How many types of Collagen are there, and from which animal/s are they derived?
Collagen is without a doubt one of the most talked about supplements in the health and wellness space and it has been for some time. Benefits include positive results for hair, skin, nail, gut, joint and soft-tissue health. It’s no wonder Collagen has enough buzz to compete with a beehive and similar hype to a Harry Styles song release!
How many types of Collagen are there?
There are at least 28 different types of collagens identified in the human body. However, the majority of collagen in the body is made up of three main types: type I, type II, and type III.
Where do these collagens come from?
All the different collagen types come from different sources. Bovine, marine, eggshell membrane, porcine, and vegan collagen. And the main difference between all collagens is both their source and composition:
- Bovine collagen: This type of collagen is derived from cow hides and bones. It is rich in type I and type III collagen, and a popular choice for those looking to support skin, joint and bone health.
- Marine collagen: This type of collagen is derived from fish skin and scales, and is a good source of type I collagen. It is said to be easily absorbed by the body and benefits skin health.
- Eggshell membrane collagen: This type of collagen is derived from the membrane inside eggshells and is a good source of types I, V, and X collagen. It is said to be beneficial for joint health and have anti-inflammatory properties, while also benefiting skin health.
- Porcine collagen: This type of collagen is derived from pig skin and is similar in composition to bovine collagen. It is a good source of type I and type III collagen. This is not a commonly used collagen supplement.
- Vegan collagen: Vegan collagen supplements are typically made from plant-based sources and do not contain collagen as such. They contain ingredients that support collagen production in the body, such as plant-based amino acids and antioxidants.
Which Collagen is best for me?
The source and composition of collagen can impact its quality, purity, and the potential targeted health benefits. There are many collagen types, for many different health benefits. Collagens come in powder format, capsules, tablets or liquid (liposomal). The right collagen source for you is the collagen that best suits your health needs, personal dietary preferences, and delivery method.