Collagen Background and Benefits
Collagen is the common name for many types of protein that fill the extracellular spaces in connective tissue. It is the primary component of connective tissue and comprises up to 35 percent of the total protein in mammals, making collagen the most abundant protein in these animals. Collagen’s name comes from the Greek term “kolla gen,” meaning “glue producing.” This term refers to the early manufacture of glue by boiling the skin and sinews of animals.
Collagen typically takes the form of long fibrils, especially in fibrous connective tissues such as the ligaments, skin and tendons. Additional types of tissue that contain collagen include bones, cartilage, blood vessels, corneas, intestines and teeth. Collagen is also a primary component of the endomysium, a layer of connective tissue in the muscles. It accounts for at least one percent of the weight of muscle tissue in general, although this figure increases to six percent for tendinous muscles.
Fibroblasts and other cellular bodies produce collagen fibers, which are typically formed into tight bundles. This construction gives collagen great tensile strength, making it especially for ligaments and tendons. The combination of collagen and keratin also provides skin with its elasticity and strength, and the degradation of collagen can cause the skin to wrinkle. A crystalline form of collagen is also used to strengthen the cornea of the eye.
Marine sources of collagen primarily come from the skin and scales of fish, especially fatty fish like salmon and cod. Products that contain marine collagen have been common in Asia for some time and are now appearing with greater frequency in western countries. This increase in popularity is due in part to preliminary scientific studies that show the health benefits of marine collagen in dietary supplements.
Collactive™ Marine Collagen and Elastin Polypeptides
Collactive™ Marine Collagen is manufactured by Copalis, which is a key player in the promotion sustainable marine resources. Copalis is based in the North of France and has 50 years’ experience with using fish protein hydrolysates.
Collactive™ contains only fully traceable marine collagen that comply with the highest quality standards. The collagen come from wild fish skin, which is a normal by-product of existing fishery operations. These wild fish are caught in North Atlantic waters and primarily include cod, haddock, plaice and saithe. By comparison other companies use the skin of farmed fish such as tilapia and pangasius.
The ratio of collagen and elastin polypeptides in Collactive™ is the same as that found in the dermis layer of human skin. The combination of these components of the extracellular matrix creates a synergistic action that helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles. The collagen fibers provide the skin with tensile strength, while the elastin fibers make the dermis supple. The polypeptides in Collactive™ have a low molecular weight and are hydrolyzed, which allows the skin to easily absorb them.
Collactive™ helps to lift and firm mature skin by stimulating the normal biosynthesis of collagen. It also keeps the skin properly hydrated, which minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Collactive™ has antioxidant properties that help to support the body’s ability to manage cellular damage by free radicals. It also meets Halal and Kosher requirements.
Uses of Collagen
The most significant uses of Collactive™ collagen is to help support skin health and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Other benefits of collagen include hair and nail health, joint health, injury recovery and dental health.
Collagen supplements may help to manage discomfort after injury or surgery to the neck and back.
Healthy inflammation management
Some research shows that supplements of type II collagen may help to manage the discomfort and swelling caused by unhealthy inflammatory conditions that affect the joints. The regimen in this study lasted for three months.
Skin health support
Collagen is an integral part of the body's rejuvenation process and is essential for younger-looking skin and hair. A lack of collagen can often result in limp brittle hair and unhealthy dry skin.
Joint health support
Early research indicates that a supplement containing type II collagen may help to manage joint discomfort and tenderness. The regimen in this study consisted of oral supplements taken for eight weeks.
Signs You May Need Collagen
Advancing age is generally the most significant sign that you may need collagen. The biosynthesis of collagen begins to drop by 1.5 percent each year after the age of 25, so collagen production may drop by 30 percent at the age of 45. The most noticeable signs of low collagen production are signs of aging in the skin, including fine lines, wrinkles and dryness. You may also benefit from collagen supplements if you have joint discomfort and swelling.
Other Ingredients That May Be Of Interest
Grape Seed Extract - Grape seed extract is comprised of a significant amount of potent antioxidants and is considered an anti-aging wonder. The bioflavonoids in grape seed extract help strengthen and protect cell membranes in the skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals, promoting healthy, youthful skin.
L-Glutathione - Glutathione is a tripeptide, which consists of three peptides linked together by peptide bonds. It is a strong antioxidant that supports skin and helps to protect cells from oxygen-reactive chemicals such as free radicals and heavy metals.