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Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, responsible for keeping bones and muscles in good condition, keeping your organs healthy, and boosting the strength of your tendons and joints. On top of that, collagen is essential for keeping your skin firm and elastic. If you would like to learn more about how the different types of collagen can be beneficial for you, reach out to an experienced doctor.

Major Varieties of Collagen

This protein comes in various forms, although there are three main types of collagen, making up about 90 percent of the collagen in the human body.

Type I Collagen

Type I collagen is the collagen source used primarily for anti-aging benefits. This type of collagen not only aids the skin but the tendons and bones as well.

Type II Collagen

Type II collagen can help those suffering from joint and mobility issues. Type II collagen is found in cartilage, and it contains natural forms of chondroitin and hyaluronic acid, which aid joint health. Chondroitin helps combat inflammation, a major component of joint pain, while hyaluronic acid keeps joints lubricated. Type II collagen supplements are usually derived from fowl, specifically chickens.

Type III Collagen

Type III collagen is very similar to Type I and is found in the reticular fibers of connective tissue and bone marrow. It aids in supporting the arteries, muscles and internal organs.

Collagen Sources

Collagen can be sourced from various animal proteins. These include marine, bovine, porcine, and fowl sources.

Marine Collagen

Marine collagen, which is Type I, has specific anti-aging properties. Derived from fish, it is also the collagen type with the lowest molecular weight, allowing the body to absorb it more efficiently. This bioavailability allows for better synthesis throughout the body.

Freshwater fish can provide marine collagen through their bones, skin, scales, and fins. If these parts of the fish were not used for collagen production when caught or raised for human consumption, they would otherwise go to waste, so production of marine collagen reduces waste material.

Some marine collagens are derived from shellfish. Because of its origins in fish, marine collagen is also known as piscine collagen.

Bovine Collagen

Bovine collagen supplements consist of types I and III and are derived from the bones, hides, and cartilage of beef animals. In addition to aiding the skin, bovine collagen supplements also promote joint, bone and digestive health.

This type of collagen is especially useful for increasing the body’s natural collagen production. The glycine found in bovine collagen can also help those dealing with insomnia, as well as improve gut health.

Porcine Collagen

Collagen derived from pigs is similar to bovine collagen in its actions. However, it is not as effective at raising overall collagen levels.

Fowl Collagen

Collagen derived from chicken is very good at cartilage support. As noted, most Type II collagen supplements come from a fowl source. This type of collagen is not generally found in collagen marketed as an anti-aging or skin renewal supplement.

Supplements Included in Collagen

Many collagen treatments and supplements include other ingredients which aid in collagen synthesis. This includes vitamin C, which stimulates the body’s collagen production, and hyaluronic acid, which boosts skin moisture and helps prevent wrinkling.

Finding Out More About the Types of Collagen

If you would like more information about collagen and its effects on various parts of your body, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson is available for collagen bar consultations at his home office in Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as periodically in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, California. Dr. Jacobson could help you understand the unique benefits the different types of collagen have on your body.