Is collagen halal?

by Hannah de Gruchy December 12, 2023

Is collagen halal?

Collagen is a protein that helps to keep the skin plump and youthful and the joints supple and lubricated. From around the age of 25, our levels of this valuable protein begin to decline as our natural collagen manufacturing mechanisms slow down.

This gradual process means that we begin to notice the visible signs of ageing in our 30s, 40s, and beyond, including skin sagging and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We might also begin to develop joint stiffness, immobility, swelling, aches, and pains as we enter our later years.

Collagen supplements, that help to top up our collagen reserves, are a popular option to help minimise and potentially reverse some of the effects and signs of ageing, namely its production decline and its results.

Many collagen supplements are derived from animals such as bison and yak, and most commonly, cows. For this reason, they may not be suitable for those following a halal diet and lifestyle. There are, however, some brands that produce halal-certified collagen supplements.

Is collagen halal: fast facts

  • Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body responsible for the health and suppleness of the skin, joints, and blood vessels.
  • As part of the natural ageing process, we lose collagen, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles in the skin and potentially painful, immobile joints.
  • Bovine collagen supplements are made by boiling the bones of cows and other animals, meaning that they may not always be suitable for a halal diet.
  • Marine collagen powders are derived from fish sources and there are some vegan collagen alternatives also available.

The different types of collagen

Types of collagen

There are five main types of collagen found in the human body – types I, II, III, IV, and V, each with differing roles. Types I and III are found most abundantly in the skin, while the joints tend to contain types I and II.

Collagen supplements are widely available as bovine-derived or marine-derived. Bovine collagen is made using the bones of animals such as cows and is rich in types I and III. Marine collage is rich in types I and II and is made using the fins, bones, and scales of fish. Therefore, many people choose to take bovine collagen supplements to support their skin, while people looking to support their joints may choose to take marine collagen.

Vegan collagen powders are also available, however, as collagen is animal-derived, they don’t contain collagen. Instead, they tend to contain the building blocks of collagen proteins, called amino acids, along with other nutrients essential for the manufacture of collagen, including vitamin C. Some also contain collagen building blocks made from yeast and algae.

Is collagen halal or haram?

Some collagen brands do not manufacture halal collagen, but we’ve carefully selected Planet Paleo collagen products that are certified halal.

The foundation of a halal diet is to avoid consuming anything that contains pork or pork by-products, alcohol, or substances considered impure or harmful. If a food contains ingredients derived from an animal (other than a pig), then they must have come from an animal, such as a cow, that has been slaughtered in a specific way.

Therefore, in the case of bovine collagen, the bones used must have come from a cow that has been slaughtered to halal principles. Some bovine collagen powders do not conform to halal principles and are therefore considered haram. To be considered halal, marine collagen should also ideally come from high-quality, sustainable sources, to ensure that it isn’t contaminated with impurities or harmful substances. Finding a supplement that fits in with such dietary requirements can be difficult.

However, some brands ensure that all their collagen supplements are certified halal, such as Planet Paleo, the most popular brand of collagen we sell.

The best halal collagen powders

Pure collagen powder – Planet Paleo

As well as being certified halal, Planet Paleo products are free from gluten, soya, sugar, and artificial fillers and binders. They’re also packaged in 100% plastic-free, compostable packaging. Simply add the recommended daily intake of your chosen supplement to water, fresh juice, or a warm drink each day.

Their Pure Collagen powder is derived from grass-fed, free-range South American cows that haven’t been exposed to harmful chemicals or artificial hormones. It contains a highly digestible hydrolysed collagen that’s rich in types I and III and supports healthy, youthful skin. Bovine collagen is great for digestive health, as well as boosting joint strength, enhancing skin elasticity, and fortifying hair and nails.

Marine collagen powder - Planet Paleo

If you're experiencing stiffness or discomfort in your joints, Planet Paleo's Marine Collagen powder might be just what you need. This supplement not only aids in soothing your joints but also enhances the health of your skin, hair, and nails. It's a great choice for overall wellness.

Made using wild fish, caught using sustainable fishing practices in designated waters off the French coast, it’s rich in easy-to-digest, hydrolysed collagen types I and II.

Collagen isn’t naturally found in plant-based products, and nutrient boosters are instead manufactured as a vegan collagen supplement.

Vegan collagen – Planet Paleo

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, and you’d like to take a supplement manufactured by a company that observes halal manufacturing processes, the Vegan Collagen Nutrient Factors from Planet Paleo is am ideal choice.

With amino acids, vitamin C and other collagen boosters, it will help to support healthy skin and joints, with zero animal products. The natural chocolate content is a real bonus and can be had as a cold or warm cacao vegan shake.

Taking halal collagen supplements

Woman taking a collagen drink

If you follow a halal diet and lifestyle, and you’d like to take collagen supplements, take care to choose a product that’s been certified as halal, such as our range of Planet Paleo powders mentioned above.

We always recommend taking any supplement every day for at least 12 weeks to fully notice any benefits. However, studies suggest that noticeable anti-ageing results from collagen powders could be seen in as little as four weeks. Separate studies have found that it could take around six months of regular supplementation before any improvement in joint discomfort is felt.

Taking between 2.5g and 15g of collagen each day is considered safe, with no known serious side effects. A large intake can initially lead to bloating, nausea, and stomach pains, so it’s best to build up gradually, especially if you have a sensitive stomach.

Collagen powders, whether they’re derived from bovine, marine, or vegan sources can be beneficial for the appearance of your skin and the health of your bones, muscles, and joints, and they’re well worth considering. Choose a high-quality, halal-certified brand and you could be noticing results within a few weeks or months.

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Hannah de Gruchy
Hannah de Gruchy

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Health and wellness author and biologist specialised in sustainability, nutrition and eco-living.


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