What Is Collagen?

What Is Collagen?

So, there's a good reason collagen is a hot topic at the moment. Collagen is everywhere in our bodies. It's in our bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and skin, as well as our smooth muscle tissue, blood vessels and other organs. Collagen is even a major component of our hair and nails.

Collagen is the main protein in the connective tissues of our bodies and represents almost 30% of all human protein content. That's a pretty big deal. Think of it as, literally, the glue that holds everything together – a key structural protein that ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of all our connective tissues, strengthening the musculoskeletal system and the integrity of our skin.

Different cells in our body 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 fibres that provide structural tissue support, flexibility and the ability to withstand forces.

Makes sense, then, that we'd want to make sure we have enough of it.

Collagen and ageing

With age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, bringing to light the first signs of ageing. For most of us, this process begins around the age of 30. In our 40s, it accelerates, adversely affecting our skin, joints and bones;

Skin: As our skin cells become less active, the collagen network that provides skin firmness and structure breaks down. Our skin becomes dehydrated and thinner, plus lines, wrinkles and deep furrows start to appear.

Bones: Our bone turnover becomes imbalanced; that means there is more bone loss than bone formation. This causes bones to become more fragile and easier to break.

Joints: Lower levels of collagen and other matrix components can cause loss of cartilage and joint function. This results in joint discomfort.

Muscles: A gradual loss of muscle mass and strength caused by ageing can affect our balance, gait and overall mobility.

Collagen in food

Collagen has a long history of use in foods, mainly in the form of gelatin found in gummies and desserts. Collagen is also naturally present in high amounts in some cooked foods, e.g. bone broth and in the skin of fish and chicken. Since ancient times, collagen has been known to benefit human health. For centuries, people have been consuming collagen in the form of bone broth to support their joint and bone health and in more recent times, to promote skin beauty.

The easiest way to take in more collagen

With our fast-paced lifestyles, who has the time to make bone broth!? We thought an easier solution was essential.

Our 5 in 1 Beauty Greens with Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides is our premium product – 5 ingredients all in 1 simple scoop – that work synergistically for beautiful skin, hair and nails. With two great flavours, Beauty Greens can be added to smoothies, oats, yoghurt or simply stirred into water.

Our Naked Collagen is neutral in taste (really neutral - not the "wet dog" taste that often gets reported alongside other "neutral tasting" collagen powders). This one is great in tea or coffee too!