When it comes to choosing a collagen product, you have choices.
(Hurray for choice!)
It can be harder to choose the best product for your health if you also have a choice in the types of collagen available, but you are not sure which will be best for you or what each type of collagen does.
We thought we'd break it down for you, and help you understand why we choose to use marine collagen for our products that target skin, hair and nail health and support.
The three main types of collagen used for supplements are type I, II and III
Type I Collagen ( 100% found in marine (fish) collagen and also present in smaller amounts in porcine (pig) collagen and some forms of bovine collagen)
Type I Comprises 75-90% of skin, hair, nails, organs, bone, ligaments.
For skin and beauty applications Type I Collagen is considered to be the best. Dermatology research with oral supplementation of collagen has shown that when Type I (overall body) collagen is increased, there are visible results in the appearance of skin.
Type II Collagen (Chicken collagen, bovine collagen if from cartilage)
Type II collagen makes up the fluids and function of the cartilage and joints. It's main supplemental purpose is for the treatment of joint pain and arthritic conditions, as well as for a dietary protein source. Collagen Type 2 makes up to 10% of the total collagen in the body.
Type III Collagen (found with type I in Porcine (pig) collagen and Bovine collagen if from bovine hide)
Type III collagen is the second most abundant collagen in tissues; most commonly in tissues with elastic properties such as skin, lungs, intestinal walls and walls of blood vessels.
It is also found in fibrous protein in bone, cartilage, dentin (a strengthening coating on teeth), tendons, and other connective tissues.
The pros and cons of the different sources of these types of collagen
Marine Collagen (fish)
Porcine (pig) Collagen
Chicken/Bovine collagen (if from cartilage) Type II collagen
The use of collagen supplements has been well studied, and continues to be studied as the rise in popularity of products containing collagen grows.
At Jeuneora we choose to use only marine collagen type I in our Renew+, AquaGlow, and Hair, Skin and Nail capsules when it comes to supporting anti-aging, and the health of hair, nails and gut health.
We use NZ sourced free range, pasture fed, hormone free bovine type II of the highest quality in our Whey Protein and Collagen Complex Recovery and Repair Formula.
We hope that the information in this post helps inform you about the different types of collagen available, and the purpose of each of these different types.