Collagen is the single most important structural protein in the human body. It is abundant in our skin, muscles, cartilage, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. In almost all connective tissues in the body, collagen gives them the elasticity to stretch but the strength and rigidity to prevent over-stretching, create force, and resist compressive forces making it perhaps the most versatile tissue in the human body.
Remarkably, collagen is also gram-for-gram stronger than steel!
Tendons and ligaments are made up of primarily Type I collagen and collagen on the whole accounts for between 65 and 80% of the dry weight in protein of tendons and ligaments. As we age, available collagen starts to reduce. You see this in the lines and wrinkles in your skin and you feel this in the niggling aches and pains during day-to-day activities.
Taking part in physical activity and sports further accelerates this reduction in available collagen, leaving connective tissue vulnerable to excessive wear and tear that could lead to damage and injury.
And that’s where collagen supplements with vitamin C come in as an effective way to not only supplement your diet with ready to build collagen peptides, but it also stimulates the natural production of collagen too.