A third of our body’s protein is collagen
Collagen is a protein that provides structure to our bodies. It’s essentially a major building block for our skin, but also our bones, hair, teeth, joints, blood vessels, cartilage and more. In fact, collagen accounts for about a third of the body’s protein composition. So associating it with skin alone does it a great injustice.
As we age, we produce less collagen
There’s always a catch, isn’t there? Yes, it’s true - from our mid twenties, we all begin to produce less and less collagen.
So what happens to our bodies when we produce less collagen?
In a nutshell, the ageing process happens.
Hair thins or starts to fall out, wrinkles and creases develop more easily on the skin, we begin to ‘feel’ our bones and if we don’t feel them straight away, then we certainly start hearing them...! Some of us might develop digestion troubles, we may become more lethargic more easily, our immune system weakens; there are a number of health conditions and in fact serious ailments that can be associated with decreased collagen levels.
You might wish to read more about why we need collagen here.
What are collagen supplements?
They are an opportunity to provide the body with additional protein; to meet daily needs that diet alone might not always quite achieve. Supplements can come in all kinds of forms but we strongly believe that powder format gives the greatest flexibility - it allows each individual to take their supplement when, how and as frequently as they wish (within, of course, the daily guidelines).
What is hydrolysed collagen?
It’s just a fancy word for collagen when we break it down into more digestible amino acids (which combine to form proteins), making it easier for the body to absorb.
Bovine and Marine collagen
Edible Health uses two types of collagen sources - bovine (cow) and marine (fish). We do this so as to cater for different tastes, ethical preferences, allergies and so on. Both are as effective as the other. The bovine collagen comes from cow hide and the marine collagen from fish skin. Both are the by-product of already established industries and we work with local authorities to ensure absolute regulation and the highest of production standards.