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When I came across the Nutrova Collagen + Anti-oxidants for Healthy Skin and Anti-aging Skin Care product, I thought there is no better time than now to really understand collagen and how to supplement in through nutrition. And, incidentally, I had been wanting to read and write about Collagen since many years. So, finally, here it is. One of the secrets to healthy and young skin – a healthy collagen formation.
What is Collagen?
It is the most abundant protein in the body! The collagen is found in the dermis layer of the skin which is the second layer of the skin and is responsible for the plumpness, strength and hydration of the skin. It is a group of proteins in fact which provides the tensile strength to the skin. It is said that collagen in the skin is more strong than steel.
#DidYouKnow Collagen is not only found in the skin but also in the tendons and ligaments and corneas and bones and blood vessels. It is basically a connective tissue and most abundant protein in the mammals. Yes, it is a protein and I was not even aware of that! Huh.
Synthesis of Collagen
So, let me skip all the chemistry here and just say that collagen does NOT occur in the body. It is synthesized from the basic amino acids. And, for collagen to synthesize, we need Vitamin C.
Just to give an overview, amino acids form the three-dimensional stranded structure which is converted into procollagen using Vitamin C as one of the cofactors in the reaction. Then, this structure is converted into tropo-collagen which cross-link with each other to form collagen fibres. There is a lot of genetic and cellular mutation which takes place to synthesize collagen. For those interested, please check out this youtube video which details out the process of collagen synthesis.
The synthesis of collagen happens all our lives and the healthy collagen replace the old and worn out collagen fibres. This process slows down after the age of 30 which results in the slightly older look or the wrinkled appearance.
Degradation of Collagen
Apart from age, there are quite a lot of other factors which affect the synthesis of collagen. Few are internal and others are external.
Well, since it is an important element while synthesizing the collagen, the extreme deficiency of Vitamin C is definitely going to affect the collagen production negatively.
Excess of sugar consumption also harms the collagen. The sugar molecules in the blood attach to the proteins to form new molecules which weaken the collagen structure and make it dry and brittle.
Arthritis, cancer, ulcers, malnourishment, autoimmune disorders. All of these conditions cause collagen degradation at a faster level.
Also, the collagen formation is one of the crucial tasks when the skin is wounded or cut. The skin tries to heal itself by synthesizing healthy collagen at the wound site but
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