what is collagen

What is Collagen?

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You’ve probably seen a flurry of collagen products at stores and online. Here’s what we know about collagen. Collagen is a sturdy fibrous protein packed with large molecules making up the most abundant protein in the body. It is a major component of the connective tissues of our bodies and is mainly found in our muscles, bones, ligaments, and skin. Collagen makes skin elastic and strong.

Collagen gives our skin its strength and structure, making up 75-80% of skin. The protein also plays a role in the replacement of dead skin cells and keeps your skin looking plump and wrinkle-free. 

There are over 20 identified types of collagen that serve different functions in the body. Types 1 – 5 are the most common types found in our bodies. 

  • Type I: skin, tendon, vasculature, organs, bone (main component of the organic part of bone)
  • Type II: cartilage (main collagenous component of cartilage)
  • Type III: reticulate (main component of reticular fibers), commonly found alongside type I
  • Type IV: forms basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane
  • Type V: cell surfaces, hair, and placenta

As we age, our bodies begin to produce less collagen. Things like smoke, pollution, lack of sleep, and overexposure to the sun are likely to cause damage, which negatively impacts the collagen in your skin. 

On top of these factors, starting at the age of 20 our bodies begin to produce 1 percent less collagen each year. (Source) The lack of collagen results in thinner and more fragile skin, which leads to visible wrinkles on the skin. Joint cartilage weakens too which can result in joint pain. 

To combat these less-than-ideal changes, it is important to replenish the collagen. Because collagen consists of large molecules, you can absorb collagen more easily by ingesting it. There are many products with collagen pills, collagen supplements, or even collagen drinks. We think collagen drinks are more fun and should be refreshingly delicious.

Hopefully this post has helped you learn more about collagen. For more information about our products, click here Harmony Proteins™ Beauty Collagen Water drink mixes.

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