The Collagen Connection
By Dr. Sal Martingano
Hi, my name is Dr. Sal Martingano and I’ve been in practice for 17 years. I’ve been asked to share my knowledge of body physiology as it relates to body maintenance.
Have you ever considered how the body actually rebuilds itself? Well, thank God we are not responsible for duplicating that task because it would occupy 100% of our time. The mechanism and substance responsible for accomplishing that task within the body varies with age.
Youngster’s produce an abundance of growth hormone by the pituitary gland but as we age growth hormone steadily diminishes and the emphasis shifts to a substance called Collagen, which is produced by the body and taken in from select food sources.
Collagen does its job by converting its natural protein molecules into the essential amino acids required by the body to build or rebuild body parts. In essence it’s the maintenance juice of the body. There are actually 14 different kinds of collagen altogether, but the primary collagen, the most predominant one, the most medicinal collagen, is collagen type II.
The secret to building or rebuilding body parts is the body’s ability to convert one resource into another, innately, as needed. That means that in order to make more muscles, tendons, ligaments or rebuild organs and skin, you need to go through a process called protein synthesis.
This is a metabolic process that requires a catalyst, known as Collagen and a protocol to follow, based on the Innate needs of the body itself. In other words, the body has to NEED the change before it can make the change.
The many forms of degenerative or inflammatory diseases trigger that need. No one can actually duplicate the “need” for the body to do anything but we are beginning to understand, “how” the body makes this conversion.
The interesting and truly remarkable result of this metabolic process is that the repair takes place during the Alpha phase of the brains sleep cycle. That’s the deepest sleep that takes place within the first several hours known as REM sleep.
The process involves the body shifting gears from the awakened Beta cycle of behavior, during the day, to a restful, rejuvenation, rebuilding behavior during sleep. During this period of sleep, the body looks for the available collagen and other vital nutrients and converts them to new body materials.
Many professional health care practices suffer from a lack of basic bio-chemical and bio-physiological understanding. We are caught up in the best way of changing or modifying the biological factors of the body through chemical interactions. However, biological interactions through chemistry are not necessarily congruent with the healing or rebuilding process. Rebuilding body parts, by definition IS the healing process, therefore any substance that enhances the rebuilding process, IS the direction we should be taking.
I am aware of many pre cursers to collagen and collagen products that are unfortunately not bio-available to the body. Researchers have recently demonstrated that the bio-availability or body absorption of type 2 Collagen is up to 90%, extraordinary since most other similar substances have a bio-availability of under 20%.
My experience and research has found that the delicate process of utilizing collagen is destroyed if the collagen is manufactured by the traditional “Heat extraction” process.
It must be remembered that the body manufactures its own collagen every day. Unfortunately, it too diminishes with age and without ample supplies, degeneration of body parts begins.
Keep in mind that one of the first signs of collagen loss in the body is usually the wrinkling of the skin and the unexplained increase of bilateral joint pains. The point is; If the skin is wrinkling on the outside, you can imagine what its doing on the inside.
It’s no wonder why our older population suffers from degenerative diseases. Food processing is the number one offender in collagen loss in the body. What has happened to our food supply is unconscionable but nevertheless has occurred.
Lack of nutritional understanding by the average person does not get them off the hook either. Degeneration is a fact of life but need not be debilitating. When chronic pain sets in, your body is screaming for help.
In response we reach for the painkillers and go on with our lives. When the body doesn’t get what it needs, it simply does what is appropriate…..begins the process of entropy, which is the act of going from an ordered structure to chaos and destruction.
Of course our fixation on TV has introduced us to the world of pharmaceutical advertising. Make no mistake about it, you will never hear about the corrective benefits of collagen on mainstream TV.
The reason is that the pharmaceutical industry makes their living creating synthetic products they claim are safe for the body.
Synthetic collagen is totally useless to the body. Therefore people, who consume synthetic or the wrong type of collagen, usually get no result and assume that collagen doesn’t work….WRONG.
Just as trying to open the door of your car with a key that looks exactly like the real key but is not, so it is with the body’s utilization of synthetic collagen.
The final consideration in the body’s receptivity of collagen in the maintenance and self-repair of the largest organ in our body…the skin. Skin care is a billion dollar industry. Collagen enhanced creams can penetrate 2 to 3 layers into the skin and is an excellent method of controlling skin ageing.
However, it must be remembered that the outer layers of skin slough off like the layers of an onion, with each successive layer moving to the top every 27 days. This vital concept has eluded skin care manufacturers.
People who canassimilate collagen, from the inside out, can actually rebuild the skin, in its entirety, that’s all 7 layers at a time. Therefore the ideal skin care product is one that treats as well as rebuilds the skin. In fact, the same reasoning holds true for ALL body parts.
Products that have collagen in a solution mixture begin the process of oxidation and loss of potency long before you use it, which allows only a fraction of the collagen content to be absorbed.
The ideal state of body collagen is without water or other solvents. Pure Collagen is virtually a pre-digested molecule meaning that the body can absorb directly through the stomach lining without the diminishing effects of acid breakdown.
Make no mistake about it, the body has the ability to heal itself or destroy itself. Let’s not humanize the innate powers of the body; either direction is acceptable to the body; the only deciding factors are the tools we give it to work with. Healing takes place from the inside out.
Given the correct fuel and materials to build with, nothing is impossible. However, depriving the body of vital nutrients or in the wrong format, you will cause your demise long before its time.
My experience with degenerative conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, is that they are relentless. Very few things can be done to elevate the pains, let alone stop the degenerative process.
The only tried and true remedy is to eliminate the origin of degeneration BEFORE it occurs. This can only happen if you understand the metabolic process of life.
Metabolism means using one substance to make another. Pure Collagen has the ability to heal and rebuild. Health is the process of maintaining proper body tone.
If you remove the “th” from heal“th” you have heal, which is the essence of life itself…..the bodies ability to heal itself.
There are no side effects in nature, only their intended effects. Pure collagen only has the positive intended effects on the body; rebuilding body parts. Nature best uses collagen during the alpha phase of sleep, therefore it would be wise to introduce collagen into the body just prior to sleep. In the final analysis, type 2 collagen has the building blocks for a stronger, leaner body.