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WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is the body’s most important building block and it makes up approximately 30% of the proteins in our bodies. Collagen is the key structural protein that ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of all our connective tissues, including skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones. In essence, Collagen is strong, flexible and is the ‘glue’ that holds everything together, it strengthens various body structures as well the integrity of our skin. There are many different types of collagen in our body, but 80 to 90 percent of them belong to Type I, II or III, with the majority being Type I collagen.
Type I collagen fibrils have enormous tensile strength. This means they can be stretched without being broken. Different cells in our body tissues are responsible for the production of collagen. The cells use specific amino acids and peptides as building blocks for the production of the large collagen helix structure. This is then organized into the strong fibers that provide structural tissue support, flexibility and the ability to withstand forces.
Collagen peptides are small bioactive peptides obtained by enzymatically hydrolysis of collagen, in other words, the breaking down of the molecular bonds between individual collagen strands to peptides. Hydrolysis reduces collagen protein fibrils of about 300 – 400kDa into smaller peptides with a molecular weight of lower than 5000Da. Collagen peptides are also known as hydrolyzed collagen or collagen hydrolysate. The much smaller and easily digestible collagen peptides are produced by controlled enzymatic hydrolysis.
WHY DO WE HYDROLYZE COLLAGEN?
Collagen peptides, or hydrolyzed collagen are the result of breaking down collagen by means of an enzyme. The enzyme cuts the large collagen molecule into small fragments (peptides) that our bodies can easily diget and efficiently absorb. As shown scientific studies, collagen peptides offer: