WHAT IS COLLAGEN
Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids. Since ancient times, collagen has been known to beneﬁt human health. For centuries, people have been consuming collagen in the form of bone broth to support their joint and bone health and in more recent times, to promote healthier hair, skin and nails.
COLLAGEN AND ITS ROLE IN THE HUMAN BODY
Collagen is the major protein in the connective tissues of the body. It holds all living tissues together and ensures the integrity, elasticity and regeneration of skin, cartilage and bones. It is the most abundant protein, representing almost 30 per cent of all human protein content.
STRUCTURE OF COLLAGEN
Collagen is a triple helix of alpha-chains of amino acids which builds strong ﬁbers used for the body’s structure.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE AGE?
Collagen production in our body peaks around the age of 20, and as we age, the body’s production of collagen metabolism slows down causing a gradual deterioration of collagen ﬁbers in all connective tissues. This degradation process will affect different parts of our body, for example in the skin as shown in below image.
As skin cells become less active, the collagen network that provides skin ﬁrmness and structure breaks down. Skin becomes dehydrated and thinner, plus lines, wrinkles and deep furrows start to appear.
Bone turnover becomes imbalanced, that means there is more bone loss than bone formation. This causes bones to become more fragile and easier to break.
Lower levels of collagen and other matrix components can cause loss of cartilage and joint function. This results in joint discomfort and pain.
DIFFERENT FORMS OF COLLAGEN
Collagen is a safe and natural ingredient which can be obtained in different grades. It can be found in products such as bone broth or gelatine based desserts. The controlled breakdown of native collagen with the help of enzymes produces collagen peptides.
DIGESTIBILITY AND BIOAVAILABILITY
Gelatin is a healthy food, but the unique beneﬁts that collagen offers are not easily obtained by eating gelatine alone. Breaking gelatin into smaller chains (by hydrolysis), produces collagen peptides (small chains of amino acids), which are easier digested and absorbed by the body… Consuming collagen peptides allows your body to maximizes the beneﬁts that collagen has to offer. Unlike native collagen, ZZAZEN collagen peptides are highly digestible and bioavailable. Studies have demonstrated that over 90% of the peptides are digested and absorbed within a few hours after meal. This rapid absorption ensures the effective delivery the essential peptides and amino acids to their site of action within the body.
DUAL ACTION EFFECT
Proteins are essential nutrients for our body. Proteins are long chains made of amino acids linked together. Consumption of collagen peptides will help to supply your body with amino acids needed as building blocks to renew tissues such as skin, muscle, bones and joints. It has been proposed that ZZAZEN collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen ﬁbers therefore support skin tissue structure.
ROLE OF VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is a co-factor which supports the production of collagen in the body. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you have sufﬁcient vitamin C in your diet to boost the collagen synthesis.
ZZAZEN COLLAGEN IS A UNIQUE PROTEIN WITH KEY AMINO ACIDS
ZZAZEN collagen peptides are characterized by a high level of the key amino acids: glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, which represents around 50% of the total amino acid content. Hydroxyproline is unique to collagen. The amino acids in collagen are the same as found in skin, joints and bones. This very speciﬁc composition of amino acids provides collagen peptides with unique biofunctional properties that cannot be found in other protein sources.
COLLAGEN PEPTIDES HEALTH EFFECTS
Collagen makes up 70% of the skin’s dry mass skin content. As a key component of the skin’s structure, collagen ﬁbers also provide the infrastructure for elastin, which maintains
COLLAGEN’S EFFECTS ON SKIN STRUCTURE AND MOISTURE
A recent clinical study showed that ZZAZEN collagen peptides consumption effectively improved skin structure: the fragmentation of collagen in the deep layers of the skin was clearly reduced already after four weeks and decreased by 31% after 12 weeks. At the same time the density of the collagen layer increased providing more strength to the skin. ZZAZEN collagen peptides further increased skin moisture by 28% after 8 weeks in another clinical study. This restructuring of the skin is key to bringing anti-aging beneﬁts and a more youthful appearance.
Collagen represents around 90% of organic bone mass and provides a ﬂexible framework and ﬂexibility to which calcium hydroxyapathite is added to provide strength. A cycle of continuous bone formation and breakdown replaces approximately 15% of bone mass in healthy adults each year. When this balance tips towards faster bone loss and slower bone formation, the bone density decreases leaving the bone more fragile.
COLLAGEN’S EFFECT ON BONE FORMATION
Collagen peptides promote bone health by stimulating bone renewal, maintaining bone mineral density and improving bone solidity and strength.
COLLAGEN PEPTIDES’ HEALTH EFFECTS
Collagen ﬁbers make up 70~95% of cartilage and are responsible for its structure and strength. Aging and high impact or load on joint can cause wear and tear of the cartilage. Symptoms include joint discomfort, tenderness, stiffness and locking.
COLLAGEN’S EFFECT ON JOINT FUNCTION
Collagen peptides have been proven to stimulate cartilage cells synthesis, producing increased aggrecan and collagen.
OTHER BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
ZZAZEN collagen peptides are pure protein, and as a protein they can help contribute to different health beneﬁts. Protein is a vital part of the diet and the WHO recommends a mean dealy intake of 0.8g/kg body weight of good quality protein.
HAIR AND NAIL
ZZAZEN collagen provides the structural foundation for skin and nails. When ingested, amino acids from collagen peptides are absorbed and used by hair follicle cells to produce keratin protein for healthy hair. Fingernails and toenails are also made of keratin, and rest on a nail bed made of skin dermis.
POST WORK OUT RECOVERY
To ensure optimum muscle regeneration, physically active people need a sufﬁcient availability of amino acids to enable muscle synthesis during recovery. A high protein diet just after exercise may enhance muscle anabolism, replacing lost proteins and helping to maintain and restore the protein content of the muscles while also reducing the recovery time.
Providing a high satiety effect, ZZAZEN collagen peptides are an excellent protein source to control appetite and moderate cravings.
A daily dose of ZZAZEN collagen is the best boost for your body!