The Essential Guide to Marine Collagen
What is collagen?
Collagen is made up of 18 amino acids and is the most abundant protein in our body, making up around 30% of total human protein content. It is essential as it helps build strong fibres and connective tissue in our bodies. For this reason, collagen is commonly referred to as the ‘glue’ holding the body together as it ensures the integrity, elasticity and regeneration of our connective tissues. Collagen plays a key role in maintaining our bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood cells and vessels, skin tissue, hair and nails.
What is the difference between bovine and marine collagen?
The main difference between bovine and marine collagen is the source. Nutraviva grass fed and finished bovine collagen hydrolysate is sourced from pasture-raised cattle in Brazil. Nutraviva Marine Collagen is sourced from wild-caught, organic, non-GMO verified cod skin from the North Atlantic Ocean.
Marine collagen is tasteless, odourless and is highly regarded in the beauty industry as a premium collagen source due its slightly smaller peptide size.
As we age, our body loses its ability to make collagen, causing it to break down. Loss of collagen leads to a collapsing dermal layer and this contributes to wrinkles and loss of elasticity. The environment also affects our skin and UVA/UVB exposure induces skin damage and loss of collagen.
Marine collagen supplementation may support in the following areas:
Collagen for hair and nails health
Collagen is present in the cells that make up the hair and nails. Many people who take collagen report faster hair and nail growth, as well as increased hair and nail strength. Marine collagen is tasteless, odourless and is highly regarded in the beauty industry as a premium collagen source due its slightly smaller peptide size.
Collagen for skin health
One of the main causes of fine lines and wrinkles is the natural loss of collagen from the skin. Collagen is one of the most important structural substances in our bodies, accounting for 25 to 30% of its total protein – 75% of our skin is collagen. It helps to promote healthy, radiant skin by nourishing our body with the nutritional building blocks required to improve skin structure. After age 25, our bodies begin to produce less and less collagen. Taking collagen orally can help to support the skin so it retains its youthful glow and elasticity.
Marine collagen is highly regarded in the beauty industry for re-hydrating skin, protecting against UV light, restoring fine lines around the eyes, for beauty, including healthier hair, more youthful skin and stronger nails. It can also help support the reduction of cellulite, wrinkles and stretch marks.
Collagen for bones and joint health
As we age, our bones also become susceptible to the side effects of collagen depletion. Brittle bones and suboptimal joint function are issues that affect many people over 50. That is not to mention the problems faced by athletes of any age who rely on their bones and joints for extra physical support. Collagen promotes healthy bones and joints.
Collagen for gut health
Collagen supports & improves gut health and digestive complications eg. Leaky Gut Syndrome. It also has the benefit of boosting immunity and reducing gut inflammation due to poor dietary choices. It is also has a greater satiating effect compared to other forms of protein, thus reducing appetite and cravings and supporting weight management.
How to take marine collagen?
We recommend 1 teaspoon (5 grams) twice a day, or one tablespoon once a day to maintain an optimal amino acids availability in the body to support your body and restore collagen levels specific for beauty.
Tablets and capsules often have additive or binders and may not provide a sufficient dose of collagen, as well as being inherently more expensive per dosage. We recommend taking collagen hydrolysate twice daily ten to twelve hours apart to maintain a steady supply of amino acids throughout the day.
There is little evidence to suggest any adverse side effects from consuming collagen or gelatin, or in consuming larger quantities than suggested. If any underlying health conditions exist or if pregnant, please consult with your doctor as a normal precautionary measure.
Why choose Nutraviva Marine Collagen?
Nutraviva Marine Collagen is a pure premium product containing exceptionally high-quality peptides derived from only the skin of wild caught cod found in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Nutraviva Marine Collagen is halal certified, 100% natural, organic and GMO free and presents great value being one of the most affordable marine collagen products on the market. Our marine collagen is sustainably sourced and has not been derived from Asian waters, highly polluted fresh water or farmed fish.
Want to know more?
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Written by Liz Golsby, Digital Marketing Manager, Nutraviva Ba MTeach DipHSc.