An Introduction to Collagen
Collagen is the body's most abundant form of natural protein. It is the essential structural component of all connective tissue. Collagen accounts for between one quarter and one third of the body's protein, It makes up 75% of the body's skin tissue and about 90% of dermal volume.
Collagen is the most abundant structural protein found in cartilage, muscle, tendons, ligaments and bones. It functions as a chondroprotective agent, which means that it protects cartilage and synovial fluid against deterioration and is the raw material for cartilage synthesis and repair. It can also reduce oxidation damage to joints and therefore stimulate reductions in joint pain, tenderness and swelling.
Collagen is the glue that holds the body together, however it has been scientifically shown that from the age of 25, it's rate of production by the body reduces at a rate of between 1 and 1.5% a year as part of the ageing process.
With ageing, and as a result of exposure to the sun, collagen fibre components begin to weaken, become less pliable and tougher. The result is the development of dry, wrinkled skin that has lost it's inherent elasticity. Orally ingested collagen works on the whole body, replacing missing Collagen and activating the formation of new collagen by the body, and thus may arrest and reverse this condition.
Collagen naturally contains 15% Glucosamine Sulphate and 15% Chondroitin Sulphate. Collagen is non-toxic and has no known side effects unlike regularly prescribed immuno-suppressant pharmaceuticals and non-steroid anti-inflammatories e.g. Ibuprofen. Collagen can therefore improve the quality of life of many suffering from aches and pain disorders such as arthritis and lupus.
Orally ingested collagen encourages the rapid absorption of the essential amino acids glysine, proline and hydroxyproline that can preserve and replenish lean muscle mass and improve the management of the body's fat. It therefore has a positive role to play in weight management and bodybuilding. Because it also stimulates the body's own collagen production it can address the problem of cellulite.
As collagen is the building block of the skin it can be reasoned that it can, as part of a healing regime, work to beneficially affect obstinate skin problems such as intractable leg ulcers, burns and wound healing.
Collagen is for healthy hair, nails and skin. It is a powerful anti-ageing protein. It plumps up skin, reduces lines and wrinkles, improves skin's elasticity and suppleness, produces a firmer more toned skin and helps achieve a radiant complexion.
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The information here covers "Collagen" in general and is taken from a variety of sources. The medical and health information presented on this web site is meant for general educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for consultation with your physician or other healthcare professionals. It is recommended that anyone with a medical condition should consult their physician or therapist before taking collagen as a food supplement and before making any change to prescribed medication. We do not accept any responsibility for use of collagen except as suggested. Pure-Col does not claim to treat, cure or heal.