Collagen has become a very popular supplement, and with good reason. It is the most abundant protein in our bodies, and it diminishes as we age, creating serious implications for the health of our connective tissues. I chose marine collagen as opposed to beef, pork or poultry for several reasons. First, marine collagen has the best bio-availability, in fact, your body absorbs it up to 1.5 times more efficiently than livestock collagen due to its smaller peptides. Secondly, marine collagen is mainly Type 1, which is also the most common type of collagen in the human body, making it structurally similar to our own and therefore a natural fit. It also contains antioxidants which reduce inflammation. And if all that weren’t enough, marine collagen is better for the environment than livestock derived collagen. Millions of tons of fish parts are thrown away every year, so processing them for collagen use eliminates the waste, while minimizing green house gas emissions that are much greater with livestock raising and processing.
I like Sproos because it is well-sourced from wild caught fish in the North Atlantic, it’s made in Canada and the company donates 5% of its marine collagen sales to organizations helping to clean up our oceans. Sproos is also reasonably priced at $40.00 for 240 grams, whereas other brands like Vital Proteins are in the $50 range for 221 grams. So if you’re looking for a collagen supplement that has superior bio-availability, contains antioxidants and is environmentally friendly, try marine collagen. And if you’re looking for an ethical brand that is well-sourced, fairly priced and gives back, try Sproos.
Full disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with Sproos and received no compensation of any kind for this post. The reasons for my choosing their product are solely those listed above.