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    Your Marine Collagen Questions Answered

    1) What’s the difference between marine and bovine collagen? Is one better than the other?

    Both marine and bovine collagen are popular supplements for building lean muscle mass, promoting joint health, reducing joint pain, restoring bone strength, while also keeping skin & hair healthy as you age.

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    The main difference between marine and bovine collagen is the animal source of the protein. Amandean's Collagen Peptides and Beef Gelatin contain collagen protein that is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised cowhides. Bovine collagen is almost identical to the kind of collagen we have in our bodies, which is what makes it such a popular and effective dietary supplement.

    Wild-Caught Fish Collagen

    On the other hand, marine collagen is sometimes referred to as fish collagen - and I'm sure you can guess why! Marine Collagen is derived from the skins of wild-caught fish. These fish are sustainably caught from the pristine waters of the North Atlantic. Marine collagen offers similar health benefits as collagen from cows, but many choose marine over bovine because it has been shown to have up to 150% more bioavailability. Marine collagen peptides are enzymatically hydrolyzed down to a 3000 dalton molecular weight. This results in a supplement that is 1.5x more bioavailable due to a much smaller collagen molecule, or a supplement that can be absorbed by the body much more efficiently. Additionally, it is a great alternative for those that follow a pescatarian diet.

    2) What types of collagen does it contain?

    Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. There are many different types of collagen, but our marine collagen supplements concentrate primarily on two types. Marine collagen is primarily made of Type I and Type III collagen. Type I collagen is the most abundant type of collagen in your body followed by Type III. Type I alone makes up 75-90% of the collagen found in your skin, hair, nails, organs, bone, ligaments. It is responsible for improving skin elasticity and hydration and also helps to build lean muscle mass and strengthen your hair and nails. That’s why it’s the main type of collagen in our marine collagen supplements and is considered the best for skin and beauty applications. The benefits of Type III collagen are similar to those of Type I and contain a lot of overlap. For this reason, they’re often used to support each other and promote gut health and healthy skin.

    3) What will it do for my skin? Will it make my age lines disappear?

    Oral Intake of Collagen

    Marine collagen has powerful anti-aging benefits for your skin and connective tissues! After the age of 30, our collagen production drops by approximately 1.5% per year; this results in thinner, more wrinkle-prone skin and stiff joints. Studieshave found that oral intake of collagen boosts your body's collagen and elastin levels to slow down the formation of wrinkles. Other studies have shown that it helps to deter the formation of cellulite, prevent dark spots from forming, and hydrate your skin, making it a popular choice for managing skin conditions.

    One of our satisfied customers shared the results they noticed on their hair, nails, andskin after adding marine collagen to their daily routine! “Great products, my hair, nails and skin look amazing plus no muscle pain since I started using the marine collagen.”-A. S., Amazon Customer

    This customer also noticed healthy skin after using our marine collagen supplement:

    "Have been taking one scoop in a cup of coffee every day for two weeks. I have seen a definite improvement in my skin and nails — skin is softer and my nails are not as brittle and the color has evened out with no more lines running through them. What I like most about the product is it is flavorless and odorless. I put a scoop in my cup of coffee in the morning. It has no texture or gritty feel in your mouth. Nice to have such a pleasant and easy product to consume as an alternative to another pill.” -P. D. C., Amazon Customer

    4) Where are the ingredients sourced from?

    At Amandean, we go to great lengths in order to guarantee that our supplements are free of pesticides, hormones, chemicals, additives, and contaminants to provide the purest collagen on the market. To ensure this, our Marine Collagen Peptides are sourced 100% from wild-caught fish in the pristine waters of the North Atlantic. Whereas other marine collagen supplements on the market use farmed fish that easily spread disease and often incorporate GMOs and artificial hormones, our wild-caught fish are so pure that we don’t need to hide behind artificial flavors or colors. We keep our product unflavored, odorless, and free of all additives.

    5) Does it contain any heavy metals like mercury?

    Mercury is fat soluble and can be found in the fat cells and organs of fish. Marine collagen, however, is derived solely from the skins of the fish, resulting in a pure supplement that contains only trace amounts of mercury. Every container of Marine Collagen is specifically tested for heavy metals at a cGMP approved facility to guarantee that we're delivering only the purest proteins. Every single batch of Amandean Marine Collagen tests out at less than 0.02ppm (parts per million), when the safe allowable limit is less than 0.1ppm.

    6) So if it's from fish... Does ittaste like fish?

    Worry not! Although marine collagen is sourced from fish skins, you'd never know it! Our premium marine collagen powder is unflavored, making it an easy addition to many different types of hot drinks and foods!

    7) Can I add it to my coffee and smoothies?

    Marine collagen supplements come in powdered form and are extremely liquid-soluble! Additionally, they are gluten-free, keto, paleo, pescatarian, and Bulletproof friendly! So YES - marine collagen can easily be added to your morning coffee, tea, smoothies, and even dinner meals. Here are a few of our favorite collagen recipes:

    8) How much should I take and at what time of day?

    Collagen supplements can be taken at any time of the day! Each marine collagen brand comes with specific dosage recommendations, but generally, you should start with a single scoop or a 10g serving every day. We always recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional before introducing any supplement into your diet, as each individual is different.

    9) Do marine collagen supplements break a fast?

    In short, it depends on what you consider a "break". Almost all "non-strict" or "non-orthodox" fasters let you eat ~300 calories per day while fasters let you consume <100 calories a day. Whichever camp you're in, you'll be happy to know that the daily recommended 10g dose of collagen only contains 20 to 35 calories! You'll just have to watch what you take it with to avoid breaking your hard-fought fast. Try mixing it into black coffee or tea.

    10) Can I take marine collagen if I'm on a keto-paleo or Bulletproof diet?

    Yes! Our marine collagen supplement is non-GMO and contains no shellfish, gluten, wheat, corn, eggs, dairy, sugar, soy, or yeast. They can easily be incorporated into almost any diet and are keto, pescatarian, Bulletproof, and paleo-friendly!

    The product experts at Amandean are always there to help answer any other lingering questions you might have, so don’t hold back! We can handle it. Also, be sure to read over the supplement facts panel on the container for more information on dosage and nutritional content. Lastly, before you get to scooping collagen into your morning lattes and post-workout smoothies, remember to check in with your physician to make sure marine collagen is a good fit for your unique nutrition needs. Happy scooping!

    Summary Points:

    The main difference between bovine and marine collagen is in the source of ingredients. Marine collagen also offers 150% more bioavailability.
    Marine collagen is primarily Type I and Type III, and is rich in the amino acid glycine.
    Marine collagen is free of mercury, unflavored, and it blends easily with your recipes & beverages.
    Marine collagen is a great choice for your keto, paleo, or Bulletproof nutrition due to its high-protein and sugar-free formula.

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      4. https://naturalforce.com/blogs/nutrition/collagen-differences-types-1-2-3
      5. https://supplementpolice.com/hydrolyzed-collagen/
      6. https://www.amandean.com/pages/faq
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