Collagen is the most abundant protein found throughout the body. It’s what gives skin its strength and elasticity. In addition to our skin, collagen is most commonly found in our bones, muscles and tendons. You can think of collagen as the “glue” that holds us together. One awesome food source of collagen is the benefit-rich egg.
As our dogs age, the collagen production begins to slow down. Thanks to decreases in collagen, causes weaker cartilage in joints.
Egg Collagen Health Benefits
Joint and Connective Tissue Disorders
Egg shell membranes are rich in nutrients similar to types I and V collagen, glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, glycosaminoglycans and amino acids. These are all greatly beneficial to joint and connective tissue health. The high collagen content of the egg’s membranes make it especially helpful in the treatment of connective tissue diseases. Collagen actually provides the slender fibers of the interlaced strands that make up tendons and ligaments.
One study looked at Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM®), an egg collagen dietary supplement. Two human clinical studies were conducted to determine the effectiveness and safety of NEM® as a treatment for pain and inflexibility associated with joint and connective tissue disorders. They found that 500 milligrams of NEM® taking once daily significantly reduced pain, both rapidly (seven days) as well as continuously (30 days).
Studies indicate that taking Natural Eggshell Membrane can Increase Range of Motion in the neck and shoulder. Decrease Pain & Stiffness, of arthritis is Osteoarthritis which occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, it commonly affects joints in the hands, knees, hips and spine.
Proline and glycine are two amino acids found in egg collagen that play a major role in ensuring your body’s running smoothly. These two amino acids actually help to rebuild tissue that lines the digestive tract. By rebuilding this crucial tissue, glycine and proline help to keep food particles and bacteria inside the gut where they belong, rather than allowing tiny openings to form that pass particles to the bloodstream where they trigger inflammation.
Glycine has been shown to protect against intestinal injury from colitis, an inflammatory reaction in the colon. Thanks to glycine and proline, egg collagen can help protect the gut and in turn, the whole body, from inflammation.