At WillPowders, we know the impact that gut harmony can have on overall health and well-being, which is why our Bovine collagen is what it says on the tin - collagen with no hidden nasties.
Marine collagen has a characteristic, fishy odour which impacts the way it tastes. This fishy flavour is often masked with other ingredients to make it more palatable, for example sucrose, orange juice concentrate and other additives. This can play havoc with your gut function and therefore hinder your sleep, mood and immunity, not to mention the risk of bloating up like a puffer fish.
Marine collagen has been studied mostly for cosmetic purposes - research into increasing skin moisture and decreasing fine wrinkles has been at the heart of tests and trials. A Japanese study showed that collagen from pork was more than twice as effective as Marine collagen. Perhaps this is because we have more in common with warm blooded land mammals than our cold, scaly, gilled friends in the sea.
Surely, it doesn’t take a genius to surmise that our uptake of amino acids might be more similar to a cow than a fish? We suggest you buy your fish whole and eat it on a plate. That way, you know what you’re paying for and you know which bits you’re chowing down on.
Fish is a favourite of ours (although it might not seem like it), it’s brimming with omega 3 and glorious good fats, something you can’t get enough of and which will give your brain function a boost.
If you are determined to use Marine collagen, and are worried about the side effects, there are a couple of things you can do: get in touch with your supplement company and see if they can tell you where the fish comes from (which ocean and whether or not it’s line caught); ask if their products are third-party tested for contamination and whether they test for BMAA (they won’t because nobody in the industry tests for BMAA, in any supplements made from the sea) and ask for certification of ‘Shark Free’.
At the end of the day, Marine collagen and Bovine collagen are very similar in molecular structure. They are both high in Glycine Proline, Hydroxyproline and critical amino acids, which are excellent for you, your skin and your connective tissue. They will support your sleep and hormonal regulation, but we can’t figure out why anyone would want to pay through the nose for a collagen that could potentially damage your gut health, isn’t sustainable and could adversely impact you neurologically.