Why we use Collagen & Gelatin in our Raw Pawz Products

  • by Alana Scarce

WHY WE USE COLLAGEN & GELATIN IN OUR PRODUCTS AT RAW PAWZ

Collagen is the main structural protein in the extracellular matrix found in the body's various connective tissues. As the main component of connective tissue, it is the most abundant protein in mammals, making up from 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content.

It is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones. Consuming collagen may have a variety of health benefits, from relieving joint pain to improving skin health.

This integral collagen substance is the “glue” that helps hold the body together so it’s essential to joint and tendon health. It also provides the skin with strength and suppleness, which is why so many humans use it for anti-aging purposes and pet owners use it to enhance their pets’ skin and coat. The largest portion of a dog’s or cat’s skin is composed of collagen.

The depletion of healthy collagen in the body is a natural part of the aging process, but that does not mean that it is gone forever. Lost collagen can be replaced through supplementation and the earlier you begin providing additional collagen in your dog’s diet, the more likely you prevent illness and disease.

Here are 5 great reasons to start giving your dog collagen today.

# 1. General Bone and Joint Health

Collagen is literally a building block of your pet’s bones, joints, cartilage, connective tissues and blood vessels. It is a great way to encourage the health of all these vital structural components of your pet’s body. Plus, it’s a preventative strategy too, since, as dogs age, their mobility can often be hindered due to joint problems and joint pain.

# 2. Joint Pain and Osteoarthritis

Collagen for dogs may really help to improve common health struggles to do with their joints. Also the addition into their food of glucosamine regulates the synthesis of collagen in cartilage and may provide mild anti-inflammatory effects.

# 3. Promotes a Healthy Coat and Skin Health

Looking for another reason to try collagen for dogs? Many pet owners are looking for a way to improve their pets’ appearance, especially when it comes to their coats. Collagen is a way to encourage the quality of your dog’s hair and skin. The layer of your dog’s skin called the dermis is mainly made of collagen, and the dermis provides a strong foundation for healthy skin and hair growth.

# 4. Helps Digestion

Like the way humans use collagen to improve digestive concerns, dogs can also benefit from collagen’s ability to boost digestive health. Dogs and other animals can get leaky gut syndrome too, which puts them at risk for a cascade of other health problems, including autoimmune disease, allergies, and behaviour issues.

# 5. Can Encourage Appetite

Most dogs really love collagen so if you’ve been having trouble getting your dog to have a healthy appetite, adding some collagen to his or her food may help to encourage desire and excitement around mealtime. Our Gelatin and Collagen enriched Gummies are the perfect addition and cover all these benefits with a fun and healthy supplement to each meal.

IS COLLAGEN THE SAME AS GELATIN:

WELL… SAME, SAME BUT DIFFERENT.

Collagen peptides are not the same as gelatin, but both are proteins are made of amino acids. The amino chains of collagen peptides have been cut into smaller pieces through a specific hydrolysis process. Collagen peptides do not have the gelling functionality of gelatin and are soluble in cold water. Esentially, Collagen is hydrolysed, and Gelatin is not.

Collagen is found in bones and tissue. Since it’s too tough to eat tendons or ligaments (in humans), these parts must be cooked down using a process called partial hydrolysis, to make the collagen digestible. The hydrolysing and drying of the bones and tissue is what forms gelatin powder. In other words, gelatin is the cooked form of collagen.

They are both commonly associated with health benefits such as healing leaky gut, preventing wrinkles, improving digestion, and reducing joint pain for both humans and your furry friends.

So why are they both good for you and your pet?

Since collagen and gelatin are derived from the same sources, they have identical amino acid profiles. Most of the amino acids found in gelatin and collagen are highly anti-inflammatory, which makes them beneficial for supporting overall health and well-being.

Gelatin and collagen contain the amino acids proline and glucosamine. All these nutrients support joint health by promoting the growth of new cartilage and cushioning the joints. Having more of these nutrients has been found to help reduce the pain associated with arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Another amino acid found in gelatin and collagen is glycine. As a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, glycine also helps to improve joint pain, but has the added benefit of supporting healthy nervous system function, improving stress relief, building collagen, and strengthening the intestinal lining. As you can see, glycine is one of the reasons why collagen and gelatin provide health benefits to your overall bodily make up and function.

In conclusion, Collagen helps to soothe and repair tissues in your dog's digestive tract that can contribute to poor digestion and nutrient absorption. It's also a common holistic approach to managing leaky gut syndrome.

Finally, the bonus benefit of collagen is that it's delicious and is why we use it to make up our beautiful, specifically formulated products at Raw Pawz.

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