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What Is Marine Collagen?

Japanese women have used marine collagen as a natural supplement for many years.
Marine collagen is made from fish scales.
Fish collagen may be used to promote healthier looking skin.
Fish collagen may be used to promote healthier looking hair.
Fish collagen may be featured in bath soap.
Fish collagen may be used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
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Marine collagen is a material derived from the substance found on fish scales. It has been widely used in Japan for many years as a natural supplement. People who use this substance claim it has various benefits, which include healthier bones and skin.

The reason why collagen products are so popular is that increased collagen can make the body function more effectively. Collagen production is vital to healthy skin, hair, bones and joints. Reduced levels of collagen are especially noticeable in the skin because the skin loses its elasticity and becomes prone to sagging with age. Some people choose products with collagen in them to assist the skin in becoming firmer and softer. Often, vitamin makers will put collagen in with vitamins as an extra bonus for skin, hair and nails.

Since marine collagen is becoming widely marketed in skin products, more people are turning to this natural substance for its purported anti-aging benefits. While the appearance and texture of skin is partially determined by genetics, certain detrimental factors affect a person’s skin such as environmental toxins, diet and smoking. Some consumers think using marine collagen may help them diminish the signs of aging and decrease the negative effects of toxins.

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It is possible to purchase marine collagen in various forms including gel capsules and powder. Creams and lotions that contain this collagen are sold in many stores. There are also bath soaps with marine collagen listed as an ingredient. Certain hair companies now have this type of collagen in their shampoos and conditioners for added shine and thicker hair.

Advantages of marine collagen supplements is that the substance is odorless and tasteless. There have not been any reported side effects and it is considered a safe substance. Since the use of this particular collagen is still relatively new, there have not been enough studies conducted to determine the long-term safety of the product. With any new supplement, it is best to use it in cautionary amounts in order to see how the body will react to it.

Even if a skin care product contains all natural ingredients, it can still cause the user to have skin irritation. People who have sensitive skin may need to use a small amount of the collagen cream or lotion to make sure there are not any allergic reactions. Signs of an allergic reaction to any product include redness, bumps and overly dry skin.

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anon288647
Post 5

Can we define marine collagen as an Aquatic/Marine product?

PerkyR
Post 4

I don't know about the exact side-by-side analysis of marine collagen compared to bovine as I'm no chemist or biologist, just a humble customer, but certainly in terms of supplements, the preference is towards marine because of the associations with BSE in cattle, which makes some people nervous.

anon248194
Post 3

The only sentence in this whole article that actually tried to define Marine Collagen is: "Marine collagen is a material derived from the substance found on fish scales". The rest is about application, history, etc. I would really like to know what kind of "material" it is that is found on fish scales. Anyone?

triglyc
Post 2

@ jessicalab - I'm not a biologist or anything, but I have read that the topical application of collagen can stimulate the creation of our own collagen. That is why the bovine collagen can be used for artificial skin. That is also why a marine collagen cream makes older skin younger. Age defying marine collagen creams make skin more elastic and softer.

jessicalab
Post 1

I know we have collagen in our own skin. I read about a company called BioCore that created artificial skin out of cow collagen. It was supposed to make healing a lot faster and was better than the pig collagen they used to use. There seemed to be many collagen benefits. I wonder how marine collagen stacks up to cow collagen.

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