Collagen is probably one of the biggest names in the supplement world. It’s up there with omega-3 and creatine, but despite this status, it’s still a bit unknown quantity.
Once again, nutritionist and nutrition researcher Richie Kirwan is on hand to help iron out the wrinkles, telling us what the science says — and doesn’t say — about collagen supplements.
What is it?
Collagen, believe it or not, is actually the most common protein in our bodies. This is because it’s a structural protein, and can be found in skin, nails, tissue and bones. But before you get too excited, it needs pointing out that collagen has next to no benefits for building muscle.
But how can a protein not work to help build muscle? Well, collagen isn’t a complete protein source, meaning it doesn’t contain all the essential amino acids needed by the human body. In this case, tryptophan
On top of that, it’s pretty much useless at stimulating muscle protein synthesis, or MPS for those in the know. This is the process for the growth and repair of muscle tissue.
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