Collagen Powder for Gut Healing and Beautiful Skin
Collagen powder is made of hydrolysed collagen peptides. These are small chains of amino acids derived from collagen’s breakdown, so your body can readily utilise them. Collagen powder not only enhances the gut barrier function but also provides repair for your skin.
Collagen peptides are also found in foods such as bone broth, gelatin and slow-cooked meats.
All bioactive collagen peptides improve gut barrier function by providing the building blocks essential for gut cell integrity, healing a leaky gut, and restoring gut health.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a major component of the human body, essential for the function of joints, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, smooth skin, healthy hair and fingernails, and robust gut epithelial cells.
What is Collagen Powder?
Collagen powder is hydrolysed collagen, which breaks the collagen down into small peptide fragments. When ingested, these are more readily used that the intact collagen molecules and amino acids. Different collagen powder types are composed of a unique amino acid peptide blend that stimulates collagen synthesis in a tissue-specific manner. Collagen powder for skin Health targets fibroblasts. Not only do they provide the amino acids essential for collagen synthesis, but they also activate gene expression that stimulates collagen tissue synthesis.
Collagen powder can stimulate skin metabolism and counteract collagen’s internal loss—increasing procollagen type 1 and elastin. As well as its effects on skin density, collagen peptides have been shown to support nail growth and structure. At the same time, they enhance gut barrier integrity. A dose of 2.5mg per day is required for skin rejuvenation; however, 10mg per day is required for gut repair.
Collagen powder and gut health
The collagen powder peptides protect gut cells and assist in tight junction integrity, assisting intestinal epithelial barrier function. (IEBF). IEBF refers to the ability of gut epithelial cells to act as a protective barrier. It stops toxins, harmful bacteria, undigested food etc., from entering the bloodstream while allowing nutrients and water essential for life to enter. The key components that determine intestinal barrier function and GI permeability are:
Tight junctions – which consists of protein structure located between gut epithelial cells. The integrity of tight junctions is dependent on a sophisticated interaction between but microbiome, gut lining cell metabolism, and gut-associated immune tissue, which lies just below the gut cell lining. Collagen peptides protect the gut cell lining by inhibiting oxidative stress and inflammatory response and assisting in tight junction function. See under glycine and other amino acids in collagen peptides.
By providing amino acids essential for epithelial cell integrity, collagen powder helps stimulate your gut’s barrier repair function. The collagen peptides achieve this by decreasing inflammation and providing a precursor to L-glutamine (preferred food source for upper Gut lining cells).
Collagen powder and Skin
- Collagen producing cells by activating connective tissue synthesis.
- Provide essential amino acids needed for human collagen synthesis. Some like proline and hydroxyproline are characteristic of all connective tissue.
Collagen powder promotes skin repair by stimulating skin metabolism and counteracting the extracellular matrix’s internal loss to increase collagen in the skin. Collagen powder has also been shown to support nail growth and structure.
We have a few options of collagen powders, including Imbibe miracle collagen and clinician prescribed collagen powder. The first step is to book a free gut-skin axis consult with our therapists if you are interested. Call us on 3350 5447.