Collagen has has been around for many years as an anti-aging product. It is a type of protein which our bodies produce, but let’s have closer look.
Collagen is a fibrous type protein, which connects and supports all your cartilages, tissues and tendons together, its even present in your teeth. Our bodies contain up to 25 different types of collagen. Besides the structural properties, collagen serves as the major protein for growth and repair of nearly all of the body’s tissues. The process in the body which uses collagen to repair your body, but as the collagen in the body reduces, so do these processes.
It has great strength, but it functions different from many other proteins. It can be found both inside and outside cells and are important to the external structures of cells. Collagen works together with elastin to support the body’s tissues. This combination of of the two is very important in many parts of the body, including, but not limited to, the lungs, bones, and tendons. Even the the blood vessels rely on both collagen and elastin.
However, the most discussed area of collagen is the skin. It works with keratin (the stuff your hair and nails are made of) to provide the skin with strength, flexibility, and resilience. As people age, however, collagen degradation occurs, leading to wrinkles. A whole industry has been built around the ways to combat this collagen degradation!
Since it is important to the body, it would stand to reason that a lack of collagen can be problematic. there are some genetic diseases which associated with collagen deficiencies.
The applications of collagen in trying to combat aging can be administred via topical creams, or injections into the skin or lips. If you are interested speak to a medical professional.