Marine peptides are natural protein fragments that are found in a wide range of aquatic species. These peptides have potential nutraceutical and medicinal values that could be used in a variety of ways including as anti-inflammatory agents, antioxidants, cardiotonic, cytotoxic or immune modulators.
Collagen Hydrolysates derived from fish and other animals (including shellfish) are produced through a variety of processes, including fermentation, heat treatment, or enzymatic digestion. The bioactivity of the peptides is primarily regulated by their amino acid composition and molecular size.
The collagen peptides found in marine sources are typically smaller in size than those from other animal sources and can be more easily digested, making them ideal for biomedical applications. These peptides are particularly rich in hydroxyproline, an essential amino acid that plays a role in skin, blood vessel walls, and other connective tissue.
These peptides are also known for their ability to promote healthy skin elasticity and hydration, as well as increase firmness. In addition, marine collagen is a good source of vitamin C, which can help prevent the formation of wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.
These peptides are also effective in reducing inflammation, as they can quench damaging free radicals and promote skin health. In fact, a study published in March 2020 in Nutrients found that taking a daily supplement of marine collagen peptides improved skin elasticity and decreased lines and wrinkles by 35 percent.