Importance of proline & glycine for collagen production

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Protea’s Vegan Aminos are chalk full of amino acids that all facilitate different processes in the body. This unique blend of amino acids is designed to help with lean muscle production, fat loss and promote a healthy immune system.

The most common amino acids are leucine, isoleucine and valine (also referred to as BCAA’s, or branched chain amino acids). These aminos aide in muscle recovery and the prevention or lean muscle breakdown during stress and exercise. They are considered essential, meaning the body does not produce them and they must be obtained through food. 

Two other amino acids that are less known are proline and glycine. Both of these amino acids are considered “conditionally essential”, meaning that they are produced by the body unless the individual is under duress as with certain degenerative disease of prematurity in infants. 

Glycine and proline account for 50% of the amino acids that make up collagen. Collagen is the most common protein in the body. It provides skin elasticity, joint support and strength and structure to the human body. Not to mention, collagen supports gut healthy by repairing leaky gut syndrome and supporting overall immune function.

Glycine has been shown to help with muscle and bone support, healthy metabolism, brain function and assisting in a good night’s sleep. It is also helpful in breaking down fatty acids in foods and maintaining a healthy GI tract. Glycine is instrumental in the body’s immune support as it helps to reduce inflammation. It also helps with serotonin production, which lends itself to melatonin production and a restful night’s sleep.

Proline is found in cartilage and crucial for maintaining skin elasticity. It also helps to strengthen muscle and connective tissues, heal skin damage, repair the gut lining, and treat wounds, joint pain and inflammation.

Collagen, as well as glycine and proline, are prevalent in animal products. Bone broth, gelatin, eggs, chicken and beef all are great sources. To boost the effectiveness of absorption of these amino acids, be sure to consume fresh fruits and vegetables, and foods high in vitamin C, vitamin A, copper and iron.

For those that follow a plant-based lifestyle, supplementing with collagen powders like Protea’s Vegan Aminos, is a great way to enjoy all the benefits of these amino acids!

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