Unlike other well-known essential nutrients, the truth is that the hydroxyproline is a type of non-essential amino acid originally little known by most people, being less popular than others such as taurine , arginine wave tyrosine .
Maybe it's because it's originally a hydroxylation of proline, another non-essential amino acid from which it derives.
Be that as it may, as we have already explained in previous articles, amino acids are part of the muscles, tendons and organs (among others), so that we could assimilate them as if they were a building block .
They are divided into essential amino acids (those that must be contributed through the diet because the organism is not able to synthesize them) and non-essential amino acids (those that we find in the organism, and can be synthesized by it).
What is hydroxyproline?
The hydroxyproline is a non-essential amino acid that consists more specifically in a hydroxylation of proline, an amino acid that is equally non-essential from the one originally derived.
For this hydroxylation to occur not only is there a need for proline, the presence of glycine is also needed.
Where do we find hydroxyproline in our body?
We find it especially in the walls of plant cells, in connective tissue (specifically in collagen) and in bones.
Functions of hydroxyproline
- Necessary for the synthesis of collagen at the level of the cutaneous tissue and bones.
- It helps to prevent or avoid the attack of external microorganisms.
Benefits of hydroxyproline
Hydroxyproline is a non-essential amino acid found mainly in the bones, walls of plant cells and connective tissue.
One of its main functions is to defend our organism from external attacks of microorganisms, although it is also an essential non-essential amino acid -and necessary- for the synthesis of collagen.
Foods rich in hydroxyproline
Here are the foods richest in hydroxyproline:
- Food of animal origin: meat.
- Foods of vegetable origin: vegetables, vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C (such as citrus fruits, peppers and cabbages).
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