Collagen peptides: Powerhouse supplement or edible hoax?

Kristina Donnay, medical director at Maricopa Wellness Center. [Victor Moreno]

Collagen is a unique protein that accounts for as much as 30% of the body’s total protein. It’s a primary structural component of connective tissue. Collagen constitutes 75% of skin, 70% of ligaments, 65-80% of tendons, 50% of cartilage, 30% of tooth dentin, 16% of bone, 10-11% of muscle fibers. It also plays a part in the structure of the arteries and veins.

The amino acid composition of dietary collagen is extremely similar to human collagen, making dietary collagen peptides an ideal source for supporting body collagen turnover and renewal. To keep our body in optimal condition, it is important to have enough raw materials to build healthy new tissue.

Compared to other proteins, collagen has a unique amino acid composition. Collagen is an effective choice in supporting strength and flexibility of bones, tendons and cartilage, appearance of skin and nails, and GI tract health.

Many people, the elderly in particular, do not consume enough protein. Those with higher protein intake are still deficient in adequate sources of collagen unless they utilize the richest sources of collagen like animal skins, bones, and tendons.

If a person does decide to supplement their bodies with collagen, they must look for one that is hydrolyzed. This means the collagen has been broken down into small peptides that are easy for the body to digest and transport to the cells where they’re needed.

Benefits of collagen peptides

  • Healthy skin elasticity, thickness, hydration and appearance.
  • Improvement of brittle nails, damaged hair and fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Multiple studies have found that collagen peptides improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing joint pain. It also improves joint tissue health and function involving cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Research shows that collagen peptides may improve gut health and reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It also strengthens the immune system, making a person less likely to suffer from infections or allergies.
  • Collagen peptides improve recovery time and joint function in athletes.

Starting in your 20s your body starts losing collagen. By the end of 40, you’re likely to lose 1% of your bodily collagen per year. Although we all can’t be Jennifer Aniston, we can take a page out of her youthful playbook and take a scoop of collagen peptides daily, which she swears by. Taking collagen peptides can help prevent unwelcome health woes by replenishing some of your body’s collagen supply.

Collagen peptides come in a powdered form and are typically made from bovine (beef) or porcine (pork) sources. Marine collagen supplements, made from fish, are also available. Currently, there are no vegan sources of collagen supplements, as collagen itself comes from the bones and skin of animals.

Here at Maricopa Wellness Center, our collagen peptides contain three highly potent forms of collagen. FORTIGEL®, FORTIBONE®, and VERISOL®. This ensures we get all the various benefits listed above in an easily digestible form. It is non-flavored and can easily be mixed into hot or cold drinks. One scoop provides 12.5 grams of collagen peptides.

Call today to learn more about our collagen peptides.

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This sponsored content was first published in the April edition of InMaricopa magazine.