What is collagen?
Collagen is the glue that holds our skin, body and organs together, our bodies most powerful basic protein. Collagen fibers exist in every element of our bodies major organs. Collagen, is the main player that supports our skin protein. Collagen guarantees the efficient functioning for firmness and elasticity of skin, including cells of our whole body.
Collagen is made from the Greek word “Cola” meaning “glue”, and “Genno” meaning “birth”. Collagen “glues” cells to form the very basis for the body’s tissues and organs.
Collagen is a connective tissue protein which appears:
- in all body organs
- including the heart,
- kidney, lungs, liver,
- blood vessels,
- bones and
Collagen is the most important protein in the body and it represents approximately 30 per cent of total human body protein mass and 70 per cent of skin protein mass.
Together with elastin, it’s responsible for your skin’s elasticity and firmness.
Collagen is highly resistant to physical damage.
During our lifetime, protein is constantly recirculated – mature collagen is degraded and immediately recycled, thanks to fibroblast and chondrocite activity.
But after the age of 25, your skin loses its ability to rebuild natural collagen.
This is when wrinkles, cellulite and dryness appear and the ageing process begins. Cells become weaker and lose water, and the skin’s metabolism slows.
What does collagen do?
Collagen is responsible for an invisible layer on the skin…
..which maintains optimum moisture levels in the skin’s cells and causes cells to regenerate and produce collagen themselves.
An infographic by the team at Natural Collagen USA – What is Collagen?