Collagen and You – How Collagen Helps Different Parts of the Body

Collagen and You – How Collagen Helps Different Parts of the Body

Collagen and You – How Collagen Helps Different Parts of the Body

Collagen and You - How Collagen Helps Different Parts of the Body

Have you ever wondered what keeps your joints moving fluidly, your bones strong and your skin smooth and glowing? These things actually have one important thing in common. And that’s collagen. Our go-to experts from CanPrev are sharing their expertise on this noteworthy nutrient! 

Collagen is a protein naturally found all over our bodies – from our teeth to our nail beds, and our connective tissues, skin, tendons, bones, cartilage, and even our corneas! It’s what gives our body structure. But as we age, our bodies produce less collagen.

Many people take a collagen supplement to delay signs of aging and protect the body against bone loss. But did you know that different collagen supplements can have different effects on your body? Depending on the size of collagen peptides used in the supplement and how much you take, it can help target various concerns throughout your body.

But first, let’s learn a little bit about what collagen does within our body.

 

Collagen's Role Within the Body

There are three main types of collagen, and each one can be found in a different part of our bodies. Type I collagen can be found in our skin, bones, tendons, and ligaments. Type II collagen can be found in the joints and type III in our muscles and connective tissues.

Skin

Our skin is made of three layers: the outermost layer (epidermis), the middle or inner layer (dermis), and the innermost layer (hypodermis). Collagen is what makes up the dermis and it’s responsible for keeping our skin tough and resistant to tearing. It’s also what helps us maintain smooth and wrinkle-free skin. Additionally, collagen plays a role in one of the body’s most important functions – wound healing.

When you get a cut, your epidermis can regenerate, while the dermis cannot. So, an enzyme called collagenase breaks down the collagen within your dermis at the wounded area and releases fragments of collagen. These fragments are called peptides. Peptides pass on a signal to a protein called integrin to make more collagen to layer on top of the wound, healing it.

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Muscles

The fascia is a thin connective tissue that surrounds bundles of muscle fibres. Made of type III collagen, the fascia is responsible for shaping our muscles and helping transmit force during muscle contractions. Here, collagen plays a role in every movement we make through the fascia.

 

Joints

Type II collagen makes up the cartilage that lines the ends of our bones. The collagen in our cartilage plays an essential role in helping our joints move smoothly. Our bodies have more than 400 joints, so this is a pretty significant role! Movements like jumping up and down, bending, squatting and more are all possible because of collagen.

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Bones

When we think of our bones, we may picture them as hard and inflexible. But they’re also made of soft organic matter, of which 90% is type I collagen. Collagen is responsible for giving our bones strength and flexibility and reducing bone loss. Collagen helps reinforce our bones to support the pressure that’s put on them when we do activities like picking up a heavy box.

 

Tendons

Even our tendons and ligaments are made of type I collagen. Tendons are strong connective tissues that attach a muscle to a bone. Collagen gives our tendons strength, mobility, and joint stability. Collagen’s strength and ability to stretch help tendons withstand tension when our muscles contract. Ligaments act as joint stabilizers or tissues that attach bones together. They’re responsible for limiting the motion of our joints to prevent injuries.


Where to Start

Now that you know how collagen works within your body, let’s discuss what to look for in a collagen supplement.

Collagen peptides have been shown to do their best work for different areas of the body when taken in varying molecular weights. Studies also show that how much you take can have an impact on how well collagen performs within your body, depending on your health goals.

For example, while 2.5 grams of 2 kilodaltons (kDA) is most useful for improving collagen synthesis for your skin, 5 grams of 5 kDA is most effective for bone formation. And this information is exactly what we used to design our collagen supplements, specifically catered for a variety of health needs.

CanPrev’s collagen peptides are great for those suffering from age-related issues that affect skin, bones, joints, and mobility, in addition to those experiencing general wear and tear on their joints. We use peptides between 2-5 kDA for precise sequencing and excellent solubility. They can be dissolved in your drink, warm or cold, while remaining highly bioavailable and easily absorbed for your body to use.

Collagen Saves the Day

Whether you’re looking to improve your skin, maintain healthy muscle mass, or build strong bones, joints, and tendons, collagen supplements can help you get there!

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