An Overview of Skin Health: Skin 101 and Marine Collagen
An Overview of Skin Health
This series of posts will provide a general overview of our skin; what it is made of, how it works and some relevant research and clinical studies which suggest that collagen peptides are an effective natural health product which supports overall skin health. The overview has been broken down into five parts:
Part 1: Skin 101
Part 2: The Role of Collagen in our Bodies
Part 3: Skin Aging and Collagen Formation
Part 4: Overall Skin Health
Part 5: Research and Clinical Studies
The first three parts will provide a general overview of our skin and role of collagen in our body and describe the basic physiology of collagen formation and its degradation during skin ageing. The final two parts will concentrate on the clinical characteristics of excellent overall skin health in addition to an abbreviated review of related clinical studies and research which outline the beneficial effects of oral ingestion of hydrolyzed collagen on skin properties such as hydration, elasticity, firmness and reduction of wrinkles as well as overall general skin health.
Part 1: Skin 101
Our skin is the largest organ of the human body and acts as the primary physical barrier to the external environment. Collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid are the main components of our skin and have an important role in maintaining its structure and hydration. The collagen family consists of 28 different proteins, which account for 25% to 35% of the total protein mass in mammals. Type I collagen is the most abundant type of collagen found in human skin (80%-90%). Type III collagen makes up for the majority of the remainder of skin collagen (15%). The collagen in the skin is mainly produced by cells called fibroblasts.
How Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen Regenerates our Skin
Hydrolyzed marine collagen consists of small peptides which have a low molecular weight and are enriched with the specific amino acids: glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. The low molecular weight, of hydrolyzed marine collagen is highly digestible, absorbed and distributed in the different tissues of the human body.
Several clinical experiments have shown that collagen peptides can be efficiently absorbed and distributed to the dermis which is the deepest layer of the skin. The collagen peptides can stimulate the proliferation and motility of fibroblasts which in turn induce an increase in the density and diameter of collagen fibers as well as increasing hyaluronic acid production and also activate protection against UVA radiation. It is a common known fact that the reduction of human skin firmness, texture, elasticity and moisture degrade over time as the internal structural connections break down as we age.
There have been a number of controlled clinical trials performed which evaluate efficacy and validate the positive effects of collagen peptides on skin properties. The tests reveal the positive effects that marine collagen has on the skin such as skin hydration, elasticity and an overall reduction of wrinkles.
Benesse Health Pure Marine Collagen is a ultra pure source of marine collagen derived from a single species fish source from the North Atlantic Ocean. The effects of marine collagen fall into the general category of neutraceuticals which have been developed to provide real benefits to regenerate our skin.