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Give your body what it needs to produce collagen

Collagen is a protein essential for the health and structure of organs such as skin, tendons and bones. To maintain adequate levels, it is important to have a diet rich in amino acids and micronutrients, as well as avoid factors that accelerate their loss.

Give your body what it needs to produce collagen Give your body what it needs to produce collagen

The synthesis of endogenous collagen is essential for health. This structural protein is essential for the proper functioning of organs as diverse as eyes and bones. In this article, we will explore its importance and how to produce and preserve collagen.

Collagen is a fibrous protein that forms the basis of structures in skin, tendons, bones and cartilage. It provides support, resistance and elasticity to expandable organs, such as the intestine.

It is the most abundant protein in the body, constituting approximately 25% of its weight. It is distributed unevenly in different tissues: bone tissue contains up to 90% collagen, tendons around 80%, and skin between 80 and 60%. In total, 28 different types of collagen are synthesized, encoded by 42 genes, with types I, II and III being the most common.

The distinctive characteristic of this molecule is its organization in fibrils and its triple helix structure. Collagen synthesis occurs mainly in cells such as osteoblasts (bone tissue), chondroblasts (cartilage), and fibroblasts. Subsequently, it is secreted and forms part of the extracellular matrix, which surrounds cells and makes up tissues.

Effects and Properties of collagen
The different types of collagen form networks of countless molecules. In addition to their structural functions and mechanical properties, they organize tissues and give them shape. They also establish interactions with various types of cells, contributing to regeneration, elasticity and general health of the body.

To maintain adequate collagen levels, it is important to:

Diet: Eat foods rich in collagen precursor amino acids, such as legumes, asparagus, nuts and seeds.
Micronutrients: Ensure the intake of vitamins and minerals essential for collagen synthesis, such as vitamin C, E, B1, B2, B6, coenzyme Q10 and magnesium.
Avoid factors that accelerate collagen loss: Excessive sun exposure, tobacco, pollutants, stress and excessive exercise.
In summary, taking care of our diet and habits can help maintain healthy collagen production and preserve the health of our tissues and organs.

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