What is collagen?

Collagen in our tissues.Collagen is not only most common protein of human body (and all vertebrates in general) with 30% to 48% participation in total protein weight but also, due to its' functions in an organism, the most crucial protein! This almost "miraculous" protein occurs in nearly every parts of the human body, from eyeballs, through bones, hair, nails, up to skin (in the latter collagen is 70% of all proteins). We want You to remember about one, vital thing - collagen is not given once for all - as all of our body it undergoes the continual process of exchange. Old one dies and is replaced and maintained by a system of cells called keratinocytes, chondrocytes and fibroblasts - cells that are specialised in collagen production.

In our body, there is a continual, ongoing process of collagen production. On its' effectiveness depends much more than we commonly are willing to believe. Healthy human body exchanges 4-5 kg a year of that protein of youth! What is interesting, collagen is produced only by the higher organism (vertebrates - from fish to human), not by the more straightforward animal. It is especially worth to notice, and plants do not produce that collagen - every fantastic news about "plant collagen" is nothing else like marketing trick!

Collagen is a protein of significant properties. It is called an aristocrat among proteins, and its' role in the proper functioning of our body is essential. When we age it is mostly due to the decrease of collagen in our collection, that visibly shrinks and become warped.

It is most common that there are 12 types of collagen specified (though we can find in literature even over 20 samples). Among then are the most common:

  • Type I – most common type in all connective tissue, tendons, skin and bones,
  • Typ II – occurs in articular cartilages,
  • Typ III – occurs in the skin, especially during wound healing,
  • Typ IV – occurs in the basal membrane and all other membranes that separate organs,
  • Typ V – occurs in interstitial body parts, always as complementation for type I collagen.

In collagen don't occur amino acids: histidine and tryptophan - prevalent in other types of protein. For instance, only in collagen occurs hydroxyproline, that is treated as a marker to measure collagen density! Collagen is characterised by very unique among proteins and just surprising regularity of the structure of amino acid chains. It always occurs in the so-called "trios", whereas the first is still glycine and then other two, like proline, hydroxyproline or else. That surprising regularity of structure causes, that collagen peptide spirals (helixes) can bind and create more sophisticated and incredibly durable protein structures. It is worth to mention about an interesting paradox in this place. When still in its' molecular stage collagen is extremely fragile structure and by any reason tends to break down, but once it "matures" (as fibril or fibre) it becomes the most reliable known protein, even more, durable than steel wire of the same thickness!

It is not common knowledge, so we want to shout it out: Noone and nowhere before didn't manage to isolate stable triple-helix collagen molecules outside the living organism. For decades of unsuccessful researches and approaches, scientists concluded that it is not possible! It was Polish scientists from Gdansk, who finally managed to achieve that and the product itself occurred to be ready (needed just filtration) cosmeceutical of amazing cosmetic and dermatological properties. It is not the end of great scientific achievements. After thousands of approaches and tests, something unusual was achieved - control triple-helix breakdown! The effects are Native Collagen Colway. In this case, this is transparent science fiction!

Collagen is a precious and vital component as for our youth look, as for our health. That is collagen that determines, in most cases our beauty, freshness of the skin and full of vitality. There is no exaggeration here! Every so-called healthy and active diet occurs to be foster collagen synthesis and its' good condition — the same with functional quality anti-ageing cosmetics that focus on stimulating our skin to faster production of collagen.

It is imperative, to know that since 25-27 years of age, our body slows collagen production. It produces it less than it's breaking down. That decrease is estimated of average 1% a year, while during menopause that drop rapidly increases (even of few dozens per cent!). Therefore caring for collagen proper stimulation and replenishment is vital for our health and beauty. We have to start it much earlier than we may commonly think - even before our thirties!

Let's list some consequences of collagen deficiency:

  • significant deterioration of skin integrity and elasticity,
  • skin roughness,
  • the appearance of wrinkles,
  • degeneration and pains of joints,
  • lesser flexibility of joints, tendons and even bones,
  • increased susceptibility to diseases and infections,
  • deterioration of condition and efficiency of our body.

After years scientists and customers of collagen gels have discovered themselves many of its' benefits. The list is very long and, because of the collagen function in our body, can not be completed. In one of the further articles, we have presented a long list of benefits constructed on customers surveys.

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Professionals most often know word "collagen" as hydrolysate of its' mature fibre forms, that are not and never will be bioactive because its particles are too big to be able to penetrate the protective barrier of the skin. This is the moment when most of the questions and misunderstandings appear - "if so, how come that Natural Collagen or Native Collagen transfer through the skin?" The usual answer is that this is different forms of collagen commonly used - in the way of stable triple-helix (Collagen Natural) or oligopeptides (as products of controlled triple-helix break down in case of Native Collagen). Those protein structures after application break down releasing bioactive free amino acids or micro peptides, that are so small that have no problems with migrating deep into a dermis (this is the only one known example of a natural, non-artificial protein capable of doing so). As we can see, transdermal properties of the collagen gels do not mean that collagen triple-helixes migrate and build-into the skin (like in case of collagen bovine fibre injections), but release bioactive micro peptides, that cause fantastic skin response - stimulation of body collagen production. This is a unique and fascinating process, 100% natural and safe skin stimulation to produce its body collagen. As an effect - collagen gels contribute in real skin rejuvenation! Let us remember that main ageing factor is the loss of collagen, therefore Colway collagen gels we responsibly call a real "elixirs of youth".

Collagen is still a mystery and never-ending story. It even hides loads of uncovered secret, though what we know now, is much enough to write compelling stories about its' amazing benefits. It is found, that Colway, as a company, has taken care of creating all lines of bioactive collagen gels, supportive cosmetic lines and diet supplements, that when used, will glow our beauty and perfect our health.

 

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