Collagen - questions and answers about collagen





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 silicon important for collagen synthesis?

Answer: Silicon is important for optimal collagen synthesis and activation of hydroxylating enzymes, which improves skin strength and elasticity (1).


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) (1)
  • 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: Why is hydrolysed collagen in dietary supplements from fish considered to be better for the skin than hydrolysed collagen from cattle, pig or chicken?

Answer: Hydrolysed fish collagen peptides have the highest absorption and bioavailability in the body, due to its smaller particle size, compared to hydrolysed collagen from cattle, pig and chicken. Bioavailability is very important as it largely determines the effect of the nutrient consumed. Hydrolysed fish collagen is absorbed up to 1.5 times more efficiently in the body than hydrolysed collagen from other animals. Because it is absorbed more efficiently and enters the bloodstream more quickly, hydrolysed fish collagen is considered to be the best source of collagen in dieatary supplements. Collagen from fish also contains collagen type 1, and this is the type of collagen that is most commonly found in the skin.


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.


Author: Natalie Rovaniemi CEO & founder of Celloptimum, with a Master´s degree in nutrition

Produced by: Wikinggruppen

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