There is abuzz around collagen now. It seems to be added to different supplement, protein powders or you can take it by itself.
Collagen is considered the body’s ‘glue’, it holds everything together. It is the most abundant protein in the body. It is necessary for skin’s elasticity, holding together bones and muscles, protecting your organs and joint cartilage.
Firstly, there are over a dozen different types of collagen. So which type of collagen is best for you?
Different types of collagen
Are you wanting to improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles? Then type I is the one you are after. As we age our body produces less collagen. Collagen has been shown to improve skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkle within 8 weeks (1).
Type I collagen is the most beneficial for skin, as well as for strengthening nails and hair. It is often derived from marine sources of collagen. You may have also heard of bovine collagen which comes from cows.
Collagen II may help reduce joint pain and relieve symptoms of arthritis. Taking type II collagen is more beneficial for joint cartilage and supporting mobility This type of collagen can be derived from chicken bone cartilage.
This type is similar in structure and is often found with type I for improving skin’s elasticity. Type III is the mesh around the liver, in the bone marrow and in the lymph.
Type IV forms the respiratory tract and is involved in the bronchial tubes, the lungs, around the intestines, the tissue around the heart and the intestines.
This type forms the hair and cell surfaces.
How well collagen is absorbed depends on several things. Firstly, if you have a Vitamin C deficiency you can’t metabolise collagen. Secondly, if you are low in stomach acid, you won’t be able to absorb it.
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1. Axe, J. (2019). 5 Benefits of Collagen for Skin, Muscles, and Gut. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/collagen-powder-benefits
Berg, E. (2017). Understanding Types of Collagen [Image]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com