Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body – the building blocks of our hair, skin, nails, tendons, joints, and cartilage. As we age our body produces less collagen, year after year, and eventually it will stop producing it at all. Fortunately, collagen protein can be supplemented with ethical, grass-fed sources from marine and land animals.
In clinic, I recommend collagen sourced from sustainably-caught, deep-sea fish. To help understand just what benefits collagen may have, and how it can fit in with your skin health, general wellbeing health and wellness goals, I’ve created a list of the top ten things to know about collagen.
~ A recent clinical trial noted the vast majority of a group of 80 women using marine collagen experienced a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles ~
High bioavailability & easily absorbed– Marine collagen has the smallest molecular weight of other collagen alternatives, allowing it to pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream more rapidly and effectively. The absorption of marine collagen has been proven to be 1.5 times more efficient than bovine or porcine collagen. Once absorbed, collagen stores throughout your body can be used to repair and nourish your collagen stores.
Type 1 collagen – There are many different types of collagen in our bodies; in fact, there are over 40 types. Natural marine collagen from fish skin is entirely type ONE collagen. The most abundant of all the collagen types in our bodies, it is the collagen mostly found in your skin, hair, nails, tendons and joints.
Skin – Collagen is most commonly associated with skin, and it’s with good reason as 70% of our skin is made of type ONE collagen. As we age our production of collagen decreases from as young as our early 20s. It is worth noting that there are ways to replenish your stores at this time. Solid, credible science has established in many clinical trials across the world that marine collagen peptides help to restore our skin by improving: skin hydration and the ability of our skin to hold water on a cellular level, firmness, strength and turgidity, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Cellulite – Whilst there are many factors affiliated with cellulite, research has shown that collagen supplementation can improve the skin’s firmness and dermal density (thickness). By replacing the type ONE collagen that has diminished with natural marine collagen, the appearance of cellulite and even stretch marks may reduce.
Inflammation – Collagen contains important amino acids, including glycine. Inflammatory responses throughout the body are the culprit of a very, very long list of health conditions. Glycine has been proven to help reduce inflammation throughout the body, being the simplest possible amino acid. Collagen peptides from deep sea fish have also revealed their ability to regulate excessive inflammatory processes by inhibiting the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines. This process allows the tissues to return to a more normal state and naturally heal damaged cells.
Decrease joint pain – Osteoarthritis is the most common of the prevalent joint diseases today and is responsible for pain, stiffness, and impaired movement and quality of life. Recent clinical trials on the use of marine collagen in treating osteoarthritis have shown its benefits in joint comfort. Scores on pain and physical comfort were significantly decreased over a 12-week period of using marine collagen.
Gut health – Gut health is one of my favourite topics as our gut health influences our general physical, mental, neurological and augmentary systems. Research on marine collagen has shown anti-inflammatory activities and positive effects on gut microbiome, healing the intestinal wall, assisting with leaky gut syndrome and many of other digestive conditions, while regulating stomach acid and assisting the prevention of stomach ulcers.
Hair strength, health and growth – Marine collagen is widely believed to promote hair growth, and improve the health and strength of hair. Considerable research into deep sea fish marine collagen has revealed its effects on the improvement of hair overall as the abundant metabolites and nutrients have many bio-active properties.
Nails – The collagen in our nails depletes over time, as it does in the rest of our body. Scientific research and human clinical trials performed across the world have shown that the inclusion of marine collagen peptides into your diet can improve nail strength and promote growth. Again, hydrolysed collagen peptides have a small molecular weight meaning they are easily absorbed into our bloodstream and are therefore able to have a structural role in our nails as well as our hair, skin, tendons, joints, bones and cartilage.
Sustainability – Natural marine collagen comes from sustainably caught deep sea fish. Caught in deep, cold Atlantic waters, the best collagen comes from the skin of these fish. Now, with innovation in biotechnology and research, we are able to provide a product that has amazing health benefits.