What is collagen and why do we need it?

Written by BePure, 7 September 2021

What is collagen and why do we need it?

The term collagen comes from the Greek word κολλα (kolla), meaning “glue” which makes sense because collagen is the glue of our body. It’s strong, springy, fibrous and is found in our body’s tissue. It’s actually the most abundant protein in our body.

As we age, we produce less and less of it which is why, on a cosmetic-level, we lose a bit of our skin’s ‘bounce’ the older we get and why our joints need more love.

However, when we consume collagen-rich food or supplements, the proteins break down into amino acids (glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, hydroxylysine, and arginine) and form that "glue" that our body needs. And we all want more ‘glue’.

But not all sources of collagen are created equal... so let’s look at everything to know about collagen so you can make an informed choice about what’s right for you.

What to look for in a quality collagen supplement

1. The Type Of Collagen

There are at least 28 different types of collagen but the ones that form the bulk of the collagen in our body are types 1, 2, and 3. They support our body in different ways.

Type 1 Collagen is found in marine, bovine, and egg collagen - Type 1 is easily absorbed, the most efficiently absorbed of all types, up to 1.5 x more. Marine collagen is more bioavailable and enters our bloodstream quickly and easily.

Type 1 collagen accounts for up to 90% of the collagen in our body and can improve our joints, skin, organs, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, and bones. With all of those benefits, it’s no wonder we want to keep our stores high. Type 1 marine collagen is the type of collagen used in BePure Collagen+. And it’s sustainably sourced!

Type 2 Collagen is also found in bovine as well as chicken collagen and makes up approximately 10% of the collagen in the body. It’s mainly located in our cartilage so supports the health of our joints.

Small amounts of Type 3 Collagen are found in porcine and bovine collagen and is found in our body tissue. This is the type that determines the elasticity of our skin, our lungs, the strength of our intestinal walls, and the walls of our blood vessels. It’s use comes into play for building muscle and healing wounds.

2. The Molecular Weight of the Collagen

The size of the collagen (its molecular weight) also matters because the smaller the molecule, the easier it is for our body to absorb it. Unfortunately, there’s no point in taking supplements of any kind if they’re not able to be absorbed so looking for products that are bioavailable should always be at the top of your list.

To get into the science for a second, the molecular weight of something is measured by daltons (Da). When it comes to collagen, the ideal Da is <3,000. BePure Collagen+ is 2,000 Da. You might be thinking that if we get collagen from beef, pork, chicken, and fish then why can’t we just eat that instead? While it’s always good to eat healthy proteins like this, when it comes to collagen intake, the Da of collagen in, say, fish skin, is closer to 300,000 so, collagen-wise, isn’t the most efficient or effective route to take. That’s why we would recommend a fish or bone broth as another great source of collagen.

3. The Dose of Collagen per serve

In order to see the benefits of collagen in our skin, hair, and nails we want at least 10g of collagen a day for optimal effectiveness. It can help our skin by improving its texture, its elasticity, and reducing inflammation.

What’s the plus in Collagen+?

In addition to the highly bioavailable marine collagen peptides, BePure’s Collagen+ contains functional keratin, silica, zinc, Polypodium Leucomotos, and vitamin C. Of all of those, the least recognisable is probably Polypodium Leucomotos. This is an antioxidant that works to prevent inflammation, or inflammaging! In addition to supporting the prevention of conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, it acts a bit like an internal sunscreen to protect us from UV damage (of course you should always wear sunscreen, too).

The vitamin C and bioflavonoids help with absorption so your collagen is working as hard as it can.

The bottom line

  • When looking for a collagen supplement, we want to make sure it’s:
  • Bioavailable so we can absorb it effectively and efficiently
  • The right type! Types 1, 2, and 3 are best for skin and joints
  • The right molecular weight: So we can break it down and absorb it The right dose: We need 10g a day to see improvement in our skin, nails, and hair
  • Added antioxidants: Anti-ageing from the inside out and added inflammatory properties

BePure’s Collagen+ comes in two delicious, natural flavours: chai and vanilla. And, for a limited time until 19th September 2021 you can save 15%! With 30 servings per container, that’s just over $3 a serve! Mix into cold drinks or smoothies, or even just with water. We think you’ll love it.

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