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What Benefits Does Type II Collagen Play In The Body?

Cartilage is particularly prone to wear-and-tear because it doesn’t have a blood supply for the direct delivery of nutrients.

Role and Function

Type II collagen is a major part of cartilage tissue. So to really understand the role it plays, one must look at the function of cartilage in the body.

Cartilage is a firm but pliable connective tissue. There are different types of cartilage in the body, each with a specific function. The cartilage found in joints has several functions, such as:

  • connecting bones
  • shock absorption
  • allowing tissue to bear mechanical stress
  • allowing connected bones to move without friction

Cartilage is made up of chondrocytes which are special cells that create what is known as an ‘extracellular matrix’ comprising proteoglycan, elastin fibers and type II collagen fibers.

The type II collagen fibers are the main collagenous substance found in cartilage. They play an extremely important role. They form a network of fibrils that help to bond proteoglycan and elastin fibers into a tough, but flexible tissue.

The main problem with cartilage is that it’s particularly prone to wear-and-tear. This is partly because it’s ‘avascular’, meaning it doesn’t have a blood supply for the direct delivery of nutrients.

So there is a growing number of people who are looking for natural ways to prolong the life of their cartilages, as well as improve their joint conditions.

Although the body is able to deliver some nutrients to the cartilage via a process known as ‘diffusion’( i.e. the nutrients diffuse through the surrounding connective tissue), this avascularity means that cartilage injuries heal slower because the body can’t deliver an adequate amount of the nutrients needed for the repair of chondrocyte cells.

In some cases, cartilage damage is considered irreversible due to the degradation of type II collagen.

So there is a growing number of people who are looking for natural ways to prolong the life of their cartilages, as well as improve their joint conditions.

 

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