Collagen is a protein that makes up 25-35% of the organic matrix in our skin, bones and joints. It’s also one of the primary building blocks of hair follicles, and is known to promote faster healing for scars and cuts, as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles due to its structural properties.
Hydrolyzed fish collagen is derived from the skin and scales of cod or snapper, and then broken down into smaller units of protein (collagen peptides) through a process called hydrolysis. This results in a tasteless, odourless powder that can be added to hot and cold drinks. The peptides are then further processed into pills, health bars or gummies, or into a formula that can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the nasal canal (as a nasal spray).
Research shows that marine-derived collagen may help reduce signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. It also boosts the growth of fibroblasts, which regulate the cell division that leads to new tissue development and the synthesis of collagen proteins, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which keep the skin soft, supple and elastic.
Another exciting thing about this particular type of collagen is its ability to support bone strength. Studies show that marine collagen peptides have been shown to increase the production of osteocalcin, a protein hormone that helps promote bone formation and prevent bone disease.