Collagen is the most abundant form of protein in our body which provides us with strength elasticity tone and structure. It acts like the ‘glue’ to hold the body together. We require it for healthy skin connective tissues muscles and bones. Internally we have 27 different types of collagen but there are three types that we use in the most abundance.
Type 1 Collagen primarily goes towards the health of our hair skin and nails; this type is found in marine and bovine skins
Type 2 Collagen works best at building connective tissues ligaments and cartilage and is high in poultry bones and cartilage
Type 3 Collagen builds muscles and organs and is found in bovine hides
Since collagen is primarily found in animal skin and connective tissues it makes sense that supplemental collagen is sourced from the skins hides scales bones and cartilage of animals. Organika’s BioCell Collagen capsules are sourced from the sternum (breastbone) of cage-free chickens raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Sternal cartilage is a rich source of type 2 collagen hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate and closely mirrors the composition of human joint cartilage. Hyaluronic acid does an excellent job at helping retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. Chondroitin sulfate is an integral structural component of cartilage and is what gives it its shock-absorbing properties. Put these three nutrients together and you get an amazing healthy joint and cartilage cocktail.
BioCell Collagen utilizes a patented Bio-Optimization™ process which ensures remarkable bioavailability as well as rapid absorption into the body. More than 20 clinical studies including five human clinical trials on BioCell Collagen support its effectiveness and safety in promoting joint health and skin beauty. The unique synergy of hydrolyzed type 2 collagen low molecular weight hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate offers multi-dimensional nutritional support for the health of connective tissues such as skin joint tendon and ligament. For more on BioCell Collagen read their official benefits page or clinical studies page.
You may be asking the question “If collagen is such an abundant protein why would I need to supplement?” As we age our endogenous collagen formation naturally decreases. This can be up to 50% by the time we hit age 45. The more active we are the more of these collagen peptides we need to heal after exercise and sport. Plus lifestyle choices that promote free radical damage like smoking chronic stress and chemical exposure from our food water and personal care products can use up our collagen faster.
All these losses can contribute to signs of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles brittle nails cellulite and dry skin as well as joint and ligament issues like injuries weakness and arthritis. Collagen also has been shown to increase moisture within the body like in our skin and joints. It is great for healing the digestive tract and reducing inflammation. Look for improved immune responses mood blood sugar and bone and joint health with collagen supplementation.
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