What is Collagen? Why do we need Collagen?

What is Collagen? Why do we need Collagen?

Collagen the wonder protein; our bodies are composed of approximately 30 per cent collagen; it is fundamental to sustain life, maintain health and well-being; collagen is composed of 19 amino acids that are responsible for maintenance, regeneration, body function, development and growth.  When we are young our bodies produce an abundance of collagen to restore and maintain our overall appearance and well-being.  In our mid-twenties collagen production slows and as we age, this reduction in production of replacement collagen continues to decline, resulting in less support for tissue and less available collagen for the production of elastin. Elastin is the matrix, the web supporting connective tissue and collagen, which irons out those fine lines and wrinkles that develop as we age.

Healthy skin and soft tissue depends on this elastin matrix to be resilient and recover from stretching and defamation due to pressure; a simple test would be to press the skin with a finger then release and observe the speed of the skins recovery; this recovery is much faster when we are younger.

Collagen is essential to maintain supple healthy connective tissue throughout our structure including the TLC's (tendons, ligaments and cartilage), as the body's collagen production declines our skin health and texture suffers, our nails become more brittle and are inclined to split and break, our hair becomes lifeless, lack lustre, dull,  loses that youthful body and bounce.

The origins of the name and word collagen are Greek ( κόλλα kolla κολλάω, κολλώ κόλλα) is appropriate that an ancient translation of the word collagen is glue as collagen is in fact the very foundation and adhesive that binds, separates, spaces and hinges our body and it's numerous components including, bones, organs and glands to name but a few.

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."

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