The use of collagen supplements has increasingly become popular in recent decades. Collagen is a vital protein found in the connective tissues of the body, which are abundant body parts like the bones, hair, skin, nails, ligaments, and tendons. The body naturally produces collagen, but as we age, the collagen production declines as evident in the changes in structure and appearance of the skin and other body tissues where connective tissues are abundant. Typical signs of aging are wrinkling of the skin, hair loss, and bone fractures all due to depletion of collagen stores (1).
Because collagen is also present in animal tissues, supplements are now being made from animal collagen to improve human collagen stores that have depleted. Bovine collagen is one of such supplements, and it is collagen supplement derived mainly from cows. Bovine collagen has been reported to have many benefits from both human and animal studies some of which are discussed below (2).
- Prevents bone loss. The bones get their structure, rigidity, and toughness from collagen, which is abundant in the connective tissues of the bones. Thus, a decline in the production of collagen in the body results in weak and brittle bones, that become very vulnerable to fractures. This is a condition called osteoporosis, and the most affected body parts are the wrist, hips, and spine (3). Oral supplementation of bovine collagen has been successful in significantly reducing bone loss in both human and animal studies (2, 4).
- Reduces inflammation. Collagen peptides have antioxidant activity, and they considerably improve the antioxidant activity of the skin. Antioxidants are compounds that hunt and capture free radicals (bad atoms) that cause oxidation and subsequently damage body cells. Oxidative damage has been proven to cause chronic inflammation that results in conditions like arthritis (5).
Osteoarthritis which is the most common form of arthritis can cause stiffness and pain in the hands, hips, and knees especially. Administering 5g of bovine collagen twice a day for over 13 weeks was reported to improve symptoms of knee osteoarthritis symptoms in a research study with 30 people (6).
- Improves skin health. Of the four main types of collagens that exists in our bodies (I, II, III, and IV), bovine collagen has been proven to increase body stores of collagen I and III, which are abundant in the skin, hair, and nails. Thus, bovine collagen improves skin elasticity, and toughness, consequently reducing wrinkling and skin sagging (7).
Nutrimore Bovine Collagen Peptide is white or yellowish in color and comes either as powder or granule. It is made from good quality fresh cattle skin A or B and contains at least 90% protein, making it an excellent source of protein. It is packaged in a 20kg heat sealed PE bag, packed with a wire stitched kraft bag outside.
Worth noting is its very small molecular weight of 1000, Daltons, making it easier to digest and be absorbed in the body. Normally, collagen is very large with an average molecular weight of 30,000 Daltons which cannot be absorbed by our cells, and so must be broken down into smaller molecules. Generally, good quality collagen supplements have a molecular weight range between 3000 – 6000 Daltons. Our product has a much smaller molecular weight making it even more superior in quality. (8, 9).
Also, its smaller weight makes it more soluble (in water or other fluids), smell better and taste better. Powdered collagen should be dissolved in a regular glass of water and drunk, or added in smoothies, coffee, or any drink of your choice.
Moreover, our Nutrimore Bovine Collagen Peptide has a long shelf life of 24 months, thanks to its low moisture content (≤ 7.0) and can be stored easily (in a ventilated dry area).
There is currently no regulation or guidelines on the dose of bovine collagen to consume daily. However, many clinical research studies have estimated that consuming 2.5g to 15g of collage peptides daily is safe depending on the need. While consuming 2.5g per day can be effective for general skin health care, consuming 15g per day can improve muscle mass and bone structure (10, 11).
Nutrimore Bovine Collagen Peptides is collagen supplement made with high quality fresh cattle skin, which has the potential to improve bone density, reduce inflammation and improve skin structure. It is very soluble and easily digestible due to its very small molecular weight. Consuming between 2.5g and 15 per day is generally safe except otherwise directed by your health care provider.
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- König, D., Oesser, S., Scharla, S., Zdzieblik, D., & Gollhofer, A. (2018). Specific collagen peptides improve bone mineral density and bone markers in postmenopausal women—A randomized controlled study. Nutrients, 10(1), 97. doi:10.3390/nu10010097
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- Liu, J., Wang, Y., Song, S., Wang, X., Qin, Y., Si, S., & Guo, Y. (2015). Combined oral administration of bovine collagen peptides with calcium citrate inhibits bone loss in ovariectomized rats. PloS One, 10(8), e0135019. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135019
- De Luca, C., Mikhal’chik, E. V., Suprun, M. V., Papacharalambous, M., Truhanov, A. I., & Korkina, L. G. (2016). Skin antiageing and systemic redox effects of supplementation with marine collagen peptides and plant-derived antioxidants: A single-blind case-control clinical study. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2016, 4389410. doi:10.1155/2016/4389410
- Kumar, S., Sugihara, F., Suzuki, K., Inoue, N., & Venkateswarathirukumara, S. (2015). A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, clinical study on the effectiveness of collagen peptide on osteoarthritis: Effect of collagen peptide on arthritis. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 95(4), 702–707. doi:10.1002/jsfa.6752
- Song, H., Zhang, S., Zhang, L., & Li, B. (2017). Effect of orally administered collagen peptides from bovine bone on skin aging in chronologically aged mice. Nutrients, 9(11). doi:10.3390/nu9111209
- Erickson, H. P. (2009). Size and shape of protein molecules at the nanometer level determined by sedimentation, gel filtration, and electron microscopy. Biological Procedures Online, 11(1), 32–51. doi:10.1007/s12575-009-9008-x
- León-López, A., Morales-Peñaloza, A., Martínez-Juárez, V. M., Vargas-Torres, A., Zeugolis, D. I., & Aguirre-Álvarez, G. (2019). Hydrolyzed collagen-sources and applications. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 24(22), 4031. doi:10.3390/molecules24224031
- Paul, C., Leser, S., & Oesser, S. (2019). Significant amounts of functional collagen peptides can be incorporated in the diet while maintaining indispensable amino acid balance. Nutrients, 11(5), 1079. doi:10.3390/nu11051079
- Zdzieblik, D., Oesser, S., Baumstark, M. W., Gollhofer, A., & König, D. (2015). Collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training improves body composition and increases muscle strength in elderly sarcopenic men: a randomised controlled trial. The British Journal of Nutrition, 114(8), 1237–1245. doi:10.1017/S0007114515002810