It’s important to remember that not all collagen is created equal. It’s incredibly important to see where it’s sourced from and how it’s processed, to make sure you’re getting the purest and best form of this powerhouse protein.
It is no secret any longer; SKIIN Company will soon be launching our own collagen product – a neutral flavoured collagen powder that is easy to add to your everyday routine. To ensure its products are of superior quality, SKIIN has teamed up with a Swiss producer that sources bovine collagen from grass-fed cows in Switzerland and uses a unique research-backed manufacturing process. But until our product is launched – what should you look for when buying a collagen product?
Collagen powders come from all sorts of different amino acid blends and peptides, as well as different forms of skin, tendons, or cartilage, so be mindful when choosing your powder. Stay safe and be sure of what you are taking with our sourcing tips.
Bovine or Marine?
Chicken, beef, or marine — these are all types of collagen powders you will see on the market. While the original source may be the same from brand to brand, the composition may not be. Bovine (beef) collagen is a type 1 and 3 collagen product sourced from cow hides. It is typically used to support ‘beauty’ skin, hair and nails as well as gut and joint health. Marine (fish) collagen is made from fish skin and scales and contains primarily type 1 collagen.
What form of collagen?
Unhydrolyzed collagen: This is the non-processed form of collagen where the amino acids are still fully bound to one another in full strands. Unhydrolyzed collagen is very strong and durable, but also very difficult for the body to digest. You won’t see it very often because it’s relatively ineffective to be taken as an oral supplement.
Collagen peptides (also known as collagen hydrolysate): this is the form you’ll see most often. The hydrolyzation process breaks down the amino acids into smaller chains making them more bioavailable to the body. As a result, they’re absorbed into the bloodstream faster and easier.
Gelatin: Gelatin is collagen that has undergone only partial-hydrolyzation, leaving a powder or gel that will only dissolve in hot liquids. Since it has not undergone complete hydrolysis, the proteins are not entirely broken down making gelatin more difficult for the body to absorb.
Type 1,2 or 3 collagen?
There are many different types of collagen in our bodies (even as many as 28 different types). But three of them (called type 1, type 2 and type 3) form around 90% of all of the collagen in your body. The skin mainly contains Type 1 and 3. In short these are the benefits of each of the three common types:
- Type 1 collagen is known for its beneficial effects on hair, skin, and nails.
- Type 2 collagen is beneficial for maintaining bone and joint health. However, it shouldn’t be taken together with type 1 and 3.
- Type 3 collagen is supports your skin, muscles, and blood vessels. It’s also a major component of the extracellular matrix making up our organs. You’ll usually find type 3 alongside type 1.
Needless to say, pure, high-quality collagen powder is colourless and flavourless (for the most part) — unless it’s mixed with flavouring or extracts. If it’s yellow, brown, or any other visible colour and has an “off” taste, it probably isn’t high quality and shouldn’t be something you put into your body. Another way to determine whether it’s good quality is the number of ingredients — the less there is on the label, the better the product. Some ingredients are helpful carriers for the collagen and support the many amino acids in doing their job. Some of these carriers are Hyaluronic acids and Vitamin C which are beneficial in combination with collagen type 1 and 3.