He collagen is a protein found in bones, cartilage and connective tissue. Secreted by certain cells and present in all animals, collagen allows the development of fibers .
The process of collagen formation begins when, inside the cells , several series of amino acids join for the formation of polypeptide chains , which in turn are linked by intramolecular hydrogen bonds. These chains are made up of glycine , lysine , proline and other substances. Various phases of assembly and synthesis finally allow the creation of collagen.
When the synthesis of collagen is defective, various health disorders can occur, such as Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy and the imperfect osteogenesis . It is important to note that the structures formed with the collagen fibers allow tensile forces to be resisted.
Given the functions that collagen performs in our organism , some informally call it "the glue of our body". But it is a protein that does much more than provide resistance to the tissues, since it also helps to make them more elastic, to filter certain substances and to hold all their parts.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, collagen is a protein that can be synthesized by animal organisms; we must add, however, that this occurs exclusively in this kingdom, since plants cannot do it. On the other hand, the consumption of certain vegetables and substances of natural origin can stimulate their production , something that millions of people do every day in search of a more youthful appearance.
Precisely, a diet in which certain components abound can promote the production of collagen by our body, and in this group we find the following:
* foods high in vitamin C, such as lemon, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon and kiwi, in addition to certain vegetables such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts;
* vegetables such as cabbage, cabbage, escarole, cabbage, spinach, eggplant and cauliflower;
* food with amino acids , rich in proline and lysine, two substances found in blue fish, lean meats, egg white and milk;
* red fruits, since its lycopene content has an antioxidant action and helps with the generation of collagen. This group includes tomatoes, beets, peppers, strawberries, raspberries, cherries and watermelon;
* nuts, which have many Benefits apart from this. It is recommended to eat pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, almonds and sunflower seeds;
* Vegetable seed oil (either soy or sunflower), green leafy vegetables, shellfish and blue fish, among other foods with polyunsaturated fatty acids;
* foods containing genistein, another substance capable of stimulating the production of collagen. The drink Soy is one of the most outstanding examples of this group.
There are different types of collagen according to their molecular composition: from the type I collagen until the type XXI collagen . The presence of these collagens is spread over different areas of the body .
It should be noted that with collagen the jelly . This product of semi-solid consistency at room temperature is produced with the collagen that is obtained from the connective tissue. The collagen is boiled in Water and then, when cooled, it acquires the typical consistency of the jelly.
Because of its high protein value, gelatin is a food that is recommended in many subsistence allowance . The dessert jelly , flavored and flavored with fruits, it is popular in many countries.