Collagen 101

Protein, considered the building blocks of the metabolism, is the second most plentiful substance in the body (after water). It is needed for the growth and repair of every cell in the body.

Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibers in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage and bones, accounting for 25% of total body protein and 80% of total conjunctive tissue.  Collagen acts as a kind of intracellular glue that gives support, shape and bulk to blood vessels, bones, and organs including the heart, kidneys, and liver.

After the age of 25 the body’s natural ability to produce amino acids diminishes, but supplementing the diet with collagen protein can help. Collagen Hydrolysate is unique in its amino acid profile, because it contains high amounts of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. 

Both cartilage and bone in joints are subject to continual physical stress, so they are constantly being broken down and replaced.  Cartilage that covers the surface of joints is composed of cells called chondrocytes. These cells are embedded in an extracellular matrix containing collagen fibers and other molecules linked into an integrated network with hyaluronic acid.  A diet with the proper amount of collagen protein can combat collagen breakdown and sore or damaged joints.