Pretty much all of us have heard of collagen these days right? But did you know there are different types of collagen? Most collagen comes from animal sources but thankfully there is another option for gaining the benefits of collagen - without harming our furry riends!
Collagen in supplement form comes as powder, liquid, capsules and tablets; some better than others in terms of absorbability and purity. Let's explore the different types:
From the skin and scales of fish, marine collagen is a popular form as it is reasonably well absorbed when consumed in high doses. It is usually from wild salmon or cod making it quite an expensive and possibly unsustainable source.
Possibly the most popular source of collagen bovine collagen comes from beef (cows). It is not as easily absorbed as the other collagens but it cheaper and used in most supplements.
Mostly sourced from chicken feet this type of collagen is not as popular but is often used as a cheaper version.
Vegan sources of collagen are protein sources such as rice, pea, hemp and wheat seed. Rice, pea and hemp protein sources are easily absorbable but there is some industry apprehension about the arsenic levels in rice and the debate is still out whether the form used in supplements is free from heavy metals such as arsenic. Pea and hemp have very specific flavour profiles and quite alot is required to have an effect. This means they are usually in power format which is great if you want to take a scoop each day in a smoothie but if you are looking for a neat and simple therapeutic dose you might prefer a tablet or a capsule.
One particularly interesting ingredient is the wheatseed extract known as Ceramosides™; a clinically studied, all-natural ingredient for beauty from the inside-out. Where cosmetics and nutrition meet it is the new way to take care of the skin from the inside out. It is also gluten free (having had the gluten removed), dairy, yeast and soy free. Skin youth and hydration depend on key lipids called ceramides. When aging, we start losing ceramides, resulting in dry and itchy skin, pulling sensations and wrinkles. Taking phytoceramides orally helps restore the skin’s ceramides content.
When taken orally, Ceramosides improve skin hydration with a low daily dose after only 15 days. For more on the science of Ceramosides read our post. Or to try it for yourself take a look at our Vegan Collagen product.