The Uses And Benefits OF Gelatin
Posted: Oct 22, 2017
The collagen in its hydro form is used in various forms ranging from supply, medicine and cosmetics. It has been seen that collagen as such is made up of long protein chains which for the purposes of application are extracted and "cut" in order to obtain shorter peptides. The gelatin is a high molecular weight peptide which is obtained by the partial hydrolysis of collagen in order to obtain compound soluble in water. Although low in essential amino acids due to its high digestibility, gelatin powder is used as a source of protein in the supplements. Most of the commercially available jelly has bovine or swine origin. Further enzymatic degradation of gelatin leads to the formation of a product called hydrolyzed collagen, which is characterized by a relatively low molecular weight (3-6 kDa), high absorption and good bioavailability. It is generally obtained from bovine and porcine collagen, although recently marine species are an important source of hydrolysed collagen.
In order to be able to benefit the body it is imperative that an oral compound is able to cross the intestinal barrier and through the bloodstream reaches the compartments of the body where it is stored or used in the various metabolic processes.
Various studies have shown that hydrolysed collagen is able to cross the intestinal barrier. Although peptides are believed to be fully hydrolyzed in the gastrointestinal tract in the individual amino acids before absorption, it has been shown that some of the peptides present in hydrolysed collagen, particularly those containing hydrocyclone, are able to cross the intestinal barrier by reaching the bloodstream and subsequently accumulating in the skin up to 96 hours later. It has been observed that following the oral intake of hydrolysed collagen, the proline-hydroxyproline peptide is the most abundant peptide in the plasma.
The use of drugs and supplements based on hydrolysed Grass Fed Gelatin has long been known for its beneficial effects for joints, nails and hair, as well as showing antioxidant activity and antihypertensive properties.
Because of its ability to accumulate in the skin after oral intake, it has been hypothesized that hydrolysed collagen could also play an important role in improving skin conditions, slowing down early aging processes and preserving it from photo damage.
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