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if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have liver or
kidney disease or if you have been instructed to follow a low
protein diet. may cause mild gastrointestinal disturbances. Do
not use if you have autoimmune mixed connective disease or if
you have an allergy to dairy or fish. Does not contain
artificial preservatives, colours, or sweeteners, no gluten GMOs,
wheat, yeast, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics.
scoop to 250ml of water, yogurt, coconut milk or blend into a
smoothie to taste.
Collagen is beneficial for arthritis, skin ulcers due to vascular
insufficiency, burns, wounds, and sprains and strains...
Collagen is one of the major proteins found in the soft tissue and
connective tissue of humans and other mammals. As a supplement, collagen
acts as a source of amino acids for use in making and repairing connective
tissue all over the body.
Thus collagen is used to repair skin that is damaged by wounds and burns,
and it can also help to support healthy cartilage, ligaments and tendons in
the body. Natural health practitioners commonly recommend collagen
supplementation for joint injury, arthritis, joint inflammation, skin
ulcers, burns, wounds, as well as joint strains and sprains.
Cartilage and Joint Support
Cartilage is the connective tissue pad that acts as a cushion and eliminates
friction in your joints. It is the cushion in your knees, and other large
joints, and it forms the pads that space each vertebra to help protect the
spinal cord. Wear-and-tear injuries occur in the joints and cause less
support, less cushioning and more friction. Breakdown of cartilage is
responsible for erosive conditions, such as osteoarthritis. Interestingly,
the presence of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood promotes the
breakdown of collagen into its amino acid building blocks.
Collagen is one of the main building blocks of our skin. The structure of
collagen actually draws water into the tissues, resulting in firm, plump,
youthful skin. Thus, a lack of sufficient cartilage can result in wrinkles
and sagging of skin associated with aging. Collagen is often added to skin
care products for topical application against wrinkles and age spots. In
addition to keeping our youthful glow, the presence of collagen heals skin
ulcers by repairing the skin and increasing the integrity of the arteries
and veins. Because collagen provides the building blocks for skin repair, it
can speed the healing of most wounds.
What Damages Collagen?
There are a number of aspects that affect the collagen levels found in the
High sugar consumption: High quantities of sugar increases the rate of
glycation. Sugar in the blood attaches to proteins to form advanced
glycation end products (AGEs) which then make collagen brittle, dry, and
Smoking: We all know smoking is bad for our overall health. Many of the
chemicals cause damager to collagen and elastin in the skin. The nicotine
narrows blood vessels in the outer layers of skin reducing the amount
nutrients and oxygen to the skin.
Sunlight: Rays from the sun can cause collagen to breakdown at a higher rate
and accumulation of abnormal elastin leading to the production of an enzyme
that can also breakdown collagen.
Autoimmune disorders: Some autoimmune disorders cause antibodies to target
By avoiding these things the skin can stay healthy longer. However, collagen
levels deplete naturally over time and there is no way to prevent it from
happening but it is possible to slow it down.
TYPES OF COLLAGEN
There is at least 16 different types of collagen in the body, referred to in
the health industry by roman numeral. Four of these are the main ones used
to form our tissues and organs.
Type I & III collagen
Type I collagen is the type found in over 90% of the body. It is found in
skin, tendon, vascular ligature, organs, bone, and scar tissue. In fact,
collagen type I is the main organic component of the bone. Type III collagen
is commonly found alongside type I in the human body. These types of
collagen can also be used to provide the building blocks to help repair
damaged ligaments and tendons.
Type II collagen
Over 50% of cartilage protein is made of type II collagen. This type is also
commonly called hyaline cartilage. Cartilage is the tissue that eliminates
friction in your joints. Because of this, type II collagen is often used as
a supplement to provide the building blocks for the protection and repair of
cartilage in the body. This allows it to be used to help treat wear-and-tear
injuries, and erosive joint conditions like osteoarthritis. F
Type IV collagen
This particular type of collagen is found in the body's tissues and actually
forms the vast majority of the basement membrane. This means that it forms
the main connections between the bases of the cells of our tissues. This
allows type IV collagen to support proper healing of wounds.
Nutrients that may support collagen formation
There are a number of sources that can help in the formation of collagen.
Proline: egg whites, cheese, soy and cabbage
Anthocyanidins: blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries
Vitamin C: oranges, strawberries, peppers and broccoli
Copper: shellfish, nuts, red meat and some drinking water
Vitamin A: animal derived foods and plant foods as beta carotene.
How can I take collagen?
Various types of collagen can be found as encapsulated powder or liquid.
They are usually combined with other joint repairing nutrients and vitamins.
Sometimes cartilage is directly supplemented to be a source of collagen,
particularly type II collagen. When found individually, type II collagen is
found as a component of pain relieving and anti-inflammatory formulas. It is
often added to anti-aging skin care products. Type I & III collagen are also
available and should be used after good results are found with type II to
further rebuild damaged joints or tissue. Depending on the severity of joint
destruction collagen may need to be taken for a few months before results
Collagen– QUICK FACTS
· Arthritis, skin ulcers due to vascular insufficiency, burns, wounds.
· 600-1200 mg daily. (Clinical doses may be higher as recommended by your
WORKS WELL WITH
· Vitamin C, Chondroitin sulfate, MSM, glucosamine, calendula, vitamin E.
· There is no toxicity, side effects or contraindications for the use of
· Collagen should be taken with a juice that is high in vitamin C or a
vitamin C tablet.