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What Are the Different Types of Collagen?

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By Markita Lewis, MS, RD

Collagen is the most abundant structural protein within the human body, found in our connective tissues, skin, nails and bones. While most people may think of collagen as a single type of structure, there are actually 28 different types of collagen that have been discovered so far. The various types of collagen differ in the types of protein they contain and what functions they have in the body.

More than 90% of the collagen in the human body consists of type I, II and III collagens; these are the collagen types most widely available in supplement form. If you’re looking to supplement with collagen to support your body’s systems, it’s important to know the differences among collagen types so you can choose the right ones for you.

Type I Collagen

Type I collagen is the most abundant collagen. It is present in essentially all connective tissue, and plays an important role in maintaining the health of our bones. Type I collagen makes up around 80% of the protein present in bone, but is also found in the skin, tendons, organs and our vascular system. 

A study examining the relationship of oral collagen peptide supplementation and skin moisture found that daily supplementation with 10mg/day of type I collagen increased skin hydration and improved structure within the skin in women ages 40-59 after 8 weeks of supplementation.

Type II Collagen

Type II collagen is the main protein component of the cartilage between your bones. Degradation of type II collagen within the body can lead to the destruction of cartilage and increased inflammation. Together, these increase risk for osteoarthritis and can limit normal movement and function.

A 2016 study found that daily supplementation with 10 mg/day of undenatured type II collagen with 1,500 mg/day of acetaminophen for three months was more effective than acetaminophen alone in improving symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Type III Collagen

Type III collagen is the second most abundant collagen type within the body after type I, and together they make up the major portions of the interstitial matrix (the fluid that surrounds and protects your individual cells and tissues). This type of collagen plays a role in the structure of our organs,  vascular system and various muscles. Increased breakdown or mutation of type III collagen has been associated with Crohn’s diseaseEhlers-Danlos Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder) and ruptured aneurysms.

collagen typesTaking a collagen supplement can help slow the natural age-related decline of collagen, helping keep your skin, bones and joints healthy. Since types I, II and III are the most abundant in the body, a product that contains those types will cover your bases and help keep your collagen healthy.Your body’s connective tissue cells naturally produce collagen by combining amino acids (proline and glycine), Vitamin C and copper. Over time, the body becomes less efficient at making collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and dry skin, bone and joint issues and complications for organ systems. 

Native Origins Collagen Peptides contains collagen types I, II and III along with microencapsulated Vitamin C to not only provide you with the collagen supplementation you need as you age, but to help your body continue to produce its own natural collagen. Order our natural, unflavored formula today and see results in just a few weeks or your money back! No questions asked...

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