Benefits and functions of hydroxyproline, nonessential amino acid
CHARACTERISTICS OF HYDROXYPROLINE
What is hydroxyproline?
Hydroxyproline is a nonessential amino acid which, as its name suggests, is a hydroxylation of an amino acid, specifically proline, from which it derives.
Its abbreviation is Hyp.
For hydroxyproline synthesis to be carried out proline, glycine and vitamin C are required
Its greatest concentration lies at bones, on the walls of plant cells and connective tissue, specifically in the collagen.
Properties of hydroxyproline
Hydroxyproline is necessary to synthesize collagen, both in bone and skin tissue. Collagen is responsible for the elasticity, beauty and firmness of skin.
Its main function is to be the first defense against external attacks from microorganisms, through a skin in good condition.
Hydroxyproline is used as a marker in urine tests, in order to evaluate the bone mineral loss.
Consumption is contraindicated in the days before when are going to perform a urine test, not to alter the results.
Contraindications of hydroxyproline
Photo of carob beans: the seeds of the carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua), used as a substitute for cocoa, are one of the richest plant in hydroxyproline, although the most important sources of this amino acid are animal proteins.
Foods containing hydroxyproline
Animal foods are those that contain more hydroxyproline, for example gelatin of animal origin or shark cartilage
Within plant foods, we include, for example, Alfalfa sprouts
* More information: Foods rich in hydroxyproline
Although you can take supplements of hydroxiproline, it is recommended to meet the needs of this amino acid through a balanced diet. If supplementation is necessary, consult with the specialist before taking it.
* Related information:
List of amino acids in food
Essential amino acids
Nonessential amino acids
More information on amino acids.