Marine Collagen: Beauty from the Sea
From the sea it rises - a pure, premium source of collagen with unparalleled beauty benefits. Meet Organika's Marine Collagen, your newest beauty secret! Read on for everything you need to know about this natural makeover from within.
Where does marine collagen come from?
The hint is in the name - marine collagen is most commonly sourced from the scales, and sometimes the skin, of various types of fish. Fun fact: Organika's Marine Collagen is actually sourced in Canada! It comes from the scales of wild-caught cod, pollock and haddock from the North Atlantic.
What is marine collagen used for?
Marine collagen is abundant in Type 1 collagen, which is known for improving the health of skin, hair and nails. It nourishes the body with the building blocks of your external tissues for a makeover from within. Some of the tried and tested benefits of marine collagen for beauty we've heard time and again from our community include:
Improved skin texture and hydration
Fuller and smoother hair
Faster-growing hair and nails
Marine Collagen had a big role in kicking off the rise of collagen, and among many different types of collagen - sourced from cattle, poultry or even a combination of all - it still holds its ground as the most sought-after collagen for its beauty benefits. Why, do you ask? Well, let's dig in!
Is marine collagen better than bovine?
Marine collagen is fundamentally different from bovine collagen due to its source - from fish scales rather than cowhide. The main distinction lies in their bioavailability (how well your body takes it in).
Collagen is a large molecule, so to be efficiently absorbed and utilized by the body, it must first be broken down into smaller pieces, which you may have heard of as collagen peptides. In Organika's Marine Collagen, this is achieved through a process known as hydrolyzation: natural enzymes break down collagen into the smaller collagen peptides, without the use of heat or chemicals.
High bioavailability in a collagen supplement is assured by the size of its peptide molecules, known as the molecular weight. The smaller the molecular weight, the easier it is for collagen peptides to reach the blood stream and be effectively used in the body.
Marine collagen naturally boasts a lower average molecular weight than any other collagen source - Organika's weighs in at an impressively low 2-2.5 kDa, compared to an average 40-45 kDa in most bovine collagens.
P.S. Bovine collagen can have a molecular weight comparable to that of marine collagen - all it takes is more rounds of hydrolyzation. This is how we achieve a molecular size of under 3 kDa for our bovine-sourced Enhanced Collagen!
Marine collagen or bovine? How should I choose?
When it comes to Organika's Marine Collagen and Enhanced Collagen, deciding which type of collagen supplement to consume is really down to personal preference and dietary restrictions! It can also be beneficial to combine a variety of collagen supplements (bovine, bone broth, marine and even poultry-sourced collagen) for optimal health.
The bottom line on Marine Collagen
Organika’s Marine Collagen stands its ground among other collagen family members in overall health benefits, as a rich source of Type 1 collagen boasting an impressive amino acid profile. It's a perfect match for you if you are:
- Following a keto or paleo diet;
- Living a pescetarian lifestyle;
- Looking for a supplement rich in type 1 collagen with optimal absorbability.