The ageing process is natural and cannot be stopped completely. However, we can at least slow down the unwanted manifestations and often significantly improve them. Thanks to their low molecular weight, Startes® collagens get where they need to go in the body.

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Why collagen peptides?

Peptides are naturally occurring biological molecules. They are found in all living organisms and play a key role in all types of biological activity. In the human body, they are found in every cell and tissue and perform a wide range of essential functions. Maintaining appropriate peptide concentrations and activity levels is essential for achieving homeostasis and maintaining health.

To order to better understand their importance and effect, we will explain their chemical composition and how they work in terms of physiology.

Ingredients

Peptides are organic molecules that are formed by the reaction of two or more amino acid molecules. A characteristic feature of the peptide structure is a chain of amino acids linked by an amide (peptide) bond. Peptides are relatively short amino acid chains of 50 (usually a maximum of 100) amino acids. Peptides differ from proteins only in size (the number of amino acids in the chain). The division between peptides and proteins is not entirely clear-cut and is determined by an agreement that considers a maximum of 100 amino acids is the cut-off point.

Physiological view

Peptides, as the smallest organic chains of proteins/amino acids, control most of the processes in the body: they regulate intracellular processes and ensure the normal functioning of organs and tissues. All peptides are specialised, i.e. only one specific peptide is suitable for each organ. With age, stress and other external influences, these smallest building blocks of the human body become damaged or missing, leading to ageing and various diseases. The lack of peptides is particularly noticeable on the skin – the first wrinkles begin to deepen, the skin becomes thinner and flabbier, and pigment spots become more prominent. This process starts slowly from the age of 25 and accelerates after the age of 40.

Function and effect

The function that the peptide performs depends on the types of amino acids involved in the chain and their sequence, as well as the specific shape of the peptide. Peptides often act as hormones and are therefore represent biological messengers that carry information from one tissue to another through the blood. When peptides become deficient or damaged in the body, ageing and various diseases occur. To remedy this, we need to restore these smallest building blocks of the human body to the cells so that they can function properly again. A prerequisite for effective peptide supplementation is their very small cell size (1-2 nanometres), which ensures that they can pass through the cell walls into the cells. There, they attach to receptor cells and trigger metabolic processes such as increased collagen production by cells or fat absorption and utilisation.

Peptides are found in every cell and tissue in the human body and perform a wide range of essential functions. With age, stress and other external influences, they become damaged or deficient in the body, leading to ageing and various diseases. On the skin, the lack of peptides is particularly visible – wrinkles begin to deepen, the skin becomes thinner and more lax, pigment spots become more prominent and cellulite becomes more pronounced. The lack of collagen in our cartilage then leads to pain when moving or reduced mobility in the joints.

The solution?

None of us are getting any younger. The ageing process is natural and cannot be stopped completely. However, we can at least slow down its manifestations and often significantly improve them very clearly. Most laser centres or aesthetic clinics can help you in part by using more or less invasive methods. The result is usually temporary and the procedure has to be repeated several times, which is time consuming and expensive.

Not all of us want to resort to invasive methods right away, so here are some basic principles to slow down the ageing process (and peptide loss):

– eat right and supplement with collagen peptides
– plenty of exercise
– regular sleep
– psychological wellbeing and positive emotions
– stable weight: balanced hormone levels
– adequate hydration

How to choose the right collagen?

Have you come across collagens that claim to act on the whole body? Neutral” collagen does it all, from smoothing out wrinkles to enabling pain-free movement. That would be the case in an ideal world.

Startes® bioactive collagen peptides are specifically optimised to deliver physiological benefits. The peptides are derived from a highly controlled collagen production process determined by the conditions of hydrolysis. As a result, bioactive collagen peptides differ in their physiological functionality. They are optimised to maximise the stimulation of the human cell types involved in collagen biosynthesis.

In layman’s terms, there is raw native collagen to begin with, from which a patented manufacturing process produces specific bioactive collagen peptides that, because of their physiological function (e.g. molecular weight), “affect and attract” the cells in the body for which they are “made”. For example, collagen for “Beauty and Youthfulness” acts on fibroblast cells we have in our skin. The collagen for “Joints and Cartilage” affects the chondrocyte cells found in joints, and the collagen for “Tendons and Ligaments” affects tendoncytes (tendon cells) and ligamentocytes (ligament cells).