Collagen Supplement Averts the American Epidemic of Weak Connective Tissue

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A silent epidemic of abnormally weak collagen is rampant in western culture (wherever the western diet prevails) and the best solution is a specially formulated collagen supplement.  This structural weakness is the physiological foundation of many of the popular degenerative “diseases”.  For those of you who need the solution to this problem in the first paragraph … the most comprehensive solution to the problem of weak collagen and the inescapable aging that follows is to supplement with collagen peptides with amino acids, which give all the proteins necessary to form new tissue, and are easy to digest and absorb.  You must also add vitamin C complex and a good multi-mineral, and you will build a solid foundation for tissue regeneration!

Let’s look at the conditions that may derive from weak collagen.  Cardio-vascular disease frequently involves coronary arteries that cannot perform self repair as they should every night.  Instead these arteries fill up with cholesterol and plaque.  What is going wrong? The coronary artery endures the most bio-mechanical stress of any body organ.  If you heart rhythm is 60 beats per minute, then it beats 86,400 times per day.  That means that the coronary artery (similar to a garden hose in appearance) goes from open to flat 86,400 times each day.  Can you imagine a hose doing that?  Accordingly, that artery needs the most repair on a daily basis.  Sadly, in most people, this bio-mechanically active tissue usually cannot produce the new strong collagen it needs because of a shortage of the raw materials necessary for the synthesis of healthy connective tissue.  The raw materials include l-proline, l-glycine, vitamin C complex, and mineral co-factors such as silicon, copper, iron, selenium, sulfur, vanadium, manganese, zinc and boron. To put it simply, weak collagen makes weak arteries.  When the arteries do not have the raw materials (such as the collagen supplement) the body will supply a secondary repair molecule.  That would be cholesterol.  In fact, if you did not have enough cholesterol in your diet, your body would break down your own muscle tissue, reassemble it into cholesterol and send it over to the coronary artery to fill in the cracks and fissures.  Cholesterol can act like a smooth putty.  Cholesterol is not functional as the normal cells in the artery would be, but at least it plugs a weak area or it covers a scar with a smooth layer that will not catch blood cells and make an obstruction clot.  It is a body imperative that this artery must not leak and must be smooth!  Another fact to mull over regarding “cholesterol” as a risk factor … consider that cholesterol accumulates mainly in the coronary arteries (where the bio-mechanical stress is high and repair is imperative) and not in other arteries or veins.  Why would that be … if cholesterol was not a repair molecule?

Let’s look at another “degenerative” condition – osteoporosis.  Many folks take calcium or calcium and magnesium, or mineral blends with  boron to build strong bones.  But the osteoporosis continues to progress.  It doesn’t occur to many that the structure of a bone is like lath and plaster.  The minerals such as calcium make up the “plaster”, and the collagen makes up the webbed matrix of connective tissue that the minerals hang in.  The collagen is the “lath” and it accounts for 1/3 of the mass of our bones.  An even better example to remember is steel reinforced concrete.  The steel is collagen and the minerals and cells are the concrete.  When our bodies make weak collagen, or our bodies make collagen very slowly, then our bones suffer.  Without a sufficient collagen webbing the bone is inflexible, brittle and weak.  A bone break may not heal if the collagen does not form timely (non-union fracture).  Preventing osteoporosis requires that a person take in the raw materials to produce collagen, such as collagen supplements,  as well as all the necessary minerals.  Weight bearing exercise is usually a good thing, as well.

What about cancer? Primary tumors usually do not cause death.  Metastasis accounts for 90% of cancer deaths.  In order for cancer cells to spread they must cut their way or dissolve their way through collagen.  Lysine blocks the tumor cells from accomplishing this and thereby helps them stay put.  Strong collagen resists the enzymes used by cancer cells.  Weak collagen does not put up much of a barrier.  Collagen peptides provide an abundance of the amino acid, lysine.

Why is our collagen so weak? Because of our “time crunch” we no longer slow cook our meats.  High heat can denature some of the more fragile amino acids in the meats and deliver less than the full complement of aminos necessary to building strong collagen. We are also seriously short on vitamin C.  Vitamin C is absolutely necessary for strengthening collagen through keeping the enzyme propyl hydroxylase in its active form, probably by keeping the iron atom in the ferrous reduced state.  Collagen synthesized in the absence of vitamin C is insufficiently hydroxylated, has a lower melting temperature, and is generally weaker.  This abnormal collagen cannot properly form fibers and this results in blood vessel fragility and other weakened connective structures.  Vitamin C should be everywhere in our diets, but modern food production, modern growing and transportation amounts to picking fruit green, shipping it long distances, storing it for weeks or more, and after purchase,  “cooking” it.  It is so unfortunate that heat denatures vitamin C, storage diminishes vitamin C,  and picking unripe produce does not allow the vitamin C to form.  All in all, it is crystal clear that we absolutely need to supplement with vitamin C complex (not simple synthetic ascorbic acid).

Another problem … L-proline, one of the main components of collagen, is categorized as a non-essential amino acid. Proline is usually not included in amino acid blends because the common thinking is that since it is non-essential we do not need to supplement it!  It is true that our bodies can manufacture l-proline, but we have learned that when under stress (such as the stress of an illness or an accident, or after an operation) the body makes proline very, very slowly.  The effect of this slowness boils down to slow healing.  The amount of available proline is definitely a limiting factor in healing from surgery, or just normal nightly tissue repair, which is when the healing occurs.  In vegetarians I’ve actually seen the body break down muscle tissue to get the raw ingredients to heal incisions after major surgery. What this means is that without another source of l-proline, tissue repair may also be slow, if we only rely only on the proline that is made by our body.

Proline is also available in the diet, especially in the animal’s head, feet, joints, tendons, and connective tissue that we normally discard.  Our modern diet depends mostly on muscle meat and the organ meat, tendons, bone tips and connective tissue that is treasured in the Asian, African and South American diets are presently considered “undesirable” in the American diet.  An easy image of this to remember is the picture of Americans eating the muscles of the cow.  They throw away the rest of the cow.  The amino acid profile of collagen peptides is the same as “the rest of the cow”.  And that amino acid profile is much healthier and much less stressful on our own metabolism.  How many of you have ever eaten a bone broth or chewed the cartilage off the chicken bones recently? Who eat ALL the parts of the lobster except for the shell??? So it does seem that we foolishly discard our main sources of collagen forming proline from our expensive meals.

Lastly, our soils are depleted of minerals … seriously depleted.  Even organic produce may not have as many nutrients as the garden fare our grandparents grew themselves and dined on.  The obvious solution is to take minerals.  It’s NOT an option to not take them.

The idea of getting pregnant and having children without loading on the raw materials for producing grade-A collagen is inadvisable.  But that is another whole article.  Get the collagen peptide collagen supplement with amino acids.  This hydrolyzed collagen is a purer source than gelatin which is harder to digest and may be sourced from contaminated animals.  Don’t let your beautiful body degenerate!

Speaking of beauty or body-building, these collagen supplements were developed by Dr. Bernd Freidlander, a specialist in both athletic performance nutrition and developer of fast-healing protocol for team athletes.  Dr. Friedlander also has developed a line of skin care products designed for anti-aging.  He is our true collagen expert!

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