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Marine and Bovine Collagen - For Skin, Hair and Nails

Research has shown that Collagen Supplementation may help the ageing process

If you are wanting beautiful skin then using a collagen supplement is a great first step to improving collagen production. Collagen supplies the body with the amino acids necessary to form more naturally occurring collagen to help promote healthy skin and prevent the deterioration of the skin’s existing collagen. 

The type of collagen we consume depends on the animal source. Bovine collagen contains collagen type I and collagen type III and if bovine cartridge is used in the production of collagen then it also contains collagen type II. Marine collagen contains collagen type I only.

Bovine (beef) Collagen
Bovine collagen peptides contain type III and type I collagen it can be effective for support of skin, hair and nails as well as gut health. Bovine collagen from cartilage which contains collagen type II can be highly effective for joint pain and recovery. 

 Marine Collagen

Marine collagen peptides are considered to be superior at increasing overall  collagen type I and improving skin, hair, nail, and bone quality.  It is absorbed in the body up to 1.5 times more easily than bovine collagen because of it’s smaller molecular size, which means that it enters the bloodstream more rapidly.

Marine collagen peptides have been gained popularity as nutraceuticals due to their similarity to the human collagen structure, however they are not suitable for those that have an allergy to fish.


The difference between Collagen type I, II and III

Type I Collagen

Collagen Type I comprises 75-90% of skin, hair, nails, organs, bone and ligaments. It is found in marine collagen usually derived from fish.

Type I Collagen is considered the best for skin and beauty as research with oral supplementation showing that type I overall collagen is increased with visible results in the appearance of the skin.

Type II Collagen

Collagen Type II makes up to 10% of the total collagen in the body. Type II collagen makes up the fluids and function of the cartilage and joints. Sources are chicken and bovine. Type II Collagen is often used for the treatment of joint pain and arthritic conditions, as well as for a dietary protein source.

Type III Collagen 

Type III collagen is the second most abundant collagen in human tissues; most commonly in tissues with elastic properties such as skin, lungs, intestinal walls and walls of blood vessels.
It is also found in fibrous protein in bone, cartilage, dentin on teeth, tendons, and other connective tissues. Dietary sources of collagen type III are bovine and porcine.