Have you heard of protein? What about amino acids – the building blocks of protein?
Protein is the building block of life.
Muscle, neurotransmitters, hormones and many other critical parts of the human body is made from proteins. Consuming adequate protein is absolutely critical to good human health.
Amino acids are the simplest forms of protein.
There are 22 types of amino acids and these are the building blocks that join together to form polypeptides, chains of proteins that make up so much of our body. There are both essential and non-essential amino acids. Essential simply means that our body cannot produce something, so we must obtain it through food. So there are some amino acids that our body can form from others, but there is a significant number that must first come from our food. However, while our body has the capacity to make certain amino acids, this doesn’t mean that we always do. As a result it is important to consume a range of foods that will provide the breadth of amino acids that the body needs.
The best sources of protein are from animal products. This is because herbivorous ( vegetarian animals) have digestive systems designed to consume plants and turn them into fats and proteins for humans and other carnivorous or omnivorous animals to eat. Humans simply cannot absorb as much protein from plant-based foods.
While many people believe that beans, legumes and even nuts are protein sources, in reality these foods are actually more carbohydrate. The majority of plant-based foods are not protein sources, so if you’re looking to consume adequate protein your best bet is red meat of eggs.
Amino acids provide the building blocks for a range of critical compounds including hormones, antibodies, enzymes, muscle tissue, neurotransmitters and haemoglobin. They also regulate DNA and RNA production. Consuming a range of amino acids from healthy sources ensures we get enough of the essential amino acids, but also have the ability to create the non-essential amino acids that our body is responsible for making.
Support every fibre in your body with collagen peptides.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body.
It is the building block of a huge range of tissues including our skin, cartilage, bones, teeth, hair, connective tissue and the epithelial lining of the gut. It is for this final reason that I am a big fan of collagen supplementation. It can be a great addition to any gut-healing diet as it will provide you body with the resources it needs to heal a leaky gut. Learn more about leaky gut and the severe implications in this post.
Collagen is a protein synthesised from glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. In addition to supporting a healthy gut lining, this critical protein gives our body flexibility, supports healing and ensures our bones and nails stay strong. For people with joint issues supplementing with collagen may provide some relief as it provides more material for the body to produce cartilage, the cushioning between bones.
Collagen peptides are an easy way to ensure that your body has sufficient amino acids to maintain the suppleness of your body as well as shining skin and hair. Adding a teaspoon to a cup of tea in the morning adds provides your body with quality nutrients first thing and this can help to stabilise blood sugar. I do this every other day and have noticed my hair has a new shine.
Try it yourself and notice the difference.
Collagen products that I love!
I really like Great Lakes collagen peptides because they come from grass-fed beef. There is no point consuming protein that is isolated from a non-aminal product. Non-animal products are not naturally high in protein and so you can be sure that an isolated form of vegetable protein will have been artifically modified in some way. Furthermore, humans have never consumed large quantites of non-animal proteins, historically our protein sources have always been animals, regardless of the culture.
Dumping large amounts of non-animal proteins in the body is unnatural and the body will struggle to process it.
Naturally occuring, grass-fed and well raised animals on the other hand are a great protein source. Your body will recognise the amino acids and be able to utilise them to support skin, bones, teeth, gut lining and more.
It is made from grass fed beef which means better quality collagen. I use it every single day in my tea and it tastes delicious!