Collagen is a structural protein that makes up the structure or framework of your cells and tissues. Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in animals, hydrolyzed collagen peptides. There are 28 known types of collagen, with type I collagen accounting for 90% of the collagen in the human body.
Collagen is composed of essential amino acids
The best collagen powder in South Africa comprises the amino acids glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. These amino acids form three strands, which make up the triple-helix structure characteristic of collagen.
Collagen is found in connective tissue, skin, tendons, bones, and cartilage. It provides structural support to tissues and plays essential roles in cellular processes, including
cellular migration, a process necessary for tissue maintenance
Connective tissue cells called fibroblasts produce and maintain collagen. As people grow older, their collagen becomes fragmented, fibroblast function becomes impaired, and collagen production slows. These changes, along with the loss of another critical structural protein called elastin, lead to signs of ageing, such as sagging skin and wrinkles.
Your body naturally produces collagen and can consume it through dietary sources such as chicken skin, fish skin, and collagen supplements. Oral and topical collagen products like supplements and face creams are famous for treating signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, loss of skin hydration, and joint pain.
Joint Health and Skin Health
You can take Collagen powder, a collagen supplement or add it to hot and cold beverages and foods such as oatmeal, yoghurt, and energy balls, and you can also purchase it in powder form or a capsule. These incredible and essential amino acids are ideal for joint health, skin health and overall well-being.
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