Hydrolysed Collagen Extends your Sporting Life
There has been a huge amount of research into the health benefits of using collagen supplements and it has had a long history of use in the beauty industry, however recently there has been much more focus on its potential benefits for athletes and sports people.
Collagen is a protein supplement which contains a large range of micronutrients so it figures that it would deliver nutritional benefits for sporting individuals.
Type I Collagen peptides such as those in GBR Nutritions Liquid Collagen, form the primary building blocks and the principal protein for skin, hair, nails, bones, tendons, joints, and cartilage. They provide mechanical stability, elasticity and strength to connective tissues-bones, tendons and ligaments
Musculoskeletal injuries often come hand in hand with sport or occupations which involve regular physical activity and collagen in its hydrolysed form performs a key role in all 3 stages of the healing process – inflammation, regeneration and remodelling. This makes it a perfect element of a sports recovery regime. In addition to this it also contains the perfect combination of peptides and amino acids for protein synthesis (one of the most fundamental biological processes by which individual cells build their specific proteins) and muscle repair. Scientists are now suggesting that hydrolysed collagen is a valuable protein to take before and after exercise. If muscles, joints and ligaments have the nourishment to fully recover, they will rebuild more efficiently and also have the ability to be much stronger meaning there is also a huge potential for the prevention and treatment of sports injuries.
A recent 24 week study evaluated the effects of hydrolysed collagen on activity-related joint pain in athletes who had no evidence of joint disease. One hundred and forty-seven subjects were randomly assigned to two groups: 73 received 25 ml of a liquid formulation that contained 10g of hydrolysed collagen and 74 received a placebo, over a period of 24 weeks. The results showed that the athletes taking the hydrolysed collagen showed reduced parameters such as pain that had a negative impact on their athletic performance.
Collagen is naturally rich in the two amino acids glycine and arginine which are directly involved in the production of creatine in the body, creatine helps to supply energy to all cells in the body, primarily muscle, therefore offering additional benefits for those involved in regular exercise by helping to improve athletic performance. Arginine also supports the production of growth hormone – one of the key players in muscle recovery and growth. In addition it directly generates the chemical nitric oxide which causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow to exercising muscles, maximising both performance and recovery as more oxygen and nutrients become available whilst also removing metabolic wastes more efficiently.
See the Pub Med study results here: