Free radicals, stress, diseases, age, poor food choices in our diets, pesticides and the secondary effects of many medicines contribute to the deterioration of collagen in our bodies. The results: lack of muscular vitality, premature wrinkles, loss of elasticity of the skin, and weakness of nails and the hair. When collagen is lacking and deterioration is more severe, this can lead to a variety of serious degenerative joint diseases characterized by the destruction of joint cartilage, such as osteoporosis. This deterioration affects the bones and the joints, producing discomfort, rigidity, inflammation and pain.
A good test of our collagen levels is a simple bone density test as reduced collagen levels will reduce your bone density. Numerous experimental and clinical studies have demonstrated that a total daily dose of 10 grams of collagen peptide for 4 to 24 weeks significantly improves bone mass density.
How much collagen is in the human body? Where is it located mainly?
Take away the water and 70% of our body is protein. While all proteins are made up of amino acids, not all proteins are collagen. Collagen makes up 20 – 25% of the substance of the body if we disregard the water (refer to Figure 3). Collagen is mainly located at the location of the most important functions of the body (refer to Figure 4, Figure 5).