JOINT, MUSCLE, & TENDON STRENGTHENING & MOBILITY:
When we begin to lose the collagen inherent within our connective tissues, we can often develop stiffness of joints, muscles, and tendons, as well as those pesky aches. When we increase our collagen consumption and levels, this allows for the formation of new collagen and increased ease of mobility and function of these joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. We are able to exercise and simply, move, better.
Collagen is also a main component of our cardiovascular system. Connective tissues comprised of collagen separate the upper and lower heart valves, and are found interspersed throughout the heart to allow for tension from blood flow pressure throughout the heart. This allows the body's blood flow and heart to function properly. Having a healthy amount of collagen in the heart to function properly assists in preventing cardiovascular irregularities and dysfunction, and helps repair tissues in the arteries. The amino acids found in collagen help to move fat build-up out of the arteries to prevent fat accumulation and clogged arteries to keep a healthy blood circulation. Furthermore, it assists with vasodilation, or a simultaneous widening of the arteries and relaxation of muscles and blood cells to allow for optimal circulation.
METABOLISM & ENERGY LEVEL REGULATION:
Collagen further assists in regulating our metabolism and energy levels. Because collagen assists with digestion, it helps maintain a healthy metabolism. The amino acids in collagen also assist in converting glucose, or sugar, into energy to feed muscle cells and build lean muscle mass and producing energy. Lean muscle helps support our bones and burn more calories than fat.
Lastly, collagen is also beneficial in would healing. When we experience injuries with wounds, new collagen fibrils in connective tissue are synthesized to strengthen, cover, and close the wound. The healing process is dependent on the rate of synthesis and the quantity of collagen available, so supplementing our intake of collagen significantly contributes to healthy wound healing.
Note: Vitamin C is a crucial component to collagen production in the body. Vitamin C, in conjunction with collagen, enhances and encourages the breakdown of amino acids in the collagen proteins for absorption, usage, and formation within the body. The best form of nutrition is whole food-based nutrition, so we have paired our marine collagen with organic Peruvian camu camu, which has the most potent vitamin C content of any fruit, and a number of antioxidant benefits.