As we age, our body's collagen levels fall. This is majorly due to a reduced ability to make new collagen as well as an increased breakdown of existing collagen. Lower collagen levels may result in dry and wrinkled skin, stiff joints, brittle nails and possibly an increased risk of heart disease.
Our MCT Collagen Peptides comes with 2 key ingredients, namely Collagen and MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil.
Collagen supplements - marine collagen peptides in particular - are an easy and affordable way to alleviate the effects of reduced collagen and improve general wellbeing.
When collagen supplements are coupled with MCT, a type of fat that offers numerous benefits to the body, they provide a reliable and especially keto-friendly source of protein and energy.
What are the benefits of Marine Collagen Peptides?
Derived from fish products, marine collagen is a rich source of type 1 collagen which is hydrolyzed (broken down into smaller peptides) and therefore, readily absorbed by the body.
A rich source of the amino acids glycine, proline, lysine and hydroxyproline, it offers many benefits some of which include:
1. Healthier skin
Type 1 collagen is the predominant collagen in the skin and a deficiency often results in wrinkled, saggy and aging skin. Supplementation with marine collagen has been shown to significantly improve suppleness and firmness as well as reduce the appearance of skin wrinkles.
2. Antioxidant benefits
Marine collagen is rich in proline and glycine which exhibit potent antioxidant effects by protecting against the effects of free radicals that cause aging.
3. Improves bone / joint health
Marine collagen enhances bone matrix formation and increased the mineral density of bones.
Also, increased incorporation of collagen into the cartilage of joints increases fluidity of motion and reduces joint pain and inflammation.
4. Enhances intake of protein and body building
A diet rich in protein helps to build up lean muscle, improve immune system function and equally maintain optimum weight.
Perfect for athletes, marine collagen helps to boost workout performance and aid recovery by enhancing muscle mass.6
5. Other benefits of marine collagen include:
Improves heart health by increasing HDL levels and improving arterial structure.
Stimulates hair and nail growth due to its high proline content
May improve the symptoms of inflammatory gut conditions like Irritable bowel syndrome.
What are the Benefits of MCT?
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a kind of saturated fatty acids which are more easily digested compared to other fats. They are well known for their numerous benefits which include:
1. Quick source of Energy
They are a quick source of fuel and energy as they are almost immediately broken down by the body after ingestion, faster than other fat types.7
They are then rapidly transported to the liver where they are metabolised for energy especially in reduced glucose states.
It is therefore perfect for many diets like the ketogenic, paleo and whole 30 diets. This is also useful for athletes by increasing their endurance levels.
2. Enhanced cognitive function
The breakdown of fats for fuel by the body results in a chemical by-product known as ketones which the brain utilises. This boosts brain functioning and may even be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
3. Support weight loss
MCTs boost the metabolism, helping to burn off calories. In addition, they suppress appetite and increase satiety levels.
4. Improved gut health
MCTs help to improve the balance of gut flora, in favour of the healthy bacteria (normal flora). This is especially beneficial to individuals who have gut health conditions like Inflammatory bowel disease.10
How much collagen should you take daily?
The recommended dose of marine collagen is 12 grams per day, equivalent to about 2 level tablespoonfuls.
Who is marine collagen supplements right for?
Marine collagen supplements is a healthy addition to the diet for any lifestyle routine. However it is particularly beneficial for these groups:
- Women as they tend to lose more collagen due to pregnancy and menopause.
- Athletes and body builders
- Elderly individuals due to age related depletion
- Generally, individuals with bone, joint, skin and hair concerns who want faster results from collagen supplementation.
Who shouldn't be taking marine collagen?
Although very safe and with no known contraindications, safety of marine collagen supplementation in these groups of persons is not established:
- Individuals with known allergies to the components of marine collagen