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What Is Beef Collagen?

What Is Beef Collagen?

Beef collagen, also known as bovine collagen, is derived from cows and comprises types I and III collagen.  

Are beef gelatin and collagen the same?

Beef gelatin and beef collagen come from the same product but collagen is produced when gelatin is processed more using a technology called hydrolysis. Also, in terms of usage, beef gelatin is generally used as a thickening or setting agent or for making capsules (like those typically used for vitamins), and beef or bovine collagen powder is used as a food supplement. 

Where does bovine collagen come from?

Bovine or beef collagen comes from cows. Edible Health sources our 100% hydrolysed bovine collagen entirely from cowhide. We do this by way of a cutting-edge, solvent-free, alkaline manufacturing process that is fully certified as BSE safe and free from all hormones, steroids, veterinary medicines, toxins, and allergens.

Is bovine collagen grass-fed?

When it comes down to manufacturing a product, thousands upon thousands of farmers globally oversee millions of cows. Given the sheer scale of the industry, we don’t believe collagen companies can provide absolute assurance that all cows involved in their production process are exclusively grass-fed for 100% of their lives. 

Most cows will typically receive grass as part of their natural diet, but in many farms around the world, during the winter months when grass is scarce, their feed may have to be supplemented their feed may have to be supplemented. This includes some grains. It is possible for cows to be 100% grass fed but, due to the challenges with weather and cost implications, there are simply not enough grass fed farms around the world that can supply the collagen industry. 

In addition, there are also no independent bodies anywhere in the world that audit and certify grass fed, so it is impossible to verify with full traceability. As a side, during the manufacturing process, Edible Health uses state-of-the-art equipment that processes the collagen to such a high quality that even if the cows were fed grains, no traces of this are found in the end product. 

Which is better, fish or beef collagen?

The source of collagen doesn’t matter.  What matters is the quality of the supplements. Whilst there are slight variances in the amino acid profiles of fish and beef collagen, there is little difference in molecular structure, and there is no difference in efficacy between either product.  However, if you are allergic to shellfish or fish, it’s best to go with beef collagen. 

Also, if you are a pescatarian or cannot eat beef for religious or other reasons, then fish collagen is the way to go. The only main difference is that marine collagen is generally more expensive. This is because the raw material costs for fish collagen are roughly double that of beef collagen.


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