What is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It’s the structural component that makes up connective tissues, like tendons and cartilage and it plays an important role in our bones, hair, skin and nails, and joints.
As we age, tissues lose their elasticity and this explains the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as brittle hair and nails.
Types of Collagen:
There are three main types of collagen popular in supplements on the market (Type I, Type II and Type III).
- Type I: this is the most abundant type of collagen (about 90%) and found in almost every tissue of your body. This includes tendons, skin, bones, cartilage and connective tissues.
- Type II: found mostly in cartilage.
- Type III: often found alongside Type I collagen, as well as in muscles, organs, arteries and some connective tissues in the liver, spleen and more
Collagen Hydrolyzate, Hydrolyzed collagen and collagen peptides are the names of the same product. Because human body isn't able to effectively absorb collagen in its natural state, collagen first goes through a hydrolysis process where the large collagen molecules are broken down into smaller units known as collagen peptides. It is more bioavailable and contains high concentrations of the amino acids.
Marine vs Bovine Collagen:
- Both bovine and marine collagen provide nearly the same benefits
- Both are great for skin, hair, gut and bone health
- Bovine Collagen is slightly cheaper and might be the better choice for those with intestinal problems
- Marine collagen is the most bioavailable form of collagen, which results in better and faster absorption
- Marine collagen is tasteless
Marine Collagen Capsules:
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Wellness Lab Hydrolysed Marine Collagen Powder 454g