To become a nutritional favorite among elite athletes and those with active lifestyles, a protein supplement has to earn top marks for providing a complete amino acid content with digestibility, bioavailability, and convenience. This supplement needs to maximize performance and endurance and accelerate recovery. Frog Fuel collagen protein supplement meets these high standards.
A protein supplement created for medical healing
OP2 Labs was innovated by two former Navy SEALs whose missions and injuries made them aware of the need for a medical-grade collagen protein for superior post-surgical healing. Today, their unique formulation, marketed as ProT Gold, is trusted by over 4,000 medical facilities, where its fast-acting complete protein collagen promotes more rapid wound healing.
ProT Gold is twice as fast as other collagen protein supplements and is used in fourteen other medical procedures in addition to wound healing. The OP2 Labs management team recognized that their biologically-complete collagen formulation could meet the need for a more nutritionally available protein supplement overall. This became the impetus for the introduction of Frog Fuel collagen protein.
The advantages of Frog Fuel quickly became apparent to serious athletes, as well as those who want to keep physically active with reduced risk of injury and discomfort.
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The most complete collagen protein supplement
Collagen, the most abundant substance in the human body after water, is a protein. It provides structure and support to blood vessels, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even hair and nails. Collagen protein is essential for healing, repair, and recovery from workouts and the normal wear and tear of living actively, as well as overall health.
While collagen protein is produced naturally in our bodies, its production begins to slow as early as age 25, resulting in reduced availability for recovery and repair. This is when extra protein from external sources, especially protein supplements, becomes helpful.
While maintaining maximum physical activity as young adults and as we mature, there is always susceptibility to injury if our nutritional needs are not met. A nutritionally complete collagen protein supplement can help reduce the risk of injury during physical activity.
Our bodies are made of protein
“Proteins are of primary importance to the continuing functioning of life on Earth” (Britannica). Proteins catalyze chemical reactions that occur in cells, provide the cells’ structural elements, and bind cells together into tissues to form organs, blood and blood vessels, connective tissues, and muscles. Some proteins make movement possible, while others transport nutrients into cells. Proteins form antibodies to protect from disease; in the form of interferon, they attack viruses that elude other immune system defenses. Proteins form hormones and enzymes and control the activity of genes in DNA.
It takes 22 amino acids for a complete protein
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Nine of the 22 amino acids are considered essential and must be ingested as they are not naturally produced by the body. Only animal-sourced foods—meats, fish, dairy, eggs—provide the full quota; plant-based foods do not, except for soy and quinoa.
Alexander Kunz, CEO and founder of OP2 Labs explains that “proteins vary by the types of amino acids they contain. Some proteins are easily assimilated by the body; others are not.”
The protein in Frog Fuel is formulated with a total of 22 amino acids, which is two more than the protein available from foods, or that our bodies can produce, even on a meat, fish, and dairy-rich diet. Naturally occurring collagen contains only 18 amino acids, so it’s an incomplete protein. However, the collagen in Frog Fuel is formulated to have all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids, making it a complete protein that is able to heal, repair, and strengthen twice as fast and more effectively than whey and plant collagen.
Marathoners, triathletes, weightlifters … and the rest of us
Frog Fuel uses the same formula as ProT Gold and focuses on athletic performance, injury prevention, recovery, and the restorative benefits of this unique collagen protein. It is perfect to be taken pre-and post-workout for greater endurance and strength during exercise and for faster recovery afterward. The complete collagen protein in Frog Fuel improves the process of hypertrophy, during which muscle tissues damaged during resistance exercise are repaired, strengthened, and increased in muscle mass.
“Frog Fuel is for those competing in sports at a very high, elite level,” founder Kunz says, but it is also “for everyone who wants to live an active lifestyle, from doing better at sports and around-the-home activities to working out more effectively.” It’s also appealing to an older clientele who want to keep on going “and be able to pick up and carry up their grandchildren—creating emotional as well as physical benefits.”
Seniors experiencing aching backs and joints may still desire to enjoy physical activities and not give up favorite pastimes such as golf or gardening. Other brands may not be looking to resolve this, but because of OP2 Labs’ medical history, these needs have been anticipated and are being fulfilled. “Our older customers are using Frog Fuel as a lifestyle support. Collagen is what your body uses naturally for repair.”
Collagen is more effective than other proteins in repairing and strengthening connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. These tissues experience everyday wear and tear and are more prone than muscles to break down or become damaged over time. Supplementing with a fortified complete collagen like Frog Fuel can help protect connective tissues, keeping you more active and feeling younger for longer.
Superior collagen protein bioavailability and digestibility
Frog Fuel is a complete collagen protein, unlike most other forms of collagen, allowing for optimal benefits. However, collagen protein also needs to be bioavailable—it doesn’t matter how many grams of protein are consumed if your body can’t digest and assimilate all of it.
In its natural form, each collagen molecule is around 30,000 daltons (a unit used to express the size of molecules), while your stomach pores are only 5,000 daltons. When collagen in its original molecular size is consumed, it is minimally bioavailable.
Collagen needs to be nano-hydrolyzed; that is, to be made smaller than the pores in your stomach. OP2 Labs reduces the collagen protein to 2,500 daltons, which is half the size of a stomach pore. As a result, the body absorbs every collagen nutrient within 15 minutes. Without being nano-hydrolyzed, most collagen protein supplements would pass through the system without being fully absorbed.
Superior convenience in carrying and consuming
Most protein supplements come in large, bulky containers and cartons commonly seen on the shelves of health food stores and pharmacies. This is where the convenience of Frog Fuel really comes into play. Unlike every other protein supplement, Frog Fuel is completely portable and ready to drink with no mixing required, anytime and anywhere. Just tear open the small one-ounce packet and drink. That’s it—no stopping to pour or add powder; no need to mix, shake, or clean up. No special bottles to carry around. It’s a pre-mixed liquid in a perfect dose, suitable for use at home, in the car, at the gym, or while hiking or walking.
One ounce of Frog Fuel is more than equal in protein power to a full cup or more of other mixes. Frog Fuel is a choice complete protein supplement; more bioavailable and digestible, so you need far less for full nutritional benefit.
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