Welcome to the first in our series of collagen mythbusting, and we’re starting with a good one! So... is taking a collagen supplement with several Types of collagen better for you?
The short answer is; no. The longer answer requires a bit more detail!
Before we tackle this point, let’s look firstly at what collagen Types exist. There are in fact at least 30 different Types of collagen, of which Type 1 comprises approximately 90% of the collagen in our body.
So, for these purposes we will look at the five most common Types found in the human body.
With one exception only (and more on that shortly), the Type of collagen you take in supplement form bears no impact on how or where it will be used by the body.
All collagen Types are broken down in the small intestine and then appear in the blood as small chains of amino acids known as protein peptides. These peptides are then used by the body for whatever it decides it needs at that point in time. This might be more collagen production, healing and sealing the gut, supporting brain or hormone function, or helping with muscles and metabolism, and lots more.
In other words, consuming Type I collagen does not mean you will end up with more Type I collagen in your body. No matter what Type of collagen you ingest, there is currently no science supporting that they will have different benefits.
It’s more a question of quality than Type
The quality of the collagen you ingest is far more important than which Type of collagen you consume.
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If you eat vegetables grown in soil with poor nutrition, you will get far less benefit than you would from vegetables grown organically and in soil with high nutritional content. The same applies to collagen. Cheap or inferior collagen will provide you with poor quality protein peptides. They simply won’t have as much benefit or use to the body as high quality protein peptides, even if the cheaper product contains Type I, II, III, IV and V collagen. You would be better off consuming a high quality collagen with Types I and III than a product of lower quality, but with more collagen Types.
The exception - Type II Undenatured or Matrix Collagen
As we said, there is one exception, and that is a very specific form of Type II collagen.
There are currently two forms of Type II collagen that react differently in the body to normal collagen Types. These are either an undenatured Type II collagen or a Type II Matrix collagen. To keep things simple, the fundamental difference of these forms of Type II collagen are that they do not pass from the small intestine into the blood. Instead, they trigger an immuno-response in the small intestine and this response leads to signals being sent to the body, which stimulate collagen production... but only in joints.
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The reason for this difference is down to the fact that the amino acids in these Types of collagen, whilst containing the same aminos as other Types, are actually joined together in chains in a slightly different way. This small difference in molecular structure is what results in a different reaction in the small intestine. When a collagen Type acts in this way, we say that it has “joint functionality”. In other words the collagen peptides specifically trigger collagen production in joint tissues.
So unless you are consuming Type II undenatured or matrix collagen specifically for joints, then the Type of collagen you take won’t matter. Just be sure, however, that whatever you take is of the highest quality of the purest nature, backed by comprehensive testing and certificates from a supplier you can trust.
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