What's in Your Collagen?

What's in Your Collagen?

Whether you take collagen daily or if you are an occasional user knowing where your collagen came from and what's in it is just as important as why you're taking it in the first place. Collagen's source comes from bovine (cow hides), porcine (pig hides), or marine (fish skin). Often the collagen is not tested for metals or pesticides, which can negate the positive effects that collagen will have on the body. 

It's essential when choosing a source of collagen to know where it is coming from and how clean it is. Most collagen comes from bovine, so make sure the label states that it's from grass-fed cows and tested for toxins. 

As for marine collagen, it's essential to look at the label to determine its source. Marine collagen can either be farm-raised fish or wild-caught, and there can be significant differences. 

Fishers catch wild-caught fish in their natural environment, such as oceans, rivers, and lakes. Farm-raised populations can play a role in the rearing process to enhance production and sometimes may use antibiotics to help keep the fisheries. 

As a conscientious consumer, you will want to look beyond safety and quality standards to your products' sustainability. It's important to ensure that the practices behind collagen products are properly managed and sustainable. Here are a few things you should check:

  • Metal tested. Is the collagen tested for toxic metals such as arsenic, lead and mercury? 
  • Is the environmental impact minimized when sourcing the collagen?
  • Are there any additives or preservatives added? 

Cofo Provisions uses only wild-caught, U.S.A. pollock from a Marine Stewardship Council approved facility. We strive to have the cleanest collagen without adding fillers or binders while also testing for metals and toxins.

We care about what we are putting into our bodies and want to provide only the highest quality, organic ingredients to our community. So, you can be outside and feel good inside.