FAQ

Yes. Collagen has long been used by millions of people around the world in foods, cosmetics, personal care and medicine, indicating that collagen is a highly safe material – with no side effects. Collagen peptides have GRAS status – generally regarded as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approved for human consumption by Health Canada. Collagen is considered to be a food with a high level of safety. This makes it safe for long-term use. In addition, because TruMarine™ Collagen is extracted from fish, it is free from any risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), foot-and-mouth disease or bird virus.

Collagen is one of the most important structural substances in our bodies, accounting for 25% to 30% of our total protein. Collagen is one of the most important structural constituents in our bodies, representing 1/15th of our total body weight. This fiber-shaped protein plays an extremely important role in ensuring the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, bones, tendons, ligaments and skeletal muscles.

As we age, our bodies lose the ability to make collagen, and it starts to break down. This is why skin sags and wrinkles; hair becomes thinner, dull or lifeless; joints are stiffer and less flexible; and bodies become softer and have less tone. Diet, age, stress, digestion and physical activity all affect our ability to provide the body with the nutritional building blocks it requires. Supplementing with collagen provides the body with the amino acids and peptides necessary to manufacture and support collagen in order to remain healthy and active.

Collagen peptide is hydrolyzed collagen degraded with proteolytic enzymes or under acidic conditions, retaining almost all of its original amino acid composition. Collagen peptide is easily dissolved in water and (depending on its molecular weight) will not become a gel at a low temperature.

Much different from other protein sources, collagen peptides contain a unique combination and ratio of amino acids, most importantly glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine. This ratio of amino acids is the subject of clinical research studies and may hold important keys in product development and applications moving forward.

Collagen plays a vital role in the functions of nearly all of our system organs and tissues and is a key bioactive to renew cells in all areas of the body, including the hair, skin, nails, eyes, teeth, cartilage, bones, tendons, organs, blood vessels, intestines and more. The beneficial effects of collagen peptides have been reported in numerous research findings for:

  • Skin, nails and hair beauty
  • Support and mobility for bone and joint health
  • Muscle mass maintenance and sarcopenia
  • Sports and fitness – enrichment for recovery, lean muscle gain and optimum performance
  • Immune and digestive support
  • Weight management and satiety

TruMarine™ offers benefits for multidimensional wellness and anti-aging applications that can have a profound effect on our overall quality of life. Collagen should be an essential nutritional component for those wanting to remain healthy and active throughout their lives.

Science has identified 28 different types of collagen. Type I collagen comprises about 75% of our bodies’ collagen glycoproteins and is actually the principal type found throughout the body. Marine collagen is type I collagen and contains a unique combination of amino acids including hydroxyproline, glycine and proline – distinctive peptides that stimulate cells in the skin, leading to collagen synthesis through cell activation and growth. Type I is the most abundant of the many types of collagen in our bodies and is widely present in skin, bones, tendons, ligaments and tissues. It is composed of two alpha-1 chains and one alpha-2 chain. Type I collagen is a unique bioactive peptide and is best known for providing the basis for beautiful skin, strong connective tissues and healthy bones. But the real advantage to collagen supplementation lies in its ability to enhance regeneration of the collagen cycle and stimulate cells to restore body tissues. A building block for all the body’s systems, it also is a major component of membranes that surround and protect the internal organs, and of blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and bones. One-quarter to one-third of all the protein in the body is collagen protein.

Collagen type II is composed of three alpha-1 chains and can be found only in cartilage. Although many collagen types are available, collagen as an ingredient can be classified as type I or II, in relation to its source. Most often, type II is sourced from chicken. Type III collagen is the second most abundant type of collagen, found alongside type I in skin, blood vessels and internal organs. It is present in high amounts in babies, where it provides the fullness so revered in children’s youthful skin. Type III collagen loses its elasticity as we age and is in time integrated into the rigid, tougher type I collagen. Type III collagen sources are fish, cow or pig. We are born with an abundant supply of collagen. As we age, our bodies’ ability to produce collagen levels out in our mid- to late 20s and then begins to decline, starting around age 30.

Nippi uses marine-sourced collagen. The careful selection of fish and Nippi’s proprietary process result in a purer product of the highest quality. Research shows type I is the most abundant of the three types of collagen and is found in bones, tendons, skin and tissues. Studies support that type I collagen peptides extracted from fish consist of small peptide molecules that have a superior bioavailability and digestibility compared to other collagen products. Due to lower molecular weight, it is absorbed at a higher level through the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream and carried throughout the body, leading to collagen synthesis in the joint tissues, bones and skin dermis.

Marine collagen peptides are also characterized by their specific amino acid composition, with a high concentration of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. These amino acids have nutri-functional properties regarding health, wellness and beauty. Hydroxyproline peptides such as Pro-Hyp or Hyp-Gly stimulate cells in the skin, joints and bones, and leads to collagen synthesis through cell activation, suppression and growth. In particular, the amount of Hyp-containing peptides in TruMarine™ Collagen is significantly higher than in any other form of collagen and can be detected in the blood after ingestion.

Fish-derived collagen continues to grow in popularity due to consumer preferences for fish products over beef, pork and chicken. In addition, because TruMarine™ Collagen is extracted from fish, it is free from any risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), foot-and-mouth disease or bird virus. TruMarine™ Premium Select collagen peptide is scale only, with no skin, and has been processed to the ideal molecular weight. The presence of skin in fish collagen is what causes the fishy smell, taste and yellow color. TruMarine Premium Select is pure white in color, is odor- and taste-free, and is considered superior to other collagen-based products.

The protein content for TruMarine Collagen is approximately 95%.

No, TruMarine Collagen contains no antibiotics, hormones (or phytohormones or phytoestrogens), genetically modified organisms, gluten, sugar, alcohol, artificial preservatives or artificial colors.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and represents 30% of total body protein. Gelatin is produced from collagen. It has gelling properties and is used in the food and pharmaceutical industries.