WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is the primary structural protein of the body, playing a vital role in the formation and maintenance of our bones, tendons, ligaments, hair, nails, and skin.
All proteins are constructed from amino acid building blocks, the precise sequence of which dictates the structure and function of the protein. Collagen is unique among proteins in that it contains high quantities of two amino acids, proline and hydroxyproline, and it is precisely these two amino acids which confer collagen with its unique structure and, ultimately, its function as the building block of our body’s structure.
WHY SUPPLEMENT WITH COLLAGEN?
The bad news:
The aging process guarantees we slowly lose the ability to manufacture collagen efficiently, with various numbers tossed around suggesting that 1 – 2% of our collagen stores are lost each year beginning at age 30. Whatever the exact number, it is clear that as we lose the ability to replenish our collagen, our stores are depleted and the end result is many of the more common signs of aging, including saggy, wrinkly skin, stiff bones and joints, and brittle hair and nails.
The good news:
This age related decline can be slowed through the use of an effective, high quality collagen supplement. But any Google or Amazon search quickly reveals the multitude of collagen products on the market. So which one is best?
As one of the only sustainable sources, and with studies showing increased absorption and bioavailability due to the smaller particle size of fish collagen peptides, it is no wonder that more consumers are switching to fish collagen for their anti-aging needs.
The only reported negative regarding fish collagen stems from the fact that it can be sourced from either fish skin or fish scales, as some consumers have noted that the fish skin source results in a product that has a fishy odor and taste. Fortunately, fish collagen from fish scales does not contain the compounds responsible for this off putting odor and taste.