Marine Collagen vs Bovine Collagen

I’m sure you’ve heard about collagen. Most people add it to their bulletproof coffees for extra frothiness or to their smoothies for a subtle nutrient boost. What many don’t know is that collagen can come from various sources and that there are two main types out there: bovine collagen and marine collagen. So, why does this matter? What’s the difference?

The Scoop on Collagen

First, let’s start with a rundown of collagen itself. What is it? Collagen is one of the main proteins in the body and makes up most of our body’s tissues, muscles, bones, skin, hair, digestive system, and tendons–to name a few. Some refer to it as the “glue” that holds the body together. As we age, our collagen production naturally decreases. Extreme sun exposure and improper diets (mostly high-sugar ones) speed this up. That’s why it’s important for us to get our collagen source via supplementation. It’s usually in powder form, so it works well in beverages. Some ways to incorporate it into our diets are in bulletproof coffees, smoothies, or as bone broth.

Marine Collagen vs. Bovine Collagen

Why is collagen good for your skin and hair?

Bovine, Marine and Vegan collagens are great for several reasons. Most notably, it improves skin and hair health. Since our natural collagen production decreases with age and sun exposure, this often shows up in our skin (most commonly as–yep, you guessed it–wrinkles *gasp*).

How does collagen support gut health?

Both marine and bovine collagen help repair our intestinal lining. Sometimes referred to as the “superfood of gut health,” collagen is the Superhero for any digestive diseases (such as IBS, Crohn’s, or leaky gut). Basically, it infuses the gut lining with its ample amino acids, and this helps repair any gaps in the lining.

Why is collagen healthy?

Collagen helps our bodies for several other reasons too–it stabilizes blood sugar, improves bone strength, lowers cholesterol levels, and improves wound healing. It’s great for all bodily functions!

Bovine Vs. Marine Collagen

The Verdict

Both bovine and marine collagen provide the same benefits. Both are great for skin, hair, gut, and bone health. However, bovine is slightly cheaper and might be the better choice for those with intestinal problems. On the other hand, marine collagen might be a better choice for those wanting faster results from collagen, those with skin and hair concerns, and those that don’t eat cow products. Either way, though both are helpful and provide similar benefits–these are just minor differences. Now that you know the scoop on collagen, the choice is up to you!

Browse our collagen products on the site or browse our collagen recipes for ways to sneakily add it into your diet!





Outside of her role as a Social Media and Content Coordinator, Carli enjoys exploring the local trails, testing various health food trends, spending time with loved ones, and fawning over any dog she lays eyes on.

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