Discover all that Peptan can do for your beauty and health.

Discover all that Peptan can do for your beauty and health.

Collagen is a protein. It gives our bodies the structure, strength and flexibility we need to move through our daily lives. It enables us to travel, move freely, jump or fall without hurting ourselves. It protects and connects our body parts, so we don’t fall apart. Collagen is the most important and abundant protein in our bodies.

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What is collagen? Back to the basics

The word “collagen” comes from the Greek κόλλα, or kolla, which means glue. Designed by nature, it is the most abundant protein in mammals, accounting for 25% to 35% of the total body protein content. This fibrous connective tissue holds our bodies together.

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It consists of three long chains of over 1,000 amino acids each. These are winded together to form a triple helix, a unique structure in biology, that enables the building of elongated fibrils. Collagen’s atypical amino acid composition is characterized by a high content of hydroxyproline, glycine and proline.

28 types of collagen have been identified. They occur in different parts of the body and are classified in several groups, according to the structures they form, either fibrillar (Type I, II, III, V, XI) or non-fibrillar (most of the other types).