Collagen is processed from animal-derived raw materials: Fish scale and skin, swine or bovine hide or bone. From a regulatory perspective, it is generally considered a food ingredient or a dietary supplement (depending on the country) and it is not an additive with an E number.
Our fish collagen peptide derives from Red Snapper (deep sea fish) or Tilapia (sweet water fish) skin and/or scale depending on the grade.
Our collagen is a totally natural supplement derived from fish without preservatives or conservatives. As such, there is no particular counter-indication about collagen because it should be regarded as a food supplement only. Having said the above however, we always encourage our customers to advise consumers to consult their doctors at all times and that collagen should not be understood as a replacement of any nutritious diet nor exercise routine to maintain good health and beauty.
“Collagen” is the common name of the protein sub-type and “Gelatin” is regularly used as the name of the product industrially manufactured. At its time, “Collagen Peptide” is equivalent to “hydrolyzed collagen (gelatin)”. In general, when we refer to “Collagen” in health foods, we mainly refer to collagen peptide.Japanese cosmetic/food/healthcare manufacturers demand extreme quality and therefore, the demand for Japanese collagen peptide is much higher than European Collagen in Japan. Our collagen peptide is used mostly by Japanese manufacturers due to this reason and more over about 70% of collagen market in Japan is dominated by Japanese collagen manufacturers out of which our collagen has 40% share in comparison with European collagen which has 10% due to very strict quality requirements demanded by Japanese factories including large differences in solubility.
According to latest research, collagen helps suppressing the effects of skin damage caused by the sun. This was based in a double blind placebo trial where 5gr of collagen peptide were ingested during four weeks. The test was effectuated over the skin of Japanese adult males between the ages of 20 to 59 years old.
Yes, clinical studies available regarding efficacy of collagen.
Yes. It is a natural supplement derived from natural ingredients, from the careful selection of raw materials through the entire manufacturing process in GMP and Japanese Ministry of Health approved facilities. Collagen has been long used all over the world in foods and medicines and clinical studies have indicated limited cases of fullness or unpleasant taste at the most, without adverse effects being noted. Most of the European makers set shelf life as 5 years from manufacturing. In our case, the usual expiry date is 3 years. We establish a shorter expiry date to guarantee the quality of the product during the entire cycle in a stricter standard than other markets.
Regarding raw materials, we carefully track the raw materials from factories which have HACCP certifications only, while using the same fish type in order to be able to track the raw materials in all cases. This is the Japanese standard.
According to existing data, there is no contraindication for the use of collagen. Reason: Collagen is a food supplement. As long as a person does not have a special condition that prevents him/her from eating animal derived foods (fish, etc.), there is no general contraindication for the use of collagen. However, in cases of people with allergy, pregnancy, taking special medications, special skin diseases, etc. we recommend that the consumer should consult the doctor.
Yes, collagen as a natural protein has direct relation with muscle development: The more muscle, the higher the metabolism, and the lower the fat. Collagen supports a virtuous cycle of fat loss by supporting the development of muscle tissue.
3 years after manufacturing is the standard.
Yes. This type of collagen has higher and faster absorbability. Hence, this type of collagen peptide is most recommended for consumption early in the morning, as opposed with the standard types of collagen that have better efficacy if consumed before sleep (standard absorption assures supply of collagen during long hours of fasting like when we are asleep). In terms of molecular size, it is around 200 to 300 Dalton, which makes it very efficient. However, in terms of cost is quite higher than other types of peptide and taste-wise it is slightly bitter due the fact that the particles are much smaller than the standard types. Tri-peptide content in our collagen is 15%.
Collagen peptide is qualified under the “food” category under Japan regulations. In addition, the products are manufactured following ISO (9001:2000) standards. Some plants also manufacture pharmaceutical products, and in those cases, they have Japan GMP category (issued by the Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare). This means that we can supply collagen made under Japanese pharmaceutical industry standards. Moreover, the product MSDS is also available for countries who require this document.
It depends upon your intended application (food, cosmetics, beverages, industrial, etc.) and then assist depending on the particular case. Collagen is a highly versatile product!
Collagen is naturally present in our body and consumed daily with our meals. Therefore, this product is usually classified as “foodstuff” or “food supplement” under most countries' laws. As collagen is essentially a “food”, there is no “medical” indication applicable to it as a principle. However, responsible manufacturers always recommend that in case of doubt, the consumer should consult the doctor, particularly in cases of people with special allergies or in cases of discomfort.
Not as a principle. Collagen benefits all people equally for the reasons as explained here: It is a naturally occurring element in our body that is key for maintaining firm and beautiful skin. However, it is obviously recommended for adults (not children) and it is of more use for consumers the more the age.
It is a commonly understood fact that the absorbency of protein is approximately 90%. As collagen peptide is a form of protein, it is derived that collagen protein absorbency rate is on or above 90% depending on the grade. Although scientific evidence is not completely conclusive, collagen products are regularly marketed in accordance with the above concept.
Although we count with a diverse molecular weight lineup (3,000-5,000 / 2,000 / 1,000 etc.), in general the average molecular size of the collagen peptide is between 3,000 to 5,000 Dalton. Reason is because we strive to keep a final product that balances efficacy with taste/odor.
a) Taste/Odor: The smaller molecular weight, the higher bitterness of the end product because reduction of molecular size requires a manufacturing process that results in the existence of higher amounts of amino acids. Amino acids result in more bitterness of the final product. Moreover, solubility is also affected in case of smaller molecular weight.
b) Efficacy: According to research made in Japan, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that indicates lower efficacy within certain range of molecular weight. In the reference section of this brochure, all the scientific studies performed in Japan were made using collagen peptide of an average Dalton of 3,000. Scientific evidence concludes that any range between 3,000 to 5,000 Dalton is suitable in terms of absorption by the human body. The end result is: Japanese collagen peptide is of a whiter color, higher efficacy, much more solubile and no smell/taste when you try it!