During my search for the perfect fish oil for my children, I came across another ingredient with special properties in Norway: fish collagen.
Viscollagen (marine collagen) is the only other product in our Omega-3 range. The reason is that it is marine collagen AND (like the fish oil) comes from Norway and is also made from wild fish.
Fish collagen is therefore the only kind of collagen that belongs to Arctic Blue, because it is marine collagen, that is, collagen from fish. We will never sell pig or beef collagen from the bioindustry, because it does not fit Arctic Blue.
What is Viscollagen?
Viscollagen is collagen extracted from fish. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and helps the body maintain strength and flexibility. 25-35% of all the protein in our body is collagen.
It is the most abundant protein in humans. It is common in connective tissue that provides structure, elasticity and along with bones and muscles for simply holding the body together.
Connective tissue is found a lot in tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones. Also, collagen is found in skin, blood vessels, hair and nails. Our own collagen consists of more than 90% of what is called type 1 collagen.
Fish collagen is sometimes considered the queen among collagen. This is because fish collagen is most similar to human collagen in that it also consists mainly of type 1 collagen.
So viscollagen is a perfect way to get your essential amino acids. You cannot make essential amino acids yourself, so they should be present in your diet in sufficient amounts.
Is fish collagen healthy?
What does fish collagen actually do for us? Starting at age 25, the production of the body's own collagen decreases for the supportive tissues and skin mentioned above.
Collagen fibers become weaker. We lose 1.5% collagen per year, which at age 45 means a 30% loss of collagen. Less collagen can mean the formation of wrinkles and reduced flexibility of muscles.
To what extent our skin is hydrated is determined by the amount of collagen, because collagen binds water. Support from within with fish collagen, provides hydration and this helps restore firmness to both skin, hair, nails and body tissues.
The proteins are for maintaining strong bones and contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass, also for recovery of muscle tissue after training, sports, or physical exertion
From a certain age you will benefit from taking collagen, but target groups such as athletes and the elderly, for example, all the more so.
Viscollagen has no side effects. Only people with fish allergies might react to it, but this is not necessary. Conclusion: fish collagen is healthy.
Every collagen product is a hydrolyzed fish collagen. Hydrolyzing is nothing more than chopping up the large protein molecules from the skin of the cod. As a result, the fine collagen powder dissolves well. Arctic Blue fish collagen hydrolysate contains at least 95% protein.
Large fish collagen protein fibers are cut (=hydrolysis) into smaller proteins (fish collagen peptides) of about 50 amino acids (the building blocks of proteins).
In our gastrointestinal tract, these fish collagen peptides are further cut into fish collagen tripeptides and fish collagen dipeptides, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. In fact, fish collagen peptides are absorbed into the body 50% more efficiently than pig or bovine collagen.
This is due to the smaller particle size of fish collagen peptides, which also adds to the faster transport of fish collagen peptides to the skin, bones and joints for the production of new collagen.
Also, the bioavailability of fish collagen peptides is superior.
Viscollagen with vitamin C
One of the benefits of fish collagen with vitamin C is its amino acid profile. It contains a particularly high content of the amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline.
These amino acids stimulate cells in the skin, bones and connective tissue to make new collagen: The amino acid proline is the precursor of hydroxyproline which is involved in the formation of collagen, tendons and ligaments.
Proline is dependent on vitamin C for the formation of hydroxyproline. Proline production in the body increases in cases such as injury and after exercise where it builds up damaged muscle fibers. This means that fish collagen with vitamin C can help in the recovery phase after exercise.
Absorption of hydroxyproline signals the body to make collagen. Lack of vitamin C can give unstable collagen molecules and affect collagen in the body.
Vitamin C is important for the formation of collagen which strengthens the skin.
Vitamin C plays a role in the creation/building of cartilage.
Vitamin C contributes to the maintenance of strong bones.
Multiple clinical studies recommend a daily dose of 10 grams of fish collagen for at least 3 months for the best effect. It has been scientifically proven that collagen fibers bind water well, which can increase hydration in facial skin by 35%.
This helps to keep the skin surface full, smooth and elastic. After this, you can use fish collagen at a daily maintenance dose of 5 grams. Because it is easily soluble in water, you can use fish collagen by mixing it with beverages such as water, juice or yogurt.
When you go to buy the best fish collagen, you can look out for the blue MSC label. Best fish collagen means that only the skin of wild-caught cod is processed, so no bones or bones. For many people, this is the best fish collagen because then they can be sure it is not buying fish collagen from the Vietnamese farmed fish tilapia.
The 100% natural character, good taste, solubility as well as the Norwegian origin of marine collagen, are reasons why many customers leave their experiences with fish collagen in the form of a review about fish collagen. We at Arctic Blue are very happy about that.