You will have no doubt heard about
and seen the popularity and coverage of collagen grow over the past
decade; collagen on the television in advertisements and on the news and
the wondrous creams and serums available containing this new mysterious
Do we actually know what collagen
is? Is it a scientific discovery that has enabled us to turn back time?
Scientific? Certainly not; Collagen has been around for millions of years
and has been with you your entire life!
The word “collagen” comes from the Greek
“cola” (Glue) and “genno” (Build), essentially translating into the
building blocks of our skin. Hearing the word collagen, we automatically think
wrinkles and more often than not, injections. Collagen acts as a protein-based
barrier that protects our skin from unwanted lines & wrinkles and is also a
protein which comes in numerous different forms, each type is a protein
structure making up connective tissue, which connects, binds and shapes organs
within our body.
Collagen also acts as a supporter,
protector and mediator for the nourishment of cells, and at the same time
renews and regenerates properties within the body. Moreover, collagen is
responsible for among other things for the proper moisture and condition of the skin.
Even more facts ….
- Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal
- The quality of collagen within the body directly
effects the bodies health and appearance
- Women who go through menopause can lose up to 30% of
their collagen within 12 months
Collagen can be found throughout the
body and it is exchanged / renewed in the same way blood is renewed. Below is a
list of the areas collagen is found and their respective renewal timeframes.
130 – 140 Days
Bones & Joints
Collagen and the Ageing Process
From the age of 25 human skin slowly
begins to lose its elasticity and firmness, muscles begin
to lose strength, and bones lose calcium. All
of these symptoms of human aging are the result of progressive deficit of
soluble collagen, whose biosynthesis grows weaker with age.
The rotation of collagen within the
body still takes place as we age however the older we get the more the degradation
process begins to outweigh the synthesis, especially the synthesis of
soluble collagen. You start to get sick more often, you look and feel tired,
our eye sight isn’t as strong as it once was, this is the ageing process.
After thirty years of age, in
virtually every human being we see a disappearance of the sebaceous glands and
sweat glands, and progressive drying and thinning of the skin and wrinkles
This happens as a result of
weakening of elastin and collagen fibers,
which are the most important components of connective tissue stroma. Free
radicals, toxins, and an enzymes destroy the protein fibers, and the levels of
micronutrients and vitamins in the body decreases which stimulate natural
production of collagen by fibroblasts, and chondrocytes.
Can Be Done?
Let’s get one thing straight – ageing is part
of life and no product or procedure (regardless of claims) can turn back
time, the cosmic clock is always ticking however the phrase beauty is only skin
deep is not necessarily true. Now that we know collagen’s effect on our whole
body inside and out we can take steps to improve our natural collagen
production. Read more via the links below to find out about the products here
at Collagen Pro and why natural collagen works with your body
to boost your natural collagen production.