Collagen is a protein in our bodies that is found almost everywhere: skin, tendons, ligaments, bone, cartilage, blood vessels, teeth, you name it. Our collagen production decreases as we age and our stores start depleting over time.
There are over 20 different types of collagen, but 80-90% of collagen found in the body consists of type 1, type 2, and type 3.
COLLAGEN TYPES 1 AND 3 DEAL WITH SKIN, TENDONS, AND LIGAMENTS, WHILE TYPE II IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF BONE AND CARTILAGE.
Collagen supplements are hydrolysed peptides that are broken down from the collagen found in animals. The supplement will bolster the collagen your body produces in an effort to mitigate under-production. (Which could be happening due to a medical condition, aging, smoking or too much exposure to UV rays).
All collagen is a connective tissue, meaning that taking collagen supplements could help keep your skin tighter, grow your hair longer, your muscles stronger, and your bones more resilient. There are countless ways that it could effect your overall health – and the possible effects it has on minimizing wrinkles aren’t bad, either!