Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body and is necessary for healthy skin, joints, tendons, cartilage, etc. Did you know that collagen is also anti-aging and anti-inflammatory?
Collagen: The Whole Picture
Collagen is a unique type of protein that is found abundantly throughout the human body. There are 16 types of collagen found in the human body, including the amino acid structure that makes up our connective tissue. Type I collagen is found in the skin, tendons, internal organs, and the non-mineral parts of the bone. Type II is found in our cartilage – this allows our cartilage to be springy and cushions the stress on our joints. Type III is found in the liver, bone marrow, and lymphoid tissues.
The primary amino acids that are found in collagen are Proline and Glycine, both of which are depleted in the western world’s diet. Proline is essential for the protection of blood vessels, improvement of joint health, and the cardiovascular system. Glycine is essential to the formation of collagen, helping to build healthy DNA strands, assists in the formation of creatine – which promotes muscle growth, and helps in nerve signal transmission.
Overall, collagen helps with your eyes and teeth, with blood clotting and wound healing, it protects your nervous system, is anti-aging, improves muscle mass, and is an anti-inflammatory.
It is good to supplement with collagen as our body’s ability to produce it decreases with age. It is also depleted by excessive sun exposure, high sugar diets, nutritional deficiencies, and other bad habits like smoking and drinking. Products like our Complete Body Collagen, Rejuvamatrix, and Collagen Renew, have patented forms of collagen in them that makes it easy for your body to absorb and utilize the collagen found in them.
Dosages for these products depend on your weight, age, height, and activity level. Adult dosages start at 10-15 grams per day and can easily be taken in pill for (like our Collagen Renew) or be taken as a powder (like our Complete Body Collagen and Rejuvamatrix), that is added to shakes, coffee, low carb dessert recipes, or protein/energy balls. For complete dosing guidelines, or if you have additional questions about collagen, contact the nutrition department at Energy Health Centre. You can also learn more about our collagens through each products webpage at www.Energyhealth.com.