In recent years, there has been a huge upsurge in the popularity of collagen supplements.
Hailed as the “fountain of youth” for its many health benefits, collagen supplements have been scientifically proven to improve skin, boost muscle mass, relieve joint pain, promote heart health, and prevent bone loss.
As collagen supplements have become more popular, the market for them has exploded, which can make choosing the right one for your needs an overwhelming task!
Not all collagen supplements offer the same benefits and it’s important that you make an informed choice when it comes to any supplement you wish to add into your regime.
In today’s blog post we’re going to explore the two main types of collagen on the market as well as collagyn, a new, vegan-friendly alternative.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body - it’s responsible for many different things, including being the main component of our connective tissues.
The amount of collagen we have in our body decreases as we get older and this is why skin starts to show signs of age. After the age of 20, the body typically produces 1% less collagen for each year that goes by.
By taking a collagen supplement, you are able to stimulate your body to produce more collagen and therefore support all the vital roles that this protein has to play in your health.
There are many different types of collagen in the body, but the most commonly found are Types I, II, and III.
When looking for a collagen supplement, it’s important you find one that contains hydrolysed collagen. This simply means that the collagen has been broken down already, this makes it easier for your body to absorb it.
Bovine collagen contains Types I and III, and it’s sourced from the skin and bones of cows. It’s important to choose bovine collagen from cows that have been grass-fed and pasture-raised to ensure the quality of the collagen is as high as possible.
As our skin is primarily made up of Type I and III collagen, bovine collagen is a great choice for people who are taking the supplements with the aim to improve the appearance and health of their skin.
Bovine collagen is also a great alternative for people who don’t eat fish out of choice, or those who have a sensitivity or allergy to fish products.
If you’re looking for a bovine collagen supplement, True Collagen by Ancient and Brave or Organic Bone Broth Collagen by Planet Paleo are both extremely high-quality bovine collagen supplements and a great place to start.
One of our staff members has been taking the bovine collagen from Ancient and Brave for a few months now and has noticed a significant improvement to her complexion.
Marine collagen is a source of Type I collagen and it’s found in the scales and skin of fish.
Marine collagen has the same benefits as bovine collagen, but it may be unsuitable for people with sensitivities or allergies to fish products. Marine collagen is also considered to be more environmentally friendly than bovine collagen, as farming fish produces less CO2 emissions than farming livestock like cattle.
If you’re looking for a high-quality marine collagen supplement, we would recommend Skinful Pure Marine Collagen Power by Bare Biology which is gathered from sustainably caught codfish from the North Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, we also recommend Marine Collagen from Planet Paleo.
Collagen supplements were typically made using bovine and marine sources, meaning that vegans were missing out on the benefits of this brilliant supplement.
However, collagen is not exclusively found in just animal products. Ancient & Brave have developed a Vegan Collagyn range, which is formulated with specific amino acids, plant proteins, botanical extracts, and buffered vitamin C to support normal collagen formation and renewal - without the need for animal extracts.
The other other products we’ve mentioned are unflavoured and can be added to other drinks. The vegan collagyn powders are packed with flavour, we tried the raspberry one and it makes for a great standalone drink or flavour enhancement for smoothies.
So which is best?
Ultimately, the type of collagen you need will depend on your own individual requirements.
The supplements we have recommended above are some of the industry-leading collagen supplements for both bovine, marine, and vegan collagen, making them a great place to start if you’re unsure of which to buy.
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