Is Collagen Halal?

What type of Collagen is Halal?

This is a question that we are often asked. Not all collagen products are halal.  Please read the source of collagen on product labels.  The key question is: where does this collagen come from? 

In recent years, collagen supplements have gained significant popularity for their potential benefits for skin, joint, and overall health. However, for individuals following a halal dietary lifestyle, the question arises: is collagen halal? Let's delve into the topic and explore the halal status of collagen supplements.

Understanding Collagen

Collagen is a protein that serves as a crucial building block in our body's connective tissues, including skin, bones, and tendons. It is naturally found in animals, typically in their skin, bones, and cartilage. Collagen supplements are commonly derived from these sources, with marine collagen coming from fish and bovine collagen from cows.

Halal Dietary Principles

Halal dietary principles are rooted in Islamic teachings and guidelines that dictate what is permissible and lawful for Muslims to consume. According to these principles, certain foods and ingredients are considered halal (permissible) while others are haram (forbidden). For a food or ingredient to be considered halal, it must adhere to specific requirements, including the source, preparation, and processing methods.

Halal Status of Collagen

Determining the halal status of collagen supplements involves examining various factors, including the source of collagen, the method of extraction, and potential cross-contamination during processing. Let's break down these factors:

Source of Collagen: Marine collagen, derived from fish, is generally considered halal because seafood is permissible in Islam.  Bovine collagen, obtained from cows, can also be halal if the cows are raised and slaughtered in accordance with Islamic priniciples. 

Extraction Method: The method used to extract collagen from its source can impact its halal status.  if the extraction process involves non-halal substances or methods, the collagen may become non-hala.  It is essential to verify that the extraction process does not involve the use of haram ingredients or practices. 

Cross-Contamination: Cross-contamination during processing can also affect the halal status of collagen supplements.  If the same processing equipment is used for both halal and non-halal products without proper cleaning in between, there is a risk of contamination.  Manufacturers must adhere to strict hygiene practices to prevent this. 

Seeking Halal-Certified Products:

To ensure the collagen supplements you are considering are halal, look for products that have been certified by reputable halal certification bodies. These certifications indicate that the products have met the necessary requirements and standards to be considered halal. It's also advisable to research the manufacturer's sourcing and processing practices to ensure they align with halal principles.

Quality collagen from reputable companies will clearly state the animal source. This means that the product labels show whether the collagen is sourced from cattle, pigs, chicken or fish.    

NYME Collagen is marine collagen and is sourced from fish (fish skin).  NYME Collagen is therefore halal.  

Collagen is a protein and is sourced from animal skins and animal bones.  This explains why collagen is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.  

Bovine collagen is sourced from cows. Porcine collagen is sourced from pigs. 

Marine collagen is sourced from fish. Collagen can also be sourced from chicken and eggshells. 

Bovine collagen from cows can be halal.  However, it depends on the slaughtering method and whether this is in line with the Islamic faith. 

"Marine COLLAGEN (sourced from fish) is HALAL"

There are 28 different types of collagen. Marine collagen, sourced from fish, is the most absorbable type of collagen. The main reason being that it is the smallest molecule. The smaller the collagen molecule, the easier it is for the body to absorb.  

Marine collagen contains 95% type 1 collagen. So let's start to answer the question: Is Collagen Halal? 

Collagen type 1 is most suitable for your skin, hair and nails. Several studies have shown that marine collagen will increase skin elasticity and skin hydration.  

This will make your skin feel smoother with less visible fine lines and wrinkles.   

Store NYME Collagen in the fridge or in a cool cupboard.  This is a personal choice and depends whether you like cold or room temperature drinks.  

Drink NYME Collagen with or without food. Most people prefer to drink their collagen first thing in the morning. 

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Is Marine Collagen Halal?

Yes, marine collagen is halal.  Fish is halal. Marine collagen is the most absorbable type of collagen. Marine collagen is sustainable. 

NYME Collagen is contains 100% marine collagen and therefore halal.   

Is Bovine Collagen similar to Gelatine? 

Gelatine is an animal by-product and is made from the partially hydrolysed collagen tissue of various animal parts. Its halal status depends on the nature of raw materials used in its manufacture. Most gelatine is one of two types: Type A gelatine is exclusively made from pork skins, and is hence Haram for Muslims to use.

Most gelatine products are considered haram, especially if their source is pork or an animal that was not processed according to Islamic law. However, if the gelatine's source is certified halal, then the gelatine itself is halal and can be enjoyed by all. These same guidelines apply to the use of bovine collagen.

marine collagen drink from NYME Collagen

Always Check the Collagen Source

The halal status of collagen supplements depends on factors such as the source of collagen, extraction methods, and processing practices. While marine collagen from fish is generally accepted as halal, bovine collagen can be halal if obtained from properly slaughtered cows and processed in compliance with halal guidelines. To make an informed choice, individuals seeking halal collagen supplements should prioritize products that are certified by reputable halal certification authorities and ensure that the manufacturing processes adhere to halal principles. Consulting with knowledgeable religious authorities or scholars can also provide valuable guidance on specific dietary concerns.

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Marine Collagen is Halal