Plant VS Animal Collagen: Which Has The Most Benefits?
When shopping around for a collagen product to add to your beauty routine, it can be tricky to determine which will work best for you! There is so much information surrounding the different types of collagen and we understand that it’s important to find something that suits your skincare needs, lifestyle, and diet preferences. In this article, we will be breaking down all the benefits of both animal and plant-based liquid collagen products.
Why Should I Be Taking A Collagen Supplement?
Did you know that collagen is present in everything from our skin, nails, hair, and even our joints and organs? It acts as the scaffolding for our skin and keeps it looking firm and youthful. As we get older, unfortunately, our natural collagen production slows down. This can lead to more fine lines appearing, a loss of skin hydration and elasticity which can make our complexion appear more dull and lacklustre.
Whilst this differs from person to person, on average, we typically lose 1.5% of collagen from our bodies year-on-year, starting around the age of 25. As well as giving us dewy and plump-looking skin, collagen supplements can have many other benefits and they’re a great addition to any beauty regime, whether you’re in your twenties or your fifties!
Collagen Supplements - What Are Are They Made Of?
So, what collagen supplements are right for you? Liquid collagen supplements are ideal for anyone who is always on the go. Unlike their powdered counterparts, liquid supplements come in individual sachets, which are easy to drink whilst on the move or enjoy as part of your morning routine.
Once you’ve established what the best way is for you to take your supplements, and get that extra boost of collagen, it's now time to think about the ingredients.
Benefits of Marine Collagen
The liquid collagen supplements that are currently available on the market are typically divided into two categories: marine, and bovine. Bovine collagen is made from the naturally occurring protein which is present in the connective tissue, bones, cartilage, and hides of cows. Whereas marine collagen comes from fish and is sourced from their scales, skin, and bones.
Out of these two different types, marine collagen is thought of as being the more efficacious and sustainable option. Marine collagen is made from the by-products of fish. Typically, these products would go to waste if not used, such as the fish skin. However, these parts of the fish are rich in type 1 collagen and therefore make for the perfect ingredient in our liquid collagen.
As well as being more beneficial to the environment, marine collagen is also thought to be more effective than its bovine equivalent. This is due to the particle size being much smaller when compared to other types of collagen. Liquid collagen made from fish can be absorbed 1.5 times more efficiently, as it can be broken down much faster, and easier, meaning it’s quicker to stimulate the fibroblasts which produce collagen.
Dr Alia Ahmed, Consultant Dermatologist: “When looking at oral collagen supplementation, it’s important to look at the collagen source (e.g. marine, bovine), type (hydrolysed, dipeptide, tripeptide) and content (g/d), as well as how you should take it (capsule or liquid form) when making your choice. This is important to determine its efficacy – type 1 hydrolysed marine collagen has been scientifically proven to be the most bioavailable to the body.
Benefits of Plant-Based Collagen
If you are someone who chooses to stay clear of animal-based products, then we have the perfect solution for you. Plant-based collagen has been taking massive strides recently, and now we have the world's first clinically proven liquid vegan collagen alternative!
Revive Collagen Vegan offers the most effective solution to beauty enthusiasts, vegans, and those looking to make more sustainable beauty choices that don’t compromise on quality or results. Each sachet contains 2500mg of vegan collagen that identically mimics human type 1 collagen. As well as being more environmentally friendly, our vegan liquid collagen has many additional ingredients to make you feel beautiful from the inside out, including:
- Panax Ginseng: Known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- Retinol (Vitamin A): Which helps to promote skin renewal and enhances collagen production. As a result, it will leave the looking skin brighter and more youthful
- Vitamin B6: Helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue and contributes to the normal function of the nervous system, psychological function, and normal red blood cell formation as a function of the immune system
- Vitamin B7 (Biotin): Aids in stimulating keratin production and promotes healthy hair. As well as contributing to the maintenance of normal hair and skin, plus the normal functioning of the nervous system
- Vitamins C & D: Both of these vitamins offer antioxidant properties which can visibly brighten your skin tone and reduce common signs of ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and an uneven complexion.
- Vitamin E: This additional vitamin contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Our Verdict: Which Type of Collagen Has The Most Benefits?
So, which type of liquid collagen has the most benefits?
Our verdict - whatever works best for you! Liquid collagen is effective, and ideal for that on-the-go lifestyle so many of us have nowadays, but whether you should be trying out a plant-based or animal collagen supplement is completely up to you.
When shopping around, we recommend looking at additional ingredients. Many products will include type 1 collagen, as it's the strongest and most abundant type, and acts as the building blocks for our skin - however, you should also be checking out what extra benefits you can be getting from your liquid collagen sachets.
For example, our Revive Collagen Enhanced Plus variety has the addition of retinol, hydrolysed keratin, and vitamins B6, B12, C & D. All of which give you additional benefits when added to your daily beauty regimen. It’s perfect for those who have specific hair concerns or want optimum results for hair, skin, and overall wellbeing.
If your priority is addressing dry skin conditions or acne-prone skin, our original liquid collagen drink may be the one for you. We added Hyaluronic Acid to help with skin hydration and renowned anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera, to help soothe the skin.
Our newest addition - Revive Collagen Vegan also has added antioxidant ingredients including Panax Ginseng, world-class Retinol, and added vitamins B, C, D & E, this product is a one-stop shop for all your vegan friendly beauty and wellbeing needs.