Collagen: An Overview Of This Vital Protein

Beautiful brunette spa girl with glowing hydrated facial skin touching healthy palm.Proteins such as collagen make up most of the human body and are essential for keeping skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints healthy. Naturally, collagen production declines with age, which can cause various health issues.

Thankfully, there are many ways to increase collagen production and keep your body healthy and looking young. From dietary changes to supplements to topical creams, read on to learn everything you need to know about collagen.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a structural protein that composes approximately 75% of the skin and is responsible for helping us to look healthy and look young. It is an essential protein that provides the body with strength, flexibility, and firmness. 

Why is collagen an essential component of healthy skin?

Collagen is the foundation of healthy skin and helps prevent wrinkles. Proteins like collagen are found in the connective tissue of the muscles that make up your skin, like ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. 

What’s the purpose of collagen?

Collagen is a protein that is abundant in the intestines, blood vessels, cornea, and intervertebral discs. It is essential for forming nerve cells and helps the body heal itself. Collagen protects the skin by creating a barrier that prevents pathogens and other environmental toxins from entering the body. It keeps your skin soft and supple.

The functions of collagen


  • Gives your skin structure and allows it to stretch when your body moves. 
  • Makes up a second protein called elastin that helps the skin be flexible and conform to your body when your body moves.
  • Helps to protect the blood vessels and supports the growth of tissue.
  • A vital component of all types of cosmetic surgeries.
  • Helps wounds heal more quickly. 

How can I increase collagen naturally?

The body produces collagen by combining amino acids found in protein-rich foods such as beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs, and dairy. Copper, zinc, and vitamin C are required for the process. Consuming citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and greens provide vitamin C.

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