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It's a set of proteins that form the primary structural component of connective tissues like skin and cartilage. Of the 28 different types of collagen, 90% is of 'Type 1', found in the skin, tendons, organs and parts of the bone. The other types of are found in cartilage, bone marrow, basement membranes, hair and cell surfaces.
Our body makes up collagen by breaking down dietary protein into amino acids.
A balanced diet, rich in foods like chicken, beef, eggs, dairy, legumes, nuts and whole grains along with fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to provide the body with the specific building blocks to produce collagen.
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Protein contains nitrogen, without which we cannot grow or reproduce. Protein contains nine amino-acids that we can only get from food. Without them, our hair, nails, bones, muscles and immune system would be severely weakened.
According to official guidelines, a minimum of 0.8g of protein a day per kilogram of body weight is recommended. Yet, the average person in the US and Canada gets a full 90g a day, 20% more than the recommended amount. The average European consumes 85g of protein a day, and the average Chinese person 75g.
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