What collagen peptides mean to your well-being

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

Collagen is a special type of 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 and 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
These include:

  • Healthy skin elasticity, thickness, hydration and appearance.
  • Improving brittle nails, damaged hair and fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improve symptoms of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing joint pain. It also improves joint tissue health and function involving cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
  • 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.
  • Improve recovery time and joint function in athletes.

Starting in your 20s, your body starts losing collagen. By the end of your 40s, 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 comes in pill or powdered forms and are typically made from bovine (beef) or porcine (pork) sources. Marine collagen supplements, made from fish also are 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: FORTIGEL®, FORTIBONE®, and VERISOL®. This ensures we get all the numerous benefits in an easily digestible form. It is nonflavored and can easily be mixed into hot or cold drinks. One scoop provides 12.5 grams of collagen peptides.

Call 520-464-6193 today to learn more about our collagen peptides.