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Collagen FAQ

Collagen FAQ

Is withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen safe?

Yes. TruMarine™ Collagen is Health Canada approved and is 100% safe. Collagen has been used by millions of people around the world in food, dietary supplements, cosmetics and medicine, without side effects. Collagen peptide has:

  • GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) status from the FDA
  • Approval from Health Canada and the World Health Organization

Every batch of withinUs TruMarine™ is stringently tested by independent laboratories to ensure quality and safety. Tests are performed on nutritional content, microbiology and heavy metals (e.g. mercury content). No traceable amounts are found in our product and we also guarantee it is not more than 0.1 ppm (parts per million). All production and testing documentation has been reviewed and found to be in compliance with the Good Manufacturing Practices Regulations of the Natural Health Product Regulations.

The fact that TruMarine™ Collagen is highly safe makes it extremely suitable for long term use. In addition, because withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is extracted from fish scales, it is free of any risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), foot-and-mouth disease or bird virus.

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is a 100% natural product and is free from any dairy, lactose, soy, wheat, gluten and allergens. It also contains no artificial colors, flavors, additives or preservatives.

Who can benefit from taking withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen?

Generally speaking, all adults – both men and women - can benefit from taking collagen. Diet, age, stress, digestive issues, and physical activity all affect our ability to provide our body with the nutritional raw materials it requires to properly support joint and connective tissue health. Collagen is an essential nutritional component for those wanting to remain healthy and active throughout their life.

How do I take withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen?

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen can be added to hot or cold liquids, or incorporated into food (yogurt, oatmeal, etc.). For best results, we recommend taking withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen with a form of vitamin C - either together with a supplement or blended in a smoothie, soup or juice containing vegetables and/or fruits. Ideally, one should take withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen first thing in the morning or just before bed. Pour in 5 grams, stir, and let sit for a minute to completely dissolve. We suggest adding withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen to:

  • Coffee, tea, herbal tea
  • Hot water with lemon
  • Smoothie/juice
  • Soup

What does it taste like?

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is virtually odorless and tasteless, and contains no artificial coloring, flavoring or additives. While the majority of our customers do not notice any taste or odor, a select few do. For those who detect a slight taste or odor, we suggest adding the product to juices, smoothies, tea with honey and lemon, water with lemon or coffee.

Where is withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen sourced from?

Our 100% ultra-pure collagen (premium select grade TruMarine™ Collagen) is sourced from exclusive, sustainable, wild fish found in the deep, pristine waters of the South Pacific Ocean - north of Australia and approximately 5,000 km from the coast of Japan. The ocean currents of the Southern Hemisphere are separated by the Equatorial Counter Current and are completely different from those of the North Pacific. The Kuroshio Current of Japan flows north towards North America (not south) and therefore does not impact our product.

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is not formulated with any other ingredients, preservatives or stabilizers.

How long does it take to see results?

While the time frame in which results can be observed will vary, customers who take 5-10 grams of withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen daily generally feel and see a difference within 4-8 weeks.

Like any supplement, in order to obtain the best results, withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen should be ingested on a daily basis.

How many scoops should I take per day?

Generally speaking, one scoop (5 grams) added into beverage or food daily is recommended for most people.

However, we recommend that those who are taking withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen for joint health take two scoops (10 grams) per day.

Can I take withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen with other supplements and medications?

While withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen will not affect or conflict with other supplements, we always recommend that you speak with your doctor if you have concerns about taking TruMarine™ Collagen in conjunction with prescription medications.

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen contains only the collagen from fish scales, and is free of fat and cholesterol. It will not affect blood cholesterol.

Are there any side effects from taking withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen?

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is 100% natural protein and free of dairy, lactose, soy, wheat and gluten. It contains no artificial colours, flavours, additives or preservatives. This product has been extensively tested, and no negative or unwanted side-effects have ever been noted.

However, if you are taking any prescription medications and have concerns, we suggest that you check with your health care provider.

Can I ingest withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen while pregnant or breastfeeding?

While withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is a 100% naturally sourced product that has no side effects, we advise all moms-to-be to consult with their health care practitioner prior to use.

The good news is that many of our customers use withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen postpartum while breastfeeding and they have found that it helps diminish "pregnancy mask"/ melasma, and that skin becomes firmer and more hydrated. After pregnancy many women also find that their hair or nails become thinner and more brittle. withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen replenishes and restores collagen and helps hair to grow thicker and nails to become healthier and stronger.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and you have any concerns, it is recommended that you consult with your health care practitioner prior to use.

What is a collagen peptide?

A peptide is a compound that consists of two or more amino acids. The amino acid composition of withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen consists of 18 amino acids. Much different from other protein sources, collagen peptides contain a unique combination and ratio of amino acids (protein) - most importantly glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. This ensures high absorption and high bioavailability for maximum results. Collagen peptides are not considered a complete protein because they are devoid of the amino acid tryptophan. The protein amount in our collagen is 95%, with 5% moisture content.

Collagen peptide is another term for hydrolyzed collagen. withinUs Natural Health obtains our TruMarine™ collagen through a hydrolysis process which uses a proteolytic enzyme, retaining almost all the original amino acid composition. Collagen peptides are easily dissolved in hot or cold water and will not become a gel at low temperatures.

Clinically proven, withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen peptides resist digestion and have a 95-98% absorption rate. Peptides derived from marine collagen help with the formation of collagen by stimulating fibroblast growth and encouraging the production of extra cellular matrix components.

Why is withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen superior to other collagen products?

To provide the highest quality possible, withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is extracted from the scales of wild, deep sea, sustainably harvested fish, presenting unmatched advantages. We use no harsh acids or chemicals but rather a natural enzymatic process to obtain the highest quality and purest form of collagen. withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is made strictly from scales, which offers a higher concentration of collagen, resulting in an ultra-pure product with far less impurities than collagen derived from fish skin or a combination of scales/skin.

When it comes to beauty and health products, the popularity of fish-derived collagen continues to grow. This is due primarily to a preference for marine ingredients over those sourced from beef, pork, or chicken. Fish collagen is also free from the risk of pathogens that cause diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Decades of research shows that due to its very low molecular weight, Type I fish collagen is absorbed at a higher level into the bloodstream and circulated throughout the body more easily than other types of collagen.

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen also has a unique amino acid composition with a very high concentration of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline - the main agents necessary for stimulating cell regeneration in skin, joints and bones.

What is the difference between Collagen Type I, II & III? Which is best?

Type I Collagen - Found in skin, tendons, blood vessels, ligaments, organs, and the cornea of the eye. This type of collagen also comprises about 50% of the protein matrix of bone.

Type I Collagen is the most abundant form of collagen in the body.

Type II Collagen - Found in hyaline cartilage, the intervertebral discs of the spine and the vitreous humor of the eye.

Type III Collagen - Found in skin, tendons, intestines, artery walls and the uterus.

There is much confusion regarding collagen types I, II and III. The fact is that all three types can provide health benefits. More importantly (and often overlooked) is the collagen source and the manufacturing process.

Types I & III collagen are most often derived from fish (marine), cow (bovine) or pig (porcine) sources. Fish (marine collagen) is widely considered to be the superior form and the most premium source of collagen - but not all marine collagen is created equal. Marine collagen is sourced from various fish species and can be produced from fish skin (low grade), skin and scale (mid-grade) or exclusively from fish scale (high grade). withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is a premium select grade collagen, produced exclusively from the scales of sustainably sourced fish found in the deep, clean waters of the South Pacific Ocean. TruMarine™ uses a proprietary enzymatic process to produce an ultra-pure form of collagen, which provides superior bioavailability.

Type II collagen is a less popular form of collagen most commonly sourced from chicken sternum.

Note: If a collagen supplement does not list the raw material source it is very likely a lower (cheaper) grade collagen derived from bovine or porcine sources.

Why is withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen not in capsule form?

One to two scoops of powdered collagen is equivalent to taking 10-20 capsules (i.e. 5-10 grams) daily. Because our collagen is in powdered form, cost per gram, it is the more economical option. The other benefit is that no stabilizers or additives are required and it has a higher absorption rate.

Is withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen gluten-free?

Yes. withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is sourced exclusively from marine life and contains no gluten.

Can I take withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen if I'm allergic to fish?

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is sourced from deep ocean fish scales and is not recommended for those with allergies to fish. Our collagen does not contain any shellfish or crustaceans.

How does withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen assist with lean muscle gain?

The high concentration of specific amino acids in within TruMarine™ Collagen are used by the body in the creation and function of muscles, bones, joints and skin. Collagen assists with lean muscle gain and tone by promoting the production of natural creatine, which is essential for new muscle growth following workouts. withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen in a smoothie or cold pressed juice post-workout is a healthier and purer alternative to sugared protein bars or bodybuilding shakes. TruMarine™ does not contain any fat, carbs, sugar, dairy, lactose, soy, wheat or gluten.

Isn’t hydrolyzed collagen (collagen peptide) simply a protein that will be digested?

This is a common misconception. Traditionally it was thought that all protein is broken down and digested in the same manner. However, in recent years, more and more studies have been conducted with scientific evidence showing this to be untrue. In fact, after ingestion, collagen peptides have been shown to resist peptidase digestion and are absorbed into the blood circulation system at relatively high levels. Peptides derived from marine collagen help with the formation of collagen by stimulating fibroblast growth and encouraging the production of extra cellular matrix components. Numerous studies have concluded that the absorption rate of deep sea collagen by the human body is as high as 95%-98%, but will vary depending on an individual’s body condition and health.