We require protein to either repair or replace each and every cell in our body. Broadly speaking, collagen is a protein that is a bundle of amino acids, and amino acids are the building blocks of life.
There are at least 28 types of collagen identified; however, 80-90% of the collagen in our body is comprised of Type I Collagen, Type II Collagen, and Type III Collagen. The difference between all these types of collagen is the composition of the amino acids held within the protein.
Collagen is the most abundant source of protein in our entire body, and is integral for the health of our skin, hair, muscles, tendons, ligaments, digestive tract, and bones. In fact, collagen makes up 70% of our skin, and 7% of our total body weight. Shockingly, we start to lose 1% of our collagen each year by our mid-20s, and therefore we need collagen protein to support our collagen requirements.
What are the sources of collagen?
Collagen primarily comes from the skins, bones, and connective tissues of animal sources. The major animal sources used are derived from bovine (cows), porcine (pigs), poultry (chickens), and marine (fish).
Type I Collagen
Type I collagen can comprise up to 90% of the collagen in our body. Type I collagen in our body is typically found in our skin, tendons, bones, ligaments, dentin, and interstitial tissues. Type I collagen is best acquired from marine sources.
Type II Collagen
Type II collagen is primarily what we find in our cartilage and connective tissues. Cartilage is the hard and flexible tissue in our spinal disks, noses, ears, and the padding on our bones. Connective tissues are ligaments and tendons which connect our bones and muscles together. Type II is also is prevalent in your eyes, specifically the vitreous humor, or rather the stuff that makes your eye squishy and healthy. Type II collagen is best acquired from chicken and bovine sources.
Type III Collagen
Type III collagen can comprise between 5-20% of the collagen in our body and is what our intestines, muscles, blood vessels, skin, and uterus are made of. Type III collagen is best acquired from bovine and marine sources.
What is Marine Collagen?
Marine collagen can also be called hydrolyzed fish collagen, hydrolyzed marine collagen, or marine collagen peptides.
Marine collagen is derived primarily from fish skin and scales and has the highest bioavailability among other collagens. In fact, hydrolyzed fish collagen is made of smaller protein peptides than that of other collagens.
For example, the molecular weight of marine collagen is on average less than 1000 daltons, whereas bovine collagen’s molecular weight is between 2000-5000 daltons. In plain English, this means the smaller the size, the more bioavailable, the more our body uses the nutrients.
What is Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen Powder?
The term hydrolyzed means to break something apart with water at the molecular level. Specifically, in the case of marine collagen protein, hydrolyzation breaks apart the amino acids within the protein for easier digestion by our body. A hydrolyzed protein will be easier to digest and will be absorbed by the body faster and easier than a non-hydrolyzed protein.
Hydrolyzed fish collagen is produced by adding enzymes to the skin and scales of the fish. The enzymes work to break down the structures of the skin and scales. The concentration is sent through a filtering and purification process; finally, heat-treated and spray dried.
It is crucial to know that the result of all of this is that a powder is formed; and does not have any residues of the process, nor are there any fish smells or aftertaste.
What are the Benefits of Marine Collagen?
Let me count the ways! There is research to support that collagen can:
- Improve skin health and minimize fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin elasticity and hydration.
- Help rebuild your muscles.
- Strengthen your nails.
- Prevent bone loss.
- Marine collagen is high in the amino acid Alanine, which strengthens the muscles and the nervous system.
- Marine collagen is rich in the amino acid glycine. Glycine acts as a neurotransmitter and can help calm the central nervous system; ultimately it helps with memory and mental performance.
- Help sleep quality.
- Support hair regrowth for people with thinning hair.
- Help with Joint issues.
Why our Marine Collagen Powder?
Our marine collagen is sustainable, and a clean source for your collagen needs. The fish used are wild-caught North Atlantic species such as haddock, pollock, and cod. The collagen is a byproduct of production and that means there is no additional fishing required, nor any materials wasted.
Since the hydrolyzed marine collagen is manufactured from the skins of kosher fish, it is able to meet strict kosher standards.
- It is easy to digest.
- It has a neutral taste and odour.
- It has Orthodox Union kosher certification.
- It has Halal Food Council S.E.A. certification.
- It does not contain additives, preservatives, or sulphites.
With Sun Under the Sea, you can trust you are getting a high-quality and sustainability sourced marine collagen. Your brain and body have a nutrient dense source of protein keep your body well maintained.