Frequently Asked Questions
Collagen

A. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It makes up to one third of your body protein. Your body may be made up of organs, tissues, and cells but something needs to hold them together and that something is connective tissue. Without collagen as a building block, there would be no connective tissue. Without Vitamin C on the other hand your collagen development and maintenance would be compromised.

Think of collagen as a framework – an essential structure without which you would not able to function. Bones, joints, skin, hair, and muscles enjoy the benefit. Collagen supplements are hydrolysed. This means that the collagen is broken down into peptides (short strings of amino acids) which are smaller than proteins, thus allowing for easier body absorption. Because collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin, supplements become a sought-after option.

Collagen supplements have several origins such as bovine, marine or pork. Collagen that you ingest comprises hydrolysed peptides. This means they are already broken down for easier bioavailability. Three types of collagen – 1, 2 and 3 are used in supplements. Type 1 is favoured for skin, nails, hair, and bones. Type 1 and 111 are the most commonly occurring in our bodies.

They increase the elasticity of the skin and reduce wrinkles. They also stimulate the production of amino acid – Glycine. Glycine builds muscle and burns fat. Type 2 collagen promotes joint and cartilage. It has become extremely popular for reducing painful symptoms of arthritis. Medical research is finally acknowledging the benefit of collagen supplementation.