What is collagen and collagen peptides?
Collagen is a building protein that plays a vital role in the functioning of almost all organs and tissues of our body. It makes our bones strong, our skin supple and youthful, our joints mobile, and it helps to heal wounds faster. After 25 years, collagen production is significantly reduced, which means hello wrinkles, ptosis, weakening of the bone and joint apparatus.
Our body does not absorb ordinary collagen, because its molecule is too large, has a thick wall and is not able to penetrate into the bloodstream through the small intestine. We digest collagen faster than it can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Japanese scientists have found a way out and learned how to break the molecular chain of collagen by subjecting collagen to hydrolysis. This is how collagen peptides appeared — these are high-purity low-molecular proteins that are easier to digest and have greater efficiency than conventional collagen. When we drink them, they enter the bloodstream and are delivered to our cells. Collagen peptide does not gel and is easily soluble in cold water, odorless and tasteless.
What types of collagen are there?
When choosing collagen, be sure to pay attention to its type. There are more than 20 of them, but three are the most significant:
- Type I — found in the skin, tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, teeth and connective tissue. Makes up 75% of the total collagen in the body;
- Type II — is part of the cartilage and tissues of the eye, but is less than 10% of the total collagen in the body;
- Type III — found in muscles, blood vessels and skin. It makes up 15% of the total collagen in the body.
What types of collagen are there?
When talking about the types of collagen, they mean the source of raw materials from which it is obtained. The effectiveness and bioavailability of the additive depends on the type of this raw material.
Animal collagen is the most popular type, which is obtained by processing the top layer of the skin, as well as the joints and cartilage of cattle. The cost of such an additive is small, but animal collagen can cause an allergic reaction, is not very well absorbed and is inferior in terms of the amount of nutrients to fish.
Fish collagen is an alternative to bovine, porcine and chicken collagen. It is obtained from the skin and scales of marine and freshwater fish. In terms of amino acid composition, it is closer to human, therefore it is much better perceived by the body.
The main advantage of fish collagen is that amino acids penetrate deep into the cell and stimulate it, giving it a new building material. It is also less allergic compared to animals. The production technology of this species is more complex, so fish collagen is more expensive than bovine or porcine collagen.
How is collagen distributed when it enters our body?
Collagen protein, splitting in the stomach, is absorbed in the small intestine and transported through the blood to various organs of our body: eyes, teeth and gums, veins, skin, bones, internal organs (heart, liver, kidneys), cartilaginous joints and tendons.
Do I need to take extra vitamin C?
You may hear that collagen is not absorbed by the body without vitamin C. But fish collagen peptides do not need to be supplemented with vitamin C, as they have a low molecular weight and are easily absorbed into the body. In general, uncontrolled intake of vitamin C can be harmful, so it is better to consult a doctor.
What is the effect of taking collagen peptides?
- Reducing the depth of wrinkles, restoring skin elasticity, slowing down the aging process.
- Strengthening hair, nails, bones.
- Elimination of inflammation and pain in the joints and bones.
- Stimulation of the growth of muscle tissue in the process of playing sports.
- Help in the treatment of acne and skin allergies.
- Help in the treatment of osteoporosis, osteochondrosis, arthrosis, intervertebral hernia, rheumatic joint lesions.
- Acceleration of wound healing, smoothing of scars and stretch marks, skin regeneration after plastic surgery.
- Regeneration of the mucous membrane, strengthening of the gums.
Collagen should be drunk not only for the sake of beauty. After 30 years in our body, there is: depletion of cells, a decrease in the functions of tissue self-healing even with the slightest damage, a decrease in skin elasticity, deterioration in facial tone, the appearance of wrinkles, weakening of the joints — each reason for the appearance of signs of aging and wilting lies in the lack of protein (namely collagen) in the body.
Fish collagen peptides can be taken continuously, no breaks are needed. This is not a «magic pill», but a long-term and successful investment in your future.
How to use our marine collagen peptides?
- Mix with water. You can drink at any time of the day before or after a meal.
- Add to your favorite drinks or food, such as juices, smoothies, coffee, cheesecakes, pancakes, etc. Fish collagen has no pronounced smell and taste.
- Like a cosmetic. Collagen is added to creams, serums, lotions, shampoos, balms, masks, micellar water. It is important to understand that collagen will not penetrate the skin, but will increase its regenerating properties and functions. That is, use it where there are wounds, peeling and irritation.