Collagen is a special type of protein that accounts for as much as 30% of the body’s total protein. In particular, it’s a primary structural component of connective tissue. The amino acid composition of dietary collagens is similar to those in human collagens, making dietary collagen peptides ideal for supporting normal body collagen turnover and renewal.
Many individuals—the elderly in particular—do not consume adequate protein. Even among those with a higher protein intake, the richest sources of collagen—animal skins, bone broth, and tendons — are not typically part of the modern Western diet. Collagen can be incorporated into shakes, smoothies, and other foods and beverages, making it convenient to ensure adequate intake of collagen’s unique amino acids.