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What is Collagen? part 2

proto-col collagen capsules


Collagen synthesis and assembly follows the normal pathway for a secreted protein.  The activation of fibroblasts in the connective tissues results in an increase in the production of collagen.  The mechanism of collagen formation is well known.

The genetic information encoded in the DNA is “read” (transcription process in the nucleus), the mature mRNA is then transported to the cytoplasm and “translated” (translation process) to produce the single polypeptide chains (α-chains) at the rough endoplasmatic reticulum (ER).  Each α-chain has a terminal peptide sequence, also known as trimerization domain, which drives the assembly of the longer precursors, which are termed procollagens.

Ribosome-bound mRNA is translated into growing preprocollagen molecules that are assembled inside the fibroblasts, into the lumen of the ER.

What is Collagen?

Collagen in the skin


Collagen is the main structural protein of the different connective tissues present in animals.  It is mostly found in fibrous tissues, such as tendons and ligaments, and is also abundant in corneas, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral discs.

Collagen is the major insoluble fibrous protein found in the extracellular matrix of the skin, together with elastin and hyaluronic acid.  The collagen family consists of 28 different proteins which account for 25% – 35% of the total protein mass in mammals and play a pivotal role in the structure of several tissues, such as skin and bones, providing rigidity and integrity.

Benefits of skin supplementation

Skin layers image

Skin supplementation

Appearance from the outside, the real secret comes from within……

We highlighted the importance of diet and how it can affect skin in our blog on 17th July http://www.proto-col.com/blog/2014/07/how-diet-affects-skin/#more-1074 and whilst a well-balanced diet and good nutrition can help keep skin supple, the benefits of  skin supplementation can have significant cosmetic effects.

What Collagen is right for you?

Collagen Peptides

Are you taking the right Collagen Capsules?

You may have noticed that proto-col have a variety of Collagen Capsules available.  This begs the obvious question: are you taking the right Collagen Capsules and more to the point why should I take collagen?  It can be confusing trying to find the Collagen Capsules which will best suit your needs.  Some people may not even realise there are different types of collagen!   The answer to this question however is rather simple but you need to rephrase it!

The question you should be asking yourself is “Why am I taking Collagen in the first place?