Bovine collagen has been praised as the next big thing in beauty. Despite how many active ingredients a serum or cream might contain, it can only penetrate the skin so far. Bovine collagen, on the other hand, is so effective because it works its magic in the dermis (the layer of skin that lies below the epidermis) to build beauty at a cellular level. And taking it couldn’t be easier: just add to your drink of choice, stir to dissolve and sip. Read on below to discover five of bovine collagen’s incredible benefits.
Bovine collagen has amazing anti-ageing abilities
Collagen is a protein found naturally in the body. It plays many important roles in overall health, but is especially vital when it comes to beauty. Responsible for giving the skin strength, structure and elasticity, collagen is what keeps us looking youthful and radiant. Unfortunately our supply decreases rapidly as we age, which leads to fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, rough texture and skin laxity. Incorporating bovine collagen into your daily routine is clinically proven to top up your body’s supply of collagen and stimulate the production of new collagen. It reduces wrinkles, smooths fine lines, rehydrates the skin and gives that lit-from-within glow.
Bovine collagen is best for skin, nails and hair
There are two main sorts of collagen you’ll come across: bovine and marine. Not only is bovine collagen more genetically compatible with the human body than marine collagen – making it more easily absorbed and distributed throughout the body – it is also rich in the types of collagen that are beneficial for beauty. Our skin is mostly made up of Type I and Type III collagen, both of which can be found in bovine collagen (whereas marine collagen only contains Type I). Bovine collagen also boasts a rich amino acid profile (glycine, proline and hydroxyproline) that promotes hair growth and nail strength.
Bovine collagen supports your gut health
More and more research is emerging around the fascinating connection between gut health and skin health. Bovine collagen can help to prevent leaky gut, which occurs when bacteria and toxins permeate the intestinal wall and escape into the bloodstream. This common condition can cause chronic skin issues like acne and inflammation, bloating, fatigue and digestive problems. Type III collagen is found in large quantities in the intestines. Bovine collagen strengthens the intestinal wall lining, both preventing leaky gut and supporting overall gut health.
Bovine collagen is clean and traceable
Bovine collagen is derived from cow hides, bones and muscles. Marine collagen, on the other hand, is derived from seafood waste like fish scales and skin, so it can be difficult to know exactly what species it has come from. Most brands also don’t disclose where in the world they source their marine collagen from, meaning it could have been imported from a commercial fish farm in China or Southeast Asia and/or pose a safety risk of heavy metal toxicity, antibiotics and environmental pollutants. At By Beth we are proud to only use 100% Australian bovine collagen, sourced from grass-fed and pasture-raised cattle that have been raised according to our country’s strict green farming protocols.
Bovine collagen is virtually tasteless and blends beautifully
As you might imagine, marine collagen can tend to have a fishy aftertaste. Thankfully, bovine collagen is virtually tasteless. It blends beautifully into hot or cold liquids, from plain water to tea, coffee, smoothies and juice. If you’d prefer some flavour, our botanic blends (Wood & Spice and Fruit & Floral) combine 100% Australian bovine collagen alongside native botanicals selected for their outstanding antioxidant properties. Subtle, refreshing and uplifting, these make for delicious teas or tinctures. We also invite you to get creative with your favourite By Beth formula and experiment with adding it to your next sweet or savoury recipe.