Vital Proteins offers collagen from bovine and marine sources. Which one should you choose? Here’s the showdown of Collagen Peptides vs Marine Collagen.
Collagen has become a major buzzword in the wellness world (in fact, it’s projected to be one of the major health trends of 2018). Vital Proteins’ collagen products stand apart from the rest for their clean sourcing, high quality, and lack of artificial ingredients and fillers.
If you’ve been following Vital Proteins for a while, you may be wondering what the difference is between the Collagen Peptides and the Marine Collagen. Both products are similar in their application… They’re flavorless and odorless, and can be mixed easily into any beverage, warm or cool. And of course, they can be baked into goodies and stirred into soups as well. But what’s the difference between them?
Where Does Collagen Come From? Collagen Peptides vs Marine Collagen
Collagen is a protein that’s found in the connective tissues. Humans create their own collagen naturally, as do other animals, which is why collagen is by default a non-vegan ingredient. Collagen can be found in our skin, bones, gut lining, joints, nails and hair.
The main difference between Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is sourcing. While Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine from Brazil, the Marine Collagen is sourced from wild-caught, non-GMO verified red snapper scales from the shores of Hawaii.
Therefore, Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is pescatarian-friendly. Nutritionally, the two products aren’t much different — they’re just derived from different sources.
Benefits of Collagen
If you’re trying to decide between Marine Collagen and Collagen Peptides, you might naturally be wondering why you would want to take either of these products. Collagen protein, whether it’s derived from bovine or fish, is a fantastic way to support your connective tissues.
Hair and nails: Collagen is present in the cells that make up the hair and nails. Many people who take collagen report faster hair and nail growth, as well as increased hair and nail strength.
Skin: One of the main causes of fine lines and wrinkles is the natural loss of collagen from the skin. After age 25, our bodies begin to produce less and less collagen. Taking collagen orally can help to support the skin so it retains its youthful glow and elasticity.
Bones and joints: As we age, our bones also become susceptible to the side effects of collagen depletion. Brittle bones and suboptimal joint function are issues that affect many people over 50. That’s not to mention the problems faced by athletes of any age who rely on their bones and joints for extra physical support. Collagen promotes healthy bones and joints, and has even been shown to reduce athletes’ risk of injury (1).
How Much Collagen to Take
In the battle of Collagen Peptides vs Marine Collagen, the playing field is pretty much equal. Both sources of collagen are easily digested and absorbed by the body. In fact, in studies, 90% of collagen peptides have been shown to be digested and quickly absorbed after consumption (2).
We recommend taking 1-2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides or Marine Collagen per day at a minimum to benefit the connective tissues on a daily basis.
(1) Wienecke, Elmar. Performance Explosion in Sports: An Anti-doping Concept: Revolutionary New Findings in the Area of Micronutrient Therapy: Training Continuity, Training Optimization, Injury Prevention Through Personalized Micronutrients. Meyer & Meyer Verlag, 2011. ISBN 978-3-89899-652-5;
(2) Asghar, A and Henrickson, R.L. 1982. Chemical, biochemical, functional characteristics of collagen in food system. Advances in food research, 28 :231-372.