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The Basic Roles Collagen Plays In Your Body

Welcome to the first entry in the blog! It’s purpose is to provide a little further insight, for those that want it, on collagen in the body. What does it do, the kinds of collagen in the body, why supplementation can be beneficial, the differences in collagen supplement types, and any thing new that may come up in the world of collagen. The intent here is NOT to provide in-depth science but rather to present documented information in a simple convenient format, just the main basics.

Collagen has been a part of our make-up since the beginning. So why now, all of a sudden, all the interest in it? Part of the answer is that we’ve been discovering all the essential roles it plays in the body but, honestly, we’re discovering it can also help us look pretty good too. That seems to get a lot of interest.

Some Basics:

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, helping to build everything from bones to skin. It’s an important part of the connective tissue that lends strength, structure and resilience in the body. It’s also like the “glue” that holds cells in place in tissues.

The obvious question is “doesn’t the body just produce collagen as it needs it?” Yes, and no. In a young healthy body collagen is produced by the body in necessary amounts but as we age this production falls off, and the decline starts to happen earlier than you might think. What does this look like externally? Fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Internally joints can lose strength and integrity.

Very simply, there are about 20 different types of collagen in the body, but the most of it exists as 3 forms: type l, ll and lll.

Type l: The most common, and found in hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons

Type ll: Found mainly in cartilage

Type lll: Found alongside Type l and in blood vessels and internal organs

In later posts we’ll cover more about Type 1, the collagen that most influences skin health and appearance.

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