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What are the different collagen sources? How does one differ from the other and what are its pros and cons?

PISCINE(FISH)

 PROS: 

  • Collagen peptides from fish are considered to be superiorin raising overall body collagen and improving skin, hair, nail, and bone quality.
  • 5 times more bio-available than bovine, porcine or chicken collagen, because of its optimum (low) molecular weight.
  • Cleanest form of collagen. Free from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease), Hoof and Mouth disease and bird flu viruses.

CONS: 

  • Fish collagen peptides generally cost more than other sources of collagen.

 

PORCINE(PIG)

PROS: 

  • Like bovine products, pig collagen peptides are usually lower cost, and comprise a wide array of collagen supplements on the market due to the high accessibility of porcine materials.

CONS: 

  • Not considered as effective as fish collagen peptides in raising overall body collagen levels.
  • Risk of Hoof and Mouth disease.

BOVINE(COW)

PROS: 

  • Bovine collagen peptides are usually cheaper and more widely available.

 CONS: 

  • Not considered as effective as fish collagen peptides in raising overall body collagen levels.
  • Risk of Mad Cow disease.

 

FOWL(CHICKEN)

PROS: 

  • Chicken collagen peptides are known to be most effective for supporting cartilage in the body. For this reason, type 2 collagen supplements are usually derived from chicken.

CONS: 

  • Not considered effective at raising overall body collagen levels, or as an ingredient in a beauty supplement.
  • Risk of bird flu viruses.