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New Research Shows How Collagen Benefits Our Bones

 
 

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Making up around 75% of the body’s protein, collagen benefits most of the functions we rely upon. We need adequate levels of this essential substance to ensure our skin, hair, nails, muscles and joints operate as they should. Studies have shown collagen benefits can be particularly effective in treating arthritis and sports injuries.

Another area that we now understand is affected by a loss of collagen is the strength of our bones. Beyond the age of 25 the levels of collagen in the body reduces by around 1.5% every year. As we reach middle age this loss starts to be significant, especially with the onset of hormonal changes in women, and conditions such as osteoporosis (brittle bones) can cause distress.

We have known for a long time that such problems can be reduced by a combination of a good diet, regular exercise and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol. The careful consumption of supplementary collagen benefits our bodies too (find out more about collagen supplements at LookRavishing.com).

It has taken a recent study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to understand just how the collagen benefits our bones.

The structure of bone has long been something of a mystery; the two main constituents of our skeletons are soft collagen and hydroxyapatite, a hard form of a mineral called apatite, but the riddle has been how these two work in combination.

Hydroxyapatite is brittle, like chalk, and collagen is the opposite, very bendy and soft, so researchers attempted to find out what combines the two to make the tough substance we know as bone.

It took the latest technology to shine the light upon this mystery: super computers were used to produce three-dimensional image of the molecules and it was shown the grains of hydroxyapatite are incredibly tiny and embedded within the collagen. They are held together by electrostatic energy.

The new research opens the door for further studies to discover just how conditions such as osteoporosis take place and how they can be countered.

Let’s hope the answer is not too far away.

Read more about the MIT study on their website.
 
 

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