Collagen and Soft Tissues

Collagen is the most abundant group of structural proteins found in the body. Different types of collagen are found in numerous types of soft connective tissues including:

  • Cartilage, ligaments and tendons
  • Skin and muscle tissues
  • Blood vessels
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Bones

Evidence has emerged that the collagen turnover rates are higher for females than males.

It was also found that the rates of tendon synthesis in females was slower than in males which was proposed to influence female sex hormones.

  • This may represent a basis for explaining why females may have a higher susceptibility to soft tissue damage with slower rates of repair from injury.

Collagen has a very interesting structure where one third of the protein is comprised of the amino acid glycine. Since collagen is the most abundant structural protein in the body, this places a lot of demand on the body to make and supply glycine or receive it in the diet. Further pressure on the demand for glycine is strongly suggested because:

  • Glycine is lost in very high quantities in human sweat and urine.
  • Females lose nearly twice as much glycine in sweat (per L) as males

We now think that this loss of glycine via excretion pathways may significantly contribute to a limit in supply of this key amino acid in females. This would provide some explanation as to why collagen synthesis in females is slower than in males.

As a result, supplementation with glycine could be very beneficial for collagen synthesis and may provide the necessary support for recovery from exercise.

The OptimAAte and ElectrAAte products both contain glycine, as well as the other amino acids that are lost at disproportionately faster rates than other amino acids during exercise. The ElectrAAte also provides electrolytes in addition to the amino acids that could be required after or during exercise and prolonged work in hot conditions.

Learn more about InnovAAte’s published research here.

InnovAAte Products

OptimAAte® supplementation can supply the key amino acids that are in greatest demand during the day to support active lifestyles.

  • Usage of OptimAAte® as directed, may assist in the development of muscle mass and the product is useful before, during, or after sustained strenuous exercise.
  • Daily supplementation of amino acids has been shown to help reduce fatigue.
  • OptimAAte®: 130 servings per tub; 46c per serve
    • One serve of OptimAAte® contains only 22kJ or 5.3 Calories
    • OptimAAte® can be mixed with water in your drink bottle or cup.

ElectrAAte® has been designed to provide the high-demand amino acids, plus the electrolytes, that can be lost through sweat and urine. The product is useful during, or after sustained strenuous exercise.

  • ElectrAAte®: 80 servings per tub; 76c per serve
    • One serve of ElectrAAte® contains only 26kJ or 6.3 Calories
    • ElectrAAte® can be mixed in the drink bottle or cup and has a light lemon flavouring.

Both OptimAAte® and ElectrAAte® do not contain any sugar or caffeine and are vegan friendly. Both products have been tested by an independent laboratory to be sure that that they do not contain WADA banned substances so they are safe for use by elite athletes and people in restricted workplaces.

See more about the differences between OptimAAte® and ElectrAAte® here.

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