When you hear about collagen, you may find people talking about the “different types” of collagen. But what does this mean? And how do you know which kind you’re taking?
There are actually at least 16 different types of collagen. However, the most abundant are types I, II, and III, each named after the order they were discovered. Simply put, these different types refer to which part of the body the collagen can be found.
Today, I’ll cover these three main types of collagen, along with which kind is in EverBella’s Complete Collagen+ and why.
It’s no wonder that type I collagen was discovered first, as it is the most abundant type of collagen in the body by a landslide – accounting for about 90% of all the body’s collagen.
It’s made of densely packed fibers and provides structure to the skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth. This is the type of collagen you want when you’re looking to preserve the health of your skin, hair, and nails.
Like all types of collagen, type I collagen levels begin to deplete after about the age of 25. Your body begins to make less collagen, and the collagen it does make is weaker than before. This decline worsens with age.
Since type I collagen is the most prevalent, the loss of this type can lead to sagging skin, fine lines, and brittle nails. And that’s just on the outside. On the inside, it can negatively affect the health of bones, tendons, joints, and organ tissue.
If you’re looking for the health benefits that people outline when they talk about collagen in a general sense, type I collagen is what you’re looking for.
This type of collagen, unlike the densely packed fibers of type I, consists of more loosely packed fibers that can be found in the elastic cartilage which cushions the joints.
This type is much less prevalent in the body, but still plays a role in helping to keep bones and cartilage healthy.
Type III collagen is often found in the body alongside type I collagen, improving skin elasticity and hydration. It’s found in large quantities within the intestines, muscles, blood vessels, and uterus.
Outside of type I, type III collagen is the most important for keeping the skin young and healthy.
Here at EverBella, we use type I collagen and type III collagen in our Complete Collagen+ formula.
Because type I is the most abundant type of collagen in the body – and it supports the health of your skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue, organ tissue, and teeth – we believe that it’s the most crucial type of collagen you should be giving your body. When this collagen depletes, you’re losing almost all of the collagen in your body!
Since type III works in tandem with it – further supporting skin health – we also believe that it should be included.
This is why we use grass fed beef, or “bovine”, collagen, as this source includes both of these collagen types.
Complete Collagen+ is also infused with our patented micelle liposomal delivery system.