THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP FOR YOUR HEALTH

Refreshing sleep Sleep is not an interruption of activity in the body; it is just another form of activity. It is indispensable for recovery. Research has shown that most of the metabolic work necessary to repair the body takes place when we sleep. Sleep is divided into several phases or stages. The first relates to…

COLLAGEN IN TENDONS

 Tendons act as straps in the body The dry weight of each wall of tendons is made up of more than 95% of collagen. The ends of tendons, which are the most solid parts, are composed almost exclusively of collagen, up to 99%. Our tendons’ properties and functions are directly related to the architecture and…

LIST OF AMINO ACIDS IN COLLAGEN

Arginine Indispensable to eliminate nitrogen waste products normally generated by the body (for instance, ammonia is toxic for our cells) Supports the immune system (helps prevent communicable diseases) Helps secrete growth hormone (supports regeneration) Helps to regulate protein metabolism Glycine Each three amino acids of the collagen peptide chain is a glycine; it is thus…

AMINO ACIDS IN CARTILAGE

IMPORTANCE OF AMINO ACIDS IN CARTILAGE Cartilage is dense and flexible connective tissue that is very rich in collagen (almost 67% of its dry weight). It is found at the junction of several bones of the skeleton. It looks like rubber and absorbs the impact caused by movement. It is cool-white and smooth and about 3 mm thick.…

THE VIRTUES OF AMINO ACIDS

The virtues of amino acids Proteins in our food contribute to the formation of all the tissues in the body. When proteins are created in our body, sequences of amino acids relatively long called “polypeptides” are conceived in a determined order by our genetic code. The DNA (our genetic code) is our personal library where…

COLLAGEN IN THE SKIN

Collagen and aesthetics More than 90% of skin’s dermis is made up of collagen. Fibroblast cells in our body produce collagen, which is the base molecule that holds our skin together. With aging, the decrease in collagen production generates a loss of hydration and a thinning of the skin, which lead to the appearance of…

THE ROLE OF COLLAGEN IN LIGAMENTS

Ligaments are short strands of fibrous connective tissue rich in collagen (almost 80%), representing an extremely solid structure with multiple functions. Among other functions, ligaments connect bones across joints, but they do not attach bones to muscles, as tendons carry out this function. Certain ligaments are responsible for joint stability, avoiding false movements. This protects…

ROLES OF COLLAGEN IN THE HUMAN BODY

Collagen is to the tissues in the human body, what steel rods are to reinforced concrete. If the steel rods of the frame are weak, all the structure weakens. More than twenty kinds of collagen are found in the tissues of the body. Depending on the different types of collagen contained in our body, we…

THE ROLE OF COLLAGEN IN THE BONES

Osteoarticular diseases represent half of all the chronic diseases in people over 60. Their increasing incidence with an aging population constitutes a major issue. Taking this into account, the United Nations has determined that the next decade will be dedicated to bones and joints. Without a skeleton, our body would be a mass of soft…

COLLAGEN, THE GLUE OF THE BODY

Collagen is present in all multi-cellular organs in our body. Collagen is the fibrous structural protein that makes up the white fibres (collagen fibres) of skin, tendons, bones, cartilage, and all other connective tissues. It is also found widespread in the gelatinous substances of the body to provide stiffening properties, such as in the vitreous…