Benefits of Collagen for Gut Health
Collagen is a special type of structural protein that is full of helpful amino acids. In fact, it’s the most abundant protein in the body; it makes up 90% of your connective tissue and organic bone mass, and 70% of our skin. It practically holds the body together. By the time we hit our 20s, however, our body actually begins to produce less collagen, leading to what we consider signs of aging: wrinkles, saggy skin, weaker joints and bones.
While many people think of collagen for its beauty benefits, like its amazing impact on hair, skin, and nails, there is so much collagen can do for your gut health! Collagen’s amino acid profile allows it to provide major help with digestive health and more. Here are five of the biggest gut health benefits of collagen peptides:
1. Collagen Regulates Stomach Acid Secretion
Collagen has been found to regulate the secretion of gastric juices by ensuring enough acid for proper digestion. Collagen protein also prevents an excess of gastric juices, which can lead to heartburn, stomach ulcers, and other painful digestive problems caused from an overly acidic environment.
2. Aids in Digestion
Another collagen and gut health benefit is that collagen helps digestion. Because collagen is a hydrophilic molecule, it has an attraction to water and acidic molecules, which aids the digestive process. Ingested collagen surrounds itself with water and stomach acid as it moves through the GI tract, which assists the breakdown of other proteins and carbohydrates in the intestines. Additionally, by holding water in the intestine, collagen helps move food through the GI tract more smoothly.
3. Helps Repair the Intestinal and Stomach Lining
Want to know how you can heal the intestinal and stomach lining? Try supplementing with collagen peptides! Science has identified collagen synthesis as an important component in the process of repairing and healing the intestinal lining. When there is damage or inflammation to the intestinal lining, new smooth muscle cells are made to heal the stomach lining and the intestinal wall. Scientists have found that collagen production in the intestine is greatest when smooth muscle cells are being generated during healing. Thus, collagen is a key component to healing the intestinal wall. Supplementing with collagen may help to repair and heal the stomach lining. 1
What Are Collagen Peptides?
We’ve mentioned that collagen peptides in particular are super helpful when it comes to providing your gut with the aforementioned benefits, so you may be wondering what “peptides” are. Collagen peptides are a specific form of collagen in which the protein has been hydrolyzed and therefore is able to dissolve into virtually any liquid, hot or cold. Collagen peptides are broken down to a low molecular weight, meaning they are much smaller and thus much easier to digest and absorb!
Luminara contains small molecule collagen peptides creates maximum benefits because your body can absorb small molecules more effectively. More of the collagen peptides are absorbed into the blood stream, which means they get to where they’re needed more effectively.
1. Graham, MF. Collagen Synthesis by Human Intestinal Smooth Muscle Cells in Culture. National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3792777>.