10 Interesting Facts About Collagen

A healthy outside starts from the inside! Collagen is often referred to as the glue that holds the body together. It plays such a large role in our health, inside and out. 

Did you know...
1. Collagen is the main structural protein in connective tissues such as those found in bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin. Connective tissues provide the support and framework for the body.

2. Ever wonder what the most abundant protein in the body is? Collagen! Making up about one-third of all the protein in the body. 

3. The meaning of the word "collagen" is significant. As it is a derivative of the Greek word kola, which means glue. And as mentioned before many refer to collagen as the glue that holds the body together. 

4. Tendons, ligaments, and fascia are composed almost entirely of collagen. Collagen is also found in the digestive tract, teeth, blood vessels and in the cornea of the eye. Who would've thought!

5. It is the very thing that gives strength to your bones and cartilage. 

6. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we age our body’s natural ability to produce collagen diminishes.

7. Ultraviolet light, smoking and a high sugar diet can all interfere with the production of collagen.

8. Type I collagen is stronger than steel gram for gram. Yes, you read that right, collagen is stronger than steel!

9. It is unlikely that skin can absorb collagen from lotions because the molecules of collagen are too large to be absorbed through the deeper dermal layers of skin. 

10. Type I collagen is the most abundant collagen in our bodies (there are 28 types of collagen). Great Lakes Gelatin Company’s collagen is primarily Type I collagen.

References:
1. Eric R. Braverman. The Healing Nutrients Within. 3rd edition. California: Basic Health Publications, Inc., 2003
2. National Institute of Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21582/
3. Medical News Today. “What is Collagen, and why do people use it?”. James McIntosh.
4. Patricia Maia Campos, Maisa O Melo, Livia S Calixto and Marina M Fossa. “An Oral Supplementation Based on Hydrolyzed Collagen and Vitamins Improves Skin Elasticity and Dermis Echogenicity: A Clinical Placebo-Controlled Study”. Clinical Pharmacology and Biopharmaceutics (2015) pages 1-6.
5. Jerome Asserin, Elian Lati, Toshiaki Shioya, B. Eng, Janne Prawitt. “The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2015) pages 291-301.
6. Jim English and Hyla Cass. “Linus Pauling’s Unified Theory of Human Cardiovascular Disease”. Nutrition Review (2013).
7. Hongdong Song and Bo Li “Beneficial Effects of Collagen Hydrolysate: A Review on Recent Developments”. Journal of Scientific & Technical Research (2017).

 

Disclaimer: The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions. Nor is it intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a medical professional. Individual results may vary.

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