Plant based protein: Vegan collagen

The appearance enhancing component is not a miracle molecule but has a science behind its magnificence, proven science of its effectiveness in boosting our body structures. Collagen has earned its name and fame.

Vitaminfood stimulates your collagen production and provides a healthy protein boost. Our protein shakes supply adequate raw materials for collagen production ensuring that you get a reap all its benefits.

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and here wone-thirding to discuss it in-depth and why it is good for your skin and bones too. Accounting for one third of all protein and 75% of dry skin, collagen is a very vital type of protein for our bodies.

It is the main structural component of connective tissues that glue and attaches different tissues, organs and bones together. Collagen is very central in our body structure as it holds stuff together thus maintaining the integrity of our body structures.

Production of collagen in the body

Collagen is produced from various raw materials which include amino acids, minerals and vitamins and fiber. Its structure is amino acids and an insoluble fibrous protein.

 Vitamin C and amino acids including lysine, proline, hydroproxyline and arginine make up procollagen the precursor to collagen. These are woven as thin fibrils which are thickened further to collagenous strands.

Copper, zinc and manganese are important minerals too for collagen formation.

These all are required in adequate amounts for normal collagen production. Supplementing these to maintain adequate levels can significantly increase your collagen amounts.

Collagen and aging

As we age, the quality of collagen produced deteriorates significantly. The quantity also greatly reduces with age and hormonal imbalance.

For example, in women, a loss of up to 30% has been reported within the first 5 years of menopause. In general, we experience a 1% decline in production in mid-twenties. It gets worse with advances in age resulting in the fine lines, wrinkles and sagged skin in older people.

While other factors also contribute to the decline, aging is one which we have minimal control over and quite inescapable.

Other factors that damage the collagen produced in the body are:

1.       Consuming a lot of refined carbs and added sugar

Sugar is inflammatory and inhibits the process of combining different nutrients into procollagen and thickening into collagen. Sugar and yeast are also hazards to our livers and skin. This further prevents the manifestation of collagen effects on the skin.

2.       Too much sunshine or direct exposure to sunlight

Too much exposure increases the risk of being hit by Ultra-Violet Radiation. UV rays from the sun destroy the skin cells, even getting to dermal cells responsible for the creation of collagen.

3.       Smoking

The chemicals found in the smoke, about 4000 of them, damage elastin and collagen making them lose their tenacity. The skin becomes loose and saggy. The same effect applies even for internal connective tissues which lose their elasticity and tenacity. They snap easily affect our overall body resistance and organ function capacity.

It also affects the rate of production for type I and III.

4.       Autoimmune diseases like lupus

Autoimmune diseases are big on inflammation and the release of antibodies that target specific organs or proteins. These diseases can lead to a rapid steady decline in collagen and a decline in the quality produced.

Is collagen from the supplements absorbed directly into the body?

Collagen is a large molecule made of a long chain of amino acids. Even from diets high in collagen-like bone broth and chicken, it has to be broken down into smaller amino acids for absorption.

 Even then, it is not a guarantee that all original building blocks will reassemble and this is a process we have no control over. The results with supplements have therefore not been fully conclusive but show an overall increase in collagen amounts because of availing the materials.

Vitaminfood likewise, avails all the raw materials ranging from the different essential amino acids to vitamins and minerals and a lot of protein. Only that ours is plant-based and healthier. Vitaminfood assures you healthy, younger, smooth and supple skin. So do we assure fit tendons, ligaments and connective tissues.

These nutrients if available can then be assembled in cell operations and form collagen provided everything needed is present.

Here is how it all works together:

Vitamin C-  this Vitamin molecule contributes a hydroxyl group that is responsible for the strong helix shape for binding parts together.  A deficiency slows down and impairs the process. Vitamins are in abundance in vegetables, fruits and our protein shakes too.

Vitamin A (retinol) is linked to the stimulating production of collagen. Plants are rich in carotenoids which are converted to retinol in the body. Carrots are one such plants that are rich in these phytonutrients.

Amino acids- collagen is in essence a protein so amino acids are its greatest constituent. Proline and hydroxyproline makeup at least 20% of collagen and maintain its stability. Pea, soy and quinoa are examples of complete plant proteins. Others include arginine and lysine.

Lysine protects collagen from enzymatic breakdown. The enzyme collagenase actively eats away collagen and hence the need to constantly produce more. It also aids collagen in preventing bone loss by promoting intestinal absorption of calcium.

Arginine stimulates the bone cells that produce more collagen(osteoblasts).

Sesame seeds, spirulina, tofu, cabbages. Beans, peas, peanuts, soy and asparagus are some sources that got you covered in the supply of these amino acids.

 

Minerals

Minerals are enzyme co factors that boost the process of production.

Zinc which is abundant in nuts, beans and seeds activates the proteins used up in the process of formation.

Manganese is used in proline formation, the amino acid that forms 23% of collagen. This increases proline and elastin levels. It also aids collagen in wound healing and stimulating new blood vessels formation.

Copper facilitates the creation of fibril structures for three types of collagen fibers.

 

Vitaminfood plays its role in collagen formation by providing all these ingredients discussed herein in adequate amounts. These ingredients can reach the dermis of the skin where collagen is renewed because they are small molecules and have an impact.

Plant sources are also to be prioritized because marine and bovine sources are high in toxic contaminants like heavy metals e.g cadmium. These might draw you back more steps than you have covered towards healthier skin for instance.

 

Types of collagen:

In total, scientists have outlined at least 16 different types of collagen. The main ones, however, are 4; type I, II, III, IV. Type X is also common.

Type I- made of packed fibers that are useful in the creation of cartilage, bones, connective tissues, tendons.

Type II- these are more loosely packed than type I and are used in elastic cartilages and joints. Both the articular and hyaline. Cartilages are boneless supportive tissues like the nose, ears and some joints.

Type III- used in muscles, organ tissues and arteries. Deficiency is linked to the rupturing of blood vessels.

Type IV- these are used in the formation of filtration layers like intestinal walls and skin cell layers. This is found in the dermis layer beneath every epithelial layer; in our skin and linings of the gut and tracheal systems.

Type V – promotes the formation of placenta tissue and liver tissues for their dense blood vessel networks and tissue formation.

Type X-  Helps in bone fracture healing and fetal bone and cartilage formation.

 

Benefits of collagen supplementation.

These are the reasons to ensure your collagen levels are maintained at normal levels at least before you start experiencing age degeneration.

1.       Skincare- we have already established that collagen is the structural compound of the skin.

So it keeps you wrinkle-free and gives a supple look. Enough collagen will maintain your young looks and age gracefully if not supplemented. It is the fountain of youth that preserves the appearance.

2.       Relieve joint pain

For joint pains caused by inflammation or cartilage issues, Collagen readily resolves these two problems by reducing inflammation and correcting issues to do with muscle tissues, bone cartilage and synovial joints and lubrication.

3.       Prevent bone loss

Collagen maintains the bone structure and inhibits bone breakdown. It also improves calcium absorption and together they reduce inflammation which is a deterrent to healthy bone density.

4.       Maintain healthy muscle mass

Again, it is the structure. Collagen builds the structure of muscles, connects different tissues within a muscle and keeps them bound together. Adequate amounts ensure that the rigid structure is maintained and muscle mass is retained this way.

Even for bodybuilders, it is a cherished supplement that sees them retain their muscle into part of their late life.

5.       Improve heart health

The arteries and heart tissues, walls and muscles are also abundant in collagen. Especially the vessels and walls for elasticity and strength. Collagen keeps these systems from collapsing and bursting.

6.       Protective role

Collagen supplements are being used to reduce the risk of developing arthritis. Maintaining healthy bone mass and density prevents such a complication for those with a higher likelihood of developing those.

Vitaminfood is not a direct collagen supplement and there is no plant collagen source. However, our plant solutions provide all you need for your collagen production. In regards to the results achieved,

Vitaminfood as a vegan food provides equal value as non-vegan collagen supplements from chicken and bone broth. Both are broken down so why not opt for the healthier alternative. We are here to deliver value. Get all your collagen raw materials today.