What is Collagen?
It is a type of protein found in the human body. Proteins are macro-chains of amino acid. Collagen makes up about 30% of all the proteins in our human body. This includes fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin as well as others like corneas, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, the gut, intervertebral discs and the dentin in teeth.
Do you know our collagen production start declining after age 25?
However, due to our modern lifestyle, many of us are aging faster than we should! This results in a faster decline of the amount of collagen we produce leading to a variety of health issues where most of us simply attribute them to aging but fail to see the root cause – collagen deficiency!
Misconception #1 – Consuming Collagen Supplements
The collagen supplements will be digested into amino acids by the time it reach our stomach (acid pH level 1.5 to 3.5) and absorbed into our small intestines. Note the collagen is no longer in its original form but has turned into amino acids (just like any proteins), rendering it useless for its intended purpose. In addition, synthetic collagen is often sourced from pigs and cows whose collagen structures are different from human collagen and may therefore cause allergic/inflammatory reactions.
Misconception #2 – Applying Collagen Products
Based on the 500 Dalton Rule, the molecular weight of any substance needs to be below 500 Dalton to be able to penetrate our skin. Typical collagen molecules are easily more than 1,000 Daltons per molecule which imply the collagen product simply forms a layer over on our skin but not penetrating it. As soon as we wash our face, the collagen product will be gone without any lasting effects.
Final Verdict – Back to Basics.. Nutritional Immunology (NI)
Our human body can produce its own collagen! You can trust that it will provide the required types in the required quantity as and when it is needed! This is our amazing body which is wonderfully created. All we need is a diet of wholesome plant superfoods which are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals to keep our body young.
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