Dr. Kassam Bovine Or Marine Collagen?
Bovine OR Marine Collagen?
By: Dr. Saira Kassam. ND
Collagen without a doubt is one of the hottest supplements in the wellness industry right now! Collagen is the main structural protein in the body – it makes up the gut, skin, joints, bone and ligaments. It literally holds the whole body together. Unfortunately, as we age, not only does the body’s ability to produce new collagen decline, existing collagen also breaks down! Without good production of collagen, the highly anticipated signs of ageing, like sagging skin, wrinkles, weak muscles and/or joint pains start to develop. Supplementing with collagen is a great way to replenish stores and get some extra protein in the diet.
The 3 most common types of collagen found in the body are:
Type I: Found in skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, intestines and bones
Type II: Found in Cartilage
Type III: Found in muscles and arteries
Collagen can be a tricky supplement to shop for as there are so many different sources with variations in quality. Collagen comes from various different animal sources, including Bovine, Porcine, Poultry and/or Marine, all of which contain different types of collagen. Bovine and Marine Collagen are two of the most popular ones on the market right now. Here is a breakdown of the differences between both to help in the decision of picking one that best suits your needs!
Choosing which source is best for you comes down to your health goals, whether it be primarily focused on skin health or just all-around body health. Both types of collagen are great at just increasing daily protein intake. When purchasing collagen ensure to read all labels so as to assess for optimal quality.
The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.
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