In your body there is a large network of proteins and other molecules that surround, support and give structure to the cells and tissues. These proteins can be considered building blocks. In this matrix, collagen is the primary (or main) structural protein found in the body's various connective tissues. As the principal component of connective tissue, collagen is the most abundant protein in mammals which includes (amongst about 42 other categories) humans, dogs, cats and for the purposes of this article Bovidae: cattle, bison, buffalo and many more. This family is known as bovid or bovine.
This naturally occurring protein, which is made up of 4 major amino acids in collagen, makes up from around 25% to 35% of the protein content in the whole body. Over time as we age, collagen production in our bodies diminishes in these connective tissues and may lead to joint pain in different parts of your body.
Comparatively speaking, bovine collagen is the most similar to human collagen – more so than that of chicken or marine collagen sources. In short, if you are going to consider taking collagen supplements the similarity of bovine to human collagen will reduce your chance of an allergic response and provide you with the greatest benefit.
Additionally, Type II bovine collagen supplements can provide health benefits on several levels including joint health as well as anti-aging effects. It may also help stimulate the body’s own production of Type I collagen and provide improved skin elasticity, bone strength and a healthy gut.
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Many Thanks to Dr. Allan Kramer, PhD, President of SBEDGE for the information in this article