Your gut is a magical place. Seriously.
The gut is critical for health and well-being, and is responsible for how we look and feel. If your gut health is in poor health, even the healthiest diet will not be providing you with optimal health as your body will be unable to obtain and absorb the nutrients your body requires.
Proper digestion, good bowel function, elimination of toxins, germ resistance, avoidance of food reactions, and our overall good health are all related to the integrity and health of our digestive system.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which affects around 10-20% of the population is a functional gastrointestinal disorder generally presenting as abdominal pain and altered bowel habits.
Not so nice.
So what can you do to help aid your health gut, and lessen the effects of IBS?
(It's a bit science-y, so sit back, sip your Renew+ and read on, or scroll to the bottom of the page for a summary ;) )
Marine Collagen and its role in relieving the symptoms of IBS and poor gut health.
Collagen can help to regulate stomach acid.
Collagen has been found to help regulate the secretion of gastric juices by ensuring enough acid for proper digestion. Collagen proteins can also assist with preventing an excess of gastric juices, which can lead to heartburn, stomach ulcers, and other painful digestive problems caused from an overly acidic environment.
Collagen can help heal stomach ulcers
Glycine and Proline, the two main amino acids in collagen peptides, can help heal the stomach lining and prevent stress-induced ulcers through their positive impact on the central nervous system. Glycine is thought to keep stomach ulcers at bay, due to its ability to prevent harmful gastric secretions in the stomach lining.
Collagen can help repair the stomach and intestinal lining
Research has identified collagen production (the body making collagen) as an important part of repairing and healing the intestinal lining. When there is damage or inflammation to the intestinal lining, new smooth muscle cells are made to heal the stomach lining and the intestinal wall. Researchers have found that collagen production in the intestine is greatest when smooth muscle cells are being generated during healing. Thus, collagen is a key component to support healing the intestinal wall.
Collagen can help with digestion
Another collagen and gut health benefit is that collagen supports digestion. Because collagen is a hydrophilic molecule (meaning it luurves water), it has an attraction to water and acidic molecules, which aids the digestive process. Ingested collagen surrounds itself with water and stomach acid as it moves through the gut (or GI tract, to be precise!), which assists the breakdown of other proteins and carbohydrates in the intestines. Additionally, by holding water in the intestine, collagen helps move food through the gut more smoothly.
Collagen can help heal Leaky Gut and IBS
Glutamine, one of the amino acids in collagen, has been identified as the key amino acid for preventing inflammation of the gut wall and healing leaky gut syndrome. It has been linked to reducing inflammation and oxidative stress (essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects) which can cause tiny openings in the connective tissue of the intestinal lining. Studies have found decreased collagen levels in individuals with digestive imbalances. Supplementation with collagen peptides could be key to providing relief for digestive diseases.
Too many words? Here's a quick summary for those who are on the clock!
If you are one of the many people experiencing digestive problems, whether due to stress, lifestyle, or dietary issues, we hope you have found this article helpful!
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Tariq, M. Studies on the Antisecretory, Gastric Anti-ulcer and Cytoprotective Properties of Glycine.National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9344231
Graham, MF. Collagen Synthesis by Human Intestinal Smooth Muscle Cells in Culture. National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3792777