What is collagen?

What Is Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. We often find collagen in the ligaments, bones, muscles, skin, blood vessels, cartilage, and tendons of your body.

Types Of Collagen

As technology evolves, scientists were able to identify many different types of collagen. The most common types of collagen are:

Type I and III collagen comprise 90% of all the collagen in the human body. They support skin, muscles, bone health, hair and nail growth. Type I collagen is the major structural component of the skin, tendons, bones, and organs, while Type III collagen can be found in the bone marrow. It helps to form the arterial walls which are the key to cardiovascular health.

The combination of Type I & III Collagen helps to:

  • Improve the elasticity of skin, tendons, and ligaments
  • Supports bone matrix
  • Thicken hair and reduce hair loss
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve nail strengths
  • Repair and assist in the maintenance of connective tissues
  • Promotes wound healing


Type II collagen is found in your cartilage.

It makes up the gel-like fluids providing lubrication for easy movement. When it breaks down, our joints begin to grind, and hence causes pain and inflammation. Yes, it links to arthritis. On top of that, it also links to patients who have irritable bowel disease due to low collagen level in the body. Type II collagen helps repair tissues along the digestive tract and promotes gut health.

The main source for collagen:

Type I = Marine Extracts from fish (skin, bone or scales).

Type II & III = Animal Extracts, mainly from Bovine (Cow or Beef) & Chicken


Bovine Collagen Vs. Marine Collagen


There are two types of extracts the manufacturers will consider in order to produce different types of quality, namely animal extracts, and marine extracts.
Fishes are the main source to derive the marine extract.
Whereas animal source for collagen comes from bovine (cow or beef), chicken, pig, etc…

Our digestive enzymes play an important role in breaking down collagen into peptides so that it can be absorbed by our bodies.
Studies have shown that fish collagen peptides are smaller than bovine collagen peptides, thus giving them superior bioavailability and digestibility.
However, due to its low molecular weight, marine collagen proves to be 1.5 times More Absorbent than bovine collagen.
This enhanced absorption ability helps to bring the collagen deep into your skin, hence giving you a youthful look.

AISHITOTO recommends Marine Collagen for skin beauty… “


Now, let us understand how marine collagen is extracted.

Collagen from fish is extracted from the fish remains.
For example, skin, scales, bones, fins, etc.
Many Marine Collagen in the market today is extracted from the scales of fish.
They are generally cheaper than those from fish skin.

Needless to mention which option manufacturers will go for in order to obtain high profit.
Though both fish skin and fish scales give us the same Type 1 collagen, they are at a totally different level.
The fish skin is superior in quality than fish scales.
That is because fish skin is soft and collagen can be extracted completely with heat and enzymes.

In contrast, fish scales are hard and need to be dissolved with hydrochloric acid.
Hydrochloric acid is a strong chemical substance that not only dissolves scales but also the amino acids (collagen),
Meaning while they are trying to extract collagen from fish scales, they are indirectly destroying them in the process.
Fish scales have mostly been sourced from cultivated Tilapia (freshwater fish) in ponds.
To maintain profitability, they often use antibiotics to treat bacterial infections in the pond.

In Aishitoto, we care about the well-being of our customers.
We serve our customers with utmost sincerity and dedication.
Above all, we want our customers to have the best that we can offer.
Thus, we make sure that our marine collagen jelly is made from extracts from the deep-sea fish skin.


What Can Collagen Do?

It basically connects tissues in the body.
Collagen supports internal organs, combines cells to structure the body, provides oxygen and nutrients,
On top of that, it strengthens bones.

Your body contains 30% of this protein and IS ABUNDANT IN SKIN.
It is how the abundance of collagen promotes the elasticity of your skin.
The Good News is, our body produces collagen. That’s great right? However…
Bad News is…

From the age of 20s, your body starts to Lose Collagen!
…and it produces less and less collagen as you age.
Meaning you will start getting:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Sagging skin
  • Grey Hair
  • Hair loss
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Bone Loss
  • Arthritis
  • Farsightedness
  • Atherosclerosis

Wait. There’s WORSE!

Did you know that the production of collagen in your body decreases Drastically after menopause?

During menopause, a woman will experience hormonal changes in her body.
The level of a hormone in her body, called estrogen starts to decrease.

Estrogen plays an important role in skin health. It stimulates the production of collagen and natural oils in your body which keeps your skin moisturized.
Your body is already losing collagen every single day starting from the age of 20.
Nevertheless, can you imagine how much more you lose with less estrogen?

The biggest question here is…


How to Restore Collagen in Your Skin?

Bad habits contribute to the loss of the body’s natural collagen at a faster rate.
Simple logic says it accelerates aging if you lose the natural collagen in your body.
Smoking, high sugar consumption, sun, and toxins exposure including indoor artificial UV light exposure and poor diet lead to wrinkles and sagging skin.
Namely women’s most concerned issue and of course other health problems.

You cannot avoid environmental factors, neither can you stop getting old.
This simply means that collagen loss in your body is inevitable.

We now talk about replenishing the lost collagen.
Dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin, broken nails or damaged hair are signs of collagen deficiency.
We need to restore aged collagen to counter the effects of aging, in order to improve the appearance of our skin and body health.

Throughout the years, you might have heard news about beauty treatments gone wrong or bad Botox experiences.
People spent hundreds of thousands on laser treatments, Botox and fillers just to look younger.
That does make you look “Insta-Worthy”, but only on the outer layer.

Fortunately, there are ways to regenerate YOUTH FROM WITHIN your body.
As the saying goes, kill two birds with one stone.
Taking collagen as a dietary supplement not only promotes health, it makes you feel good and look younger as well.


How to choose the best collagen supplement?

Back in the days when there were no collagen supplements in the market, the only way to get collagen is through food.
In southeast Asia, people often consume collagen from cooked animal skin or bone broth.
Gelatine in bone broth contains glycine, glutamine, proline, and arginine.
Though they contain collagen to a certain extent, it is not advisable to consume these foods every day due to their high fat and cholesterol level.
Whenever we think about replenishing the lost collagen, the fat intake is always our next concern.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way!
Technology nowadays allows us to consume collagen without worrying about the amount of fat we are taking in.
In fact, there are tons of collagen supplements available in the market.

There are collagen powder, collagen drink, collagen tablets, capsules, jelly, cream, soap, and serum.
How would you know which type of supplements will give you the best result?
Well, that’s what we are here for…

There is a common thought in customers’ minds that “collagen is collagen, same protein regardless of the source”.
However, the fact is the ratio and concentration of amino acids may vary from source to source, therefore affecting effectiveness in supplying collagen to our body.
Let us find out.

Marine collagen vs. Mammal-Derived Collagen

Marine collagen or fish-derived collagen is known as type 1 collagen, the most abundant collagen type in our body. Especially in the dermis, must be an ideal compensator for skin collagen loss.
Meanwhile, fish-derived collagen appears to be the winner in terms of bioavailability comparison thanks to its safety, purity and high solubility.

** The Islamic community prohibits the consumption of animal-derived food.
**Meanwhile, fish-derived food seems to be more Halal-friendly.


Wild-Caught vs Farmed Fish

Wild-caught fish feeds on a natural diet and encounters fewer bacteria and parasites.
They are often healthier, purer and richer in nutrient values than those of farmed fish.
Fishes used for Aishitoto collagen extraction is wild-caught from Seas of Japan and must meet strict sanitary and hygienic standards of Japan in order to guarantee the best collagen input.


Collagen’s Molecular Size Defines Its Digestibility


Together with the collagen source, the molecular size appears to be the deciding factor in selecting types of collagen supplements.
As developed under advanced hydrolyzation technology, the complex collagen molecules break down into super tiny peptides, helping the human body to absorb them quickly and effectively.


Free of BSE and TSE Risk

To produce marine collagen jelly entirely from non-mammal sources, Aishitoto has built a separate room exclusively from animal-free processing.
Along with associated warehouse, processing controls, and cleaning procedures, the manufacturing zone is completely segregated from any possible sources of animal-derived materials.
It is therefore unlikely to present any risk of TSE or BSE contamination.
TSE: Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy
BSE: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


No fishy smell or taste

Aishitoto produces the purest and finest quality of marine collagen by removing fish oils during processing.
There is no fishy aftertaste in Aishitoto’s marine collagen jelly and can thus be added into beverages or eat directly.


What makes AISHITOTO Collagen Jelly the BEST-SELLER in Japan for 9 consecutive years?

Above all, the goodness of eating the right collagen makes us the best seller year after year.
Rational explanations as below also imply one’s beliefs in Aishitoto products to achieve optimal benefits.

“Youth from Within” by supplying sufficient collagen to your body.

The depletion of collagen in the skin is the main factor for the formation of wrinkles and lines and cause of skin sagging. It is reported that our body collagen synthesis starts declining from the age of 20s,
Because of that, our body may lose 25% and 50% when we reach the 40s and 60s respectively.
Understanding this fact, Aishitoto’s marine collagen jellies satisfy your collagen need with recommended dosage as an effective strategy for ‘youth from within’.


Quality is a decisive factor rather than quantity.

Aishitoto has invested many years in research and development to formulate the most bioactive and effective collagen supplement.
Therefore, we are proud to provide high-quality collagen characterized by tiny-molecular size and marine-collagen
It helps your body to absorb collagen quickly and effectively.
As a result, your skin condition will improve with more elasticity and less wrinkle.


Convenient – Collagen on the Go

Aishitoto is the trend pioneer of “BEAUTY ON THE GO” over the world in developing convenient collagen supplements.
It has been designed with small-size and convenient packaging, so you can bring them anywhere without really feeling the extra weight.


Delicious and Fat-Free

Aishitoto jellies are blended with fresh and delicious fruit juice and are designed to entertain your daily collagen routine.
Moreover, with only 14.3kcal per serving, these jellies are also FAT-FREE!
You can enjoy the collagen jellies without having the anxiety of getting fat or even on a diet. Intrigued yet?


Certified by Monde Selection International High-Quality Award

Monde Selection medals are well-known as prestigious labels as an international high-quality guarantee over the world.
That is because, all Monde Selection certified products must undergo organoleptic judgments, nutritional, chemical and bacteriological tests.
These tests are examined by a jury made up of at least 8 experts chosen from the jury council with more than 70 internationally renowned experts.

Consequently, Aishitoto collagen jelly is proud of being awarded the Monde Selection Gold Medalist for 13 consecutive years and 3 times Holder of the International High-Quality Trophy.