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The Roles Collagen Plays In Your Body Part ll

Since Type l, 11 and lll are the main collagen types in the body, it helps to have a basic understanding of just what they do and how they contribute to your health and well-being. It also helps to understand what the benefits are of supplementing with collagen are as well.

1. Promotes Healthy Skin Are we just talking vanity here? Not a chance! Aside from benefits of healthy skin that we’ll talk about don’t forget that looking healthy is also part of our sense of well-being. Type l collagen is the building block of our skin’s structure, making up about 80% of the dermal layer. Collagen peptide supplementation has been shown to be beneficial for keeping healthy, hydrated skin. Studies have also shown a benefit for improving collagen production in the deep layers of the skin helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

2. Support for Joint and Bone Health Have you ever experienced issues with your joints? About 60% of cartilage and 80% of the skeletal bones are composed of collagen. That’s structure and support! Through aging collagen production decreases and along with that bone density and cartilage cushions start to lose integrity. Studies show that collagen peptide supplementation may support and benefit our bodies by maintaining those structures through bone density, strength, joint health and improved joint comfort.

3. Boosts The Immune System The importance of a well-functioning immune system can not be overstated. Especially these days. How does collagen contribute to immunity? Healthy skin is part of a healthy immune system. The skin plays an important role by acting as a protective barrier. Bones help to regulate immune cell activity. You’ve probably never heard of the ECM (extracellular matrix) but its a network located in the dermal layer of your skin and provides structural and biochemical support to the epidermis. Immune also work here to regulate immune response. Bones, like skin, are largely made up of collagen. Deep within the bones is the birthplace of immune cells — the bone marrow. Healthy skin, bones and bone marrow lead to the promotion of a healthy immune system.

4. Improves Muscle Mass The role collagen plays in improving muscle mass is still being examined by scientists, its one of the exciting aspects of collagen function that we are just beginning to understand. To make a long story short the role is not clear but observations in studies show that supplementing with collagen together with resistance training improves muscle mass and body composition. It appears to have something to do with the function of creatine and supporting the extracellular matrix (above point 4).

5. Provides Flexibility for Arteries Arteries and veins are mostly made of collagen so that they are flexible allowing easier passage for blood. Age, poor diet, and other lifestyle and environmental factors can negatively impact the health and condition of our cardiovascular system. Vascular walls become rigid and the surfaces fray. Research has shown that collagen peptide supplementation may significantly improve existing vascular wall damage and blood vessel elasticity in healthy people.

Stay tuned for more exciting collagen information!

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