Collagen has become a mainstream ingredient with claims of better hair, skin, nails, and joints. After the age of 25, our natural collagen production starts to decline. If you want to try adding a collagen supplement to your diet, here is a quick guide to all things collagen.
What is collagen made of?
Collagen is a protein found throughout the human body. Collagen contains 19 different amino acids - the most important being proline, hydroxyproline, and glycine. Most collagen supplements, however, do not contain whole collagen proteins.
Indigo Marine Collagen supplements are made from collagen peptides, which are collagen protein chains cut into smaller segments of collagen. Collagen peptides used in collagen supplements are proven to be more effective because the collagen peptides are absorbed quicker in your body.
Not all sources of collagen are equal. Collagen sources are from different animals. These sources are from farm-raised animals (like cows, pigs, or even some fish) or wild-caught sources (like North Atlantic white fish). At Indigo Marine Collagen, our Pure marine collagen is sustainably-sourced from wild-caught fish, free from potential hormones.
How do collagen supplements work?
As we age, our bodies' natural collagen production starts to slow. Collagen supplements are a great way to give your body additional resources and encourage the production of collagen where it is needed. Using collagen supplements can provide many benefits, including more elastic skin, healthier joints, and stronger nails. Add a scoop of Indigo Marine Collagen to your favorite drink to start seeing and feeling the benefits.
Are collagen supplements safe?
Generally, collagen supplements are a product you can use without adverse side effects. In most cases, users report no side effects at all.
Although most do not have adverse reactions to collagen, it depends on whether you have an existing food allergy. Many collagen brands source collagen from animals such as cows, chickens, pigs, and fish. If you are allergic to beef, pork, poultry, or fish, the collagen derived from those sources could trigger an allergic reaction.
How much collagen should you take per day?
Based on the available evidence, collagen is a safe substance for almost everyone. Here at Indigo Collagen, we recommend taking 10 grams per day. Based on studies where participants took 10 grams of collagen, there were increases in skin moisture and elasticity.
The reason behind our recommendation for 10 grams is that we use our sustainably-sourced marine collagen. A key benefit of marine collagen is that less is more! You only need 10 grams of Marine Collagen compared to 20 grams of Bovine Collagen. Indigo Marine Collagen powder absorbs more quickly into the body than other sources of collagen, so you can feel and see the natural revitalization effects even faster.
How long does it take for collagen supplements to work?
To ensure you see the benefits of marine collagen, we recommend using the product for no less than 28 days. Studies show that marine collagen peptides can provide positive effects at four weeks. Two clinical studies involving the use of marine collagen supplements found that participants saw a notable boost in skin moisture after about four weeks; by the eight-week mark, the researchers noted an increase in skin hydration of almost 30%. A second study found that after nine weeks of treatment with an oral collagen supplement, there was a significant reduction in the depth of wrinkles.