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Curious About Collagen?

Posted by Pam on

What is Collagen?

  • its the "glue" that holds our body together.
  • the building block for all our body's major systems.
  • it is the single most abundant protein in the human body.
  • there are over 16 types of collagen, but 90 percent of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II and III.

Why Do We Need Collagen?

  • as we age collagen production declines in our bodies.  
  • roughly 1% lost per year starting in our early 20s.  
  • women in menopause are especially susceptible (up to 30% lost in 5 years).

What Happens When Production of Collagen Declines?

  • muscles and skin begins to sag.
  • bones lose density.
  • joints and ligaments become weaker and less elastic.
  • cartilage becomes thinner and weaker at the joints it is supposed to cushion.
  • hair loses its thickness and wave and can break easily.
  • organs may sag toward the floor ie. prolapsed uterus and bladder.
  • sphincters weaken.
  • the heart can enlarge.
  • arteries become less elastic and less resistant to plaque formation.

What Are The Types of Collagen?

  • Collagen Type 1 and 3 and Type 2 each have different amino acid profiles and are produced by different cells in the body.
  • Types 1 and 3 are produced by fibroblasts (connective tissue cells) and osteoblasts (bone cells).  They make up the majority of the body's total collagen supply and are the main collagen constituents in the skin, hair, nails, ligaments, tendons, bones and muscles.
  • Type 2 is produced by chondrocytes (cartilage cells).  It provides essential nutrients for joint support.  It is needed to maintain and rebuild cartilage tissue (helps with swelling, mobility and cushioning).  Collagen Type 2 makes up 50% of all protein in cartilage and 85-90% of collagen in articular cartilage.

What Nutrients Support Collagen?

  • Building blocks for production:  Silica, Biotin, Sulfur (MSM), Vitamin C and Zinc.
  • Antioxidants:  support and protect damaged fibres, inhibit enzymes that break down collagen.

NOTE:  Hydrolyzed collagen provides optimum bioavailability (so your body can best use it!).