What is collagen?
Collagen is the natural protein that constitutes most of the body’s structural support, being the skin, tendons, bone and cartilage and is the primary substance of connective tissue. It is this fibrous tissue that holds the body together.
Besides its many structural properties, collagen serves as the major catalyst for growth and repair of nearly all of the body’s tissues. Whether the body can efficiently rebuild and repair itself is dependent upon its ability to convert one body resource into another. This process of protein synthesis is a metabolic process requiring collagen as a catalyst. As collagen diminishes in the body, both the resource and the catalyst are reduced. Thus many different aging diseases are related to the body’s lack of this vital protein and to disorders in the collagen itself.
The body’s production of collagen slows with aging. The connective tissues and muscle tissues break down due to an increase in collagen deficiency and damage. By supplementing the body’s decreasing stores of collagen, many of the signs and effects of aging on the musculoskeletal system can be greatly reduced.
The different types of collagen
There are 5 different types of collagen, representing 99% of all collagen types. Each has a different role at the human metabolic level.
Type 1 - Bones, tendons, ligaments and skin.