What is Collagen?
Collagen is derived from the Greek word “kolla” which means glue – Its the major protein in the connective tissues of the body, essentially “holding” your whole body together.
Collagen is found in bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, skin, gums, and teeth where it forms a “scaffold” to provide strength and structure, i.e. it provides:
- Elasticity and volume (skin and hair)
- Flexibility and mobility of the body’s structural components (cartilages & joints)
- Smooth functioning of internal organs – acts as a kind of intercellular “glue” that gives support to organs (heart, kidneys & liver)
- Restores blood vessels, bruises and broken bones
- Maintenance of good form for blood vessels and bone density
Collagen is the most abundant protein which accounts for 30% of total body proteins and 75% of the protein that makes up your skin.
It is naturally produced by your body, but various factors contribute to the reduction of collagen production in our bodies:
- Natural Aging Process – we lose 1.5% collagen per year from the age of 25 (by the age of 60, you will have less than half of your body’s collagen left).
- External factors such as sunlight, smoking, and high sugar consumption.