Collagen comes in many types and from various sources. It is regarded as one of the best supplements for anti aging and beauty. Bovine (cow), porcine (pig), foul (chicken), marine (fish, including shelfish), and fish are the most common sources of collagen. With all the different varieties of collagen, fish collagen is the newest discovery and ranks highest because of its superior bioavailability.
Bioavailability is the measurement of usability and effectiveness in the body, and fish collagen is absorbed and used 150% better than other sources of collagen.
A Unique Type of Collagen
Fish collagen is an excellent source of type I collagen and has the highest concentration of glycine, hydroxyproline, and proline. These specific amino acids are so important because they remain in the bloodsteam and stimulate collagen synthesis throughout the body. With an abundance of type I collagen in the body, skin is beautifully flexible and elastic, and, hair is strong.
Which Part of the Fish is Used for Collagen
Collagen can be derived from the scales, skin, bones and/or fins of fish. The most collagen, though, is attained through the fish skin. There is no preference over fresh vs saltwater fish, or wild vs farmed fish since the purification process yeilds the raw materials in their purest form. The production of collagen from these parts of the fish is also environmentally responsible as it reduces environmental waste.
Best Forms of Collagen
Hydrolyzed fish collagen provides the lowest molecular weight of collagen peptides and is considered the best form of collagen supplementation. These low weight molecules are easily digested and distributed in a way that the human body recognizes. In clinical studies of fish collagen peptide, users were able to measure clear results for anti aging applications.
Results of Supplementation
In a 12-week randomized double-blind study, the results of fish collagen peptide were in:
- Deep Wrinkle Reduction
A 26% reduction in deep wrinkles was measured after 12 weeks.
- Skin Hydration Increase
A 28% increase in skin hydration was measured after 8 weeks of use.
- Skin Suppleness
Skin suppleness (smoothness) was measured at 19% for users of fish collagen peptide.
Fish collagen supplementation has a variety of benefits that go beyond beauty and anti-aging. Other benefits include:
- Metabolism health†
- Joint health†
- Bone healing and regeneration†
Fish Collagen vs Marine Collagen
Fish collagen is specific, meaning, it comes only from fish. Marine collagen, on the other hand, can come from a variety of marine sources including jellyfish, shellfish and other marine life. Marine collagen, in our opinion, is a lower value collagen than pure fish collagen.
We consider the best fish collagen peptide supplement to be our sugar-free Amino Collagen C which is combined with two super anti-aging ingredients: Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C.