Collagen, the glue of the body!
Collagen is the fibrous structural protein that makes up the white fibres (collagen fibres) of skin, tendons, bones, cartilage, and all other connective tissues. It is also found widespread in the gelatinous substances of the body to provide stiffening properties, such as in the vitreous humour of the eye. In other words, collagen is the natural protein that constitutes most of the body’s structural support and is the primary substance of connective tissue. It is this fibrous connective tissue that holds our body together. Without collagen, we would be real puddles!
Important protein found everywhere
Collagen gives to different organs and tissues their strength and elastic properties. It is part of the natural composition of our tendons, ligaments, joints, muscles, hair, skin, and vital organs.
Did you know that collagen makes up one third of the protein in the human body? When there is a lack of collagen in the body, everything is affected. The main symptoms of a lack of collagen are :
- aches and pains;
- overall lack of energy.
In addition, all these symptoms increase with aging. Besides its numerous structural properties, collagen serves as a main catalyst for growth and it repairs almost all the tissues of the body. Several diseases caused by aging are related to a lack of this vital protein that is collagen.
The production of collagen in the body slows down insidiously with age. It starts slowing down around thirty and decreases abruptly around fifty. A lack of collagen, or the inability to use it properly in our body, causes the early signs of aging.
Is collagen decreases only caused by aging?
We all know now that natural production of collagen decrease with aging. However, other factors from our life style impact the collagen reduction in our body such as :
- Excessive UV rays exposition
- Caffeine, alcool and poor diet
- Lack of proper hydratation
- Chemicals and environmental toxins
Because all of this, it is important to think about providing our body with collagen supplements early enough to compensate the decrease in the natural production of this important protein before it’s too late. Your whole body will feel better and will thank you!