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In diet and supplementation, collagen plays an important role – a complete protein with a high content of amino acids (including glycine or proline), which is a fundamental element of connective tissue. Connective tissue, in turn, is nothing more than the basic building block of the skin. It is not difficult to guess that the condition of the skin depends on the condition of the connective tissue, which is affected by the amount of collagen.
Unfortunately, with age, the amount of collagen produced decreases in relation to the body’s needs. In addition, an improper diet, especially one rich in sugar, can accelerate the ageing process of the skin and lead to changes in the structure of collagen . Collagen deficiency is noticeable quite quickly because it is collagen peptides that affect the condition of the skin. The lack of collagen protein in the skin contributes to i.a. to the deterioration of its elasticity, problems with proper hydration and an increased tendency to dry out or a decrease in its firmness. This is how wrinkles appear, which are one of the first signs of ageing.
Collagen supplementation may prove to be one of the ways to maintain optimal skin conditions. However, the problem may be about choosing the right supplement – what should you pay attention to before making a purchase?
It might seem that the selection of preparation with collagen is not a problem, especially in times of ubiquitous access to dietary supplements. However, it is worth knowing that in the group of collagen proteins, there are as many as 28 different proteins – in the context of skin health and condition, the most important role is played by collagen types I (80% content) and III (about 15% content). They should be provided to the body in the context of internal care, which means affecting the skin through varied nutrition .
Proteins of animal origin are used in dietary supplements containing collagen. Over the years, the most commonly used raw materials have been bovine collagen. The development of science has meant that marine collagen is mentioned more and more often, which has been used, among others, in the dietary supplement Labosal Beauty Shot. Fish collagen is perceived as a better biocomponent for human skin than that obtained from pork or beef skin.
The main reason for choosing marine collagen is its high bioavailability. The high level of bioavailability of fish collagen proteins is due to the fact that its structural structure. Marine collagen proteins are in the form of a triple helix , which means that it is extremely similar to the collagen found in human skin. In addition, it is also worth mentioning that the chemical bonds between the individual fibers are much rarer than in pork or beef collagen. As a result, collagen obtained from fish is characterized by much better solubility and a higher level of bioavailability. Although bovine collagen is characterized by high stability and density, its large molecules and chaotic chemical structure mean that it does not show sufficient biological activity.
Which collagen to choose – sea, beef or pork? In the context of beauty and the fight against imperfections, the best choice will be preparations containing marine collagen proteins.
Are marine collagens really as effective as it might seem? It is worth looking at a few scientific studies, the results of which may help to answer this question.
A 2008 animal study  used marine collagen peptides. After 90 days of treatment, it turned out that the use of fish collagen improved the antioxidant effect, and also led to an increase in skin thickness and the number of fibroblasts. As a result, marine collagen was found to have protective properties against simulated skin aging.
Scientific paper from 2016  to check the anti-aging effectiveness of fish collagen with the addition of antioxidants in a group of 41 volunteers. The results of the study confirm that the applied treatment had a positive effect on the thickness and density of the skin.
Equally interesting results were observed in a study conducted in 2021 , which concerned the effectiveness of supplementation with hydrolyzed marine collagen in women between 45 and 60 years of age. Already after 6 weeks, an improvement in the elasticity of the cheek skin compared to the baseline was demonstrated. However, after 3 months of using hydrolyzed marine collagen, there was a significant reduction in wrinkles (35%), improvement in hydration (14%), radiance (22%) and firmness (25%) of the skin compared to the placebo group.
Labosal Beauty Shot is a dietary supplement containing hydrolyzed marine collagen type I & III with the addition of hyaluronic acid and many valuable vitamins and minerals. The product is an example of a nutricosmetic – a preparation supporting daily beauty care by maintaining a healthy and varied.
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