Why Collagen 1 and 3 in our Collagen Peptides
Collagen Types 1 & 3
Collagen is without a doubt is one of the buzziest ingredients in the wellness world right now. Some swear by its beauty benefits: the power to smooth skin, strengthen nails, and make hair shinier. Others are into it for the gut health perks. (The protein smooths the gut similarly to how it smooths the skin, which can improve digestion.) By now, it’s indisputable that collagen is good for you.
There are more than 40 different types of collagen in our bodies. Type 1 Collagen is the most abundant in our bodies, and it is an important component of our skin, The collagen in skin gives it a smooth, firm appearance. It helps prevent weak or broken nails and is a part of the repair process for split nails or damaged nail beds. It is found in teeth, bones, more specifically the organic part of bone and tendons. Type I is also present in scar tissue, ligaments, muscle, joints, and organ capsules. This is the type that you have seen advertised the most in beauty and health ads.
Type III collagen is the second most abundant type in your body. You can find it in large quantities in your intestines, muscles, blood vessels, and the uterus. It’s most often used with type I collagen for gut healing and to improve skin elasticity and hydration. Type III is commonly found alongside Type I because it is abundant in reticular fibers. Reticular fibers are found in connective tissue. These fibers then crosslink to form a network that as a supporting mesh in soft tissues such as liver, bone marrow, and the tissues and organs of the lymphatic system (part of the circulatory system and a vital part of the immune system).
Collagen Types 1 & 3 are also vital in the repair and maintenance of connective tissues.
Collagen is something to consider adding to your collection of standard nutritional supplements. It’s a vital part of supporting what we see and don’t see – especially when the signs of aging begin to appear. Thinning hair, and fine lines and wrinkles are just a small sign that your collagen supplies are shrinking. Like the breakdown of mortar between bricks, eventually the elements can lead to a need to rebuild the walls with a fresh supply of the stuff that holds the bricks together and in place.
Considering that one third of your body’s protein comes from collagen, and that collagen production steadily decreases after the age of 25—taking your daily dose of collagen is just as important (if not more so) than your multivitamin. By age 40, collagen production is down by 25% and by age 60, it’s down by 50%. In addition to age, lifestyle choices like consuming high amounts of sugar, exposure to environmental factors (smoke and unfiltered sunlight), and chronic stress can also deplete collagen reserves.
As with the spectrum of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals in your multivitamin, it is possible to get some of your collagen from food. But if you want to be sure you’re getting an adequate amount of collagen, as well as the correct type, taking a high-quality, bio-available Collagen Types 1 & 3 is important.
Supplementing with Collagen Types 1 & 3 may:
- Improve youthful, vibrant overall appearance
- Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Strengthen and add shine to hair and nails
- Fortify connective tissues and the skin matrix
- Boost metabolism
- Strengthen teeth and bones
- Protect your organs
- Help build and repair muscle
- Control appetite
- Increase energy
- Help you recover quicker from injury, accident or a hard workout
- Help repair your gut
- Repair joints
- Helps detox
- Help recover your liver