Collagen: “Stuff of Life” Part 1

Collagen: “Stuff of Life” Part 1

It’s amazing, if you think about it: From the skin that envelops you to the bones that support you, every part of your body is made of collagen. This tough, durable protein provides the scaffolding on which all sorts of tissues are built.

Collagen production slows with age, which helps explain the dull, saggy skin and thin, brittle hair we associate with getting older, along with achy joints and other woes. (Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays also degrades collagen.) One way to bolster the body’s stores of this crucial protein is through the intake of readily absorbable hydrolized collagen peptides.

Collagen Types

Skin, bone and and cartilage (just to name three examples) have very dissimilar textures. This is explained by the fact that there are different types of collagen.

Types I and III are found in the skin, especially the deeper layer called the dermis, so it isn’t surprising to learn that they form the bulk of the body’s total collagen quotient. And in joints, type II collagen—another relatively abundant variety—helps build the cartilage that allows for smooth, pain-free movement.

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