Collagen is without a doubt one of the buzziest ingredients in the wellness world right now. Some swear by its beauty benefits: the power to smooth skin, strengthen nails, and make hair shinier. Others are into it for the gut health perks – the protein smooths the gut similarly to how it smooths the skin, which can improve digestion. By now, enough studies have been done that it’s indisputable that collagen is good for you.
But even when you have been convinced of the incredible health benefits of adding a collagen supplement to your diet, finding the right one can still be confusing. Looking at the labels of various brands leads to all sorts of questions, like should you buy marine collagen, or one derived from animals’ bone and skin, such as bovine? What’s the difference between Type 1, 2, and 3—something a lot of supplement brands tout on the label? And what is hydrolyzed collagen and does it make a difference?
What are the different types of collagen and which one is the best?
Bovine collagen is sourced primary from cow skins that have been discarded after the meat has been processed. It is comprised of Type 1 and Type 3 collagen and has benefits for your hair, skin and nails. In most cases, the collagen has been hydrolyzed, which breaks it down into smaller, easier to digest particles.
Sometimes the discarded bones of cows are also used for collagen supplements because of the high concentration of collagen found within the bone. It is important to note that both feed-fed and grass-fed cows are used to make bovine collagen supplements, so if you are concerned about eating humanely sourced food, be sure to check the label for the grass-fed label.
It is also good to note that pigs can also be used for collagen sourcing, and occasionally you will see a label advertising porcine collagen. The benefits of porcine collagen are very similar to that of bovine and can be used interchangeably without perceivable difference.
Marine, or fish, collagen is sourced from fish bones and scales. Like bovine collagen it is also rich in Type 1 collagen, however, studies have shown that fish collagen peptides are smaller, giving them superior bio-availability and digestibility. Fish are also a resource with high natural renewability, meaning that marine collagen can be more sustainably sourced.
Since it’s easier to digest, fish collagen is excellent if you have digestive issues or if you’re using collagen specifically to heal your gut. Not to mention, the enhanced absorption also makes it easier for your body to flood your skin and joints with more of the anti-aging and bone-building molecules.
Also, while all collagen is beneficial for your skin, fish collagen may prove to be one of the best types to take, especially if you follow a high-antioxidant Paleo diet filled with colorful fruits and veggies. One study showed that participants taking fish collagen combined with antioxidants for just two months showed remarkable improved skin elasticity, moisture, and dermal ultrasonic markers.
Regardless of it’s source, collagen benefits your skin, joints, bones, hair, and more, however, with that being said, fish collagen is superior when it comes to absorption and digestibility, which is extremely important when it comes to reaping the benefits of any type of collagen to begin with.
Because of these advantages, Prisma Natural USA uses only marine collagen in its products. To learn more visit our store.