TYPES OF COLLAGEN
There are many types of collagen, but the most important are these:
► Type I collagen – the most common type of collagen in the body, which is found in the lining of the skin, tendons, ligaments, bones and internal organs. It helps the tissue withstand strong strain.
► Type II collagen – is a component of articular cartilage, and it is needed to ensure cartilage function and longevity.
► Type III collagen has the same characteristics as type I collagen and therefore it is commonly used in conjunction with it. This type of collagen is found in the skin, muscles, internal organs and blood vessels. It is involved in the production of type I collagen.
► Pure forms Type II collagen (also known as ‘native collagen’) – is similar in its structure to the collagen manufactured by the human body.
Hydrolysed collagen (also known as: collagen hydrolysate, collagen peptides) are low molecular weight compounds obtained by unique treatment (hydrolysis), which are more easily absorbed by the body. Hydrolysed collagen is easily digested, absorbed in the gut and circulated to the parts of the body where it is used. In the process of digestion, hydrolysed collagen (in the form of collagen peptides) is broken down into amino acids, from which new collagen is synthesised in the respective tissues.