“There is only one way to increase collagen in the body; and that is for you to make it yourself”
– MedColl Research Team
Collagen in the Skin
Collagen declines naturally with age, it is a part of ageing that we cannot control. We call this Intrinsic Ageing.
Strong exposure to the sun also causes collagen to decrease in density. This is called Photo Ageing.
Taking collagen does not work.
Firstly, taking collagen powders, tablets or drinks is not going to help your body increase its natural endogenous collagen, as the body breaks it down and excretes it.
The body itself has to secrete its own collagen and an effective method of helping the body do this is by providing it with “collagen precursors” and of course the co-factor, Vitamin C.
What does collagen do?
Collagen is one of the most important components of your skin. It is your connective tissue and supports the structure of your skin. These collagen fibres along with elastic fibres in the deep layers of your skin allow you to contract your muscles and ligaments, and help the skin to bounce back. The decline in collagen and elastin in your skin results in the skin sagging and becoming looser while losing the ability to contract back as it used to.
What is Collagen?
Collagen (Tropocollagen is the name of the collagen molecule) is one of the most plentiful and naturally occurring proteins present in the body. The word “Kolla”, which is derived from Greek, actually means glue. It accounts for more than 30% of the protein mass in the human organism and it is the main component of the most important tissue in the body – connective tissue. Collagen occurs in many places throughout the body. Over 90% of the collagen in the body, however, is of type 1.
Collagen is one of the long, fibrous structural proteins. It connects and supports all the body’s tissues such as skin, ligature and cartilage and the organic component of bone. It also supports the internal organs and is even present in teeth.
Tough bundles of collagen called collagen fibres are a major component of the extracellular matrix that supports most tissues and gives cells structure from the outside, but collagen is also found inside certain cells. Collagen has great tensile strength, and is the main component of fascia, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone and skin. Along with soft keratin, it is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, and its degradation leads to wrinkles that accompany aging. It strengthens blood vessels and plays a role in tissue development. It is present in the cornea and lens of the eye in crystalline form.
There are more than 29 sub-types of collagens that naturally occur in the body.
From the mid 20’s, the body’s own natural collagen production starts to decline at a rate of 1.0% – 1.7% per year and is not replenished. There is an even more pronounced decline in collagen production around the age of menopause (Average 51yrs) due to the drop in oestrogen. Oestrogen levels are directly correlated with collagen formation.
Over time this diminishing supply of collagen causes the skin to lose its’ suppleness and in turn your skin can begin to wrinkle and sag.