Happy December friends!
This month I’m bringing you a series of posts thanks to my friends at Vital Proteins. I’ve personally been using and recommending Vital Proteins to friends and clients for a few years now and was happy to put together a series of posts to highlight and discuss some of their amazing products.
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What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility. The intake of collagen ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones and joints.
Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids: glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. The composition of collagen is considered unique given its high hydroxyproline content. If you lack the amino acids that combine to form collagen, your body’s cells can’t produce enough of it. Threonine is an essential amino acid for collagen production.
Benefits of Collagen
There are many benefits of collagen such as healthy skin promotion and balanced nutrition for athletic performance.
- Promotes younger looking skin
- Improves skin moisture level and suppleness
- Improves skin smoothness
- Prevents the formation of deep wrinkles
- Helps protect connective tissues & restore muscles
What are Collagen Peptides?
Collagen Peptides are a natural bioactive ingredient that improves epidermis moisture content and prevents skin aging. Several studies have demonstrated that Collagen Peptides are highly digestible. More than 90% of collagen peptides are digested and quickly absorbed after oral ingestion. In order to be active, Collagen Peptides must have an excellent bioavailability.
Collagen Peptides supply amino acids that are needed to build new collagen. Collagen Peptides are high in specific amino acids such as glycine and proline that are especially needed for the production of new collagen. The Collagen Peptides stimulate certain cells (fibroblasts, osteoblasts) to build new collagen.
Supplementation with 30-70 grams of collagen peptides per day showed a reduction of risk for injuries on muscle, tendons, and ligaments in athletes.* Collagen supplements are the perfect protein to consume before and after exercise, helping to maintain and restore the protein content of muscle. Collagen Peptides, which consists of 20% glycine and 8% arginine, may help the synthesis of creatine in the body. Creatine has been shown to help improve performance during short periods of exercise, thus helping athletes to increase their body mass and reduce body fat percentage.* Creatine is made of three amino-acids, glycine, arginine, and methionine. Each serving of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides contains 4.12g of Glycine, 1.68g of Arginine, and 120mg of methionine.
I hope you enjoy this blog post series. Feel free to browse the Vital Proteins website and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions at all. 💙
Until next time ~ be well my friends,
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