The collagen protein is one of the most abundant proteins in human tissue, making up about 25-35% of the body’s protein content. This article focuses on the possible benefits of pure collagen dietary supplements.
The manufacturers of these supplements make broad claims concerning the health benefits, some of which are supported by scientific studies collagen protein. Others are more “theoretical”.
Let’s start with the basics. When you eat collagen protein or any other kind of protein, your digestive system breaks it down into smaller units called amino acids.
If you don’t get enough protein in your diet and enough of the nine essential amino acids, then your body cannot build new cells and fibers. For example, if you are working out and trying to build muscle, it is advisable to get 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight through your diet.
But, if a person is not careful, those extra protein grams can greatly increase their caloric intake. That’s why pure collagen supplements were originally developed, to increase protein intake, without greatly increasing caloric intake.
It was noted that the pure collagen supplements seemed to help athletes recovering from injuries like torn ligaments. So, now they are marketed as a supplement for healthy joints. Whether or not this is truly beneficial remains to be seen. The overall diet has to be taken into consideration.
The most unusual claim that I have seen is that taking collagen protein orally will smooth our fine lines and wrinkles. They say it “plumps up” the skin.
As I said, the digestive system will break down pure collagen into the amino acids that it contains. There is no way to determine whether or not it will use those amino acids to create collagens, one of the proteins that make up the skin’s fibrous matrix.
There is clinical research supporting the use of topically applied creams that contain amino acid complexes, as well as other nutritive ingredients. They have been shown to increase the thickness, the firmness and the moisture content of the skin, while actually smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Now those are not the creams that contain collagen protein. They actually contain keratins, soft proteins partially responsible for the skin’s “toughness”.
If you have a healthy diet, you should supplement it with the essential acids including tryptophan, valine and lysine, and be sure to get enough vitamins, in particular vitamin C. It is necessary for the body to synthesize collagens. Also add enough minerals, because they are responsible for the skin’s moisture balance. If you follow these suggestions, you can probably skip the pure collagen supplements.
If you also use a nutritive cream, one during the day and one at night, then you will start to see your skin’s health and appearance improve. It can happen in a very short time. During clinical trials, volunteers saw results in as little as three days.
Even bags and dark circles disappeared when gels containing valine and tryptophan were used. Give your face what it needs and it will work for you. Extra collagen protein is not really one of the things that it needs, since it can make it for itself.