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Roles of collagen in the human body PDF Print E-mail

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 becomes weak. More than twenty kinds of collagen are found in the tissues of the organism.

Depending on the different types of collagen contained in our body, we will find a variation in the sequences of amino acids.

Let us examine collagens types I to V, which represent 99% of all the collagen found in our body. They are present in our body as follows:

Type I Bones, tendons, ligaments and skin
Type II Cartilages and structure of the eyes
Type III Liver, lungs and arteries
Type IV Kidneys and several internal organs
Type V Surface of cells, hair and placenta


Collagen is built by specialized cells called fibroblasts and is gathered in the conjunctive tissues. The biological role of collagen has a double function. First, together with elastin and glycoproteins, it is responsible for the cohesion of tissues and organs. Second, collagen gives these tissues and organs hydration, resistance, elasticity and flexibility properties.

Regarding conjunctive tissues, they form a weft rich in collagen, which is found practically in every part of our body. They mainly serve as support, filler, joint, insulation, protection or transport in the case of the blood system. Without this conjunctive tissue matrix rich in collagen, which acts as a "sort of glue that keeps our body together", we would be a puddle.

 

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Collagen
molecule

 

The connective tissues are the glue that holds the body together;
without these tissues, our body would be like a puddle.
 

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Normal collagen
fibers

 

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Arthritic collagen
fibers

 


 

Watch in 3D the effects produced in our body by the absorption of Genacol®'s collagen.

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