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Collagen Peptides vs Marine Collagen: What's The Difference?

Collagen has become a major buzzword in the wellness world (between 2020 and 2021, collagen supplement salesincreased by 94 percent). 

If you’ve been following Vital Proteins® for a while, you may be familiar with our classic blue tub—Vital Proteins® Collagen Peptides, made with grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine. But did you know we also have Marine Collagen Peptides

If you’re wondering what the difference is between our Collagen Peptides and our Marine Collagen Peptides, you’re not alone. Both products are similar in their benefits and application. They’re both made to support bone, joint, hair, skin and nail health.**^ They’re flavorless and odorless and dissolve easily for a simple addition to coffee or smoothies. They can also be stirred into oatmeal, soup and any of your favorite recipes. But what’s the difference between them?

What’s the difference between marine collagen peptides and bovine collagen peptides?

Collagen is a protein that’s found in the connective tissues. Humans create their own collagen naturally, as do other animals, which is why collagen is, by default, a non-vegan ingredient. Collagen is found naturally in our skin and joints.

The main difference you’ll want to consider when choosing betweenVital Proteins® Collagen Peptides andVital Proteins® Marine Collagen is sourcing and how it fits in with your lifestyle. While Collagen Peptides is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine, the Marine Collagen is sourced from wild-caught cod.

Therefore, Vital Proteins® Marine Collagen is pescatarian-friendly. Nutritionally, the two products aren’t much different — they’re just derived from different sources, so the one that’s right for you comes down to your dietary preferences and lifestyle choices.

What are the benefits of collagen?

If you’re trying to decide between Marine Collagen and Collagen Peptides, you might naturally be wondering why you would want to take either of these products. Collagen peptides, whether derived from bovine or fish, is a fantastic way to support your bones, joints, hair, skin and nails.**^


In the battle of Collagen Peptides vs Marine Collagen, the playing field is pretty much equal. Both sources of collagen are easily digested and absorbed by the body. And both are made from one simple ingredient. Vital Proteins® Collagen Peptides contains 20g of collagen peptides per serving, and Marine Collagen Peptides contains 12g of collagen per serving. These efficacious amounts support bone, joint, hair, skin, and nail health.**^

We recommend taking one serving of Vital Proteins® Collagen Peptides or Vital Proteins® Marine Collagen per day at a minimum to help benefit connective tissues on a daily basis. This can be done via your morning coffee or smoothie, your oatmeal, an afternoon tea or any other way you can get creative. Lively has tons of recipe inspo here.

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