Collagen is a type of protein. It is fibrous in nature and it connects and supports other bodily tissues, such as skin, bone, muscles, cartilage and tendons. There are more than 25 or so types of collagens that occur naturally in the body. Laboratory study has also shown that collagen can stimulate the growth of new cartilage tissue. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body at about 33 per cent. It is present in bones, joints, muscle and other connective tissue. Scientists believe that in some people, particularly the elderly, its production slows down or stops. Supplements appear to perform the same role as natural collagen in keeping the tissue in joints supple and generally healthy.
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