What Is Collagen And What Is It Good For?

What Is Collagen And What Is It Good For?

Collagen

Collagen really only jumped into the scene around 2017 but has become a well-known staple ever since. As already a well-known addition in the beauty industry, It's good to know that collagen benefits more than just our looks. 

News Medical Life Sciences describes collagen as being "a protein which is made up of amino acids, which are in turn built of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Collagen contains specific amino acids – Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline and Arginine. Collagen makes up approximately 30% of the proteins within the body. These are tough and strong structures found all over the body: in bones, tendons and ligaments"

With collagen making up at least 1/3 of all proteins found in our bodies, more than any other protein, it becomes an important one to maintain. Just like many other parts of our body, as we age, our collagen levels deplete. While we can see signs of this through hollow eyes and face, wrinkles, skin sagging and loss of elasticity, we can also see stiff joints, muscle aches, problems with blood flow, loss of mobility and leaky gut.

Despite being able to receive collagen through our body by combining amino acids in foods rich in protein (as well as some vitamin c, zinc and copper), a supplementation could work wonders for you. All in all, there are 16 different types of collagen. Our Premium Collagen Complex delivers you not only one but five types (I, II, III, V, X) of the most important collagen out there out of the 16 types of collagen peptides. 

 

Types Of Collagen

Healthline gives us a closer look into the main types of collagen we would generally consume and what roles they play in our bodies.

  • Type I: This type accounts for 90% of your body’s collagen and is made of densely packed fibres. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth.

  • Type II: This type is made of more loosely packed fibres and found in elastic cartilage, which cushions your joints.

  • Type III: This type supports the structure of muscles, organs, and arteries.

  • Type V: This type is a regulator for the development of connective tissue.

  • Type X: This type plays a role in bone formation.

While there are different “types” of collagens listed through numbers, there are also names for where these collagens come from. In our Premium Collagen Complex supplement you will find: 

Bovine Collagen Peptides

First up is bovine collagen, which is a naturally occurring abundant protein in humans and other vertebrate animals, but is mainly sourced from cows. As the strongest, this specific type seems to be the most similar to our own. With the first three types of collagen (type I, II and III.) comprising 90% of our bodies, bovine generally contains and increases skin collagen of type I and type III. 

Bovine contains 18 amino acids with three most important: Glycine, Proline and Hydroxyproline. These are able to aid the body in bone, ligament, tendon, muscle, blood, skin and even organ health.

 

Hydrolyzed Chicken Collagen Peptides

This specific collagen comes from, well, chickens, and has a lot more health benefits than you may imagine. As a type II collagen, Medicine Net explains that "chicken collagen is said to work by causing the body to produce substances that fight pain and swelling (inflammation)." Because of this, chicken collagen could potentially aid in arthritis by reducing joint pain, improve the immune system, support the digestive system, benefit your skin and can enhance your sporting performances.”

 

Pure Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen Peptides

Marine collagen comes from fish scales and skin, specifically from snapper and cod. Once the proteins are derived from the fish, they are broken down more to aid in the body’s absorption of them. These broken down protein pieces are why the ingredient is called collagen peptide and the whole process in itself is why the ingredient is hydrolyzed.

As marine collagen is type I and II, it benefits our hair and nail health, quality of sleep, aids and gut health, strengthens our bones and can enhance workouts. Research has also shown “promising health benefits for bone tissue regeneration, anti-wrinkling effects, UV radiation protection, and wound healing”

 

Eggshell Membrane Collagen Peptides

This collagen comes from the thin membrane inside of the eggshell. Think between the hard eggshell and the egg whites of the egg. It mainly consists of type I collagen but also a small amount of type V and X too. 

A lot of great research has been conducted on the eggshell membrane with some extremely positive results.

We can first see that the eggshell membrane was able to "rapidly improve recovery from exercise-induced joint pain and stiffness and reduced discomfort immediately following exercise (stiffness)"according to studies.

Further testing has also been able to show the effectiveness "for the treatment of pain and inflexibility associated with joint and connective tissue disorders" also shown by studies

These great results are incredibly positive when it comes to the degeneration of our musculoskeletal system.

Avian Sternum Collagen Peptides

Another important collagen is avian sternum. The "avian" is related to birds, and the "sternum" is the largest and most functioning bone in their skeleton known to aid in flight. While this may seem like an odd addition to the collagen family, studies are showing positive results in relation to joint and mobility.

Another study controlled trial showed that "after 3 months of treatment, significant improvements compared to baseline were reported in joint pain (VAS walking), function (WOMAC) and quality of life."Showing just how significant this specific collagen, which most of us have probably never heard of before, can be. 

Overall, collagen is extremely beneficial in supporting bone strength, promoting joint flexibility, supporting skin health and aiding in our digestive system. While it is highly ranked in the skincare industry, it's great to know just how beneficial it can be for the rest of our body too. With current research showing great results and more research underway, we will be seeing a lot more good things about collagen in the future.

Luckily, our Premium Collagen Complex capsules make it easy to consume your collagen intake on the go. It is made with these listed ingredients that are 100% natural and is gluten, gmo, and lactose free.

 

Written By: Kristina Innemee 

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