Before we talk about Halal and Non-Halal Collagen, let’s look into the types and sources of collagen to get a clearer picture. Here’s a snapshot of the THREE COLLAGEN TYPES:
Type I: Type 1 collagen is the most copious in the human body. It’s known to help with bone structure and contribute to healing wounds and keeping skin elastic and strong.
Type II: Type II collagen makes up over half of protein in cartilage, which makes it vital for joint health.
Type III: Type III collagen is typically found along with Type I and it best known to help keep skin firm, taut, and elastic as well as maintain stronger nails and thicker hair.
Sources of Collagen Powders
You should be aware of the different sources of collagen powder supplements, especially if you are concern about Halal Ingredients.
1. Animal Collagen Powder
The vast majority of collagen powders come from cows and chicken. Bovine collagen is found naturally in cows’ skin, muscles, and bones and contains Type 1 and Type III collagen. Then there’s chicken collagen, which carries an wealth of Type II collagen from the bird’s bones, cartilage, and tissues.
2. Marine Collagen Powder
Marine collagen mostly comes from fish, which contains Type I collagen. Fish collagen is smaller in size and is known for its higher absorbability in the body.
3. Vegetarian Collagen Powder
Vegetarian collagen comes from chicken egg whites and eggshells, which offers Type I and Type V collagen (Type V is found in relatively minimal amounts, in hair and placenta mostly, so it’s not one you need to focus on, but doesn’t hurt to consume if you prefer vegetarian powders).
4.Vegan Collagen Powder
There is no direct source of consumable collagen for vegans, but there’s still a way to help collagen levels flourish: by eating foods that help stimulate the body’s production of the vital protein. “Vegans and vegetarians who want to incorporate more collagen into their diet should look to consume more vitamin C, silica, vitamin A, certain antioxidants such as ellagic acid, and foods rich in zinc including spinach, and pumpkin seeds,” suggests Dr. Axe, who adds that broccoli, red bell peppers, oranges, and medicinal mushrooms are great collagen-boosting options. “Beets are also high in nitric oxide which supports circulation and may support collagen production.”
Now that you know about the sources of collagen, make the right halal choice especially if the collagen is from animal sources. Make sure the animals is processed according to Halal guidelines.