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What Is Collagen?: An Overview

What Is Collagen

Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong.** 

Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine -- all of which help our body's connective tissue, skin, hair and nails stay as healthy as possible.**

As we age, and the more stress we put on our body, the greater the impact on collagen production. Adding ingestible collagen to a balanced diet can help our bodies regenerate what’s been lost or broken down.** 

Collagen protein is different than whey and casein protein because of these high levels of amino acids. Muscular growth, joint health and an overall glowing appearance can be partially attributed to the amino acid blend in collagen.**

What Is Collagen

Collagen for Skin

Collagen is an important building block for the skin as it makes up 70% of it. The dermis, which provides the foundation for the skin, is closely involved in the skin’s elasticity and flexibility and is the main source of collagen in the skin.

Collagen is important for the skin in a number of ways. When it comes to aging skin, collagen keeps it firm, plump, hydrated and supple.**  As we age, our body’s natural collagen production begins to decline, which may lead to the appearance of fine lines and sagging skin.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen in Our Body

Ligaments and tendons are another type of connective tissue that attaches two bones and muscles, holding them together. These tissues — bones, ligaments, tendons and the skeletal muscles — are made up of proteins, including collagen. 

Ligaments, joints and tendons are all part of the intricate matrix in our body largely consisting of collagen.

As important as exercise is to our lives, strenuous and continuous exertion can put a strain on our bodies, especially on muscles, joints and ligaments. Incorporating ingestible collagen (i.e. hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides) in your diet can help support joint health.**

What Is Collagen?

Collagen Production as We Age

When we get older, our body’s natural collagen production begins to slow down. As a result, skin can become fragile and less elastic. In addition, hair starts losing its color, joints aren’t as flexible and bones may lose their density. This is why taking supplements, like our Collagen Peptides, Matcha Collagen and Collagen Creamers™, is important. Our Beauty Collagen™ product lineup also features skin-loving ingredient Hyaluronic Acid for a boost to your beauty routine.**

 What Is Collagen

Vital Proteins’ Collagen

Vital Proteins Collagen contains 18 amino acids, including 8 out of 9 essential amino acids.  It is characterized by the predominance of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, which represent about 50% of the total amino acid content. Glycine and proline concentration is 10 to 20 times higher than in other proteins. This very specific composition of amino acids, provides Vital Proteins’ collagen with nutritional functional properties that can not be found with other protein sources. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is easily digested and soluble in cold or hot liquids -- and two scoops a day (the serving size listed on our Collagen Peptides label) is all you need. Simply add to your coffee, smoothie or favorite recipe and enjoy!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.