ARE YOU TAKING THE RIGHT COLLAGEN
ARE YOU TAKING THE RIGHT COLLAGEN?
The market for collagen products is booming with global sales expected to jump over 6% to $6.6 billion by 2025, according to a recent industry report.
But is collagen just a trend and if so, should you be taking collagen too?
With so many collagen products now on the market, it’s important to know the facts so you can make an informed choice.
Collagen - the facts
Collagen is primary a structural protein found in the body, making up over 30% of the whole-body protein content. Put simply, it’s the glue that holds our bodies together.
It is abundant throughout the body, making up 80% of the total protein in the skin, but is also abundant in connective tissue, bones and all major organs.
Collagen, in the form of elongated fibrils, is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin. It’s also found in the cornea, cartilage, blood vessels, the gut and even intervertebral discs.
The bad news
From our early to mid-20’s we start to lose some of our body’s natural store of this ‘super glue’ protein. Loss varies between individuals but scientists agree that it is an average of 1.5% loss of the total bodies store per year every year from approximately 20-25 years old. By the time you are 45 you’ve lost roughly 30% of your body’s collagen resource.
The results of collagen loss
The signs of collagen loss start visually, the changing shape of your face, loss of skin elasticity, formation of lines and wrinkles, but it’s the internal issues that we really have to worry about. The loss of strength in ligaments, tendons, muscles, cartilage and bone. Long term, these issues can seriously impact on how you feel and move.