What Are Types I, II, III Collagen? And What’s the Difference Between Collagen Types?

Collagen is the most common protein in our system. It’s found in everything from our hair down to our toe nails.

Knowing the different types of collagen not only allows us to better understand how to replenish it when our collagen production slows down as it does as we age, but knowing which collagen is found where will allow us to know why we have certain ailments.

Out of the 28 different types of collagen, the first three are the most abundant and the types that are most marketed to.

Over the last few years, science has made several advancements in researching collagen and what they found has been astounding. To put it in simple terms: The benefits of taking collagen orally are plentiful.

You first need to know…

What exactly is collagen anyway?

As we already mentioned, collagen is the most common protein in the human body and provides the body’s structure and form. It’s found in every single connective tissue and is so important that it’s often referred to as the body’s “glue”.  Collagen is the majority of the protein in our bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, discs, cartilage, superficial, visceral, and deep fascia, and well as arterial walls. It literally “holds it all together”.

Collagen isn’t just inside our bodies, it’s on the outside too in our hair, nails, teeth, and skin.

Now that you know what collagen is, let’s dive into what the 28 types are and what they do.

The Fibrillar Types

The four common types of collagen that you have heard about the most are Types I-III and V and are fibrillar.

  • Type I:

The most abundant collagen in the human body. Type I is present in scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, muscle, the organic part of bone, the skin, the teeth, joints, and organ capsules. This is the type that you have seen advertised the most in beauty and health ads.

  • Type II:

This type is also advertised a lot in arthritic ads because Type II is found in cartilage. If you have had any kind of cartilage damage, your medical professional may have advised you to take a collagen supplement that is sourced from chicken protein because it is extremely effective for supporting cartilage in the body, therefore Type II collagen supplements are usually derived from fowl.

  • Type III, Alpha I:

Type III is commonly found alongside Type I because it is abundant in reticular fibers. Reticular fibers are found in connective tissue. These fibers then crosslink to form a network that as a supporting mesh in soft tissues such as liver, bone marrow, and the tissues and organs of the lymphatic system (part of the circulatory system and a vital part of the immune system).

  • Type V:

Type V is also closely associated with Type I because V is found on cell surfaces, in the placenta and in our hair. You may have heard this while researching hair products, but if not it’s likely because many companies just use the old standby, Type I.

Now that you know what the different types of collagen are, what do you do with the info?

Since our body’s collagen production slows over time, it is vital that we keep it replenished. Most people today don’t have the time or patience to make homemade beef broth daily, so taking a collagen supplement is the best option for most people.

Many people purchase a wide range of supplements in the hope that they have all bases covered but a product like Collagen Complete saves you time and money, by reducing a whole spectrum of ingredients to just one serving of protein-packed powder each day.

Collagen Complete is a complete formula designed to support collagen production and protection. It contains the recommended 10’000mg of hydrolyzed collagen peptides in every single serving which ensures that you have fast, effective absorption of a complete collagen profile (including types I, II, III and more!). You can be sure of the very best quality collagen as it is naturally extracted from pasture-raised, grass-fed cattle.

Collagen Complete contains a range of other collagen-boosting and protecting ingredients including hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, papain, bromelain and vitamin C to bring you the most comprehensive, practical and cost-effective collagen supplement solution on the market.

Whether you’re looking for healthier hair, more pliable joints, stronger muscles, or a smoother digestive system, Collagen Complete will fulfill all of those concerns and more!

 

About the Author

Dr. France Carpentier has over forty years of experience as a healthcare professional. She started as a Registered Nurse in Quebec, Canada, which was followed by over thirty years as a Chiropractor in Florida. She has always had a focus on nutrition using a holistic approach to health and wellness.