So, what is hydrolysed collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and is found in skin, hair, muscles, tendons, digestive system and bones. It is a connective glue-like protein that holds us together and without it, we would literally fall apart.
As we age, collagen production slows down. From the age of 20, we lose around 1 – 2% per year. Decreased collagen production is visibly evident as wrinkles, lines and furrows appear on skin and can be felt as joints pain. Other lifestyle factors contribute to the acceleration of this process such as exposure to UV, poor diets, smoking, drinking, environmental pollution and not getting enough sleep.
Hydrolysed collagen simply means the process of splitting the collagen molecule with water. This increases the bioavailability and absorption rate of ingested collagen.
How does consuming hydrolysed collagen benefit my skin?
Scientific studies have shown that when hydrolysed collagen is consumed, 90% is absorbed into the blood stream in around 90 minutes, making it very bioavailable. It is believed that the presence of collagen in the blood stream acts as a ‘false signal’ to the body to stimulate collagen production; this in turn stimulates the production of Hyaluronic acid, the skin’s moisture molecule.
Hydrolysed collagen improves skin health. In double-blind placebo-controlled studies investigating the anti-ageing properties of collagen have found that 2.5 – 5 grams of hydrolysed collagen per day for eight weeks significantly improved skin elasticity, skin moisture, transepidermal water loss and skin roughness.
What are the additional benefits of consuming collagen in my diet?
- Reduced joint pain and stiffness. Researchers at Harvard Medical Centre in Boston found that supplementing with type II collagen helped patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis find relief from painful symptoms of swelling in tender joints.
- Healing for leaky gut. Hydrolysed collagen helps heal the damaged cell walls that are a symptom of leaky gut, where toxins are able to pass through your digestive tract. Many illnesses and inflammatory conditions can be traced back to an unhealthy gut.
- Boosts metabolism. Hydrolysed collagen may help with increase in metabolism by adding lean muscle mass to your body and with the conversion of essential nutrients. Collagen is made up in part of the amino acid Glycine, which has a crucial role helping to form muscle by converting glucose into energy that feeds muscle cells.