The Most Abundant Protein In The Body

by lydia on August 5, 2015

One of the markers I see commonly on most every single hair tissue analysis report is low hair tissue phosphorous.

Phosphorous is an essential mineral that is involved in protein synthesis and energy production within the cells. All proteins contain phosphorous and thus are a significant source of organic phosphorous. The hair tissue mineral level of phosphorous is often associated with the adequacy of protein synthesis in the body.

Low Hair Phosphorus is associated with a catabolic state of body chemistry. This means impaired protein synthesis in which the breakdown or catabolic body functions exceed the synthesizing or anabolic aspects. This may be due to a low protein diet, improper proteins such as vegetarian sources OR impaired protein digestion, impaired absorption of amino acids and peptides and/or impaired protein synthesis in the liver and elsewhere. It also may be due to digestive enzyme deficiency, low hydrochloric acid level or other reasons.

Another thing I see commonly with my clients is poor adrenal function and when the adrenals are tired the body has less capacity for digesting well, which includes proteins. In part due to low tissue sodium as adequate levels of sodium are needed to build hydrochloric acid in the first place.

I don’t want to bog you down in the science or nitty gritty here, but what I do want to hammer home is that pretty much everyone could benefit from more protein in their diet. But, protein that is more readily assimilated.

This is Where Collagen Comes In

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues.  Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility.

Collagen is found in your joints, bones, skin, hair and just about everywhere in between. Collagen is type of protein that helps to give our skin the ability to move, stretch and rebound into shape. The epidermis and dermis are full of collagen.

Collagen is throughout the body and helps to keep cells together in all your glands, organs from your brain to your bones and your liver and lungs. Your body is about 15% (dry weight) pure collagen, it’s the most prevalent form of protein in your body. Without collagen we would fall to pieces, literally. One of the best ways to have healthy collagen and help collagen heal, as well as joints and skin is to eat some collagen.

Eating meat on the bone, a practice not as common today as it once was, and consuming bone broths in soups, stews and sauces is one such way to get collagen into your body. Bone broth is rich in glucosamine, which helps to build joints and is capable of rejuvenating your body, no matter what your age. Consider it a youth serum if you will. When you consume bone broth, rich in glycosaminoglycans, you are getting collagen in the most assimilable way and sending it right to where your body needs it the most.

The glycosaminoglycans from the bones in your broth will naturally adhere to the collagen anywhere in your body. It helps to moisten dry skin, support your ligaments keeping them supple and go a long way to making you to look and feel younger. Also, did you know that cellulite fat is lacking in collagen? If you have a lot of cellulite consider your diet. Are you getting enough animal fats and meats on the bone or bone broth.

Traditional cultures utilized all the parts of a pastured animal, from the nose-to-the-tail. Cultures all around the world used animal bones, feet, heads, hooves and so on in their cooking.

In our fast paced modern day world many of us have steered away from this practice of consuming collagen rich broth. And even if we make it, perhaps we don’t get enough OR perhaps we cut back during the warmer summer months. Regardless, I think it is worth ensuring that you consume either broth or collagen every day if you can. The good news is, if you don’t have broth you can use collagen. Here’s how……….

Collagen Peptides Or Collagen Protein

My favorite collagen supplement is made by Perfect Supplements. Perfect Supplements Collagen Supplement is sourced from pasture-raised bovine hides from Brazil to ensure a natural, high quality, and sustainable source of this ancient nutritional powerhouse.

According to Perfect Supplements -their  peptides are enzymatically hydrolyzed using a water process. This means that enzymes were used to break the gelatin protein down into smaller molecules, which results in a product that does not gel in cold liquids and one that is also faster digested due to the fact that it is already partially broken down.

The collagen protein, which is gelatin, is a bit different. It is not treated with enzymes and is a larger protein molecule that is theoretically slower digesting as it has not been pre-digested like the peptides. When consumed, the gelatin does help to draw water into the gastrointestinal tract. It also forms a “gel” that can be beneficial to the digestive system. Since it seems to be slower digesting it may travel along the gastrointestinal tract further, potentially enhancing the gut health benefits.

One is hot soluble (the proteins/gelatin ) and can be used to make gelatins and gummies etc. and it is more digestible for folks with slow or impaired digestion.

While the other is cold soluble (the collagen peptides) and a great protein ‘powder’ option for adding to drinks, shakes, smoothies etc. It is a bit harder to digest for those with more challenged and slow digestive systems.

How To Use Collagen Proteins

I’ve been using the Collagen Proteins (cold soluble) all summer long to ‘beef up’ (pun intended) the protein content of my boys diet and increase the nutrition of summer treats like sorbets and smoothies and even popsicles (refer to my recipes). If you’d like to use more collagen in your diet on a regular basis I highly recommend it. Most people do in fact need it and can benefit from it.

Save $$ When You Purchase From Perfect Supplements

I have been collaborating with Perfect Supplements for some time now. They honestly are a wonderful company to work with. You can check out all of my favorite product recommendations here. The good news is they have given me a coupon code to share with my readers. So anytime you shop through Perfect Supplements – you can use code: DIVINE10 to save 10% on your order.




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Sha July 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm

I found perfect collagen product on wecarenaturals recently, decided to give a try,after a while I noticed the changes on my nail and skin. I would definitely recommend this product.

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