Collagen is the main structural protein in connective tissue. It is the most abundant protein in the body; about 25-35% of the total protein in your body is collagen. It is found in tendons, ligaments and skin, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, teeth and the digestive system. Scientists have discovered, that starting from your mid twenties, you start loosing collagen from you connective tissue. This seriously affects joint and skin flexibility and healing ability. Taking a collagen supplement such as XBrain’s Ultra Pure Collagen goes a long way towards making up the deficit, improving your healing ability, rejuvenating your skin and taking care of the health of your joints.
Collagen like all other proteins is made out of amino acids. You might already be taking a protein supplement, perhaps as part of your fitness routine, so you might wonder why you need collagen. The fact is that different proteins have different amino acid compositions. It is quite obvious that collagen will have the exact amino acids, in the correct amounts to rebuild collagen, which can then be used for the repair of connective tissue in your joints. Other proteins, although delivering the amino acids for general protein synthesis and muscle growth are less effective at making up collagen deficits.
One important amino acid that is found in large amounts in collagen is proline. In fact 33% of the amino acid content is proline. Other proteins do not provide nearly enough of this specific amino acid. For example the very popular whey, is deficient in proline, and will not provide the nutrients for efficient collagen replacement.
Another amino acid that might generally be lacking from the diet, that is found in large amounts in collagen is glycine. Glycine is not just a building block of proteins, it also plays a crucial role as a neurotransmitter in the brain, necessary for conducting nerve impulses across synapses. Almost 13% of the total amino acid of collagen is glycine. In the brain glycine acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter at the glutamate receptor. Exciting new studies show that consuming high glycine food or supplements before bedtime improves sleep quality. Another study shows that glycine helps people deal with sleep deprivation.
Health Benefits of XBrain’s Ultra Pure Collagen
Maintain healthy joints with high flexibility and mobility
Collagen is a major constituent of connective tissue, which makes up joints. As you age you lose collagen, leading to stiff joints and osteoarthritis. Studies show that taking a hydrolysed collagen supplement helps repair joints and reduces the symptoms of arthritis.
Skin also contains a large amount of collagen, which gives it its elasticity. When collagen is lost the skin ages and wrinkles develop. Collagen supplementation helps skin last longer.
Collagen contains large amounts of the amino acid proline. Proline is essential for the healing process, and collagen supplementation speeds up the healing of wounds and microtears.
Increase muscle gain
Hydrolysed collagen can deliver a large amount of highly bioavailable amino acids to your muscles for elevated protein synthesis and muscle gain.
Increase satiety and aid weight loss and weight control
As a protein collagen helps fill you up and delays hunger after a meal. It can act as an effective aid in a weight loss program.
Improve sleep quality
The amino acid glycine makes up a large proportion of the total aa content of collagen. In the central nervous system glycine acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter conducting signals across NMDA synapses. Studies have shown that glycine before bedtime improves sleep quality and that it also alleviates the effects of sleep deprivation.
Joints are mobility
Joints are where bones meet and they are necessary for mobility and articulation, bending, flexing, turning of different parts of the body all depend on the proper functioning of joints, and unfortunately they are easily damaged. In fact arthritis, a disease of joints, is the leading cause of disability in people over 50, and osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.
If you are a bodybuilder or an active person then paradoxically you might not be doing your joints any favours, since sports and exercise put increased pressure on joints. In these circumstances it is even more important that you take a good collagen supplement such as XBrain’s Ultra Pure Collagen, to ensure that the connective tissue in your joints can be replaced and the healing process can take place.
There is good scientific evidence that a collagen supplement can keep your joints healthy and prevent, or alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis. A randomised placebo controlled study of 80 volunteers showed that a supplement containing a hydrolysed collagen matrix improved joint flexibility and improved the symptoms of arthritis.
Enzymatic Hydrolysed Collagen is a far more superior product than heated gelatine !
Our diets nowadays are also lacking in this important protein. We are far more likely to eat chicken breast, or processed meat, rather than soups based on bone stock, or grisly meat, which used to be a good source of collagen in the past. However even including animal connective tissue in your diet will not completely satisfy your collagen needs, due to the problem of bioavailability. Collagen is a very large protein, to be absorbed from the digestive tract it needs to be digested into small pepetides and amino acids, which is not very efficient because of its molecular size. Collagen supplements, on the other hand, come in the form of enzyme hydrolysed protein, with very high bioavailability. Enzymatic hydrolysis produces a superior product to heated gelatine, since heat can destroy the nutrients and amino acids.
Collagen is a natural product prepared from animals. As such its quality depends to a large extent on how the animals, in this case cows, were raised. XBrain’s Ultra Pure Collagen is prepared from ethically raised, grass-fed, cows reared under EU regulations. As such you can be sure that the cows were not treated with growth hormone, antibiotics, GMO food, or any of the other chemicals that are used in intense farming. What you will get is a powder that is 98% pure, highly bioavailable hydrolysed collagen. It will mix easily into any shake or drink you choose to consume it with, and as it is tasteless and odourless, it will not change the taste of the carrier drink.
Our bodies rely on collagen to function. Yet our diets no longer contain good sources of this essential protein. Collagen is the main constituent of connective tissue, giving elasticity to joints, skin, blood vessels, the lining of the digestive tract, and everywhere else where elasticity and flexibility is essential for function. Taking a high quality supplement, such as XBrain’s Ultra Pure Collagen, can be an enormous help in obtaining the important amino acids, which make up this protein, to replace the collagen lost from joints and skin, and to fuel efficient connective tissue repair.
A 24-week study of hydrolysed collagen in athletes with joint paint:
Glycine, an amino acid present in large amounts in collagen ameliorates the negative symptoms of sleep deprivation:
Sleep promoting effects of glycine are mediated by NMDA receptors at the suprachiasmatic nucleus: