What are the advantages of collagen from fish vs cows or pigs?
Answer: Traditional marine-derived collagen delivers a wide range of benefits over porcine, bovine, and other sources. With its low molecular weight, marine collagen peptides provide excellent absorption and bioavailability compared with porcine and bovine collagen. In addition, the risk of illness is minimized with marine collagen—not the case with other animal sources, which have been associated with disease transfer to humans. Additionally, marine-based collagen peptides and gelatin contain no pork or beef products. This makes them widely accepted across cultures and religions. For example, all Vinh Wellness Collagen products are Halal certified.
What are the benefits of using farm-raised vs. ocean-caught fish?
Answer: Marine collagen taken from ocean-dwelling fish can be contaminated with heavy metals and other undesirable trace elements. Using our own freshwater, sustainable, farm-raised fish minimizes this risk. Another disadvantage of using collagen from ocean fish is that it is often produced by blending the skins from a wide variety of species. In addition to the lack of traceability and uniformity, this practice is more likely to add unwanted odors and flavors to the collagen. This is not an issue with Vinh Wellness’ highly-controlled, single-source, freshwater production. And, unlike collagen from ocean-caught fish, ours is low in sodium.
What are the advantages of fish raised in fresh, tropical waters?
Answer: The amino acid profile of collagen derived from tropical freshwater fish compared to ocean-caught fish is more compatible with the collagen needs of humans. The closer a particular collagen peptide is to human skin, the more desirable it is. This molecular similarity is heavily influenced by the temperature in which the source animal lives. Ocean fish are adapted to cold saltwater. By contrast, our farm-raised pangasius (pangasius hypophthalmus) spend their entire lives in fresh, room temperature water. The result is collagen that more closely resembles that of terrestrial animals, including humans.
What are the advantages of pangasius?
Answer: Our farm-raised, certified-sustainable, food-grade pangasius (pangasius hypophthalmus) is an ideal collagen source. Collagen derived from the skin of these fish contains more proline and valine than any other marine collagen. What’s more, it also contains more hydroxyproline, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, and phenylalanine than any other product on the market. In addition to providing specific health benefits, our single-source Pangasius means we can consistently deliver this unique amino acid profile.
What are the benefits of single-source freshwater collagen peptides and gelatin?
Answer: More and more, producers and consumers alike want to know where their products come from, and be assured that they are made in a safe, sustainable, and ethical manner. That’s exactly what our single- source process delivers. Vinh Wellness collagen peptides and gelatin are sourced from the skins of a single species that we breed and raise ourselves in accordance with Good Aquaculture Practices (GAP), for which we achieved certification in 2009. In 2015, we became the first organization in the world to be certified Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) 4 Stars for our hatcheries, feed production, pangasius aquaculture, and processing. In addition, we were the first Pangasius producer in Vietnam to obtain ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certification, which focuses on the cornerstones of farming: environmental protection, community factors, food safety, and traceability. This traceability is one of the keys to Vinh Wellness’ ability to consistently deliver high-quality medical-grade collagen peptides and gelatin. Since we breed, feed, raise, and harvest the fish ourselves, we maintain total control over every aspect of the product cycle. Vinh Wellness’ strict controls and testing ensure our collagen is pure and safe, as well as provide the ultimate in product transparency.
How does pangasius-based collagen compare to other sources?
Answer: Collagen and gelatin products from Vinh Wellness have a unique amino acid profile, characterized by high content of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline, which represent 50% of total amino acids.
Is freshwater collagen a suitable substitute for porcine-based products?
Answer: Until now, pork has offered the most compatible source of collagen for human needs. Our freshwater collagen peptide is an excellent substitute for porcine collagen. Our collagen peptides provide higher absorption and bioavailability compared to both bovine and porcine. Porcine is often preferred because its amino acid profile is compatible with human needs. Pangasius has a profile similar to porcine. No other freshwater source has an amino acid profile that is as close. In addition, Vinh Wellness collagen peptide provides even more benefits, due to our ability to deliver low molecular weight collagen peptides—down to 1000 Daltons.
How does our processing of fresh, raw materials affect the final product?
Answer: Our ability to process fresh fish plays a key role in product purity and uniformity. All Vinh Wellness collagen is processed on-site, typically within 24 hours of the fish being caught. This practice ensures the integrity of our collagen peptides and minimizes waste, since we can extract the maximum amount of collagen per fish.
What is the importance of traceability?
Answer: Traceability is one of the keys to delivering consistently high-quality collagen peptides. Since we breed, feed, raise, and harvest the fish ourselves, we maintain total control over every aspect of the product cycle. Vinh Wellness’ strict controls and testing ensure our collagen is pure, safe, and pharmaceutical-grade, ideal for the most demanding applications.
How do Vinh Wellness products conform to cultural and religious norms?
Answer: With no pork or beef products, our freshwater collagen is widely accepted across cultures and religions. In addition, all Vinh Wellness products are Halal certified.