One of the many side effects of my sugar addiction was having sensitive teeth. Despite my dentist advising me about alternative toothpastes and mouth washes, I still continued to have this problem, so I decided to do some of my own research to see if there was any other solutions.
I came across information relating to the ability of a protein called collagen being key to teeth and gum health, so I was curious as to whether this would help.
I was able to order Collagen hydroylsate in powder form online and started by taking one tablespoon a day with water.
Although this did not reduce or improve the sensitivity of my teeth, I began to notice other positive changes to my health and well-being. Over the space of a few months my hair was thicker and softer in texture, and my skin was notably smoother and more supple. I also found that I had less aches and pains after working out and an old niggling foot injury had began to improve.
Collagen is found within animal skin and tendons which used to form part of our daily diet. However the process of boiling bones to obtain gelatin (the cooked form of collagen) no longer fits into the fast moving pace of modern life.
When gelatin is processed more intensely (using enzymes and higher temperatures) it is broken down into smaller pieces and it becomes collagen hydrolysate.
Collagen makes up approximately 30 percent of the protein in the human body in its natural form and Vitamin C plays a key role in its production.
When supplemented, collagen hydroylsate can be easily absorbed by the body – it also quickly dissolves in hot or cold water. I found this to be very convenient because I could add it to tea, coffee, food or a cold beverage (unlike gelatin which congeals in cold water).
I read about others new to supplementing collagen hydroylsate reporting increased hair growth, glowing and younger looking skin, greater muscle definition, more energy and drastic improvements in back and knee pain.
I also discovered there were different forms of collagen in chicken, fish, pig and beef. You may get better results depending on the form that you use.
There are cofactors that assist in the absorption and effectiveness of collagen which are hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and chondroitin. The amino acids (the building blocks of proteins and life) in collagen are responsible for serotonin production (moods) , detoxification of the liver, the production of growth hormone, anti ageing and more. It appeared that collagen hydroylsate had proved to be one of the most beneficial supplements I had ever discovered.
Collagen is not just skin deep, it is essential for our overall well-being. Can you afford to age without the right amount of collagen?
All information in this article is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Sandi Busch. (2013). What Is the Function of Amino Acids in the Human Body?. Available: http://www.livestrong.com/article/426255-what-is-the-function-of-amino-acids-in-the-human-body/. Last accessed 9th Jul 2016.
Amino Acids Defined. Available: http://www.greatlakesgelatin.com/consumer/AminoDefined.php. Last accessed 9th Jul 2016.
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