WRITTEN BY OUR IN-HOUSE NATUROPATH, HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST AND MEDICAL HERBALIST EMMA GIBSON, NALA HOLISTIC.
Collagen production and the body’s ability to regenerate it begins to decline after the age of about 25 years young. This contributes to the ageing processes that might appear as looser skin or wrinkles, tendon injuries, and joint and mobility challenges (3).
TYPES OF COLLAGEN
There are over 25 different types of collagen, but type I, II, and III make up the majority of collagen in our body. Here’s what sets them apart:
Types 1 & 3
Type 1 is found mainly in marine sources
Type 3 is found mainly in bovine sources
Makes up about 90% of the body’s collagen
Produced by cells that contribute to the formation of our connective tissue and bones
Type 1 supports the structure of almost everything, from our skin, hair, and nails, to our joints and muscles, bones and blood vessels, digestive tract, and much more.
Type 3 can be found in our elastic-like tissues, such as the lungs, skin, digestive lining, and blood vessel walls. Helpful for wound healing.
Type 2 is found mainly in chicken and bovine sources
Makes up the remaining 10%, approximately
Produced by cells responsible for cartilage formation. Type 2 collagen makes up about half of all protein found in cartilage, and 85-90% of collagen in articular cartilage that lines our joints.
In other words… it’s great for joint support!
WHAT DOES 'HYDROLYSED' MEAN, & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
To put it simply, hydrolysed means the collagen is broken down into small peptides, enhancing bioavailability, making it easier for your body to use and reap the benefits. By taking hydrolysed collagen peptides, we enhance our body’s natural collagen regeneration cycle.
Mitchells Collagen is a great way to top up your collagen intake and help the health of the many areas that use it for structure, support, and repair. But...
What’s the difference between our Bovine Collagen Peptides and Marine Collagen Peptides?
BOVINE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
- Mainly type 1 & 3 collagen
- Derived from cow hides
- These are the most abundant types of collagen in the body, making up about 90%, with type 1 being the most abundant.
Use this for:
- Strong hair, glowing skin, and healthy nails
- Gut and joint support
- Helping improve recovery time from activity, adventures, and training
- Great for those who have fish allergies
MARINE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
- Mainly type 1 collagen
- Derived from fish scales and skin (utilising a previous byproduct)
- Type 1 collagen from marine sources are more efficiently absorbed into the body (bioavailable) due to their smaller peptide molecule size
Use this for:
- Supporting the structural resilience of everything, from our joints, vital organs, and blood vessels, to our digestive tract, and bones
- Some extra love for your skin, hair, and nails
- Skin, skin, skin. Our skin tissue is predominantly made up of Type 1 collagen fibres. Actually, 80% of the skin’s dermis layer collagen is Type 1. Making it super important for the integrity, hydration, and elasticity of the skin, our biggest organ!
- Great for those who eat fish but not meat (pescatarian)
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HOLISTIC SIDE NOTE
- Ricard-Blum S. (2011). The collagen family. Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in biology, 3(1), a004978. https://doi.org/10.1101/cshperspect.a004978
- Gelse, K., Pöschl, E., & Aigner, T. (2003). Collagens--structure, function, and biosynthesis. Advanced drug delivery reviews, 55(12), 1531–1546. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addr.2003.08.002
- Al-Atif H. (2022). Collagen Supplements for Aging and Wrinkles: A Paradigm Shift in the Fields of Dermatology and Cosmetics. Dermatology practical & conceptual, 12(1), e2022018. https://doi.org/10.5826/dpc.1201a18