What is Collagen and why does it help us stay young?
A polypeptide molecule, collagen is a protein in our bodies. In fact, collagen is the largest and most abundant protein in the body, making up about 30% of our total protein. Proteins are made of amino acids, such as glycine, proline, arginine, hydroxyproline, which are amino acids that exist in collagen in varying proportions, depending upon the source. As the largest protein in the body, collagen is a chain of over 1500 amino acids.
Collagen is the connective tissue for almost all our structures, including heart, lungs, arteries, discs, blood cells, skin, muscles, bones, cartilage, liver, other organs, hair, joints, nails, prostate
As we age, collagen production drops way off, and any of these systems can be affected. Most common example of collagen decrease: the floorward tendency of our skin and muscles as we age, which doctors call ptosis.
The Collagen in the skin is mainly produced by fibroblasts, these are connective tissue cells in the dermis, which are responsible for, not only producing and organising the collagen matrix but also for supplying the skin with elastin and hyaluronic acid.
Collagens role in skin health
The main function of collagen is to provide structural support to the epidermis. Collagen gives skin its structure, elasticity and firmness. After the age of 25 collagen synthesis reduces at a rate of 1.5% year upon year. So by the age of 45, collagen levels can have fallen by as much as 30%. The visible effects of this process are the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dry skin.
Why does collagen production decrease?
Hormonal changes, nutritional defects, excess sun, processed foods, white sugar, fluoridated water, drugs, alcohol, hydrogenated oils, overwork, dehydration, stress and trauma.
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