Collagen supplements

Natural collagen dietary supplement

Natural collagen in dieatary supplement is a protein that has many important functions in our bodies. As important as collagen (collagen peptides) is for beautiful skin, it is just as important for the body's other organs to function optimally. Collagen supplement contributes structure to the body's tissues and cells. 

Collagen have many names, and collagen supplements are often called a number of different things: clean collagen, collagen, collagenpeptides, collagen peptides, marine collagen, bovine collagen, collagen supplements, collagen protein, natural collagen, hydrolyzed collagen, hydrolyzed collagen peptides, hydrolysed collagen, hydrolysed collagen peptides...


Have you ever squeezed a child's cheek? You push into the soft skin and it feels like a pillow under your fingers. Imagine doing the same with an 80-year-old cheek. The skin is loose, and the layer of a pillow seems to be increasingly missing. What is the difference then? The answer is collagen. Collagen (collagen peptides) is a protein that has many important functions in our bodies.


Collagen is a protein that makes up 1/3 of all protein in the human body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the entire body, and after water also the most abundant substance in our bodies! Collagen is the "body glue", and without collagen you would more or less collapse.


You may be familiar with collagen when it comes to contexts related to beauty and skin? As important as collagen is for a beautiful skin, it is also for the body's other organs to function optimally. Collagen is a type of protein fiber, and provides strength and suppression to many different parts of the body. More specifically, collagen is found in various types of connective tissue, such as for example cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bones, etc.


If we could look closely at a collagen fiber then we could see that its structure is similar to that of a rope. Each individual collagen fiber consists of many small fibers, called macrofibrils, all bound together. And all the macrofibrils even consist of even smaller constituents, called microfibrils. This structure accounts for the strong nature of collagen. Collagen, as a rope, has high tensile strength and can be pulled apart without breaking.


Collagen is found in the connective tissue which in turn consists of a material called matrix (the substance that exists between the cells, called extracellular matrix), with cells embedded in it. The extracellular matrix contains, in addition to collagen fibers, hyaluronic acid that performs many functions. Among other things, the hyaluronic acid acts as a moisturizing lubricant and shock absorbing padding between the collagen fibers. Visually, let's imagine that the extracellular matrix is ​​a jelly, and that the cells are blueberries that are inside the gel. Now add coconut to represent the collagen fibers. If you now try to pull the gel apart, the coconut will hold it together. The same applies to collagen in the connective tissue.


Sometimes collagen bundles are arranged in a very regular pattern. This is the case, for example, in a tendon. Feel the back of your ankle just above the heel, and you will find your achilles tendon. The strength of the tendons comes from the parallel arrangement of collagen fiber bundles. Think of a single rubber band that represents a collagen bundle. If you pull it, it stretches fairly easily. Imagine pulling on a hundred parallel rubber bands at the same time. This is much harder to stretch! It is bundles of collagen that give the tendons this tough, elastic property.

In other types of connective tissue, collagen can be arranged in a more irregular manner. In our skin there are collagen fibers, but they are not arranged in the same way as in tendons. You can feel the difference by touching your health and then pulling your skin on your arm. The skin is softer and much looser. Although collagen is present in both, the structure is quite different.


A fibroblast is a cell that produces and maintains connective tissue, the structural network of cells that supports the organs of the body. Fibroblasts secrete fibrous proteins and other substances, which together form the extracellular matrix that forms the basis of connective tissue.

Depending on where in the body the fibroblasts are and what type of connective tissue they build, fibroblasts can secrete several different types of fibrous proteins, of which collagen is one of these proteins, but also elastin is a fibrous protein.

Collagen, a strong fiber protein, gives all of your organs and tissues its strength. If you removed the cells from one of your organs, a collagen "skeleton" of that organ would be left. Collagen is the most important component of your tendons and ligaments, and similar to the hard back of a mat, collagen provides support for your skin. When you have damaged your skin, collagen is the protein that forms the scar. Connective tissue has many different tasks in the body, which requires the fibroblasts to know "how" to do all the different variants of collagen available.

There are many different types of collagen (around 30), of which types 1,2 and 3 make up the bulk of the body's collagen. Furthermore, type 1 collagen accounts for about 90% of all collagen found in the body.

Collagen is important for many of the body's tissues, organs and functions:

  • Cartilage - about 60% of the body's cartilage is made of collagen type 2
  • The tendons - almost 100% of the body's tendons are made of collagen types 1 and 3
  • The ligaments - about 86% of the body's ligaments are made of collagen types 1 and 3
  • Skin - about 70% of skin consists of collagen, mainly of type 1 and type 3 (3)
  • The hair
  • The nails
  • The teeth and gums
  • Optimal gastrointestinal function
  • The blood vessels - and indirectly, the appearance of varicose veins
  • The muscle tissue
  • Important for the skeleton
  • Helps get rid of cellulite


Vitamin C has many different functions in the body and is also called ascorbic acid. The most important function of the vitamin in the body is actually to contribute to collagen formation. Vitamin C has 15 approved health claims when it comes to its function in the body, with 6 being valid for its very important role in the formation of collagen.


After the age of 25, the body's own production of collagen decreases, and at the age of 40, the body's ability to make collagen has decreased by about 25%, and when you reach the age of 60, the body's own production of collagen has decreased by the whole. 50%! This reduction can be prevented by adding collagen to the body via a dietary supplement.


Collagen can also be applied in other ways in the body and just like hyaluronic acid, collagen is used in fillers (injections) to make the skin look younger, and in different creams that can be applied to the skin!



Question: What is collagen?

Answer: Collagen is a fiber protein that makes up a third of all protein in the human body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the entire body, and is after water the most abundant substance in our bodies!

Question: What is the function of collagen for the body, and what benefits does it have for me?

Answer: Collagen helps with structure to the body's tissues and cells. Below are some examples of the benefits of collagen:

  • Beautiful and healthy skin, with smaller wrinkles and increased elasticity
  • Glossy, thick and healthy hair
  • Strong and fine nails
  • Getting rid of cellulite
  • Healthy, strong and moving joints
  • Optimal gastrointestinal function
  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • A strong skeleton

It is simply that without collagen, you would more or less collapse!

Question: What are the benefits of hydrolysed collagen in powder form versus hydrolysed collagen in tablet form?

Answer: To get hold of the amount of hydrolysed collagen that has an effect in the body and take advantage of the collagen's benefits, you would need about 10 grams of hydrolysed collagen a day. If you would take it in capsule or tablet form, it would be about 20 tablets a day!

When you take hydrolysed collagen in powder form, you do not need to add unnecessary substances contained in the capsule or tablets.

In the manufacture of capsules or tablets the substance magnesium stearate are used, as lubricant for the machines, and this ingredient do not add any benefit to your body.

The advantages of powder are also not to swallow large capsules or tablets, which can be difficult for some people!


Question: Is collagen present in a normal traditional diet?

Answer: We probably want to answer no to that question. Collagen is found mainly in supporting tissue (connective tissue) such as bone, skin, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, arteries, bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes, the intervertebral discs and the eye, in mammals. These are parts of the animal that are not usually part of a normal traditional diet.


Question: How does the body get access to collagen if it is not present in regular food?

Answer: The body produces collagen itself, but the body's own production of collagen gradually decreases after the age of 25. Therefore, it may be good to add extra collagen to the body the older you get, to maintain a fresh, healthy and functional body.


Question: Why is vitamin C important for collagen synthesis?

Answer: Vitamin C is important for the activation of two key enzymes, which are needed for the collagen synthesis, which starts inside the cell. Without vitamin C (and also iron), the function of the enzymes is inactivated, and collagen cannot be formed.


Question: Why is silica important for collagen synthesis?

Answer: Silica is important for optimal collagen synthesis and activation of hydroxylating enzymes, which improves skin strength and elasticity.


Question: Why is it good to eat a dietar supplement with hydrolysed collagen and what benefits does it have for me?

Answer: Hydrolysed collagen peptides found in supplements, have an optimal uptake with high bioavailability in the blood and can be used by the body. Depending on the type of collagen it is, it contributes with various benefits to the body. There are many types of collagen in the human body, and the most common types of collagen are types 1, 2 and 3, where collagen type 1 is the most common type and constitutes about 90% of the body's collagen.

The collagen benefits are numerous and below are some of the benefits:

  • Beautiful and healthy skin, with smaller wrinkles and increased elasticity
  • Glossy, thick and healthy hair
  • Strong and fine nails
  • Getting rid of cellulite
  • Healthy, strong and moving joints
  • Optimal gastrointestinal function
  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • A strong skeleton


Question: Should I stop eating hydrolysed collagen after a certain amount of time, and have a short break?

Answer: We recommend that you take hydrolysed collagen every day, without stopping, for optimal results.


Question: What are the main factors in reducing the amount of collagen in the body?


  • Aging means that less collagen is produced
  • UV rays from the sun (this factor contributes to about 80-90% of skin aging) 
  • Smoking
  • A poor diet
  • An inadequate daily intake of vitamin C
  • Air pollution
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Stress


Question: Is hydrolysed collagen in supplements synthetically produced?

Answer: No, collagen is always natural, and furthermore always has an animal origin.


Question: From what sources does hydrolyzed collagen in dietary supplements come?

Answer: Collagen used in supplements comes mainly from fish, cattle, pigs or chicken.


Question: How is hydrolysed collagen usually produced?

Answer: Collagen is hydrolysed (a molecule is split in two parts after the addition of a water molecule) enzymatically to low molecular weight peptides, to ensure optimal uptake in the body.


Question: From what parts of the animal is hydrolyzed collagen produced, for use in dietary supplements and other products?


  • Fish: skin, scales, fins and bone
  • Cattle: skin, bone and cartilage
  • Chicken: skin, bone and cartilage
  • Pig: skin, bone and cartilage


Question: There are several different types of collagen, of which type 1, type 2 and type 3 are the most common types in the body. What animals do these collagen types come from, in dietary supplements?

Answer: Collagen in dietary supplements comes mostly from fish, cattle, chicken or pig.

  • Collagen from fish: type 1
  • Collagen from cattle: type 1 and type 3
  • Collagen from chicken: type 2
  • Collagen from pig: type 1 and type 3


Question: What are the different benefits for the body of the different types of collagen?


  • Types 1 and 3: skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, stomach and intestines, bones, gums, teeth and blood vessels.
  • Type 2: joint cartilage and other cartilage.

The collagen in COLLAGEN - SKIN & HAIR COMPLEX™ comes from fish, which contain type 1 collagen.


Question: How to use COLLAGEN - SKIN & HAIR COMPLEX™?

Answer: We recommend mixing a scoop of COLLAGEN - SKIN & HAIR COMPLEX™ into a smoothie, water, juice, or other optional cold beverage, or use it when baking cold pastries.

Hydrolysed collagen found in mixtures with ingredients that are heat sensitive, such as vitamin C, should not be mixed in boiling water or used in hot cooking as this can reduce the benefits of the ingredient.

Produced by: Wikinggruppen

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