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What Is Marine Collagen?

by grace gavilanes - May 26, 2020

First things first, let’s talk about collagen as a whole. Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones and joints.** The protein is made up of amino acids glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine — all of which help our body's connective tissue, skin, hair and nails stay as healthy as possible.**

While we’re able to create our own collagen, our body’s natural collagen production begins to decline around the age of 25. This is where Vital Proteins® comes in. We offer an array of different types of collagen, including our best-selling bovine-sourced Collagen Peptides. Follow a Pescatarian-friendly diet? No worries! We also carry marine-based collagen powders to complement your lifestyle. 

What Is The Difference Between Collagen and Marine Collagen?

There’s only one key difference between our Collagen Peptides and Marine Collagen. But first, let’s recap their similarities: They’re both powders that are easily soluble in liquids, are unflavored and odorless, and boast the same types of collagen – more on that in a few! Is it any surprise they’re two of our all-time best sellers?

As for what sets them apart, it all boils down to sourcing. Our Collagen Peptides is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide from Brazil, while our Marine Collagen is sourced from non-GMO, wild-caught white fish off the coast of Alaska. The latter is a favorite among those following a Pescatarian-friendly diet.

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What Type Of Collagen Is Marine Collagen?

Just like or bovine-based Collagen Peptides, our Marine Collagen is rich in types I & III collagen. Keep reading for a breakdown of what these types are, why they’re important and how they contribute to your overall well-being.

Type I

Type I collagen is the most prevalent type of collagen in the body. This is the type of collagen you’re likely most familiar with as it’s a main player in preserving the levels of collagen in your skin, hair or nails.** Type I collagen goes beyond beauty benefits, however. It’s also a major component of the tendons, organs and bones.

Type III

The third commonly found type of cartilage, Type III, is generally found in reticular fibers, such as in the bone marrow. It’s usually found alongside Type I collagen in the body.

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How Is Marine Collagen Made?

Specifically referring to Vital Proteins Marine Collagen, we source this Pescatarian-friendly offering from our wild-caught, non-GMO white fish that’s caught off the coast of Alaska.

We believe in whole animal nutrition to reduce waste and improve sustainability. Our Marine Collagen is sourced from the skin and scales of fish, natural by-products of the seafood industry that would otherwise be discarded.

Once the scales or skins have been soaked, cleaned and softened, they’re ready for collagen extraction. Purified water is heated to further extract the collagen from the scales or skins. Once the collagen is extracted from the hides, water and proteolytic enzymes hydrolyze it (aka break it down) into smaller protein chains called collagen peptides. 

Using a burst of pressurized hot air, the hydrolyzed collagen peptides are spray-dried into a fine, odorless powder. Each batch of collagen is then lab tested to ensure quality and safety. Our BPA/BPS free, recyclable canisters are filled at our cGMP and NSF certified facility – one step closer to arriving at your doorstep!

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Is Marine Collagen Good For You?

Just like bovine-based collagen, Marine Collagen is a great supplement that helps support healthy hair, skin, nails and joints.** Collagen – no matter the source – is a great addition to your diet if you’re looking to up your collagen intake and boost your daily routine. For a sneak peek at how our Education Coordinator, Olivia Pelaez, adds Marine Collagen to her routine, watch the video below. Spoiler: The product is a big part of her morning and afternoon rituals! She's also reaped collagen's amazing benefits, telling us: “I’ve definitely seen a difference in my hair, skin and nails!**”

What Is The Best Marine Collagen?

Our Marine Collagen products are fan-favorites for a reason! Our marine-based Collagen Beauty Glow™ contains skin-loving ingredients – like hyaluronic acid, biotin and vitamin C – and is soluble in hot and cold liquids. Additionally, it’s available in refreshing flavors (Lavender Lemon, Strawberry Lemon & Tropical Hibiscus) and is an easy way to not only boost your collagen intake but also boost the flavor profile of your tea, smoothie or mocktail.

If you’re looking for a marine-based collagen powder that’s super versatile and contains one single ingredient, you’ll want to reach for our OG Marine Collagen. It’s unflavored, odorless and can be added to any sweet or savory recipe. We’re talking coffee, smoothies, salad dressings, brownie batter & so much more. Just add two scoops to your favorite beverage or recipe & enjoy! Prefer taking collagen pills? Reach for our Marine Collagen capsules.

We also recommend our Pescatarian-friendly fans try our single-ingredient collagen powder (or capsule) first if they’re a newbie who’s looking for seamless ways to jumpstart their wellness journey.

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