Collagen (Type 2 Complex)
Collagen type 2 provides all the essential nutrients for complete joint support. As we grow older, the body's ability to make collagen 2, the structural protein found in cartilage tissue, slows down considerably. Consequently, there is insufficient collagen for the joints, skin and other parts of the body. Collagen type 2 supplements usually come with chondroitin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid which are key components for supporting and maintaining a healthy joint function .
What are the benefits of collagen type 2 complex?
• Arthritis – Collagen type 2 makes up for around 50 percent of all the protein in cartilage and 85 percent of collagen found in articular cartilage. The decrease in the production of collagen during ageing results in the degradation of joint health and strength. This degradation is one of the main reasons why people over the age of 60 suffer from osteoarthritis . Collagen type 2 resists enzymes that digest protein cartilage and reprograms the destructive cytokines and chondrocytes , reducing the inflammation. It also promotes proteoglycan and new cartilage cell synthesis. It enhances the production of hyaluronan, the joint fluid, to produce a thick and effective synovial fluid for the joints. Moreover, it protects the cartilage surface from enzyme digestion and oxidative damage.
• Heart disease – Aspirin, NSAIDs, fish liver oil and antiarthritic herbs cannot compete with the biochemical power of collagen type 2. It is one of the most efficient cardio-protective agents. Chondroitin sulphate is a major component of collagen type 2. It is a natural proteoglycan found in the arterial lining, cornea, nasal septa and collagen tissue throughout the body. Chondroitin sulphate has a powerful anticoagulant or anti-thrombogenic effect , making it excellent for preventing blood clots and reducing the incidence of stroke.
• Counteracts ageing of the skin – Collagen type 2 has been clinically shown to reduce the wrinkles and fine lines on the face, combat scaling and skin dryness and increase the skin collagen type I. It also increases the blood microcirculation in the face - the skin has a variety of cells, including the dermal fibroblast cells, which produce elastin, collagen, hyaluronic acid and other ground substances that fill the skin layer. Improved blood microcirculation nourishes the cells with nutrients and oxygen while removing the waste from tissues.
The appropriate dose of collagen type 2 depends on a number of factors like the user's health, age, and several other conditions. The supplements are available in the form of hydrolysed collagen and undenatured type 2 collagen. Both of the forms have different dosing strategies. The former is used for skin health whereas the latter is used for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.