Collagen Peptides: Potent Supplement or Edible Hoax?

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

Collagen is a unique protein that makes up to 30% of the body’s total protein. It is a primary structural component of connective tissue. Collagen makes up 75% of skin, 70% of ligaments, 65-80% of tendons, 50% of cartilage, 30% of dental dentin, 16% of bones, 10-11% of muscle fibers. It also plays a role in the structure of arteries and veins.

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

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

Many people, especially the elderly, do not consume enough protein. Those with higher protein intake always lack adequate sources of collagen, unless they use the richest sources of collagen like animal skins, bones and tendons.

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

Benefits of collagen peptides

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

Starting in your twenties, your body begins to lose collagen. By the end of 40, you are likely to lose 1% of your body collagen per year. While we can’t all be Jennifer Aniston, we can take a page from her childhood playbook and take a daily dose of collagen peptides, which she swears by. Taking collagen peptides can help prevent unwanted health problems by replenishing some of your body’s collagen supply.

Collagen peptides come in powder 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 because the collagen itself comes from the bones and skin of animals.

Here at the Maricopa Wellness Center, our collagen peptides contain three very potent forms of collagen. FORTIGEL®, FORTIBONE® and VERISOL®. This ensures that we get all the different benefits listed above in an easily digestible form. It is unflavored 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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Building 14, office 3

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

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