Every year there are new ‘It Ingredients’ that come and go like acai, coconut oil, chia seeds, cocoa and more.
Here’s one that we think should definitely stick around - collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body and can be visualized as the 'glue' that holds us together. It is largely responsible for keeping our joints strong, our skin supple and smooth and maintaining a youthful glow.
Unfortunately, collagen formation in the body declines as we get older and this marks the onset of aging with signs such as wrinkles, dry skin, crow's feet and eye bags. Pollution, junk food, alcohol as well as other stressors build up in the body over time and only expedite the process. Supplementing external sources of collagen into the body can help replenish collagen and reverse and prevent signs of aging.
Collagen can be supplemented through injection or ingestion. Though there are many topical collagen products on the market, these products work more as a moisturizing agent than as a way of supplementing collagen into your body. Collagen molecules are simply too large to be able to be absorbed through the skin. Collagen injections can work to replenish the skin's natural collagen but unfortunately, they are costly, painful, and inconvenient to upkeep.
While injecting collagen isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, drinking collagen certainly can be! Most experts agree that drinking collagen can bring a host of benefits such as:
- Slowing down signs of aging
- Adding hydrating to the skin
- Reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Improving the suppleness of skin
- Strengthening hair and nails
and much more!
There are many types of drinkable collagen available today including chicken, bovine and marine collagen - we believe marine is the best form to take it in.
Marine collagen is usually sourced from fish (not kelp or algae contrary to popular belief) and is also abundant in Type 1 collagen, proline, and glycine. A clinical trial done in 2016 published in the journal of ‘Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity’ showed that the peptides in marine collagen are smaller than bovine sources, making them 1.5x easier to digest and absorb, with more bioavailability. Being more bioavailable means that your skin will benefit more from its tissue-building effects and absorb more amino acids such as hydroxyproline which benefit the functioning of blood vessel walls and other connective tissues. Marine collagen is also free from toxins and diseases that are associated with collagen sourced from land animals.
Those who want to avoid beef products for environmental reasons will also find marine collagen a better alternative. Marine collagen is made from things are otherwise unused in fish processing, thus reducing your carbon footprint in the process. While bovine collagen is easier to produce, livestock farming accounts for 14.5% of man-made greenhouse emissions. By choosing a greener product, you would be doing your bit to help the earth!
Cosaki's marine collagen is ethically derived from wild-caught cod and is hydrolyzed, meaning that the collagen molecules are broke down to even smaller particles for more bioavailability. Our collagen has no fishy taste or smell and instead is tasteless enough to be added to any drink of your choice without affecting taste. Each serving has a whopping 2975mg of collagen inside that will have your skin glowing in no time. In addition, our Beauty Multiple formula has additional ingredients which boost collagen-production levels such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. Our formula helps 'multiply' collagen levels from different approaches, both by encouraging production and by direct supplementation. You can try it here.