How Collagen Fights The Effects Of Ageing
Collagen is the most abundant and important protein in the body, constituting 90% of our skin and 85% of our connective tissue. The body builds it naturally from the amino acids found in protein, and vitamin C is an essential part of the building process. But over time the body’s production of it slows down. Let’s talk about what that does.
Though there are about two dozen types of collagen, almost all the collagen in the body is of type I, II, or III, with type I the most plentiful, making up most of the skin. All three of these are fibrillar – made up of fibrils. Collagen fibrils twist around each other like fibers of wool in a fabric, and form flexible tissue for skin, membranes, cartilage, and even bone (bone uses collagen to bind calcium and other minerals together). Basically, most things in your body that need resilience and flexibility involve collagen.
Collagen production starts to slow down after your twenties, though you won’t notice any effects of it for a long time after that. When you lose collagen production your skin doesn’t exfoliate as fast, old cells stay longer, and the final result is drier, less flexible skin, characterized by wrinkles.
If taken consistently as directed, collagen powder can make up for slowed production and give you back healthy, resilient skin. We recommend our Rejuven-Age formula, made of type I collagen and has helpful additives for skin health.
Another effect of aging caused by slow collagen production is joint pain. Wrinkled skin might make people self-conscious, but this affects your movement, with tremendous impact on quality of life.
Type II collagen comes in here, as it is the key building block of cartilage. Lost cartilage does not naturally regrow in adults, and medical science has made but slow progress in regrowing it through intervention.
Cartilage lacks the blood vessels that could bring it fresh building blocks to repair damage. But collagen supplements can at least support bone and connective tissue health, which can still protect your joints and the cartilage in them. The body is an interconnected, system and when one part degrades it can affect other parts. For some things like cartilage loss, the best thing to do is to stop it before it starts.
The tissue matrix of connective tissue gets its shape and resilience from the collagen which stabilizes water and makes it resilient and flexible. Unlike in cartilage, this is type I collagen, and can benefit from the same supplements that help renew skin.
To protect your cartilage and rejuvenate both the joints you walk on and the skin people see, Prisma Natural adds vital ingredients including vitamin C (stimulates collagen production), organic silicon (for the connective tissue and bones), and hyaluronic acid (for skin hydration). To learn more about the collagen formulas we offer, see our products page.