The body contains different types of collagen, all of which play a vital role.
You are probably already aware of the importance of collagen in regards to skin condition and appearance and how the breakdown of collagen building processes within the body is a major factor in causing the deterioration of skin quality.
As mentioned above, there are different types of collagen within the body but there are also different sources from which collagen is extracted.
There are essentially three main sources of collagen: plant collagen, marine or fish collagen and animal collagen (pig, beef etc). All three sources require a process of hydrolysis,(hydrolysed collagen – collagen molecules that have been combined with water, making it easier for the body to absorb in to the blood stream).
Marine or fish collagen. As mentioned before, there are also three types of collagen within our bodies.
Type 1: The most abundant of the three types and found in bones, tendons, skin and tissue. Type 2: Found in cartilage. Type 3: The second most abundant collagen in human tissues, especially found in skin, blood vessels and internal organs. It is this type of collagen that provides the elastic quality found in certain tissue such as the skin. Type 3 collagen is most common in children as it is found in tissues that grow rapidly. As the tissue becomes older it losses some of its elasticity and at this point, type 3 collagen turns in to type 1.
Some manufacturers suggest that marine collagen is the easiest for humans to ingest due to the lower molecular weight which improves absorption. Many people choose not to eat meat and prefer any food supplements they might take to be meat free.
Our own brand Bidanki is a marine based collagen product. It is derived from Tilapia, a freshwater fish sourced in France.
Plants are another source of collagen which is used extensively in the cosmetics industry in face creams and toners. Most collagen drink manufacturers appear to prefer either marine or animal collagen.
There is an on going debate as to the effectiveness of this kind of collagen.
Although found in all animals it is cattle, pigs and deer that provide the most common sources of animal collagen. Animal collagen is commonly used in the form of direct injections in a similar manner to Botox. However, this form of treatment is localised to the areas treated only and does nothing for the rest of the body.
To summarise; collagen is hugely important to all living things. It is extracted from plants, fish and animals. There are essentially three types of collagen each playing a specific role in keeping us flexible, firm and young. Collagen is indispensable to the wellbeing of every one of us.