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What are collagen types and what does that mean?Updated 6 months ago

There are 28 different types of collagen, each with unique functions and specific benefits. 

Of those, types I, II, and III are the most common, accounting for 80 - 90% of the collagen in the body:

  • Type I collagen is primarily found in connective tissue, such as skin, bone, and tendons.

  • Type III is often associated with Type I collagen. In other words, if Type I is Batman, Type III is Boy Wonder (Robin).

  • Type II is almost exclusively present in cartilage, particularly articular cartilage, or the cartilage between bones (where they form joints).

Along those lines, Types I and III are often used for “beauty from within” benefits, such as promoting skin, hair, and nail health. Collagen Types I and III also support bone health. On the other hand, Type II collagen is the go-to option when it comes to supporting joint health. Meanwhile:

  • Type V is essential for fibrillation of Types I and III, meaning that it is essential for optimal skin health/formation, and it is a necessary co-pilot to get the most out of Types I and III.

  • Type X is a rare type of collagen that is particularly important for bone formation. Along those lines, it pairs nicely with Types I and III collagen to support healthy bones.

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