Collagen is the most abundant form of natural protein found in the body accounting for approximately 25% of the body’s protein. Collagen makes up 75% of the body’s skin tissue which has been scientifically proven to diminish at a rate of approximately 1.5% each year from the age of 25 years onwards. It is not suprising then that it is being used by the cosmetic industry as subcutaneous injections for skin rejuvenation.
Collagen is also the most abundant structural protein found in cartilage (67%), muscle, tendons, ligaments and bones. It protects cartilage and synovial fluid against deterioration and is the raw material for cartilage synthesis and repair. It is therefore effective to stimulate cartilage production and also to reduce oxidative damage to joints and therefore stimulate significant reductions in joint pain, tenderness and swelling.
Collagen contains 15% glucosamine sulphate and 15% chondroitin sulphate. When used orally it is non-toxic and considered to be very safe. We have however had one reported case where it caused nausia and vomiting due to an intollerance reaction. When taken orally it encourages the rapid absorption of the essential amino acids, glycine, proline and hydroxyproline that can preserve and replenish lean muscle mass and improve the management of the body’s fat. It therefore has a positive role to play in weight management and bodybuilding. Because it also stimulates the body’s own collagen production it may potentially address the problem of cellulite.
It may also be used for healthy hair, nails and skin. It is a powerful long-term anti-ageing protein. It may also plump up skin, reduces lines and wrinkles, improve skin’s elasticity and suppleness, produces a firmer more even toned skin and help to achieve a glowing, radiant complexion.
It is important that people taking collagen orally drink plenty of water – 1-2L per day.
Our laboratory produces a 25mg lipoic acid capsule which contains 400mg pure hydrolysed collagen from a bovine source as an excipient. Two to three capsules should be taken 2 hours after dinner on an empty stomach before bedtime to feed the body during sleep.