What is collagen and how it can support you on your wellness journey
Collagen is the name we give to one of the most abundant type of protein in the human body. Collagen can be seen as the glue that keeps us together, one of our supporting infrastructure in other words. We can enjoy collagen for different reasons and depending on our unique needs!
Collagen can be found in our skin, tendons, joints, bones, muscles, blood vessels, digestive system, teeth and nails as well as in our organs like the liver. From being part of the matrix that is part of our bones to being part of cell membranes, collagen is part of our bodies. Some think of collagen as the a line of support for our skin.
Our body produces collagen naturally but as we age, this production might slow down. Poor diet such as a diet high in sugar, environmental factors like excessive UV exposure and smoke may have an impact on the collagen present in our body.
Type 1 collagen
Type 1 collagen is the most common in the body and in food. It can also be said to be one the stronger types. It is found in tendons, ligaments, organs and skin (dermis), it helps form the matrix of bones and is part of the GI tract.
Type 2 collagen
Type 2 collagen is what helps make up connective tissue, cartilage, joints and tendons.