have a more balanced mood, improved energy, and an increase in well-being.

  • Collagen can also help heal a leaky gut. Once cooked, it becomes “gelatin.” Gelatin is important because it can support gut health. Collagen also contains the critical amino acids proline and glycine, which are known for supporting a healthy gut.

  • Dosages tend to be anywhere from 15 - 40 g per day

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