Non animal derived collagen or lab developed collagen

What is collagen?

Did you know leather is a form of collagen?

The word collagen comes from the Greek word kolla meaning “glue”. Collagens are generally extracellular structural proteins involved in formation of connective tissue structure.

Collagen is the most important structural protein in the connective tissue of the skin with its share amounting to approximately 70 %. It occurs in the form of fibrils which, for the major part, are non-cross linked when we are young. With aging these fibrils are increasingly become cross linked, which manifests in reduced elasticity, lower water-binding capacity and wrinkling and sagging of the skin. Environmental influences, especially UV radiation, even accelerate this aging process in the connective tissue.
 
Skin and hair are constituted by proteins. Proteins are formed by peptides, which are composed of amino acids. The sequence and composition of these amino acids dictate the protein properties. In short:
 
skin->proteins->peptides->amino acids.

Collagen has glue like properties and is a type of connective tissue that holds other structures together. Collagen is the key structural protein that ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of all our connective tissues, including skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones.

In skin, collagen is part of the matrix that keeps it firm and plump and most people know that when skin loses collagen we develop wrinkles.

Most of the collagen comes from animal sources such as cows, pigs, and fish or bovine, porcine and marine sources.  It is produced from animal cartilages, bones, tissues, ligaments etc. The process of collagen production from animal sources is akin to making a sausage and none of us want to it to unfold in front of our eyes.

Clean collagen or Non-animal derived collagen or lab developed collagen

The collagen that is used in our products is from non-animal sources.  Or clean collagen that is free of contaminants and viruses.  It is developed using publicly available protein sequences of living and extinct beings. The information is available at https://www.uniprot.org which seeks to provide the scientific community with a comprehensive, high-quality and freely accessible resource of protein sequence and functional information. Uniprot is the collection of universal protein knowledge base.

Using the publicly available protein sequence, biotechnology has made it possible to reverse engineer the collagen. Developing and using collagen from non-animal sources ensures consistency and predictability and features:

  • 100% animal free. Or vegan
  • Pollution free - no effect of microplastics consumed by fish in the ocean
  • Antibiotics free - no effect of antibiotics injected to farm animals
  • Disease free
  • Contaminant free
  • Pure and completely defined protein ingredient, unlike animal-derived collagens
  • Clear, colorless and odorless
  • Neutral pH
Bypassing animal sources enables elimination of contaminants and to increase the concentration of peptidic material.

    Benefits:

    • Film forming
    • Humectant
    • Skin conditioning agent
    • Sunscreen agent

    Properties:

    • Boosts collagen production in fibroblasts
    • Promotes recovery of keratinocytes following UVB exposure
    • reducing molecular markers of inflammatory and UV damage
    • Protects keratinocytes from urban dust exposure

    Amino Acids composition:

    The collagen contains high concentration of Glycine and Proline, followed by Arginine and Aspartic Acid.  A full listing of amino acids can be found here


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