Collagen is a protein which is a very important building block for tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, bones, skin, blood vessels, intestinal walls and even the cornea. Collagen accounts for roughly 30% of our body’s protein content.
Starting in our 20’s and 30’s collagen naturally starts to decline by about 1% to 1 ½% per year. This declining can increase with intense physical or mental stress, smoking or high sugar consumption. This helps explain why some individuals have joint, back and all-over achiness in their 40’s and 50’s while others experience these symptoms later in life. Collagen provides structural support (holds the body together) and elasticity to the tendons, ligaments, muscle and strengthening of cartilage in joints.
There are 16 different collagen types with 80% to 90% belonging to type 1, 2 or 3. Each collagen has a different structure and function. The collagens in the human body help to keep it strong and flexible. Type 1 collagen fibers are able to stretch. Gram-for-gram these fibers are stronger than steel but still able to be flexible. Type 1 collagen will increase the health of your skin (less wrinkles), bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and spinal discs because the inner fibers will be stronger and more flexible.
Type 3 collagen supports muscles, liver, lungs, intestinal walls and blood vessels. Types 1 and 3 are commonly found together in collagen supplements.
Type 2 collagen excels in its support of cartilage and eyes (eyeball fluid).
The body normally needs about 2 to 2 ½ grams daily to maintain normal collagen levels. To start the repair processes start with 6 to 9 grams daily. Collagen in powder form is tasteless and can be mixed with water, juice, coffee or sprinkled on food. Temperature does not affect the benefits of collagen.
Try collagen for aches, pain, reduced flexibility and health of your skin and blood vessels.