The Hidden Power of Marine Collagen
Over the last decade, marine collagen has emerged as a coveted beauty essential, with many health educators calling it the “next health superfood”. Extensive research suggests that the benefits of marine collagen can range from weight and muscle maintenance, to increased flexibility and dexterity, to joint and ligament support, to promoting the natural growth of hair, skin and nails. However, a less-touted benefit of the derivative is its contribution to the maintenance of the gut’s connective tissue, which helps support the protective lining of the digestive tract. In the following paragraphs, we’ll explore how this “hidden power” may be a key element in promoting a healthy immune system and fighting diseases.
What is marine collagen?
Marine collagen is a pure form of hypoallergenic protein produced from the skins of fish. The skin is cleaned thoroughly and then hydrolysed to produce marine collagen peptides (MCP), which have a low molecular weight for easier digestion and bioavailability.
Marine collagen is absorbed 1.5 times more efficiently than animal-source collagen, namely bovine and porcine, contains higher amounts of the amino acids Glycine and Proline, and is considered the best source of collagen for medicinal purposes.
BeBamBu’s marine collagen is also type l and type III, as it comes from fish skin, rather than type II, which is sourced from cartilage. The benefits of type I and III marine collagen include promoting hair and nail growth, improving skin elasticity and strength, as well as supporting joint health and function, bone strength and overall body composition.
So, why is a healthy gut so important?
As mentioned, collagen is an important component of the gut’s connective tissue. Over the last two decades, numerous medical studies have drawn a direct link between good gut health and a strong immune system. This is particularly pertinent in the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, which has sickened more than 30 million people worldwide.
As the global death toll staggers over 1 million, the phenomenon of “asymptomatic carriers”– infected individuals that seem resistant to the adverse effects of the virus – have promoted a new wave of natural immune-boosting products. Ginger, citrus fruits, garlic and even alcohol have each been touted as secret, natural Covid-killers. While the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in some of these food products may, indeed, help maintain a healthy immune system, most experts agree that the average individual does not consume enough ginger, garlic, or vitamin C to yield a significantly large improvement of their overall health.
And this is where marine collagen steps in. Due to its fast absorption and bioavailability, a little really does go a long way. Completely odourless and tasteless, it is much easier to digest than several of the abovementioned products and effortlessly dissolves into hot or cold liquids such as water, smoothies, tea, or protein shakes for quick and easy consumption.
Most importantly, its natural propensity for maintaining a strong gut, as well as the body’s ligaments, muscles, tendons, heart and blood vessels suggests that marine collagen may be much more effective at building systematic resistance against disease than herbal or food-based remedies. As Professor Maziar Divangahi, Strauss chair in respiratory diseases at McGill University, explains: “We have to become more creative in thinking about how we treat disease. We need to think about the whole immune system and all the tissues that are impacted.”
While collagen has a long-established association with healthy hair, nails and skin, its intrinsic benefit in the makeup of the gut’s connective tissue and digestive composition –which, in turn, supports a healthy and resistant immune system – may be its greatest and most secret “superpower”.