What is Collagen?

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body – a major component in the structures of skin, teeth, bones, nails, ligaments and tendons. The word collagen comes from the Greek word “kolla” which translates to “glue” in English. Quite literally, collagen is the glue that holds these human body parts together.

What are the Benefits of Collagen?

There are 16 types of collagen – four of which hold particularly important roles in human function.

Type 1 Collagen makes up around 90% of the collagen production inside our bodies. It acts as the building blocks for skin, bones, tendons, connective tissue and teeth.
Type 2 Collagen is found in cartilage and it provides support for our joints.
Type 3 Collagen supports the structure of organs, muscles and arteries.
Type 4 Collagen helps keep our skin youthful and healthy.

Many beauty brands market their collagen products by highlighting the benefits of collagen and the importance of what collagen does for our skin. Marine collagen in particular, has been hailed for its reparation in skin elasticity and hydration, with users supplementing this protein reporting a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles.

As we get older our collagen production starts to drop. Not only does the amount of collagen being produced decline, the quality of the collagen protein decreases as well. Luckily we can support the production of collagen through our choice of nutrition and supplementation. Generally speaking, a balanced diet rich in vitamins, nutrients and minerals is a great way to keep our collagen production perpetuated.

Collagen Supplements

We believe the best collagen supplements are the supplements that fit easily into your daily routine. Collagen tablets, collagen powders and collagen oils are some of the few ways you can supplement this protein and it’s a matter of choosing which you are most likely to use. We’re taking a closer look at three of our favourites below to help you weigh up the options.


 Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is made from the scales of fresh, non-GM, wild-caught white fish. The taste is completely neutral and it’s soluble in water, so this collagen protein is perfect for mixing into smoothies, soup s and drinks.
Planet Paleo’s Keto Collagen Coffee mixes organic coffee with healthy MCT fats and clean protein from pasture raised cows. This is a great option for anyone following a ketogenic lifestyle who wants to enjoy the benefits of collagen, without altering ketosis. Even if you don’t follow keto, this collagen keto coffee will give you an energy boost to power you through the day. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, this makes fitting collagen into your routine easy.
You & Oil 100% Collagen is an easy addition to your skincare routine; simply add a drop to your daily moisturiser. This collagen face serum contains red algae extract, known for its ultra-moisturising and skin protective properties.

Plant-Based Collagen

Most collagens are made from marine or grass-fed animals, but there are also vegan collagen sources, which come from beans, nuts, seeds and soy.

We provide a range of vegan collagen supplements to help boost collagen production. Sunwarrior Plant Based Collagen contains strengthening and supporting nutrients such as vitamin C, trace minerals, leafy greens, silica, and biotin. There are also hydrating compounds such as hyaluronic acid and tremella mushroom extract to help attract and retain skin moisture. Soluble in water and neutral in taste, this vegan collagen powder can be added to any of your favourite drinks and shakes, or if you want some added taste, we also stock this collagen vegan substitute in vanilla and chocolate fudge flavours.


If you are interested in vegan collagen for skin , CHOBS Collagen Sheet Mask is a blend of organic collagen extract, organic rosemary leaf and organic chamomile water – all working together to bring your skin’s elasticity and plumpness to life. Collagen beauty couldn’t be simpler with this easy-to-use face mask, created in Korea, a country renowned for its advancements in the science of skin and beauty. CHOBS Collagen Sheet Mask is suitable for all skin types and it’s possible to be kept in the fridge, if you want to create a cooling sensation for the skin during use. Check out our full collagen range at Planet Organic to find the collagen supplement perfect to fit your lifestyle.