First let’s talk about the importance of collagen in our body, in which parts of our body is present, its types and composition… And so understand why it is important to incorporate it into our diet as a dietary supplement. Collagen is a natural substance, which due to its biochemical analysis falls within the group of […]

First let’s talk about the importance of collagen in our body, in which parts of our body is present, its types and composition…

And so understand why it is important to incorporate it into our diet as a dietary supplement.

Collagen is a natural substance, which due to its biochemical analysis falls within the group of proteins and whose genesis plays an important role in the human body.

If we take a tour of the anatomy of the human body we can see that collagen plays an important role in our anatomy since it is present as an almost fundamental component in:

  • The extracellular matrix, for the filling of the spaces between the cells of the skin, where it represents three quarters of its chemical composition.
  • Tendons and ligaments, which could basically be said to be “collagen” because this is 90% of its existence.
  • The cornea, where it reaches 64%.
  • The cartilages, whose half is collagen.
  • Cortical bone (23%).
  • The aorta artery and other major arteries (12%).
  • The lungs (10%).
  • The liver, where it represents 4% (located in the so-called liver mesenchyme).

We know that there are at least 16 different types of collagen, however, between 80 – 90% of the collagen that can be found in the body, is composed of type I, II and III; of all of them, we know that the most common is type I.

“Collagen can be considered as the glue or cement of the body”

For all this we can attribute to collagen the strategic mission of preserving the firmness and physical integrity of tissues, organs, devices and systems, as well as an adequate state of hydration.

But the amount of collagen in our body decreases with the passage of time. The inherent capacity of the human body to generate endogenous collagen is diminished with the passing of age, hence the need to have external contributions that mitigate this loss as much as possible.

All this, with no other initial purpose to ensure health, can be considered a reason enough to strive to ensure optimal levels of this protein in the body, because it depends largely on the proper functioning of a large sample of it .

This decrease in the rate of autonomous synthesis of collagen has a tendency to begin at early ages, between 30 – 35 years, so it will be the moment from which we must consider to what extent we intervene, with the resources that food, pharmacological science and cosmetics put at our disposal, to cushion this progressive deficit. Expected, according to several studies conducted in this regard, is a decrease in synthetic capacity around 1% per year once the barrier of 40 is exceeded, a percentage that rises to 30% after 70 years. These figures must be interpreted in terms of physiological normality, because certain situations are able to intensify this rhythm, leading to early degradation, such as climacteric in women or abuse of sports or physical exercise, obesity or sedentary lifestyle.

Apart from the Collagen supplements, we must highlight the important role of Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, without whose participation the limitation of the process would be critical. For this reason, we must ensure that the body has levels of this vitamin that ensure the optimization of collagen formation.

Well, after this introduction about the importance of Collagen in our body, we will talk about the contribution of this protein with marine collagen supplements.

Marine collagen is the protein of animal origin that is extracted from the skin and scales of fish. Given the properties identical to those of human and animal collagen, it can be used as a food supplement by humans. The most common format is hydrolyzed, although it also exists in tablets. Thanks to the hydrolysis process, the molecules are miniaturized, which allows the proteins to obtain a perfect size to be ingested and assimilated by the organism, to better favor the creation of new tissues.

Among the main benefits, we can mention the following:

  • Tones the skin: under normal conditions, collagen accounts for 90% of the dry weight of the skin, taking collagen supplements improves its general appearance, because it regenerates its connective tissue and stimulates the formation of endogenous collagen, which results in a skin flexible and more resistant, reducing its irregularities (wrinkles, bags, lines …).
  • Helps to stop the appearance of cellulite and the unpopular “orange peel”: an adequate amount and quality of collagen in the skin prevents the fat from emerging towards the epidermis, avoiding the appearance of that unsightly appearance.
  • It keeps bones and joints in good condition: on the one hand, it helps maintain bone density by helping to retain calcium salts in the womb. On the other hand, it stabilizes the capsule of the joints, favoring the gearing of the same in the daily movements, and cushions the bruises suffered by ligaments and joints, something especially appreciated by athletes. When the thickness of the cartilage weakens, the friction of the bones with each other causes strong pains and deformations in the joints. The contribution of collagen helps to strengthen this deteriorated structure, giving it sufficient strength and resistance and slowing down the degenerative process of the cartilaginous tissue.
  • Helps to preserve the integrity of the intervertebral discs and meniscus, thus decreasing the risk of suffering from herniated discs and problems linked to the latter.
  • It influences the regulation of the hormonal system of women.
  • It favors the functioning of the thyroid gland and slows metabolic stress by decreasing the production of glucocorticoids in the adrenal glands.
  • Strengthens the tissues of the nails and the scalp.
  • It increases cardiac performance and that of striated musculature in general.
  • As an aid in slimming diets for its satiating effect. Consuming half hydrolyzed collagen or one hour before lunch or dinner starts the neurological mechanism that regulates the feeling of satiety, which results in a reduction in the amount of calories ingested.
  • It plays an auxiliary role in the prevention of rheumatoid osteoarthritis and sports injuries.
  • Antioxidant action
  • It supposes a factor of reinforcement in the tissues of teeth and gums.
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