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What is the difference between collagen powder and marine collagen?

Collagen has become a sought-after supplement in the wellness and beauty industry, and it's no surprise why. This protein plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin, joints, and more. However, when it comes to choosing a collagen supplement, the options can be overwhelming.

One common question that arises is: What is the difference between a bovine sourced collagen powder and marine collagen?

The Sources of Collagen Powder Supplements

As mentioned in our previous exploration of marine collagen, the primary difference between marine collagen and bovine collagen is their source.

Marine Collagen


This type is sourced from fish, specifically from fish skin and fish scales. The marine environment in which these fish thrive can impact the quality of the collagen supplement, making it essential to verify the source's quality. Nutraviva Marine Collagen powder is sourced from the skin of wild caught North Atlantic Cod from the North Atlantic Fisheries of Norway.

Bovine Collagen


Bovine collagen, on the other hand, is sourced from cattle, mainly from cow hides and bone. The environment in which these cattle are raised, whether grass-fed or grain-fed, can influence the quality of the collagen and is an ethical consideration. Nutraviva Collagen Hydrolysate is sourced from grass fed and finished cattle hides, ensuring cattle remain on pasture grazing naturally up until the point of processing.

Quality and Environmental Impact

Understanding the environment in which the collagen source originates is crucial in assessing the quality of the supplement. High-quality sources result in more effective and beneficial collagen supplements.

High-quality marine collagen is often sourced from wild-caught fish, such as cod from the North Atlantic Ocean. These sources provide exceptionally high-quality peptides, making the collagen powder more effective and reliable. Low-quality, farmed, or genetically modified fish sources should be avoided.

Nutraviva Marine Collagen powder is proudly certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), ensuring that the North Atlantic Cod used is sustainably sourced through wild-catch methods. MSC certification guarantees that responsible fishery practices are in place. These practices include the prohibition of destructive fishing methods, the use of only approved gear types, targeting specific monitored fish stocks, minimizing bycatch, and preserving marine biodiversity.

When it comes to bovine collagen supplement, grass-fed and grass-finished sources are superior. This means the cattle are fed a natural diet, resulting in a higher quality collagen hydrolysate product. High-quality ethically sourced bovine collagen supplements, such as Nutraviva's grass fed and finished Collagen Hydrolysate powder, ensures that the benefits of collagen’s unique amino acid profile are passed on to your body's vital functions and overall health.

Incorporating Collagen Powder into Your Diet

Collagen supplements can be easily added into your daily routine. Try some of these ways you can use collagen in your routine:

  • Add to your favourite smoothie recipes
  • Include in wholesome soups and broths
  • Elevate your morning coffee or tea
  • Simply add a few serves to baked goods and healthy snack recipes
  • Increase the protein content of yoghurt and porridge by adding a serve and mixing well

Check out our Recipes section to find inspiration for adding collagen powder to your daily routine.

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Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult with your Doctor or healthcare professional regarding your individual health needs before making any changes to your health routine or starting any new dietary supplements.

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