THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLAGEN
COLLAGEN – is the major structural protein of all mammalian body. The word collagen is derived from kolla, the Greek word for glue. It is a strong fiber that weaves throughout the body for strength and support to factually hold the body together. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is found in many types throughout the body. Twenty eight types have been identified to date and the most researched are types I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and X.
Aging effects the production of collagen and the body’s ability to produce collagen slows down as we age. The levels of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) our body needs to make collagen are reduced. Collagen protein is composed of amino acids responsible for growth, maintenance, and repair of our bodies. Collagen has an unusually high proportion of the amino acid glycine and proline, as well as hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine. These amino acids are essential elements for the production of lean muscles, healthy bones, and firm youthful skin.
Scientific research and studies indicates that more than 90% of the collagen found in our body is Collagen Type I & Type III. These two types are found in all connective tissue, eyes, skin, nails, hair and bone. Type II collagen is the major component of hyaline cartilage. Collagen Type II is rich in hyaluronic acid and mucopolysaccarides. Type V collagen is non-cartilaginous tissue. Type I collagen accounts for the majority of the collagen mass and collagen Type V is a minor component. Type V collagen has been implicated in the regulation of fibril diameter, and recently reported preliminary evidence shows that type V collagen is required for collagen fibril nucleation. Type X collagen may have a role in providing mineralization and structural support for articular cartilage.
Collagen supplements work naturally within the body as a bioavailable food source. Collagen is a protein processed with optimum molecular weight for easy assimilation. It activates the body’s own fat burning mechanism while increasing metabolism. Thus, the body has more energy, strength and stamina.
“Collagen increases blood circulation because it exhibits one of the highest dynamic effects (increase in metabolic rate and rise in body temperature) of any food”
- Nutrition Report International
“Proline and hydroxyproline are essential for collagen formation and maintenance, useful in all conditions effecting status of supporting structure, and in reducing collagen degeneration during the aging process”
- Amino Acids in Therapy