Where is collagen found

Where is collagen found?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and it is found in a wide variety of tissues, including the skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It is also found in the bones, blood vess...

Where is collagen found? 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and is found in a wide variety of tissues, including the skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It is also found in the bones, blood vessels, and digestive system.

Where is collagen found

Collagen is a key component in the Human Body

Collagen is often called the body’s scaffolding. It’s the glue that holds the body together and is found in skin, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, bones and all our connective tissues.

Collagen is rich in amino acids and is the primary building block that provides our skin, hair, nails, organs, bones, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels with strength, structure, and elasticity. This naturally occurring protein is found in our body in large amounts and helps to keep us strong and fit.

It plays such an important role in the body that it specifically makes up about 70-75% of our dry-mass skin content, providing volume that keeps skin looking plump and keeps lines at bay.

Types of collagen

There are several different types of collagen, which are classified based on their structure and the tissues they are found in.

Scientists have identified twenty-eight different types of collagen (each ‘type’ is a different combination of amino acids). But in humans, the vast majority is type I, II, or III.

type I is the most common type of collagen – found in skin, hair, nails, bone, teeth, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and organs such as the heart, lungs, and others.

type II collagen is mainly found in cartilage.

type III collagen is present in the skin, muscle, and blood vessels.

The majority, as much as 90%, of the body’s collagen is type I.

What happens to collagen as we age?

Our body’s ability to synthesise collagen declines gradually as we get older. As we age, we break down collagen faster than we can replace it, and our natural collagen production begins to slow down, which can result in sagging skin, the appearance of fine lines, thinning hair, and joint stiffness for example. As we age, our bodies also make lower quality collagen too.

We begin to lose about 1% of our collagen per year in our mid-20s. By the time we get to 40, we will have lost around a third of our natural collagen, and the visible signs of ageing become more prominent. Excess sun UV exposure, smoking and poor diet can also inhibit our natural collagen production and speed up the rate at which our collagen levels deplete.

Collagen is found in some foods and supplements

Collagen in foods

Although there are several protein-rich foods we can eat to increase our collagen intake, including beef, pork skin and bone broth, we’d need to consume an enormous amount to have any impact on our collagen levels.

Collagen can also be taken as a supplement in the form of powders, capsules, or drinks. In fact there have been some impressive clinical studies (check out our science page) that show that supplementing our diet with ingestible collagen may stimulate the body into producing collagen on its own and can help:

improve skin elasticity & hydration

boost muscle mass & strength

provide relief from joint pain

prevent bone loss

promote heart health

increase hair and nail strength

support gut health

High-quality collagen supplements contain animal collagen. Using a process called hydrolysation, the collagen fibres are broken down into smaller chains known as “collagen peptides” which makes it more bioavailable – i.e. easier to absorb. This is why collagen peptides are also known as hydrolysed collagen.

"Hydrolysed Collagen" is more effective because it contains a complete amino acid sequence as a collagen peptide and research shows that due to its very low molecular weight, hydrolysed collagen is absorbed at a higher level into the bloodstream and circulated throughout the body more easily than other forms of collagen.

The amino acids in collagen peptides include glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, all of which are difficult to get in large quantities from diet alone. These three amino acids are fundamental to fuelling and stimulating the production of collagen in our bodies.

What's in Himmense SHIFT Collagen Supplements 

Clinical studies show that HIMMENSE SHIFT's key ingredient, Type I hydrolysed marine (fish) collagen peptides, can have a beneficial effect on the appearance of skin, boost muscle mass, promote heart health, support gut health and reduce joint pain when taken daily for 12 weeks. 

Collagen comparison chart

HIMMENSE SHIFT daily collagen drinks include vitamin C to contribute to normal collagen formation as well as vitamins B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6, B12 & D, Selenium and Ashwagandha for multiple health benefits

Conclusion

In conclusion, collagen is a vital protein that is found throughout the body and in some foods as well as supplements. Its role in providing structure and support to the body makes it an essential component of overall health and wellness.

Published 12 Dec 2022