Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It exists in our tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles, bones and blood vessels, and plays a vital role in maintaining its structural integrity. Unfortunately, as we age, the production of collagen will decline, and our intake of collagen from natural resources is much less than in the past.
Bovine Collagen is a protein naturally present in connective tissue, bone, cartilage and animal skin of cattle. Generally speaking, the collagen supplements you see in stores come from cowhide. There are several types of collagen, each of which is composed of different amino acids. The collagen in cows is very similar to the collagen in our body. Three types of collagen-type I, type II and type III-account for approximately 90% of all collagen in the human body. Bovine collagen supplements usually contain type I and type III.
Type I collagen and type III collagen exist in the human body at the same time and have similar functions. They all help maintain the health and structure of skin, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and organs. *Both of these bacteria are present in the gut, indicating that they play an important role in gut health.
What makes Type I and Type III so special? It all has to do with amino acids. Although there are 18 amino acids in bovine collagen, some of the key amino acids are the main benefits: glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. These three amino acids are important components of collagen, tendons and ligaments, and have been shown to support health in many other areas, such as promoting normal inflammatory processes and supporting immune function
It should be noted that bovine collagen does not contain all 9 essential amino acids, so it is not a complete protein. Although it does contain amino acids that are often lacking in our modern diet, getting enough complete protein from other sources is still the key.
The two types of bovine collagen that you will encounter in the supplement market are hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin. The amino acid structure of the two is the same, but the structure and the way of reacting with the liquid are different.
Hydrolyzed collagen is collagen that is broken down into smaller protein units through the process of hydrolysis. These small pieces of protein allow the hydrolyzed collagen to be easily dissolved in hot or cold liquids, which makes it very convenient to add to your morning coffee, smoothies or oatmeal. These small units of protein are also easily digested and absorbed by you, which means that amino acids can be effective in the body.
Although gelatin may cause bloating in some people because of its larger protein unit, it does not affect everyone in this way. However, it always causes liquids to coagulate, so it is most useful if you want to use it as an ingredient in healthy gummies, dessert gelatin, and custard, or to make soups and stews thicker.
As you age, collagen will naturally decrease, which will promote the appearance of wrinkles, dry your skin, and eliminate the youthful, hydrated complexion you once took for granted. On the bright side, collagen supplements may help control the aging process. *In one study, 15% of women who took supplements containing hydrolyzed type I collagen had less wrinkles and wrinkles in the back after 60 days, 32% of women were photo-aging, and 39% of women's skin remained moisturized.
Poor diet, high-intensity stress, unexplained food allergies-all these can damage the intestinal tissues and cause "intestinal leaks." When you have intestinal leakage, foreign particles such as undigested food will enter your bloodstream, causing serious damage to your body, causing inflammation, and increasing your risk of autoimmune diseases. Since collagen is a component of the connective tissue and lining of the intestine, taking collagen may help control intestinal leakage.
All proteins are important for muscle formation, and bovine collagen is no exception. In a study of sarcopenia patients, those who took hydrolyzed collagen supplements combined with resistance training had better muscle strength and lost more fat than the placebo group.
Collagen is a concentrated source of the amino acid glycine, which can help your body produce creatine. In turn, creatine has also been shown to help support muscle mass and better athletic performance. Hydrolyzed collagen is also easier to digest than other popular proteins (such as whey) and can be used as a wise addition to pre-workout shakes and is unlikely to cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
Glycine, the most abundant amino acid in bovine collagen, is good for sleep. A study has shown that taking glycine before going to bed can improve the self-perceived sleep quality of those who sleep poorly. It also suggests that glycine may help manage core body temperature, which is related to better sleep. Unstable blood sugar fluctuations can also affect sleep quality, and collagen can even help sleep quality.
Anecdotal evidence shows that collagen has a lot of ability to support hair growth and strengthen nails. In a small study, participants consumed 2.4 grams of collagen peptides daily for 24 weeks. The growth rate of nails increased by 12%, and the frequency of nail breakage decreased by 42%. This indicates that collagen promotes nail growth and strengthening. In another small study, Neutrafol, a supplement containing 1680 mg of type I and type III hydrolyzed collagen, can support the growth rate, volume and thickness of hair.
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