Collagen Sources, Uses, Benefits, and Side Effects

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Collagen plays a critical role in maintaining the integrity of multiple body tissues and organs, including bones, skin, cartilage, and ligaments. It generally acts as a natural glue in the human body and generally gives specific tissues and organs their strength and elasticity.

As noted, collagen is the most common protein in humans, accounting for about 25-35 percent of the total protein content in the body. As you get older, your collagen reserves usually start to decline leading to age-related skin wrinkling, thinning, and dryness. It further causes bone density, cartilage, ligaments, and other connective tissue to deteriorate, significantly impacting your overall health. For this reason, low collagen reserves can contribute to atherosclerosis in your arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease.

A woman with slightly wrinkled and thinned skin

In young people, the case is a little different. Their bodies can easily produce more collagen to replenish the declining reserves. They just need a supply of specific…

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