Collagen makes up 25% of the dry mass of our body and 75% of the dry mass of our connective tissue. It is probably the most important protein in our body for supporting the tissues of our various bodily organs and it must be intelligent, able to conform to the demands of different organs as diverse as skin, bones, ligaments, kidneys, blood vessels, heart, eyes, or liver. . Its structure is even more sophisticated than a DNA particle, containing our genetic code.
Body’s most important protein for skin, hair, nails, and joints
Collagen is made from 20 different amino acids into huge chains made up of 1,000 amino acids each.It creates gigantic triple helixes: complicated spiral conformations each made of polypeptide chains, which act like glue giving amazing tensile strength to our ligaments, skin tissue and body structure. Our skin gets dry and wrinkly with fine lines as we age because there just isn’t enough collagen to keep us youthful looking and our joints get weaker and creakier as we lose our collagen stores.
By age 45 we have Lost 30% of our body’s collagen
Our body is programmed to make collagen continuously, every year approximately 3 kg of our collagen undergoes degradation while another 3 kg is created, but there will come a time, however, when we run short of collagen. Many of us cannot renew our collagen stores because of disease, stress, UV rays, poor diet, nutrient deficiencies and chemical substances or other harmful factors; but the most common reason when synthesis starts to slow happens as we grow older. After the age of 25, we start to lose collagen from our bodies at a rate of 1.5% per year, so by the age of 45, up to 30% of our body’s collagen will have been lost. It’s no surprise that people as young as mid-twenty are now taking collagen supplements to stop collagen loss and replenish body stores.For the over 40’s taking collagen is de-rigeur and it’s this age group who are now driving demand and pushing it to top of the trending charts.
Scientists prove collagen is secret to youthful looking skin
In Greek the word kolla or collagen means glue and refers to boiling the skin of horses to produce a glue. Collagen adhesive was used by Egyptians about 4,000 years ago, and Native Americans used it in bows about 1,500 years ago. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, as far back as records exist, a gelatine-like substance called Ejiao, was made from Donkey-hide and used as an elixir to help improve skin and healthy vitality. People ate Ejiao in soups, walnuts, black sesame, and crystal sugar as well as adding it to rice wine. The elixir found in gelatine in ancient Ejiao contained collagen, it is collagen that scientists and beauty therapists discovered was the secret to a youthful complexion. Then for many centuries afterwards, scientists and beauty therapists have fought to improve the appearance of the visible effects of ageing upon the human complexion; searching for ways to reduce facial lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, enhance hair thickness, and gloss, and strengthen brittle fingernails to create a more youthful look.
Biologically active collagen works as nature intended
For collagen to work effectively where the gigantic triple helixes and polypeptide chains are kept intact, it must be biologically active. In the 1980’s scientists discovered a process called hydrolysation which preserves the delicate bonds of the collagen helix and thus makes it possible to obtain tropocollagen – intact collagen – identical with collagen synthesised in the organisms of vertebrates, and most crucially, the collagen peptide produced is biologically active and akin to the collagen synthesised in your body. Collagen is found in the hide (skin) of animals and from fish.
Collagen needs to have some additional 'synergistic' nutrients alongside it to make it work effectively and get into the deeper dermis of the skin or the joints, these include; hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and E and zinc.
Hydrolysed collagen is the gold standard
Today hydrolysed collagen is the gold standard for all effective collagen supplements, it is made from both fish and bovine sources into capsules, tablets, powder, liquids to drink and as creams for cosmetics.Hydrolysed collagen can quickly replenish collagen deficits in the organs and tissues of the human body including collagen deficits in the deeper dermis – improving and reducing wrinkle formation and appearance. It is also beneficial to make the joints stronger and it is effective for faster healing and repair of injuries to both internal tissues and the musculoskeletal system (including bones, muscles, joints, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, bursae (fluid-filled sacs), and other connective tissue). Type 1 & 111 Collagen gives best looking skin Collagen occurs in many places throughout the body.
Over 90% of the collagen in the human body is type I
Type 1 collagen is found in the skin, tendon, vasculature, organs, bone (main component of the organic part of bone). Type II is found in in cartilage (main collagenous component of cartilage) and Type III: reticulate (main component of reticular fibres) commonly found alongside type I. According to James McDonald, a nutritionist from health company Buzz Health (www.buzzhealth.co.uk) the most effective collagen for hair skin and nails is a unique formulation of both Type I and Type III collagen, due to its triple helix DNA, the body recognises the collagen as like the existing collagen already present in the skin. Type II collagen is most effective when used to heal and support joints and for treating conditions like arthritis and joint problems. Reputable supplement suppliers like Buzz Health will only use collagen that’s been clinically studied and fully certified and approved by FSE (Food Supplements Europe) recognised by EFSA (European Food Standards Agency) All collagen formulas supplied by buzz health uses VERISOL® bioactive collagen peptides to deliver clinically proven results. For information on a recent clinical study showing benefits of collagen on skin elasticity visit: https://www.proto-col.com/media/pdf/Proksch%202013-Skin%20Pharmacology%20and%20Physiology%20Collagen%20NRI.PDF
World Champion Bike Rider Uses Collagen to Heal Injuries
In February 2018 at the Thai Gran Prix, World Superbike rider Eugene Laverty sustained injuries to his pelvis and internal organs after falling off his bike and getting run over by another rider. He approached nutrition adviser, James McDonald for help to heal him as quickly and effectively as possible. James advised he used protocol brand Whey & Collagen protein powder and high dose hydrolysed Collagen tablets, supplied by UK mail order company Buzz Health. It took Eugene just eight weeks to heal and get back on the race track, this was an amazing achievement and a testament to Eugene's positive mindset, the professional team around him and to the healing and repair benefits of collagen on his tissues and joints. Eugene used Informed tested Pro Gold Whey & Collagen protein powder and Pro Sports Collagen tablets supplied by buzzhealth.co.uk . Buzz Health has a large range of Verisol patented collagen peptide formulas to support skincare and joint health.