In this article:
- Most reliable sources of collagen
- Is your collagen transparent?
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April 07, 2021 6 min read
Unfortunately, collagen can't currently be manufactured in a vegan formula. It's a protein that is produced within the human body and can be found in the skin and tissues of fish and animals. While humans can produce their own collagen, we're significantly limited by age and our environment. After hitting age twenty five, our collagen production slows down and decreases by 1% yearly. The collagen that's already in our bodies becomes damaged by free radicals in our environment and also by the foods we eat. Collagen plays a critical role in all of our connective tissues including eyes, joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, and skin. Thus, if you want to feel and look younger, you have to protect and support your body's natural collagen production.
Bovine collagen, often called grass-fed collagen peptides, is the most common source of collagen. Bovine collagen is a great source of type I and type III collagen. Just like certain sources of meat are cleaner, better tasting, and more ethical than others, not all bovine collagen peptides are created equally. Collagen from grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle ensures that the cows lived a healthy life with space to roam and plenty of access to a fresh, wholesome food source. These factors greatly impact the quality of your supplement. Because grass-fed bovine collagen is sourced from the hides of these animals, it helps to prevent any part of the animal from going to waste.
Marine collagen is another great way to get a clean source of collagen in your diet, especially for pescatarians. Due to its amino acid profile, it is another great source of type I and III collagen for joint support, gut health, and better skin hydration. Marine collagen powder is another zero-waste product that makes use of fish skins and hydrolyzes the collagen down to its most bioavailable form: peptides. There are two ways to harvest fish for collagen: 1) using farm-raised fish or 2) using wild-caught fish. Farmed fish are not only less sustainable than wild-caught fish, in many cases, they also run the risk of becoming contaminated, spreading disease, and containing antibiotics.
Marine collagen is basically the Rolls Royce or creme de la creme of collagen. Compared to bovine collagen, marine collagen is able to be hydrolyzed to a smaller molecular weight (3000 Daltons vs. 5000 Daltons) which makes it 1.5x more bioavailable. Essentially, the smaller it is, the easier it is for your body to absorb and use.
These aren't the only sources of collagen, but they are the cleanest and most popular. In the section below, we'll go over less sustainable and impure sources, what to look out for when shopping for a collagen supplement, and why it matters.
Transparency is key when shopping for a supplement in order to know you're getting your money's worth, and to avoid supporting unsustainable or unethical practices. A popular source of type II collagen or multi-collagen is collagen sourced from chickens. This can be taken both from chicken cartilage and the membranes of chicken eggs. The problem is that the chicken farming industry can be pretty dirty work. Disease passes easily from chicken to chicken, antibiotics are heavily used, and the chickens are rarely given free range. Even "cage-free" chickens are often packed together in huge, covered rooms where they don't have space to roam or forage for natural foods. Trust us, don’t go searching on YouTube!
Here are some other things to look out for in your collagen supplement:
At Amandean, we are dedicated to providing honest and natural products developed firmly around nutritional science and rigorous testing standards - the advice above certainly didn't fall on deaf ears. Our Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle in South America. Our Premium Marine Collagen Powder is a highly bioavailable supplement that's made from wild-caught cod sustainably caught in the pristine waters of the North Atlantic. Sustainability is at the forefront of our philosophy; we always prioritize giving you the highest quality supplement by starting with a clean, sustainable, and ethical source, and never adulterating it with added sugars, flavors, or GMOs.
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