A lot is said and written about collagen, one of the most popular dietary supplements; however, more often than not, only its action and effectiveness are being mentioned. But what about the collagen facts that broaden our horizons?
To start the year off right, we’re sharing 7 interesting facts about collagen with you!
1. The word collagen comes from the Greek word ‘kólla’, which means the glue. Collagen has actually been used to create the glue for thousands of years!
2. A “side effect” of taking a dietary supplement with collagen can be your hair turning gray less, as collagen contributes to the healthy structure of the hair follicle, which also produces a pigment that gives hair color. So collagen doesn’t only have the ability make your hair stronger and shinier, but it can also affect your hair color.
3. Collagen production in the body begins to decrease as early as in the mid-twenties, when we don’t even start to think about ageing. By the age of 40, collagen’s decline is already greatly increased, at around 1% per year, which leads to visible signs of ageing. Usually visible signs are recognized as less firm and supple skin, and joint pain at the expense of cartilage weakening.
4. A study conducted in a group of older, athletically active men showed that the muscle mass increased in those who took a collagen dietary supplement in addition to regular exercise.
5. Collagen is used to create strings for musical instruments.
6. A topical or surface-level application of collagen with cosmetic products doesn’t stimulate the formation of its own. Collagen consists of large protein molecules, so it cannot penetrate the skin. However, the molecules can create a kind of protective coat on it, making it easier for the skin to retain water. This is why the skin can be more moisturized after using such products, and fine wrinkles can also disappear.
7. The collagen supplement market, which promises everything from thicker hair and stronger nails to stronger bones and youthful skin, is expected to reach $7.5 billion by 2027.
Collagen is one of the most important building blocks of healthy skin, hair, bones and many other parts of our body. Unfortunately, its decline cannot be completely prevented, but it can be slowed down by consuming the hydrolyzed collagen like Collagen36.