Collagen comes from the Greek word “Kolla,” which literally means glue and it’s the substance that in many ways keeps us glued together. It is the most abundant protein in the body and forms our strong and flexible connective tissues, notably, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, joints and skin. Collagen is the main structural component of the skin. Throughout our life, the epidermis is affected by different environmental factors; such as aging, ultraviolet radiation, hormones, and nutrition. The skin loses firmness, resulting in wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
Collagen has a unique Amino Acid profile, including four: Proline, Glycine, Glutamine, and Alanine, which although are not essential, are conditionally essential to many important functions in our body. Hydrolyzed Collagen is simply Collagen that has been broken down via an enzymatic process into shorter Collagen peptides. These peptides have a low molecular weight and are very easy for our body to absorb. It is made primarily of bovine bone and cartilage, and may help promote the production of Collagen in the body, strengthening joints, nails, and hair, and to improve the appearance of the skin. Collagen can also help decrease cellulite and wrinkles.
Collagen is also recommended for those who spend a lot of time in the sun, and for people who do not consume enough protein in their diet, which could accelerate the loss of firmness in the skin and bring problems at the level of the joints. In turn, Collagen can be used to promote the healing of post-surgical wounds, favoring the reduction of scars.