This blog introduces some interesting facts about collagen consumption and benefits of marine collagen drinks. Chinese women have been consuming collagen for hundreds of years, with the ultimate goal of having “porcelain skin”. In China and South East Asia, collagen is viewed as a fountain of youth. Collagen-rich foods such as pigs trotters, shark fins, bird’s nests, swim bladders and sea cucumber, are consumed on a regular basis. It is all about maintaining smooth skin and flexible joints. In the US, Europe and UK, most proteins (meat and fish) are offered skinless and boneless in the supermarkets. It can be challenging to consume enough of this important protein on a daily basis.
This is the main reason for the popularity of marine collagen drinks. They are ready prepared, practical and travel friendly, perfect for a busy lifestyle. In the 1980s, collagen was used as an expensive injectable to plump lips and soften lines and wrinkles. This was the arrival of Botox and modern fillers. Collagen is a popular daily supplement and is available in many different forms: collagen pills, tablets, powders, gels, gummies and marine collagen drinks. ‘Initially I thought it was a scam’: can collagen really turn back the clock?
"Collagen is seen as the glue that holds the body together"
Why are Marine Collagen Drinks the Best Choice?
Collagen is seen as the glue that keeps your body together. It is made by our bodies and is 100% natural. Collagen makes up 70% of the dry weight of skin and plays a key role in our skin. It gives our skin the volume which helps our skin to look youthful, plump and smooth. We have natural stores of collagen in our bodies, but these levels decrease with age.
It is at this point that we start thinking about supplements and products which can help us look and feel younger. Collagen contains two important amino acids, proline and glycine which are required to maintain and repair your tendons, bones and joints. Maintaining flexible joints as we age is another priority for most people. No wonder marine collagen drinks are becoming popular!
As we age, from 25 years onwards, we start to break down collagen faster than it can be replaced. Our bodies keep producing collagen, but we lose about 1% of our collagen stores each year, starting from the age of 25. By the time we have reached 50 or so, we have lost nearly 50% of our collagen stores.
Hormones play a part in this decrease, in particular the menopause. Women's skin loses about 30% of collagen during the first 5 years of menopause. The menopause is challenging as it is, with hot flushes, brain fog and mood swings. The decrease in collagen, will contribute towards changes in the appearance and feel of your skin.
Marine Collagen Drinks and Results
We all want to see results quickly. Especially if we invest in a quality marine collagen drink. Results with collagen are seen in 12 weeks or 3 months. This is similar to skincare products, it will take 2 or 3 skin cycles to reveal the full benefits. It is important to give your supplements time to work. The results you will notice after 12 weeks of daily use are: improved skin elasticity, enhanced skin hydration and smoother skin. These will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you want to read a scientific summary, it is available here: Effects of hydrolyzed collagen supplementation on skin aging: a systematic review and meta-analysis
We are all different, and some may see benefits before 12 weeks. These improvements can be seen at 6 - 8 weeks. However, we suggest to all our customers to take our marine collagen drink for 12 weeks to see the full benefit. NYME marine collagen drink contain 10,000mg of marine collagen.
Marine Collagen Drinks and Efficacy
The factors which can affect the benefits of your chosen collagen supplement are listed below:
1. Get the Right Collagen Dosage
Results are linked to the daily dosage of collagen. Choose a collagen supplement with a sufficient amount of collagen. Research shows that the ideal dose is 10,000mg or 10g daily. Always take supplements as instructed. We suggest one NYME Nordic marine collagen drink per day.
2. Importance of Diet and Collagen Levels
A diet filled with healthy proteins from high-quality, complete sources, such as lean cuts of meat and fish, will be of benefit when introducing a daily marine collagen drink.
3. Different Types of Collagen
There are 28 different types of collagen and each one has a different function throughout the body. Collagen Type I is best for skin and Type II provides the best support for your joints. Pick the correct collagen type which supports your needs. Marine liquid collagen drinks contain 95% type I collagen.
4. Collagen pills/tablets and powders compared to Marine Collagen Drinks
Collagen pills and tablets are readily available and relatively inexpensive. However, they only contain around 500mg of collagen, which is a low dosage. Most research shows that dosages of 10,0000mg of daily collagen supplementation is required to see benefits. Pills, tablets and gummies don't provide an adequate dose of collagen. NYME Nordic's marine liquid collagen drink contains 10,000mg.
5. Marine Liquid Collagen - Bioavailability and Absorption
Bioavailability is the ability of an active ingredient to be absorbed and used by the body. Pills and tablets have 35% bioavailability, they work their way through your system before they start getting absorbed. Collagen powders have a slightly higher bioavailability and are absorbed a little bit better. The best bioavailability is seen with marine liquid collagen drinks. This is the main reason why marine collagen drinks have become so popular.
There are 28 different types of collagen. Research shows that the best type for your skin is Type I, which is mainly found in fish skin. It is referred to a marine collagen, which contains 95% type I collagen.
Bovine collagen, sourced from cow hides and cow bones, contains only 5% Type I collagen. Bovine collagen is therefore not considered to be the best type for maintenance of youthful and plump skin. Choose a quality marine collagen drink.
Hydrolysed collagen has been broken down into much smaller molecules, referred to as peptides. This process increases bioavailability and absorption. Read all labels carefully to ensure that your supplement contains hydrolysed collagen.
NYME Nordic's marine liquid collagen drinks contains Hyaluronic Acid, to help keep skin plump and moist, working with collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even-out skin tone and restore a youthful radiance.