What leads to collagen breakdown in the body?
The most important things in brief
- Collagens are extremely important for bones, tissues, ligaments, muscles and tendons.
- But our skin and teeth also need this structural protein.
- As we get older, at some point our organism no longer produces enough collagen to meet its needs.
- But what are the other causes that lead to collagen breakdown in the body?
Our body needs collagen. It is a so-called structural protein, which actually consists of delicate structures. However, collagens combine to form very stable structures. These in turn give our skin, bones, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, tissue and teeth their strength.
Collagen degradation has several reasons
It doesn't take much imagination to understand how important collagens are - and why their breakdown can have dire consequences for us. Brittle hair, brittle nails, constant tiredness, frequent lack of concentration, pain in the joints and tendons and ligaments prone to injury can be the result. And if the skin suddenly loses its elasticity and tension, this can also be a possible consequence of the breakdown of collagen in the body.
But: Where does this degradation come from? As is almost always the case, there are two factors that are blamed for collagen reduction: external and internal. External factors mean influences for which we ourselves are responsible - internal factors in this case means that we are dealing with processes that we cannot do anything about.
The external influences that lead to collagen degradation
It has to be said clearly: Anyone who has been suffering from increased collagen degradation at a young age is not living a healthy life. Sure, there are always phases of stress that we cannot help and in which the production of collagen is slowed down. But it is up to us to allow ourselves rest periods for recovery, in which the body's collagen production takes place again at the usual level.
The fact that smoking is harmful to health is not exactly a new finding. However, research has shown that nicotine is a powerful factor in reducing collagen production in our organism. If you eat a diet high in sugar or regularly consume alcohol, production is also significantly reduced. Last but not least, frequent sunburns and a persistent lack of sleep can also have these consequences.
The internal influences that lead to collagen degradation
But even if you live an absolutely healthy life and none of the above matters to you, you lose one percent of collagen per year. Unfortunately, this is quite normal - between the ages of 30 and 80 we lose half of our collagen. Although the body never completely stops production, this is slower than degradation, which at some point can no longer be compensated for. This makes the skin increasingly pale. After the menopause, the body's own collagen production in women slows down again significantly.
But because no two people are the same, the question of collagen throttling is also a question of hereditary preposition. There are people who, due to their genetic code, often suffer earlier and more severely from collagen loss than others. On the other hand, there are also lucky people who are genetically programmed in such a way that collagen degradation starts later or proceeds more slowly than the average population.
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