Marine Collagen 300gFish Collagen Peptides For Connective Tissue, Bones and Skin.
Marine Collagen AU
This product is premium fish collagen peptides for connective tissue, bones and skin.
It has been hydrolysed into an easily dissolvable, rapid-digesting form. It's also tasteless and odourless.
Fish collagen has a molecular weight of 2,000 daltons. The low molecular weight and smaller particle size means that fish collagen may be absorbed in the body up to 1.5 times more effectively than other types of collagens. This makes it highly bioavailable.
For this reason marine collagen is thought to promote more collagen synthesis in bones, joins, skin and so forth than other types of animal collagen.
This product is Peptan® from France as New Zealand does not produce collagen. Most marine collagen in NZ is from France. It's from wild caught sustainable white fish.
It is the most important structural protein in our body and the primary protein in connective tissue such as bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.
Collagen is made primarily of three amino acids - proline, hydroxyproline and glycine. Glycine and proline are 10-20 times more concentrated than in other proteins and collagen has a unique structure that can't be found anywhere else.
This unique structure means collagen protein has unique functional properties over other proteins such as whey and casein, partially attributing to joint health, gut health, muscle growth, and an overall glowing appearance.
Collagen supplements are relatively new but offer many benefits for joint and gut health, muscle growth, and skin appearance.
Collagen production naturally begins to slow from our early 20s and by the time we are in our 60s collagen levels are around half. This can give way to joint stiffness, weaker bones, more wrinkles, saggy skin, and thinner hair and nails.
There are 16 types of collagen in our body and this product is type one which is the most common type and accounts for 90% of collagen in our body. It is made of densely packed eosinophilic fibres which form skin, tendon and connective tissue, ligature, organs, and the components of bone.
Type one collagen is very important for wound healing, giving skin its stretchy and elastic quality, and holding together tissue so it doesn’t tear. Type one collagen fibrils are stronger than steel, gram for gram.
Marine (Fish) vs Bovine (Cow) Collagen
Collagen is an animal product and may be extracted from various sources such as cows (bovine), chicken, or fish (marine). It is structurally all the same, though the amino acid ratio and concentration may vary between sources.
Bovine and marine sources are the two most common types sold on the market and this product is fish collagen.
Marine collagen has a lower particle size and is thought to be up to 1.5 times more bioavailable than other types, but the cost is nearly double. We stock bovine collagen here.
The Best Collagen Supplement in NZ
When evaluating collagen supplements there are several factors that must be taken into account.
There is a lot of marketing done by some collagen brands, especially towards customers in the beauty field.
Please note that collagen is collagen and to find the best collagen for you, we have summarised some key points:
- Find one that's the best price as some companies put huge markups on theirs. We sell ours for a lower price for no other reason than our margin is less.
- By the same token, be aware of well targeted marketing.
- Marine, bovine, or other sources of collagen don't really matter too much. Collagen is collagen. This mostly comes down to personal preference.
- Some companies add ingredients to create extra value, such as vitamin C. These increase the price and don't necessarily do much.
- There is no such thing as vegan collagen peptides (only vegan 'collagen boosters').
Joint and Skin Health
In this study 147 athletes suffering from activity-related joint pain were given collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement and experienced reduced joint pain when resting, walking, lifting, standing, and carrying objects.
Studies have shown that hydrolysed collagen is absorbed in the gut and then delivered to skin and joints through the blood stream. As you age, your body produces less and lower-quality collagen. One of the visible signs of this is in your skin, which becomes less firm and supple. Cartilage also weakens with age.
Collagen may help to prevent stretch marks from forming by increasing skin elasticity.
Collagen Protein Powder
Hydrolysed collagen is a relatively new protein powder. It is an excellent source of high-quality protein (>90%) with no fat or carbohydrates. It's easily-dissolvable, rapid-digesting, odourless and tasteless (unflavoured). Supplementing with it is an easy way to increase protein intake to assist with joint and connective tissue repair.
Collagen contains 18 amino acids, including eight out of nine essential amino acids. Because one of the nine essential amino acids is not present (tryptophan) it is not technically a complete protein. Therefore it may not be the best protein shake to have after exercise if trying to achieve maximum muscle development.
Due to the way your body uses amino acids to build muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, hair, connective tissue, etc - this product is better thought of as a supplement for supporting connective tissue and joint strength.
It can be taken anytime of the day. It can be mixed with water and sipped throughout from a drink bottle, combined with a NZProtein shake, added to hot beverages, and/or smoothies. It also performs well in baking.
Gelatin and Bone Broth
Gelatin is basically the cooked form of collagen, ie - collagen that's been only partially hydrolysed. The partially hydrolysed chains retain water which cause gelatin to gel, which is why it's used as an agent for thickening stews and desserts.
When collagen breaks down it becomes gelatin. Because gelatin is derived from collagen they both contain the same nutrients.
Bone broth is made by slowly cooking bones and cartilage to form gelatin. Collagen peptides are more readily absorbed into the bloodstream than gelatin, which can be harder to digest.
Some people may find taking hydrolysed collagen easier to take than gelatin because it's quick and convenient, cold-water soluble, and easy to digest.
Collagen is found naturally occuring in the connective tissue of the gut. It may help to support the protective lining of your digestive tract against leaky gut, where particles bypass intestines into the bloodstream. More research on this needs to be conducted.
There are not many known risks for taking hydrolysed collagen. It may cause feelings of fullness and heartburn.
Not enough is known about safety during pregnancy and breast feeding.
Collagen is an animal product and is not vegan friendly.
Collagen Anzac Cookies
Lest we forget. A crowd favourite cookie with a twist. The added collagen in these ANZAC cookies helps increase that which is lost naturally as we age, without changing the taste of a recipe.
Cookies made using collagen powder that tick all the right boxes!
A creative and surprisingly simple way to make a truly delicious and nutritious breakfast granola to add to your porridge, smoothie bowls, on a fruit crumble or simply with yoghurt.
Whipped Collagen Coffee
This adapted drink has the added benefit of collagen to help support joints, skin, nails, hair and all connective tissue.
Please note that this product is processed in a facility that also handles milk, egg, soy, peanut, and gluten ingredients.
However, it doesn't change the flavour profile of anything I've used it in so far - chia pudding, smoothies, chicken broth.
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Serving size: 10g (two scoops)
Servings per pack: 30
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Ingredients: Hydrolysed Collagen (Fish Origin). Source: France.
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