How Cortisol Can Destroy Muscle Collagen and Other Proteins

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Many people can’t seem to absorb enough proteins in their bodies. The underlying causes could be dietary or a medical condition. It could also be that a person is just not eating enough protein-rich foods.

If none of these reasons apply, then the culprit could be the presence of high cortisol. High levels of the stress hormone block amino acids from getting to their designated locations and obtaining optimal body performance and health. 

Because of stress, the process is thrown into a series of confusion, which affects the neurotransmitters, hormones, immune system, bones, and muscles. 

These amino acids are then transported to the liver where they’ll be converted to ammonia, carbon, and hydrogen ions, leading to inflammations like gout, arthritis, kidney, and liver damage. 

This is the reason why chronic stress can cause atrophy, or the wasting away of the muscles. This happens when the muscles are not getting the right nutrition they need to be in perfect condition. The bones need collagen to remain durable, but with high cortisol, they’re also deprived which leads to bone loss.


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