October 24, 2019


Once you understand the impressive range of benefits collagen brings to your health and skin appearance. the question becomes, which collagen is best – marine or bovine?

Before we take a deep dive into bovine vs marine, let’s have a quick primer on how absorbability plays into that choice. 

There’s an old adage that says, “you are what you eat”.  Well, that’s not far off, but it would be better stated as “you are what you absorb”.  There are many things that you might eat, but they’re not very absorbable or “bio-available”.  Some foods are hard to absorb, and they may move through you before you can absorb them, while others move through you because the enzymes in the gut can’t break them down.  Physically breaking foods up into smaller pieces makes them easier to absorb and this process begins in the mouth when you chew food. Chewing breaks food down mechanically and your saliva begins to break food down chemically even before it hits your stomach.  Then your stomach acids take the foods you ingest and break them down so your body can absorb the food’s nutritional value. 

So how does bio-availability relate to the bovine vs marine conversation?  Well, bovine collagen comes in larger particle sizes than marine collagen (we measure the molecule size of collagen in Daltons).  Bovine collagens are generally between 10,000 – 15,000 Daltons in size, while DeepMarine’s Canadian-made marine collagen has an average size of just 3,000 Daltons.  This significantly smaller size makes DeepMarine’s collagen much more absorbable, and it means that you don’t have to take as much of it to get the results that you’re looking for.  You can see this when you check out the dose amounts.  DeepMarine’s typical dose is 5g/day while bovine collagens recommend much more - between 10-20g each.

3 OTHER EXTREMELY IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS – You’ve probably seen info about different types of collagen that exist in the body; in fact, there are 28 different types of collagen that our bodies produce.  All of these collagens types are still the same protein in the body, and when you ingest hydrolyzed collagen peptides you are actually ingesting peptides that assist your body to build all types of collagen, not just one or two specific types.  Your body uses the peptides to increase the production of all the collagens in the body.  So, whether you’d like more of a specific type of collagen or if you want to boost all of the different collagen types, it really goes back to the conversation in the paragraph above, which collagen is most absorbable.  Absorbing maximum amounts of collagen peptides will boost all types of your body’s collagen.

Another important consideration is where your collagen is source from.  Because collagen is something that you eat, you should want to know where it comes from and how it is produced.  Some of the world’s largest collagen producers are in third-world countries and they can be very cheap.  When products are cheap it’s important to consider that they are unlikely to measure up to the health and safety standards that we are used to in Canada.  DeepMarine collagen is produced from start to finish locally in Canada.  Furthermore, the raw materials are wild-caught, Atlantic deep-water fish acquired form the Canadian fisheries industry.  All processing is in Canada and meets the rules and regulations set out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada – these safety and quality standards rank among the highest in the world.

Marine collagen is also the #1 choice for people who don’t want to consume beef products for religious reasons or environmental reasons.  Many people don’t eat any beef because their religion forbids it, while other people don’t eat beef because they are committed to lowering their impact on the environment.

Whatever your reasons, when choosing the best quality, most absorbable collagen, DeepMarine lands at the top of the choice list.


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