Collagen is a major structural protein which gives strength and support to body tissues including skin, bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, muscles and blood vessels.

Up until our early twenties, we synthesise collagen in the body, however, past the age of 25, this begins to decline. Supplementation with high quality collagen promotes collagen synthesis in the body and helps to restore our collagen to its former state. As collagen is important for skin elasticity, collagen supplementation helps to nourish the skin and combat the effects of ageing.

Our skin contains Type I and Type III collagen, our tendons contain Type I and our cartilage contains Type II. Cosmetic collagen supplementation typically uses Type I collagen.

Collagen supplementation is usually derived from animal extracts; Bovine (cow), Porcine (pigs), Fowl (chicken) and Piscine (fish).

Bovine and Porcine collagen sources are usually cheaper to extract and is very commonly used in many cosmetics. These are often cheaper in price for the consumer due to the high accessibility of bovine and porcine materials in the market. Porcine collagen is quite similar to human collagen, making allergies less common.

Chicken based collagen sources are known to be effective for supporting cartilage in the body, therefore Type II collagen supplements are usually derived from chicken. However, these are not considered as effective as fish collagen peptides in raising overall body collagen levels.

Marine collagen can be derived from the scales or skin of fish, however, the scales are richer in nutrients and collagen protein. Fish derived collagen is absorbed much more efficiently into the body, as it has superior bioavailability over bovine or porcine types.

Vida Glow marine collagen is derived from the scales of ocean fish, it is low molecular weight collagen peptide powder, and is distributed via the bloodstream to the collagen matrix in the dermis. Here it stimulates fibroblast (the cells responsible for collagen production) proliferation. The scales are hydrolysed through a non-chemical process, refining into powder to remove any fishy smell or taste, whilst retaining its nutritional profile.

It is important to note that collagen is only absorbed by our bodies after it is broken down into peptides by digestive enzymes. Vida Glow marine collagen is pre-digested Type I collagen peptide powder. Type I collagen comprises 90% of the skin, hair, nails, organs, bone and ligaments, making it the best for skin, hair, nails and anti-ageing benefits. When Type I collagen levels in the body are increased, the results are visible in the skin.

Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid are integral ingredients for maximising the benefits of collagen supplementation.

Knowing the types of collagen, sources of collagen and supporting ingredients of these supplements will help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right supplement that is right for you.

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