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List of amino acids in collagen

Some amino acids found in collagen

Arginine

  • Indispensable to eliminate nitrogen waste products normally generated by the body (for instance, ammonia is toxic for our cells)
  • Supports the immune system (helps prevent communicable diseases)
  • Helps secrete growth hormone (supports regeneration)
  • Helps to regulate protein metabolism

Glycine

  • Each three amino acids of the collagen peptide chain is a glycine; it is thus an abundant amino acid that is important for collagen structure
  • Has a scarring effect (burns, postoperative trauma)
  • Is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nervous system and therefore possesses a calming effect
  • Participates in the production of creatine in muscle and thus favors muscle energy and healthy contraction
  • Has a positive effect against gout (joint pain)

Leucine

  • Essential amino acid
  • Most abundant amino acid in our body
  • Participates in the production of muscle proteins and the healthy use of energy by muscle
  • Helps promote insulin secretion to maintain blood glucose equilibrium
  • Important for brain and balance functions

Glutamine

  • Plays an important role in the synthesis of DNA
  • Helps protect the brain against ammonia toxicity
  • Favors better muscle recovery after intense exercise and helps rebuild damaged muscle

Hydroxylysine

  • Part of the main components of collagen
  • Promotes skin, joint, tendon and cartilage health

Hydroxyproline

  • Part of the main components of collagen
  • Plays a major role in bone and connective tissues

Histidine

  • Essential amino acid
  • Primary role in binding of iron in hemoglobin
  • Participates in controlling acidity

Alanine

  • Helps generate energy in the liver
  • Helps promote insulin secretion to maintain blood glucose equilibrium
  • Essential to the synthesis of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)

Isoleucine

  • Essential amino acid
  • Favors the production of red blood cells
  • Helps promote blood glucose equilibrium

Lysine

  • Essential amino acid
  • Large amounts in muscle
  • Helps the immune system work properly
  • Important for collagen production and healthy bone generation
  • Favors calcium absorption
  • It is one of the most important amino acids for the elderly

Proline

  • Major constituent of collagen (collagen is the main reservoir of proline, representing 50% of all the proline in the body)
  • Stimulates scarring through collagen production

Tyrosine

  • Its concentration in muscle is considerable
  • Precursor for many neurotransmitters important for the proper functioning of the central nervous system
  • Together with other factors, it helps reduce problems related to attention deficit

Valine

  • Essential amino acid
  • Source of muscular energy
  • Stimulates the nervous system and favors intellectual performance