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Bovine vs Marine Collagen

Bovine or Marine Collagen?

This is a question we get asked time and time again, especially as there are a lot more brands using marine collagen.  These brands can then confuse us all with the misinformation that they use to market their products!

On-Group Ltd has been studying and using bovine collagen for over 18 yrs.  The decision to use bovine collagen was not taken lightly.  Having taken advice from leading physiologists, scientists, research facilities and conducting our own research into which type of collagen delivered the best results that you could both see and feel, we chose bovine collagen!

This research was robustly challenged and tested when we created our sports nutrition range – U Perform – by Professor Greg Whyte OBE PhD DSc FBASES FACSM, who is a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moore’s University, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Exercise Physiology and Exercise Performance.

We also consulted with Dr Steffen Oesser, who has published over 50 research papers on collagen and its effects, Dr Oesser is the director of the Collagen Research Institute (CRI).


So what are the main differences and why do we use bovine collagen?

A) Bovine collagen’s composition is more similar to human collagen, and therefore not only is it absorbed more readily by the body, but it is also easier for the body to distribute it to where it’s needed most.

Collagen consists of amino acids bound together to form a triple helix of elongated fibril, known as a collagen helix. It is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and skin.  Over 90% of the collagen in the human body is type I collagen.

There are over 30 different types of collagen, and each type performs a slightly different role in the body.


B) Bovine collagen contains 14% more proline and 41% more hydroxyproline than marine collagen.

These two amino acids make up about 25% of collagen, being the most abundant amino acids after glycine.  Hydroxyproline and proline play key roles for collagen triple helix stability.  Hydroxyproline in particular is important as a crucial component of collagen strength and elastin.


C) U Perform’s collagen is highly targeted through the use of our cutting edge Bioactive Collagen Peptides®.  Innovation backed by science… using extensive clinical studies, all of our Bioactive Collagen Peptides® have been optimised to maximise the stimulation of the human cell types involved in collagen biosynthesis.

This makes U Perform collagen more bioavailable than most marine collagen products.  Absorption studies show up to 95% absorption within 12 hours of ingestion of collagen peptides.

Don’t just take our word for it… do your research!

A study conducted by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) looked at people with long-term symptoms of chronic Achilles tendinopathy, who were not responding to any traditional therapy and were unable to train.  Within 3 months, 12 out of 20 participants were able to return to running after starting a therapy of 5g of bovine collagen daily.  The collagen used in the study are the same Bioactive Collagen Peptides® that we use in our Active Collagen.

Still think marine collagen is for you?  Ask the brand you’re thinking of using to produce clinical evidence that has been approved by the Federation supplement Europe (FSE) and/or European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Hopefully we’ve provided you with a bit of an insight into why bovine is our preferred collagen for optimising your performance, optimising your recovery and more importantly optimising your quality of life!

We are constantly researching which ingredients we should use to help you perform to your very best, and the questioning the evidence behind them.

Thank you for choosing U Perform.

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