This tissue is fibrous and forms a strong frame to strengthen our organs. For example, the tendons that connect our muscles to our bones are made of collagen. Our lungs also have high collagen levels.

Our bones have a collagen structure

If the collagen structure is not big enough, the bones cannot mineralize, which can contribute to developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is also caused by a calcium and phosphorus or vitamin D deficiency which often reflects a lack of collagen.

The walls of the arteries and veins that make up our vascular system have very high collagen levels, giving them their elasticity.

The walls of the arteries and veins that make up our vascular system have very high collagen levels, giving them their elasticity.

In the skin, dermal cells make collagen, which supports it, makes it supple and elastic, and insulates it from heat and cold.

The walls of our eyes and lenses are also made of collagen. Finally, our nails and hair contain collagen.

Collagen degrades slowly over our lifetime

This collagen degradation comes from the fact that we do not eat enough products that contain high levels of collagen, so we develop deficiencies in some of the proteins that make it.

Foods with high collagen levels are stocks made with joints and bones and tripe and chitterlings, brawn and other things that we used to eat in bygone times.

We do not renew our collagen any more, and this causes serious deficiencies and degeneration in some of our organs, in particular those that work all the time: tendons and cartilage in our joints and vertebrae, for example.

Joint problems

Joint disease (osteoarthritis) is the most common chronic problem above age 50.

The degeneration in tendons affects body processes at a number of joints: knees, hips and inter-vertebral cartilage in our spine, causing a problem that affects many people. For example, in France it affects 80% of people as back pain.

Taking collagen supplements long term can provide the constituent elements needed for the body to repair cartilage and tendons and to truly improve these problems.

Many clinical studies have been done on hundreds of patients all over the world, particularly in Germany and the USA, to show the value of consuming collagen hydrolysate to improve osteoarthritis problems and rheumatic pain that arise from degeneration in joint cartilage.

Studies show it reduces symptoms of arthritis, and pain in joints

Clinical studies, for example those by Adam, Beuker, Rippe and Moskowitz, have shown that taking about 10 000mg collagen hydrolysate for at least six months improved symptoms of arthritis, greatly reduced pain and discomfort, and allowed damaged joints to rebuild.

It has been known for many years that taking collagen improves skin moisturisation and suppleness as well as reduces wrinkle depth

Taking an oral supplement of collagen hydrolysate has been common for a long time in Japan and Asia, where collagen solutions are taken by millions of women. Clinical studies have shown that absorbing 10 000mg per day, collagen hydrolysate affects the skin in a positive way. It is more hydrated, supple and has fewer deep wrinkles.

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