What is Collagen?
Collagen is a triple helix built with three chains of amino acids, which forms solid fibers and provides structure to the body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and represents 30% of the total protein content. It guarantees the integrity, elasticity and resistance of the connective tissues of our body, and therefore maintains the shape and function of our skin, cartilage and bones.
In adulthood, bodies begin to produce less collagen, leading to the appearance of the signs of aging. The loss of collagen is a natural process, but other factors such as UV exposure, pollution and certain lifestyles can advance or intensify the signs of aging.
Collagen makes up 75% of the dry mass content of the skin, providing the infrastructure for elastin, which maintains skin elasticity and moisture retention.
Tendons are strong, fibrous connective tissues that connect muscles to bones. During muscle contraction, the role of tendons is to transmit force and resist tension. Tendons contain 85% type I collagen and also proteoglycans.