What is collagen?

Collagen is main structural part of connective tissues in our body and it is predominantly found in our joints, tendons, skin, hair, nails and organs. It is made of none essential amino acids which means those amino acids can be produced by human body and they don’t have to be included in our diet. Collagen represents about 30% of whole-body protein content and in nutshell it acts as some kind of glue, holding our body together Without collagen our body would literally fell apart as there would be nothing holding it together.

Why do we need collagen?

Our natural collagen production peak’s in early 20’ and as we age the production decreases at rapid rate of about 2% per year. Lack of collagen results in common signs of aging such as deep wrinkles and shallow lines, sagging skin and stiffer, more painful joints due to declined production of cartilage. Damaged hair and broken nails are just other signs of insufficient collagen level. On the other hand, abundance of collagen will help increase natural energy production, improve sleep, strengthen bone density and speed up recovery after injuries.

What is Hydrolysed Collagen Peptised?

Collagen in its natural state is not very palatable to humans so we have to break it down by method called hydrolysis which is process involving water. Once you create hydrolysed collagen this can be then further reduced in size to individual peptised. This whole process creates product which is then called Hydrolysed Collagen Peptised. This form of collagen has the best bioavailability ( absorbability ) by human body. It is also mostly tasteless and odourless.

Why is Hydrolysed collagen powder better that collagen cream?

It is all about size of individual collagen molecules. You see, collagen molecule is too big to penetrate top layer of your skin. On the other hand, hydrolysed collagen peptised, especially marine collagen is small enough to be quickly digested through our digestive system. Usually within 4 hours.

Does collagen have any side-effect?

Collagen is a protein obtained from either Beef, Fish or Chicken so generally it should be safe to consume for most of us unless you have an allergy or special medical condition which prevents you to consume certain type of food/protein. We always recommend following recommended daily amount set by manufacture. Having said that, always consult your GP or medical advisor if you have any concern you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

When is best time to take collagen?

Some people take their collagen supplement in the morning as it helps with their energy level and keep their appetite low. Others prefers to do the same before bed time as human body regenerates mostly during sleep.

How long does it take to see first results?

We are all different. As some people can achieve certain results within first few weeks of taking collagen, others can experience similar level of improvement more gradually. Generally, we can say that best results are usually visible between first 8-12 weeks of taking collagen. Quickest results are usually visible on your skin, nails and hair. On the other hand to improve cartilage or bone density will certainly take a bit longer. For the best results keep taking your collagen daily. It is also suggested to increase daily consumption of collagen if your body is experiencing increased physical activity.

How collagen actually works in our body?

Collagen is protein made by amino acids. As we digest collagen our body breaks it down to individual amino acids which are then used by cell called Fibroblast ( biological cell which actually produce collagen ) this Fibroblast then uses certain types of amino acids namely glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline in order to produce more collagen.

Does collagen help you sleep?

Collagen contains aminoacidic called Glycine which helps lower your body temperature thus help you fall asleep more quickly, increase your sleep efficiency, reduce symptoms of insomnia and promote deeper and more restful sleep.