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Super Collagen C Review

Super Collagen C™ is sold by NeoCell™ as a collagen supplement. It is derived from cow collagen. The main components of Super Collagen C are amino acids and vitamin C.  Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins such as collagen. Vitamin C is vital to a reaction that creates one of the amino acids in collagen. The ingredients in Super Collagen C seem suitable for supporting collagen production.

Amino Acids in Super Collagen C
Like all proteins, collagen is made out of amino acids. There are about 20 common amino acids in the human body. The body can produce some amino acids from other amino acids. Certain amino acids, called essential amino acids, cannot be produced by the body. They must be consumed in the diet. If a person is missing even one essential amino acid from the diet, some researchers believe noticeable health concerns may result.

Every protein has a unique sequence of amino acids that is determined by the gene for that protein. This sequence of amino acids will dictate how the protein folds, what three dimensional shape it assumes, and what chemical properties it has. The sequence of amino acids for collagen contains mostly glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. NeoCell™ put high levels of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline into Super Collagen C™. NeoCell™ reports that about 22.8% of the amino acids in Super Collagen C™ is glycine, while about 13.8% is proline, and about 13.0% is hydroxyproline. The ratio of amino acids in Super Collagen C™ is different from the ratio of amino acids that the body needs for day to day functioning, therefore, Super Collagen C™ may not be as useful as a protein supplement.

Vitamin C in Super Collagen C
Vitamin C, which is also called ascorbic acid, is essential for good health. A person must take vitamin C regularly to replace the vitamin C lost in urine, because vitamin C is water soluble. Fruits and berries such as citruses, strawberries, papaya, watermelon, mango, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, pineapples, and cantaloupe are good sources of vitamin C. Vegetables with high levels of vitamin C include green peppers, red peppers, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, winter squash, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, broccoli, and leafy greens.

Hydroxyproline is a major component of collagen. The body needs vitamin C to produce hydroxyproline from proline. When there is not enough vitamin C in the diet, hydroxyproline production is insufficient, and the body may not be able to make new collagen.  TOKI from Lane Labs also contains vitamin C as well as a highly absorbable form of collagen.

 

Important Ingredients in Super Collagen C

Glycine

A common amino acid in collagen

Proline

A common amino acid in collagen

Hydroxyproline

A common amino acid in collagen

Vitamin C

Essential for creating hydroxyproline

The main ingredients of Super Collagen C are amino acids and vitamin C. Every protein has a set ratio of amino acids. Collagen is made primarily of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. NeoCell designed Super Collagen C to support collagen formation by making these three amino acids the most common amino acids in Super Collagen C.

References:

1. Super Collagen + C. NeoCell Company Website
http://www.neocell.com/productdetails/18

2. Collagen. RCSB Protein Data Bank
http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/static.do?p=education_discussion/molecule_of_the_month/pdb4_1.html

3. Vitamin C. MedlinePlus
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm