Collagen Types: Which one is right for you

Collagen Types: Which one is right for you

Collagen is a natural protein in the body that is responsible for maintaining the health of body tissues and organs.  Our natural levels of collagen decrease over time due to the ageing process, which is where collagen supplements help us replenish or top it up

These are the three most common types of Collagen

Type 1 Collagen: Best for skin, hair, and bone health

This is the most common collagen in the body, and it provides structure to skin, tendons, bones, ligaments, and other connective tissues.  It is most abundant in the skin, where it has the job of keeping skin soft, smooth and youthful.  You can find Type 1 collagen in fish and bovine collagen supplements, however, fish collagen is the most abundant source between the two.

As a supplement, this type of collagen is especially beneficial for the skin. A small international study showed that when people took an oral supplement containing mainly hydrolyzed type 1 collagen, after 60 days their facial lines and wrinkles appeared smoother, and the skin maintained healthy moisture levels. Another meta-analysis study—this one with 805 participants, making it one of the largest to date—showed that the use of oral collagen supplements can promote healthy skin aging by supporting the elasticity and hydration of the skin.

Type 2 Collagen: Best for joint health

This is found in the cartilage of the ribs, nose, larynx, trachea and joint joint surfaces.  While this type of collagen promotes joint health, it hasn't really been shown to be as beneficial for the skin.  It also assists in managing symptoms of joint-related conditions such as osteoarthritis. This type of collagen is found in fish and chicken collagen but not grass-fed bovine.

One clinical trial found that people who took a type 2 collagen supplement for 180 days saw improvement in their physical function and helped relieve pain and joint stiffness.

Type 3: Good for skin health

Type 3 collagen works hand in hand with type 1 in skin, ligaments, blood vessels, and joints. This collagen is found in grass-fed bovine collagen but not marine. This type of collagen promotes skin health and elasticity, and is what gives your skin its bounce. Type 3 has been found to be more of a key factor in skin aging. and is very important for fibroblast function.  Fibroblasts are what helps our bodies produce collagen itself, as well as elastin. These are essential in wound healing and overall skin health.

In conclusion

Types 1, 2 and 3 collagen are the most common in our bodies. Each type plays a different role, making it important to know the benefits of each when choosing which collagen supplement is right for you. Consider your main health concern and the support your body needs:


As will all health supplements, always remember to consult with your doctor before using, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking any acute/ chronic medications,



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