Marine collagen Vs Vegan Collagen. Whats better and why

Marine Collagen v's Vegan Collagen. Whats better and why?

Marine collagen is extracted from the bones, skin, and scales of fish. Vegan collagen, on the other hand, is derived from plant-based sources. Discover which is more effective.

Marine Collagen V's Vegan Collagen. Who's the winner? 

Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in the human body. It's often called the body’s scaffolding. It’s the glue that holds the body together and is found in skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and all our connective tissues, with its purpose being to provide these body parts with their strength, structure, and elasticity.

As we get older, our bodies become less efficient at naturally producing collagen which is why so many people supplement their diet with collagen to keep their bodies in optimal working condition.

Marine collagen and vegan collagen are two types of collagen supplements that are used for a variety of health and beauty purposes. So which is more effective?

Marine Collagen

Unsurprisingly, Marine collagen is extracted from the bones, skin, and scales of fish. When the flesh of a fish is removed to be used as food, everything that is left, and would otherwise be discarded, is cleaned, and collagen is extracted via the process hydrolysation. 

Hydrolysation is the process by which the collagen fibres are broken down into smaller chains known as “collagen peptides” which makes it more bioavailable – i.e. easier to absorb. This is why collagen peptides are also known as hydrolysed collagen.

"Hydrolysed Collagen" is more effective because it contains a complete amino acid sequence as a collagen peptide and research shows that due to its very low molecular weight, hydrolysed collagen is absorbed at a higher level into the bloodstream and circulated throughout the body more easily than other forms of collagen.

Hydrolysed marine collagen supplements have been clinically shown to have a number of benefits for the skin, including improving skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promoting collagen synthesis. It can also boost muscle mass, help strengthen hair and support joint health.

Moreover, the structure and bioavailability of collagen peptides from marine fish are quite similar to those of humans across the gastrointestinal barrier.

Marine collagen is predominantly type I, which is used in our skin, hair, nails, bones, teeth, tendons, ligaments, vascular ligature, and organs. Type I collagen accounts for 90% of the total collagen in the human body.

Where collagen helps

Vegan Collagen

Vegan collagen, on the other hand, is derived from plant-based sources, such as soy, peas, and rice. While vegan collagen is suitable for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, there is limited scientific evidence to support its effectiveness as a collagen supplement. Some studies have suggested that plant-based collagen may not be as bioavailable as marine collagen, meaning that it may not be as easily absorbed and utilised by the body.

It's important to note that vegan collagen products are not necessarily a direct replacement for traditional collagen supplements or skin care products, as they may not have the same effects on the body. It's also worth noting that some Vegan collagen supplements are genetically modified and you have to ask yourself if you're comfortable with that. 


Overall, marine collagen is more effective and bioavailable form of collagen, with a number of clinically proven benefits for the skin, hair, nails, muscles and joints.

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HIMMENSE SHIFT is a daily hydrolysed Marine Collagen supplement infused with Vitamins C, D, B12, B6, B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Selenium and Ashwagandha that supports physical and mental wellbeing. Benefits associated with the nutrients in HIMMENSE SHIFT range from skin, heart, joint, gut, and sexual health to improved muscle mass and strength.


Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Consult a healthcare professional if you have any questions or are taking any other medications before you try any remedies or supplements.

Published 19 December 2022

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