The Secrets of Collagen

Collagen is widely acclaimed as a supplement to help with our skin, hair, nails, joints, bones, and even wound healing. People of all ages seem to be reaching for this master supplement for one reason or another. But what exactly is it, and how does it work? 

What is collagen? 

Collagen is a fibrous protein which is a major component of our skin and connective tissue. Fun fact: it’s actually the most abundant protein in our bodies! Undoubtedly, it’s pretty important. Collagen is required for various structures throughout the body: skin, tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, to name a few. 

Why should I take it? 

Whether it’s to maintain youthful skin and hair, ease joint pain, or assist with wound healing, almost all of us could benefit from this multipurpose protein. Collagen is essentially the building blocks of many of our major body systems. 

Are there different types? 

There are actually 16 types of collagen, the most abundant types being I, II, and III. Type I is found mostly in skin, tendons, bones, ligaments and teeth. Type II is a major component of cartilage. While type III is found predominantly in skin, muscles, and blood vessels. With this in mind, type I and III collagen is better suited for skin, while type II is better suited for joints. 

What’s the deal with vitamin C? 

The synthesis and utilisation of collagen may be enhanced by vitamin C. Research has demonstrated that vitamin C supplementation has the potential to increase the rate of bone healing following fractures. This is thought to be due to the increase in type I collagen synthesis. In addition to this, vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps protects the body and skin from oxidative stress. For these reasons, some collagen supplements already contain vitamin C. 

Crowd favourites? 

Neocell Collagen + C Pomegranate Liquid 

This youthful elixir combines the anti-ageing properties of collagen with the antioxidant power of pomegranate, cranberry and green tea. The liquid form delivers a rapidly absorbed, easy-to-take and delicious addition to your daily routine. 

Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate 

Simply add this powder to a drink for a punchy daily dose of collagen. In the hydrolyzed form means that the collagen has been broken down, making it more easily absorbed. This particular supplement is ideal for those suffering from joint pain or cartilage damage. 

Radiance Ageless Beauty 

In the convenient capsule form, Ageless Beauty stays true to it’s name by providing skin-moisturising hyaluronic acid, skin-protective antioxidants, and a generous dose of collagen. Everything your skin needs to stay strong, hydrated and youthful. 

Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for educational purposes only. Please do not use this information to diagnose or treat any health concerns you may have. This information is not intended to replace the advice given to you by a qualified health professional. Get in contact with a Tonic Health consultant or a relevant health professional if you need guidance on your individual health journey.