Collagen is the fibrous protein obtained from the skin, tendons, cartilage, bones and connective tissue of animals and fish.
This structural protein is referred to as the cement which holds everything together, thus playing an important role connecting support structures of vertebrates and invertebrates.
Its wide-ranging applications include its use in various industries such as functional food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.
Hydrolysed collagen (or collagen hydrolysate) is the product of hydrolysis, a process whereby pulverized fish cartilage, bones and skin are broken down into smaller molecules for better absorption.
The process of hydrolysis involves breaking down of the molecular bonds between individual collagen strands and peptides using combinations of physical, chemical or biological means.
Non-hydrolysed collagen is structurally too dense to be absorbed, due to its large molecular size.
Peptides are molecules consisting of 2 or more amino acids.
Peptides are smaller than proteins, also consisting of chains in amino acids.
Depending on the number of amino acids, peptides are called dipeptides, tripeptides, and tetrapeptides.
Wynn-Wright uses the finest source of Fish Hydrolysed Collagen
to pack "Collagen Royale" (manufactured in Japan).
Benefits of Hydrolysed Fish Collagen
The use of fish cartilage as a standardised extract makes it the finest source of collagen available.
It has an optimum low molecular weight (below 5,000 Daltons, or Da) which makes it more absorbable than bovine, porcine or chicken sources, and suitable for those who avoid animal products for health or religious reasons.
Also, being derived from fish, this makes it free from diseases such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy BSC (“Mad Cow Disease"), or Avian influenza (H5N1), highly contagious livestock and poultry-borne diseases respectively.
Collagen and Ageing
Young people, due to an abundance of collagen in the body - particularly the joints, tendons, and cartilage - suffer fewer aches and pains due to elasticity in these various parts of the body.
With age, our rate of collagen production declines, joints and tendons give way and skin loses its elasticity and suppleness.
Accompanying this decline includes more fragile, painful and inflamed joints which can pose major problems; conditions such as Osteoarthritis (OA) set in, which can seriously impact quality of life.
Additionally, studies have shown that collagen supplementation can offset the effects of the aging process on collagen levels while improving skin elasticity, suppleness and moisture.
Not All Types of Collagen are Equal
Not all collagen is effectively absorbed by the body. In order for Collagen to be absorbed with maximum efficacy, it has to have the right molecular weight (below 5,000 Da) and must be digested properly.
In fact, only when collagen is hydrolysed and reduced down in size, can it be properly absorbed through the intestines, before being re-distributed throughout the body, ending up in joints, muscles, soft tissue and skin.
At optimum Dalton values, hydrolysed collagen is bitter, slimy and unpalatable, making it non-compatible as powders or mixed drinks.
Therefore, encapsulation ensures that collagen is absorbed via the intestines rather than the stomach, thus maintaining product freshness and ease of use.
Collagen & You
Externally, Hydrolysed Fish Collagen Peptides repair and protect skin, keeping it smooth and youthful.
Certain lifestyle choices - such as smoking, regular binge-drinking and insufficient rest, for example - cause premature aging, by destroying the amount of collagen in our skin, resulting in wrinkles and aged skin.
More importantly, collagen is also essential for maintaining the health of joints, cartilage and soft tissue.
Collagen consists of almost half the total protein in cartilage, and the most abundant protein in joints, which is why studies done reflect lower pain indices for Osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers over time with regular, complementary dosages of hydrolyzed collagen in addition to any other treatment plans prescribed by their healthcare providers.
Royal Jelly contains the important fatty acid 10-Hydroxydecanoic acid (10HDA), the complete B group of vitamins (including biotin, inositol, folate, nucleic acids, gamma globulin), and 22 amino acids, trace elements and enzymes, and also minerals like calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, silicon, sulfur, potassium.
Royal jelly's role in skincare and healing
Royal jelly is frequently used for anti-aging, in moisturizing, and a healing nutrient for the skin.
Studies at the Department of East-West Medical Science at Kyung Hee University in Korea report that Royal Jelly regulates our skin photo-aging by regulating UV-B radiation from the sun.
These findings indicate that royal jelly protects against skin aging by enhancing collagen production. Just as royal jelly helps to extend the queen's lifespan significantly, the antioxidants found in royal jelly can also work to eliminate the free radicals that normally cause premature aging.
Recently, it has been discovered that one of the peptides of Royal Jelly known as defensin-1 promotes wound- healing and re-epithelialization, both in vitro and in vivo, by speeding up production of the enzyme, MMP-9, thus rebuilding the cell matrix in the skin.
Royal Jelly for Overall Quality of Life
Benefits of Royal jelly extend beyond just the cosmetic effects, by working to support our bodies from within, where quality of life really matters - and all in a matter of half a year, or less.
For example, Royal jelly consumption over a six-month period reflected improvements pertaining to blood glucose levels, mental health, and the body's ability to produce more red blood cells.
Furthermore, Royal jelly was also found to reduce pain and anxiety scores, especially those pertaining to aches and pains from menopausal symptoms.
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