Fish have marine collagen in droves, holding a ton of health benefits for humans. We’re going to delve into the magical world of marine collagen pros, but first let’s get back to the basics.
What do scaffolding and salmon have in common? (Bear with me here).
At first thought, you’d say “absolutely nothing”.
But in fact, collagen is widely thought of as the body’s ‘scaffolding’. As in it’s the glue that holds us together.
And fish have marine collagen in droves, holding a ton of health benefits for humans.
We’re going to delve into the magical world of marine collagen pros, but first let’s get back to the basics.
What is marine collagen?
In essence, collagen is a fibrous protein that binds tissue together. It makes up about 75% of the dry weight of your skin, making it voluminous and plump.
Not only that, it’s rich in the amino acids proline and glycine, which repair your tendons, bones, and joints as well as promote healthy skin, hair and nails.
The issue is, when we get older we break down collagen faster than we can replace it.
Which is where the fish come in.
Marine collagen is a pure form of hypoallergenic protein created from fish skin and scales, such as cod and salmon. It’s also extra packed with extra proline and glycine (aforementioned amino acids).
Fish collagen has been shown to have superior ‘bioavailability’, compared with other animal sources. Simply put, bioavailability is the rate at which food is absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall.
Superior bioavailability gives fish collagen the power to enter the bloodstream far more quickly than other types of collagen, which makes it the best collagen to replenish your body’s collagen stores.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits.
1. Skin elasticity and hydration
Around 21 years old, the collagen in our skin begins breaking down. And unfortunately, as we age this leads to sagging, wrinkles and dehydration.
70% of our skin is made of Type 1 Collagen (Science Direct, 2016), which happens to be the same type as marine collagen. So when taken as a supplement, it can go a long way to replenish the skin and even reverse ageing.
Marine collagen supplement takers can expect a decrease in wrinkles, improved skin hydration and firmness.
2. Reduce inflammation
Here’s another science bit: bioactive peptides from marine collagen have antioxidant properties that can reduce the presence of reactive oxygen species throughout the body.
In short, reactive oxygen species cause the ageing of tissues, increase the risk of cancer and promote inflammatory response around the body.
Antioxidants are a key combatant in boosting the immune system and protecting the body.
3. Promotes hair growth and health
Hair is primarily made up of keratin, a fibrous structural protein.
The human body uses several amino acids to build keratin, and some of which can be found in marine collagen. For example, proline is the main component of collagen, so the good news is that marine collagen (with its high proline content), will give your body the much-needed building blocks it needs to create new hair.
As if that wasn’t enough, it can also protect the hair from the pesky damage caused by free radicals.
4. Helps bone growth and strength
A recent study published by The National Library of Medicine, has shown that ingesting marine collagen helps the overall synthesis of collagen and helps to incorporate minerals into the bone matrix.
In particular, regular supplementation has been shown to increase the size and mineral density of femur bones.
Remember, collagen acts like a glue for your entire body. It also supports the structure of your tendons, skin, joints, muscles and intestinal barrier.
5. A healthy metabolism
Having just the right amount of protein intake has a surprisingly beneficial effect on weight management, promoting an overall lean body mass.
It also repairs muscles, improves workout performance and recovery time from injury.
The reason being, as marine collagen is a pure protein, it has no fat or carbohydrate to dilute its impact. In addition, proline, more than any other amino acid is needed for whole body protein synthesis. Therefore, marine collagen’s proline content can help increase lean body mass.
6. Protects the heart
Marine collagen supplementation can protect our heart health, with special thanks to the wonderful proline.
The amino acid helps clear nasty fat accumulation in the arteries and help control blood pressure. Arginine, another amino acid found in collagen, helps with the widening of arteries and relaxation of blood vessels for better circulation.
Collagen’s rep as the main lip filler culprit is changing for the positive. As more and more people notice the overall glowing health benefits, it’s also not just women who are sitting up and taking notice. Men are in on it too.
And it doesn’t just mean youthfully plump skin, as we’ve shown.
So, next time ‘scaffolding’ and ‘salmon’ come up in a quiz, you’ll know the real truth.