Hello, @naturalmedicine, I’m Dr. Ebingo Kigigha, I’ve been writing on Hive since last year and I came across this blog that I think is amazing, Joyous health. I’ve been hoping to make a debut in this great community, I hope you love this post and look forward to more from me.
In this post, I will be explaining just what collagen is, the types that exist, its functions, and why you should try collagen. I’ll like to introduce anyone who is new to collagen into its use and everyone else can just add this to their current store of information.
What is this collagen all about?
Collagen is the main protein that holds other tissue in the body together, a very important protein forming as much as 25 to 30% of the protein in the body. Bone broth forms one of the main sources of collagen in the human diet. It also is what gelatine is made of after it has been hydrolyzed.
Collagen’s mineralization makes it strong, make it a part of bone, tendons, and cartilage. Besides the skin, it forms bones and it is generally everywhere, on the eyes, veins and arteries, the intestines and teeth. It forms more than 90% of the skin’s protein and our friends in the medical community call it the skin’s scaffolding. It was named after the Greek word for glue probably because of its function in keeping other tissues together.
There are different types of collagen
There are close to 30 types of collagen and with advancements in medicine, who knows, more will be found. Most of the different types are either type I, type II, or type III, and among this majority...type I is also the most common. Type I is what forms most of the collagen on the skin, making up 80-90%. Fish meat and Beef contain mostly Type 1, as the muscle is also made up of a lot of protein. Type III collagen is also seen in beef.
Sun damage on the skin can affect collagen and elastin (yet another protein). When this happens signs of premature aging on the skin can take place manifesting as wrinkles and those lines seen on old people’s skin because the skin is not as elastic and firm as it is supposed to be.
As we age, collagen deposits reduce year by year beginning from some time in your twenties. Then the normal aging wrinkles start showing.
What Does Collagen Do for you?
Collagen has been studied extensively for its functions in the body and over the years scientist have been able to put together some of their findings
Collagen increases the ability of the skin to hold water, keeping it hydrated and smooth, and very elastic. When the skin is kept smooth it gives you this young look that is usually lost as aging takes place.
There are fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
Animal studies also reveal that it helps in regenerating the gut mucosa and is used to prevent gastric ulcers.
Calcium absorption for better mineralization of tissue is also better with collagen, making stronger bones even in post-menopausal women according to a study.
Because collagen is a major part of the skin it also contributes a great deal to the processes of wound healing.
Hydrolyzed collagen has been spoken well of in scientific research that deals with joint pain and individuals with osteoporosis.
In addition to all the benefits well known on the skin, collagen forms a binding in the hair and nails. A 2015 study concluded among its participants who were involved for 8 weeks that collagen has these health benefits to the nails and hair.
In studies among menopausal women, it helped them gain muscle mass during a 12 week period and a similar occurrence was seen in young men.
Generally speaking, since collagen is a protein, consuming its supplements will help you get your daily protein levels up and help you keep fit.
There is a lot of research still being done on the topic but the ground has given way for some truths about the use of collagen supplements.
Best natural choices for you
Here are some sources of collagen that you might know or you already take or you could try to add to your meal to get your collagen levels up.
Recent research has not proven that bone broth is an incredible source of collagen but so many people testify of its abilities. Simmering animal bones in water have been said to bring out collagen and seasoning can be added to make for better flavoring.
It is also a good mineral source in diet bringing calcium, magnesium, and other minerals to the table!
Many supplements today a made from chicken and it is no wonder. This white meat is a source of so many nutrients. Chicken has an abundance of fiber connecting it together and keeping it strong and nutritious
Fish and shellfish
Fish and shellfish are made of collagen too and people claim that they are very easily absorbed. You should take note that the flesh of fish does not contain much collagen as one would want, they are more concentrated in the less tasty aspects of the fish like the head, eyes, and scales.
Even though they are not what you would traditionally call a source of collagen, they are very important in the production of collagen, because of the amount of proline in them.
Myths about Collagen
Just because you took collagen doesn’t magically mean that your skin will be firm or your joints will get better or that you’ll become muscular. Collagen doesn’t answer to you...it answers to your body… So you may be taking it for one reason or the other and it might take more time to give those features you are looking for or it may be sooner than you think.
Many people think that collagen has a place in the therapy for Leaky gut syndrome and alleviating a bad mood but this has not held any proof in science at the moment