What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and, for many reasons, it’s essential for good health and wellbeing. As well as being the primary structural protein in our conjunctive tissues, it also plays key roles in joint mobility, bone stability, skin smoothness and even the health of hair and fingernails. If you look good and feel good, it might be down to your collagen levels and if you feel either of those areas are waning, well, maybe boosting your collagen is something you could look into.
Collagen peptides consist of amino acids. The naturally occurring “long chains” are effectively cut into smaller ones using an enzyme-based process. This means they are readily absorbed, easily digestible and more physiologically effective compared with long-chain collagen and other proteins.
What is white tissue?
To better understand why collagen supplementation can be important we need to take a look at the so-called white tissue and its relationship with muscles. The whole musculoskeletal system is connected and protected by a network of connective tissue, which includes muscle fascia, cartilage, bone and tendons and ligaments.
Collectively known as “white tissue,” this network is mainly composed of — you guessed it — collagen. Yet, most people don’t think about the white tissue until it hurts. Achilles tendon pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, patella tendon pain and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears or IT band (iliotibial band) issues, which manifest themselves as aching, burning or tenderness, all occur when these parts of your white tissue are hurt or strained.
Supporting your white tissue
Preventing problems is better than trying to cure joint pain or related issues. Thankfully there are a number of things you can do in order to maintain the health of your connective tissue.
Eat your vitamins. Preferably by consuming a healthy, balanced diet but supplements can be useful to help you fill in the gaps in your daily requirements. Collagen requires a huge range of vitamins and minerals during production and for maintenance. For example, copper, zinc, magnesium and more are all essential anyway, so make sure you are getting enough. Vitamin C, in particular, is used for collagen production and some research shows it may speed up initial recovery when white tissue gets damaged.
Smoking and drinking can impact the longevity of your collagen and cause it to break down faster. This might be an area to look at if you’re concerned about your collagen. Reducing or even eliminating alcohol and tobacco from your life may help your collagen levels.
Wear sunscreen. While not directly related to your white tissues, the sun can cause skin damage which in turn results in your collagen breaking down. Adding sunscreen to your morning routine and topping up your skin during the day if you’re outside can do wonders to protect your skin’s collagen.
The team at Pura set out to address and correct white tissue issues in a state of the art collagen powder. Pura Collagen’s Flex+ utilises the precise peptide formulation of Fortigel® and Tendoforte®. The role of these two unique, patented collagen peptides is to improve joint health and stimulate cartilage regeneration, specifically. This powder blend, forged in science is a revolutionary joint and fascia rejuvenator and can be added into your daily routine in 2 simple scoops.
Once inside the body, Fortigel® accumulates in the joint cartilage, where it stimulates the so-called chondrocytes – cells which are responsible for regeneration of human cartilage – to produce even more collagen and proteoglycans. This leads to increased synthesis of these two major components of cartilage dry mass and helps combat progressive degeneration of cartilage tissue. Studies show not only repair, but new cartilage growth!
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