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Hydrolyzed collagen to slow down aging

Everyone who knows me well knows of my fervent opposition to high protein diets and protein supplements, but hydrolyzed collagen is an exception.

What is hydrolyzed collagen?

Collagen is a protein manufactured by our body within cells generically called fibroblasts. Once out of the cell the collagen is converted into collagen fibers. Collagen fibers are part of all our tissues, it is the supporting tissue of the skin, cartilage, bones, teeth, blood vessels, tendons … They are responsible for the firmness of a tissue.

After the age of twenty-five, our fibroblasts begin to be less efficient when it comes to manufacturing collagen and the collagen that is lost through wear and tear, is not conveniently replaced. This translates clinically with the appearance of osteoarthritis , osteoporosis , sagging of tissues, wrinkles …

What is hydrolyzed collagen?

It is the collagen extracted by various procedures from animals or plants that is subsequently hydrolyzed to convert a large, poorly assimilable molecule into small units that can be easily absorbed through our digestive tract.

What is hydrolyzed collagen used for in people?

It is used as a food supplement to facilitate these fibroblasts, whose function gradually declines with aging, the synthesis of new collagen that repairs and replaces broken or worn collagen fibers.

Hydrolyzed collagen is especially suitable for athletes.

It is indicated mainly in athletes, women from pre- menopause and menopause, men in andropause , the elderly and people with diets low in animal protein. Also in osteoarthritis as it relieves pain and improves joint function.

It is one of the recommended supplements in anti-aging or anti-aging medicine.

Is hydrolyzed collagen useful for weight loss?

Hydrolyzed collagen promotes weight loss due to its almost immediate hunger-cutting effect, as it activates a series of neurotransmitters located in our digestive tract that stimulate the satiety center of the limbic system, at the brain level.

On the other hand, it will improve the firmness and elasticity of our skin, preventing or attenuating the flaccidity that derives from weight loss. We have to assume that since collagen fibers contain the same amino acids as elastin fibers, the fibroblast will not only synthesize new collagen, but will also synthesize new elastin, responsible for the elasticity of our skin.

Can hydrolyzed collagen harm us?

It is contraindicated in people with phenylketonuria, hyperuricemia (high uric acid), kidney failure or liver failure. It will not harm us if we are healthy, as long as we do not exceed the recommended daily dose of 10 grams. which is the one studied so far. Below 7 grams. no benefit has been appreciated. Although in theory it was long withdrawn from the market due to mad cow disease, it rejects collagen from cattle. I also advise you to reject synthetic collagen, look for the natural one.

Collagen is a totally innocuous supplement if we do not exceed 10g per day.

How should we use it in the context of a balanced diet?

The daily protein needs in a healthy adult are 0.8 to 1 gr. per kg of weight, although it may increase in certain states (for example: adolescence, high sports demands, pregnancy …)

Thus, a 60 kg person will need 48 to 60 grams per day. protein. Taking into account that half of the proteins must be of animal origin and the other half of vegetable origin, that person will only need 24 to 30 grams. of animal protein. Now, collagen of animal origin already gives us 10 grams. So subtracting we have 14 to 20 grams, the equivalent of a 100-gram meat or oily fish fillet, a 150-gram piece of white fish . or two eggs. As for the caloric intake, 10 grs. of hydrolyzed collagen represent 40 Kcal.

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There are various pharmaceutical presentations of hydrolyzed collagen. If you decide to use it as a supplement to your slimming diet for its benefits but also to alleviate the appetite, I advise you to opt for the powder presentation, as it visually represents a greater volume and this leads to greater satisfaction. It can be taken throughout the day, when we have a peak of hunger, although the best time to ingest it would be in the evening. Our body carries out its repair functions while we sleep, nothing better than providing it with a good substrate to use.

In my humble opinion: Green light to hydrolyzed collagen as a supplement, within a balanced diet.

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Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of ​​Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.

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