Hydrolyzed Collagen: A Few Facts
Collagen is mostly extracted from the skin bone and connective tissues of animals like cow pig horses and fish in the raw form. Scientists are of the opinion that collagen extracted from cattle raised in a natural environment can prove to be more effective.
The process of Hydrolysis: Why is it required?
Collagen obtained from animals in its raw form contains very long chains of amino acid which the human body finds difficult to digest. The same applies to collagen that is found with commercial collagen supplements that do not undergo the hydrolysis process.
Collagen extracted from animals or present in its natural form in food items often have a very high molecular weight approximately about 300000 Dalton. Human body will not be able to digest a substance with such molecular weight and hence it will get excreted from the system. The same happens in the case of commercial collagen supplements which do not go through the hydrolysis process as often their molecular weigh varies between 10000-45000 Daltons. A substance with such high molecular weight is unable to get absorbed in the bloodstream and eventually to the blood cells
So in the nutshell only a form of collagen which has a molecular weight of less than 5000 Daltons can be beneficial for human beings. Hydrolysis is the only process that can break down amino acids into small peptides o less than 5000 Daltons which can easily get absorbed in human blood and then make way to the blood cells
A Hydrolyzed collagen supplement is colorless odorless and can be mixed with cold milk and fruit juice. Regular intake of this product can have a positive effect on weight management, youthfulness of skin muscle growth and joint pain
What other minerals and vitamins a quality Hydrolyzed Collagen supplement should contain?
There are a few minerals vitamins and amino acids which along with the collagen content in a supplement help human body function better and also make use of the collagen in the most effective way. The list below is not an exhaustive one but contains a few of them
Vitamin C - vitaminc Plays a vital role in collagen formation and repair of damaged tissues
Vitamin D - Vitamin D has a positive effect on Bone Health
Vitamin B1 - Vitamin B1 helps in Blood circulation and increase the metabolism rate which eventually has a positive effect on weight management
Vitamin B2, B3, PABA - These vitamins help in muscle growth
Vitamin B6 - Vitamin B6 helps in cell metabolism
Vitamin B9 - Vitamin B9 helps in the synthesis of nucleic acid.
Vitamin B12 - It helps in the growth of Red Blood corpuscles
Biotin - It helps in urea formation and biosynthesis of pyrimidines and fatty acids.
Pantothenic Acid- It helps in Metabolism
Choline Bitartrate - It boosts brain functions like memory intellect etc
Inositol -It is a part of the vitamin B complex. Promotes healthy brain development and function, works closely with Choline to move fats out of the heart and liver.