What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and is one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas and teeth. You can think of it as the “glue” that holds all these things together. In fact, the word Collagen comes from the Greek word “Kólla”, which means glue.
Know the difference: Protein, Amino-acids & Collagen
- PROTEINS are the 2nd most prevalent substances in our body after water, playing an essential role for the growth and repair of every cell in the body.
- COLLAGEN, is the most abundant protein accounting for one-third of total proteins in your body. As mentioned above, it’s a critical component of all connective tissues and provides the foundation of the musculoskeletal system which allows our mobility.
- AMINO ACIDS, are the building blocks that make up all proteins, including Collagen.
Types of Collagen & their function:
There are at least 16 types of collagen, but the four main types are: type I, II, III and IV (1) . Over 90% of collagen in the body is comprised of Type 1 & 3 Collagen.
- Type I: Made of densely packed fibers, provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage & connective tissue. Also known to support hair & nails’ growth.
- Type II: Made of more loosely packed fibers and is found in elastic cartilage, which helps the function of cartilage & joints
- Type III: Supports the structure of muscles, organs and arteries.
- Type IV: This type helps with filtration and is found in layers of your skin.
Note: Type I & III, can be taken together while type 2 should be taken separately to ensure proper absorption.
Collagen supplements represent a fragment of proteins produced by the connective tissue found in animals skin hides and bones. They have a specific combination of amino acids required by the body to build and replenish its collagen supply. Such supply is essential for the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and joints.
An Essential supplement for Sports Nutrition*
Since the body’s natural ability to produce critical amounts of connective tissue starts to diminish by your mid 20s, lacking the amino acids that help produce collagen, can leave your body at a deficit to maintain healthy joints, muscles and skin. Especially, since these are known to be weakened by overuse through impact and stress. Restoring and maintaining appropriate Collagen levels will help your body speed up recovery, blood cell growth and protect joints, ligaments and bones* Grass Fed Hydrolyzed Collagen, also known as Collagen Peptides, is a highly digestible, easy to absorb protein obtained through the enzymatic treatment of materials rich in collagen levels, from pasture raised, bovine hide. Unflavored and water soluble, Collagen Peptides are easy to mix with your favorite beverage (smoothie, juice, tea or coffee) or even add it to your food, like cereal, yogurt or regular meal.