What is collagen? It is impossible to imagine the beauty and health market without collagen nowadays, and rightly so! In this article, we will tell you all about this beauty ingredient.
- What is collagen?
- What does it do?
- Which types are there?
- Which kinds are there?
- The effect of collagen.
- The results of collagen.
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What is collagen?
Collagen is an important glue-forming protein present in our body. The name is derived from the Greek word κολλώ (colla=glue) and also means to bind together. Our joints, bones, muscles, hair, nails, connective tissue and our skin are all made of collagen. So it plays an important role for many organs in our whole body! Our bodies produces collagen, but after the age of 25 the production begins to decline.
What does collagen do?
Collagen is therefore an important protein in our bodies, but what does it do exactly? Collagen provides elasticity and strength to all our connective tissues, including skin, tendons, joints, cartilage and bones. Collagen fibres in the skin are extremely important for the skin’s structure and firmness, and as we age, this plays an increasingly important role.
What types of collagen are there?
Collagen has over 28 types, of which type 1 and type 2 are the most important. Type 1 collagen makes up 90% of all collagen present.
- Collagen type 1 is found mainly in skin, hair, nails, bones, cartilage, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels.
- Type 2 collagen is found in joints, intervertebral discs, ribs, nose, larynx and trachea.
- Type 3 collagen is found in skin, blood vessels and tissues for wound repair.
It depends on the source of the collagen which types a collagen product contains. Bovine collagen contains type 1 and type 3 collagen. Viscollagen contains mainly type 1 and type 2 collagen, but it also contains hydroxyproline. Hydroxyproline is an amino acid and is an important component of the skin, the walls of blood vessels and other connective tissues.
What kinds of collagen are there?
There are different types of collagen, the difference being in the source of the collagen and the way it is extracted from the source. Collagen can be extracted from various natural sources such as fish, animals and plants.
- Fish collagen: Fish collagen is the purest form of collagen. Its structure is similar to that of human skin.
- Bovine collagen: Bovine collagen has almost the same properties. With bovine collagen, the collagen is often extracted from the skin or bones of cattle.
- Pig collagen: Collagen can also be obtained from the skin and bones of pigs.
- Plant collagen: In addition to animal collagen, there is also plant collagen. However, plant collagen differs most from human collagen.
The difference between bovine and fish collagen!
It is important that collagen is obtained from a natural source without additives. Fish collagen from wild-caught fish is the purest form of collagen, with no added antibiotics, growth hormones or food intended for fish farming or animal breeding.
Native and hydrolysed fish collagen.
In addition to choosing which type of collagen to use, it is also important to look at how the collagen is extracted from the source. Within fish collagen, there are two main differences: collagen hydrolysate and NATIVE fish collagen.
Hydrolysed fish collagen uses heat, chemicals or acids to extract the collagen from the skin of the fish. This breaks down the structure of the collagen and you need a larger amount to experience results (often several grams).
Native fish collagen
Native collagen is extracted without heat, chemicals or acids from the skin of the fish, leaving the structure of the collagen intact. As a result, you need less to experience results (from 40 mg).
What kind of collagen should I choose?
Nowadays collagen is used in different products: collagen supplements, powders, drinks, creams, masks, etc. We now know what collagen is, what it does, what it is good for and what types there are, but what type of collagen is best to choose?
Because after the age of 25 the natural production of collagen decreases, triggering the natural ageing process, we recommend stimulating the collagen production from within. We recommend choosing collagen in its purest form, without additives. Native fish collagen is the purest form, completely intact and 100% natural. Skin for Skin’s collagen supplement is 100% natural, made of native collagen in its purest form, extracted from wild caught North Sea fish and therefore completely sustainable and made in Holland!
The functioning of collagen
Since the structure of native fish collagen is completely intact, enzymes can easily absorb it. Among other things, the enzymes in the stomach cut up proteins for further transport and absorption.
What are the results of native collagen?
In the skin, collagen is responsible for firmness and elasticity. The skin scan below shows that after using Skin for Skin collagen only after five days, the collagen level in the skin has visibly increased. The green dots represent our connective tissue/collagen fibres. The white dots show our collagen, blue hyaluronic acid and red and yellow are cell activity renewal. The result? A firmer, fuller, hydrated and radiant skin!
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