Collagen is a huge buzzword in the world of health and fitness – but do you know the difference between marine collagen and bovine collagen?
At TRR Nutrition, both our liquid collagen and powder collagen are made using marine collagen. Carry on reading to find out everything you need to know about marine collagen and how it differs from bovine collagen.
What is Marine Collagen?
Marine collagen is sourced from fish including scales, bones and skin. It combines type I and type III collagen and is a lot more bioavailable (absorbs quicker) than bovine collagen. This is due to its smaller particle size compared to bovine collagen.
TRR Nutrition marine collagen supplements are also hydrolysed (partially broken down), which can help it become easier to absorb into the body.
What’s the Difference Between Bovine Collagen and Marine Collagen?
Both bovine collagen and marine collagen include the same types of collagens – type I and type III, so the effects they can have on the body are exactly the same.
However, what really sets these two apart is how they’re sourced. Bovine collagen is sourced from cattle, whereas marine collagen is sourced from fish – more specifically they’re skin and scales.
If you’re following a pescatarian diet or have specific dietary requirements on your training plan, opt for marine collagen.
Why Do We Need Marine Collagen?
As we age, our collagen production starts to decline at a faster rate than we can produce it. As an athlete, this can be a concern as your collagen levels can affect your cartilage, joints, ligaments and tendons, which can potentially result in having an impact on your athletic performance too.
Another reason is our diet. Although introducing collagen-rich foods to your routine can help prevent collagen decline, it might not suit your meal prep or training plan. This is why many athletes turn to marine collagen supplements instead.
What are the Benefits of Marine Collagen?
Although collagen is a protein, it doesn’t provide the same functions as whey or other protein powders because it contains different amino acids.
Marine collagen provides your body with the three crucial amino acids (glycine, proline and hydroxyproline) that are needed to help boost your collagen levels.
On top of that, our TRR Nutrition Collagen Supplements contain vitamin C, which plays a key role in helping the production of collagen in the body and help support your joint cartilage and skin health. It’s also bioavailable – meaning it can help to digest quicker than other types of collagen.
How to Incorporate Marine Collagen into Your Routine
TRR Nutrition marine collagen supplements are designed to complement an athlete’s routine, so you can easily fit them into your training plan.
For example, our PRO Advanced Collagen can be added to any smoothie, yoghurt, porridge or overnight oats. Simply add one scoop and enjoy!
However, if you don’t have time for too much prep, we recommend our PRO Advanced Collagen Liquid Shot. Available in a delicious cherry flavour, this liquid shot can provide you with 10,000mg of marine collagen in just one 50ml shot.