Collagen About 30% of the protein in our body is made out of collagen. It is an extremely important protein because it connects the tissue to our body parts – bones, tendons, ligaments and skin. There are three types of Collagen which serve different purposes. Collagen 1 • Minimizes wrinkles • Hydrates the skin and enhances skin elasticity • Supports hair and nails • Helps with muscle recovery Collagen 2 • An important element of cartilage • Improves joint health • Supports the musculoskeletal system • Helps maintaining good eye health Collagen 3 • Maintains a healthy digestion • Supports the gut flora • Improves skin hydration and elasticity • Can be found in intestines, muscles and blood vessels • As we get older, collagen production starts to slow down resulting in wrinkles, weaker joints and thinner hair. But we have good news, you can maintain and restock collagen by taking a food supplement. Research: • Research suggests that by taking collagen as a food supplement can improve skin elasticity and hydration • Collagen can improve bone density and support better bone health as they get weaker with age • A study conducted in 2014 found that combining astaxanthin and collagen can improve facial elasticity • Studies indicate that collagen may increase the strength of nails and support hair growth.