Collagen has been lately showing up in just about any kind of product, as a type of ‘wonder drug’ promising you healthy and youthful skin, strong hair, beautiful nails and a long list of other wonderful benefits. As yet another trend people have taken to, you might be a bit sceptical to get onto this train, but you might want to try and find out some details before you come to a decision. After all, why not try it out if the supposed merits are so good? Below is a quick guide to get you sorted out.
To start with, collagen is a basic component of the body, and is part of most types of tissues – both skin and muscles – as well as the bones in your body. It is responsible not only for the good looks of your skin, but also protects your organs and reinforces the structure of both your bones and tendons. In other words, it is a very important protein in your body. The issue, however, is that your body does not produce collagen ad infinitum – the process starts to slow down once you start ageing. More specifically, the reduction in collagen production can start just as you come to your mid-twenties, and it can as much as halve by the time you hit your fifties and sixties. And most of the ageing issues you find by this time tend to be quite closely related to the drop in collagen production – hence why so many beauty powder Australia, creams and other products are eager to include collagen in their ingredients list.
Just as any kind of advert on collagen beauty would inform you, there are different types of this protein, and they are aptly named as types 1, 2 and 3. That is not to say that there are only three varieties – close to a thirty have already been found by now, but they can largely be categorized under three main types. The types 1 and 3 are what you will find in most regions of your body, from your blood vessels to your tissues and muscles; on the other hand, type 2 collagen is found almost exclusively in your cartilage. It is quite obvious that the former two types are much more prevalent than the latter, as a result.
Of course, the type of collagen that you will buy will have different effects on your body, so it is important you buy the type you need. Keep in mind that if you are buying collagen as supplements, you will also need to watch out for dosages and the time you take them as well – not to add, if you want to take all three varieties of collagen, experts recommend spacing out your intake (or at the very least, taking the type 2 collagen separately).