What is Collagen?
Why Do I Need Collagen?
Your body is approximately 30% collagen. This critical protein is composed of 19 amino acids that are responsible for cell maintenance, regeneration, body function, development and growth.
Collagen gives your skin its strength and elasticity. But your collagen production naturally slows down as you age-that’s the reason behind fine lines, thinner skin and weaker cartilage in your joints. Smoking, sun exposure and excess sugar will also deplete your collagen levels.
Recent research has proven collagen to be one of the most effective natural skin care ingredients.
Where Does Collagen Come From?
Collagen is derived from the scales of fish, or the bones and cartilage of chicken, cow and pig. However, the collagen molecule in its native state is too large for our body to absorb when ingested. So you won't be able to replenish lost collagen by eating meat or drinking bone booth.
How Can the Body Absorb Collagen?
Researchers in Japan recently invented a patented process that breaks down the collagen molecule. Using high-pressure steam- "hydrolysis"- they’ve made it possible to create collagen molecules that are small enough for our digestive enzymes to completely break down. For the first time, collagen can be absorbed into the bloodstream at a high rate.