What is Collagen?
Collagen is a structural protein and a very important one! It is a protein which amounts to 30% of all proteins in the body, which makes it the most abundant of them all. Collagen is also the single most important component in all connective tissues, from the smallest cell to the biggest human organ, the skin. It is responsible for giving tissues their strength and elasticity and also for maintaining healthy joints and bones.
Therefore the collagen level in the body has effects that are both visible – skin, hair and nails, and invisible – overall health-state, cell-repair cycles, bone density, fat-metabolism, and gut support.
On average a healthy human body produces collagen until around the age of 40. But a decrease in this natural production may already begin in the 20s!
Usually by the age of 60 the natural collagen production has dropped to a point when a full compensation is no longer possible. The effects that come with declining collagen levels are again visible as well as invisible. Collagen Supplements can help restore collagen levels in the body, leading to healthier skin and hair.
What is a Collagen supplement?
Collagen is made from hydrolyzed collagen peptides, which are made when full length chains of collagen peptides are broken down into shorter, more absorbable chains of amino acids.
Types of Collagen - Type I, Type II, Type III
Type I is the most prevalent type of collagen in the body. This is the type of collagen you're thinking about if you're interested in preserving the levels of collagen in your skin, hair or nails. But Type I collagen isn't just a beauty-related, it's also a major component of the tendons, organs and bones.
Type III is generally found in reticular fibers, such as in the bone marrow. It's usually found alongside Type I collagen in the body.
Sources of Collagen - Marine vs Bovine
Our marine collagen is sourced from wild-caught Alaskan/Atlantic marine (fish). It has a high bio-availability which means it is better and easily absorbed by the body. It's source makes it a Pescatarian-friendly supplement to use and is a premium sustainable source of Collagen. Most importantly, marine collagen contains 18 amino acids and all 9 essential amino acids making it a complete protein.
It's sourced from hides of grass-fed pasture-raised bovine (cows). It's easy availability makes it a cheaper source of collagen and protein. Bovine collagen contains 18 amino acids (similar to marine) but does not contain all the essential amino acids, and therefore not a complete protein.
Best Collagen Supplements: A Game-Changer for Health & Wellness, Beauty, Lifestyle
Our go-to collagen supplements include Vital Proteins, the OG pioneers of collagen products, and Further Food, a women-owned brand focussed on high-quality premium collagen peptides boosted with functional mushrooms.
Vital Proteins has a range of bovine based collagen peptides, predominantly Types I and III collagen, and our favourites include Unflavoured Collagen Peptides, Unflavoured Collagen Peptides with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C for that added glow and boosted hydration,
While Further Food collagen peptides have Types I, II, III collagen.
Bovine Collagen predominantly Type 1 and 3 support skin, hair, nails, bones, joints, and digestion, while Marine Collagen predominantly Type 2 collagen is particularly useful for joint pain and arthritis.
Both marine and bovine collagen have the same benefits and can be used interchangeably. Ultimately, it boils down to your dietary preferences, the quality, efficacy, and bioavailability of the supplement, and how it's absorbed in your body to offer you the best results and benefits.
Clean beauty and Collagen for skin, hair, nails and overall wellness
Clean beauty is a term that's been thrown around a lot in recent years, but what does it really mean? At its core, clean beauty is all about using products that are non-toxic, natural, clean with sustainable ingredients. This means avoiding harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and other potentially harmful ingredients that can be found in many traditional skincare and haircare products.
Synthetic ingredients like parabens and sulfates can strip the skin and hair of their natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. By using products that are gentle and nourishing, we can support our skin and hair’s natural functions, rather than disrupting them. This can help promote overall health and wellness, as well as reduce the risk of irritation, inflammation, and other negative effects that can come from using otherwise harsh or toxic ingredients.
Clean beauty has taken the beauty world by storm in recent years, and for good reason. As consumers become more conscious of what they put on and in their body, one ingredient that has become a buzzword is collagen. Collagen is a protein that is essential for healthy skin, hair, nails, bones & joints.
Time to get your beauty act clean!
True beauty comes from within - how we look (and feel) is mostly determined by our diet, health, and lifestyle—what we feed our bodies and how we interact with the world. Our glow is influenced by how we deal with stress, environmental factors, rest, and repair.