Collagen, which is the most prevalent protein in the human body, gives connective tissues like skin, bones and cartilage the structure and support they need.
But did you know...
Collagen has been linked to improved gut health in many recent studies.
Gut health is undeniably vital to your overall health.
The gut is directly connected to many different areas of the body, such as the brain and the immune system. Key functions of the gut include food digestion, nutrient absorption and protection against pathogens.
The gut microbiome is a huge and varied collection of friendly microorganisms. These microbes are essential to keeping the gut and the rest of your body healthy.
Knowing this, how can collagen improve your gut?
- Collagen contributes to the strength and maintenance of the intestinal lining. It provides structural support and encourages new cell development.
The gut microbiome is isolated from the rest of the body by a thin layer of cells known as the intestinal lining. The intestinal lining oversees the absorption of nutrients and keeps dangerous items (harmful bacteria, food particles, etc.) from being absorbed into the bloodstream.
- Collagen decreases inflammation. Amino acids such as glycine, valine, leucine and proline, are naturally found in collagen. These specific amino acids with anti-inflammatory characteristics may decrease intestinal inflammation.
Illness, pathogens or stress naturally cause inflammation within the immune system. Chronic inflammation, though, can harm the lining of the intestines and throw off the microbiome's normal equilibrium.
- Collagen enhances digestion. Glycine, an amino acid abundant in collagen, is important for digestive health.
Digestive enzymes and stomach acid are produced more readily when glycine is present, which aids in the breakdown of food and improves nutrient absorption.
- Collagen encourages gut microbiome diversity.
Research shows that collagen supplementation can simultaneously inhibit harmful bacteria while promoting good bacteria. As a result, the gut microbiome may become more diversified and balanced, which is linked to better health.
In conclusion, collagen is a protein that contains essential amino acids for maintaining your body's overall health, both inside and outside the gut. Collagen can strengthen the intestinal lining, decrease inflammation, enhance digestion and encourage gut microbiome diversity.
It is important to understand that, while collagen can improve gut health, other factors such as a healthy diet, adequate sleep, exercise and stress management – which will be highlighted in greater detail in future blog posts - are important for maintaining a healthy gut and lifestyle.
For more information about the science, visit our Behind the Science webpage.