Dissolving processed fish parts in your morning smoothie or soup at night doesn’t sound super appealing. But celebs are raving about marine supplements, Jennifer Aniston and Kourtney Kardashian have both said it’s their anti-ageing secret. But, let’s back it up a little… When did processed fish powder become so sexy?
What is marine collagen, exactly?
Collagen is the most frequently occurring protein in our body and it’s the major building block for our skin, bones, tendons and cartilage. As we grow older, the rate at which our bodies produce collagen begins to slow down and eventually stops all together. The age that this starts happening does vary from one to the next, but for most of us, it begins around our mid-20s, but it could start earlier with exposure to factors like smoking and UV light. Decreased collagen production is a natural part of ageing and is shown in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, thinning hair, brittle nails and decreased muscle tone.
Marine collagen, as the name suggests, is derived from deep sea or freshwater fish. It comes from the parts that would usually be discarded during processing, the scales and skin. The collagen peptides are then processed into a tasteless, easily dissolvable powder, a popular new supplement on market.
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When did it get so popular?
Using collagen to fight the signs of ageing isn’t anything new and it’s been used previously as an ingredient in skincare in topical creams and lotions. The reason, I think, marine collagen supplements are now in the spotlight is due to a recent shift in society. People seem to be wanting a more natural, holistic approach to health and wellbeing, with many now wanting to start the ‘healing’ process within the body.
There are many supposed benefits of consuming collagen, with the majority of marine collagen supplement providers advertising stronger hair and nails, younger looking skin, and improved joint health. Some brands also hint at improved gut health, reduced cellulite and treatment for acne. Beef/bovine collagen is also sold in a similar supplement format and advertises similar perks. The reason we’re seeing more marine collagen supplement powders than bovine on the market is that fish collagen peptides are smaller, making them easier to digest.