Collagen is “the essential bodily protein” that is most abundant and important in the body. It is a protein in the human body that plays many roles in maintaining good health. Collagen holds all the structures of the body together, supporting our organs and keeping skin firm and elastic.

Humans produce collagen naturally. Older collagen fibers are broken down in the body and replaced by new collagen fibers. When healthy young people eat enough high quality protein foods, the protein is broken down into amino acids and used to create new collagen.

However, collagen production slows as we grow older. Between the ages of 20 and 30, collagen production slows down by nearly one third, and by age 65, our bodies produce barely half as much collagen as they did when we were younger. Other factors influencing collagen production:

  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor eating habits
  • Certain diseases
  • Pesticides
  • Other environmental factors

Lower collagen production has consequences:

  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Joint pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Slower injury recovery
  • Loss of energy

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What is Hydrolyzed collagen?

Hydrolyzed Collagen often referred to as collagen peptide or collagen hydrosate, is made from collagen through a hydrolysis process to break down the collagen’s molecular weights. It is a modified version of the collagen protein that has been broken down. This break down provides low molecular weight protein which eases the digestion and absorption of amino acids by the intestine faster directly into the bloodstream, rather than being digested like other protein foods. This provides the maximum bioavailability, and the best possible results.

The amino-acid content of hydrolyzed collagen is characterized by the predominance of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, which makes up around half of the total amino-acid content. Hydrolyzed collagen is superior to other proteins as it compensates for aging by providing three times the amounts of amino acids like glycine, lysine, and proline which are specifically needed by the body to build connective tissue structures, and to regulate and maintain the functions of the cells.

On average today, men consume 90g of protein per day and women 80g, however even with this significant amount of animal and plant proteins in our diets, it is common to have a deficit in both proline and glycine collagen characteristic amino acids. This can be prevented by getting a balanced nutrition high in hydrolyzed collagen proteins. Hydrolyzed Collagen taken as a food supplement provides the proper ratios of amino acids needed for collagen production. Studies have shown that hydrolyzed collagen can provide benefits for sports performance, weight management, skin health and joint and bone health.

“Beauty collagen drinks” contain sugar, colours, flavours, additives, vitamins, and other cheap fillers, so they are not the most economical approach. Fishkol collagen powder is 100% natural pure hydrolyzed fish collagen. You can stir it into your favorite hot or cold beverage or mix it into foods for easy use.

 

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Why do we need Protein in our body?

Protein is essential for life, as it provides raw material for our bodies to grow and develop efficiently. One of protein’s main functions is to produce energy, which in turn is needed for the manufacturing of hormones, antibodies, enzymes and tissues.

Protein represents the largest daily nutrient needed by the body. Protein is a unique nutrient that performs important and diverse functions. During growth, amino acids, which are the basic building blocks of our bodies’ protein, must be present in adequate quality and quantity to provide for new tissue growth and formation.

Protein also decreases in the normal body protein turnover, or breakdown, daily. The typical rate is 4% per day, resulting in a net loss of approximately 30 grams of amino acids in the process. This can pose a significant problem for any of us, but more so for people such as construction workers, bodybuilders, and athletes because of the amount of strenuous physical activity their bodies undergo on a regular basis. This loss must be replaced by diet for re-synthesis to match or keep up with the breakdown process.

Collagen protein also includes red blood cells and albumin, which serves to regulate body processes as well as being an essential component of thousands of enzymes and hormones that also regulate the fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.

 

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