Finding high-quality marine collagen supplements | Guidance on what to look for
Marine collagen supplements use collagen taken from the skin and scales of fish. Type I collagen is present in marine collagen peptides, which makes up around 80 percent of the collagen in skin.
When looking for a marine collagen supplement, it is important to choose brands that prioritise quality. Always look for brands that publish testimonials for their products and are transparent about their sourcing and ingredients.
Natural marine collagen supplements can be hard to distinguish in a crowded market. This guide will help you identify and choose the best natural marine collagen supplements for your needs and lifestyle.
Is marine collagen sustainable?
Marine collagen might be an attractive option compared to bovine collagen due to its sustainability - beef is one of the biggest dietary contributors to CO2 emissions, and it is more carbon intensive than wild-caught seafood. Furthermore, bovine collagen is not suitable for the growing number of pescatarians, while marine collagen is.
When choosing a marine collagen supplement, you should also look for transparency surrounding sustainable sourcing.
Choosing marine collagen powder supplements
When choosing natural marine collagen supplements, it is important to have transparency regarding all the ingredients. Check for quantities and avoid fillers, synthetics and binders. Marine collagen is commonly delivered in pill or capsule form and despite these being convenient to take, they can often contain fillers and casings to create a sturdy tablet. Beauty Complex is free from fillers, binders, caffeine, preservatives and other stimulants.
Marine collagen powder supplements may be more effectively absorbed into the body since you may have a harder time digesting tablets and capsules due to hard casings, fillers, binders and other benign ingredients.
Powdered marine collagen supplements may have even more potency if the collagen has been hydrolysed. This means that the collagen proteins have been separated into smaller pieces called peptides. Marine collagen peptide supplements may be more bioavailable and can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. Always look for the word “peptide(s)”, “hydrolysed”, or “hydrolysate” when choosing a marine collagen supplement. Find out more about hydrolysed marine collagen supplements here.
Another benefit of choosing a marine collagen powder supplement is mixability. Popular ways of taking marine collagen powders are to mix them into cold drinks, such as water or smoothies. This versatile method allows for high dosages of marine collagen peptides within everyday foods that may lack nutritional value.
Are you looking to purchase a marine collagen supplement that you can mix into a drink?
Looking for a natural marine collagen supplement
In summary, we recommend the following when looking for a natural marine collagen supplement:
- Look for product testimonials, dietary credentials and clinical trial transparency.
- Trust brands that are transparent with their sourcing.
- Choose marine collagen powder supplements over pills or capsules to avoid fillers and for more effective absorption.
Another reason why powder mixing is so beneficial is that marine collagen can be combined with other ingredients to maximize the potential benefits to the body. Popular ingredients that can be combined with collagen include the following:
- Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide (a type of carbohydrate) that occurs in high amounts in the skin, joints, and eyes, providing lubrication and keeping tissues hydrated. While hyaluronic acid is found in many areas of the body, up to 50% can be found in the skin. Each sachet of Beauty Complex contains 100mg of hyaluronic acid.
- Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin.
- Biotinis a vitamin which contributes to the maintenance of normal hair.
- Phytoceramides are plant-derived ceramides which are fatty components of the skin that form the moisture barrier.
- Selenium is a mineral that also contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and nails.
- Copper is an important mineral for skin pigmentation and also for the connective tissue that is found all over the body, including in the skin. Copper also contributes to normal hair pigmentation.
Getting the most out of your marine collagen supplement can be complicated when considering all the suggested combinations. Beauty Complex offers solution in its pre-combined powdered formula.
Beauty Complex provides a high dosage of marine collagen peptides. It also perfectly combines powerful ingredients that may support the function of collagen in the body, or contribute towards the normal function of the hair, skin and nails. These additional ingredients include, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, biotin, phytoceramides and other vitamins and minerals.
The powdered, drinkable formula of Beauty Complex makes for a potent and convenient supplement. It is flavoured with natural sugar-free orange and pineapple and coloured with beta-carotene (the pigment found in carrots). This lightly flavoured beverage is a caffeine-free accompaniment to a nutritious breakfast.
What are the side effects of marine collagen?
High quality marine collagen supplements do not come with many side effects. As they are derived from fish, bear in mind that they are not suitable for individuals with seafood allergies.
How much collagen should I take?
Marine collagen is protein so there is not really any danger in consuming lots of it (when consumed alone) besides individual preference and tolerance; higher dosages are more likely to be effective. We use 7000mg of Peptan collagen peptides per serving of Beauty Complex. Beauty Complex is a combined beauty supplements so be sure to follow the dosage guidance.
Should I choose a powdered form of marine collagen?
Powdered forms of marine collagen supplements, such as Beauty Complex, can make a refreshing drink and are effectively absorbed by the body. They also often contain no fillers, and can be a perfect option if you don’t like taking tablets.