What is the best way to take Marine Collagen and why?
What is Marine Collagen?
Marine collagen provides type 1 collagen which is the most abundant form of collagen found in skin, teeth, hair and nails. There are 16 different types of collagen in total, each one targeting a different tissue in the body. If you want luscious hair, skin, nails and teeth, make sure to get type 1 marine collagen.
Collagen is the main structural and elastic component in skin & nails, but also in blood vessels which supply the skin, nails & scalp with nutrients. Collagen production naturally decreases as we age which is why aged skin becomes wrinkly and starts to sag.
But just because your body may be producing less collagen, that doesn’t mean you need to let the ageing process set in. A type 1 marine collagen supplement can provide the collagen that your cells are not making, and research has demonstrated that this can make a real difference to the health of the skin, nails and hair.
Why is collagen best delivered in capsule form?
Collagen is an amino acid peptide. This is a chain of different amino acids. Amino acids are the tiny fragments which are used to make protein structures, and the majority of them need to be consumed from the diet. Proteins and amino acid peptides can be broken down in the stomach in the presence of acid and enzymes.
Collagen that is taken in capsule form has some protection from the acidic environment of the stomach, preventing its breakdown and preserving its amino acid chain. Birch and Wilde Marine Collagen has a low Dalton. This means that it has a tiny molecular size, allowing it to be absorbed intact, enter the cells as it is and do its job – ensuring that you see the best possible benefits.
Birch and Wilde Marine Collagen comes in vegetarian capsule shells and provides the highest dose possible in the fewest number of capsules making it convenient and easy to take.
Capsules also provide a few other benefits including:
- Measured exact dose
- Convenient and easy to take
- No mess
- Tasteless and flavour free
- Easy for on-the-go
- Less additives needed
- Reduces the exposure of collagen to stomach acid
Why should I take collagen on an empty stomach?
Collagen is best taken on an empty stomach. The body can only absorb a certain amount of amino acids and amino acid peptides at once. If you take your collagen supplements with food, they will have to compete with other proteins in your meal for absorption, decreasing the effectiveness of your supplements.
Taking collagen on an empty stomach maximises your chances of absorbing more of the collagen in your supplement.
Collagen does not need to be taken with other nutrients to improve its absorption or function. Some collagen supplements boast about their vitamin C content. And although vitamin C is useful for helping your body to create collagen, a healthy and balanced diet will provide what you need.
The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 80 mg per day, which can easily be consumed by eating 1 large orange or 1 and a half kiwis. Too much vitamin C can also cause a problem. Too much can cause digestive distress, and also increases your absorption of aluminium which is linked to numerous health conditions.