Fish is comparatively less common source of collagen; however, in recent years, the fish collagen production is being increased due to religious constraints associated with the consumption of other animal sourced collagen. For many years, only the animal collagen like bovine and pig were primarily used as a collagen supplement; however, it has potential risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease. This has sparked the lookout for a safer option of collagen. Also, in cosmetic purpose, the other animal sourced collagen has difficulties in getting absorbed by the human and needed to be supplemented with hypodermic injection treatment, which is typically expensive and carry the risk of infection as well.

Although less versatile than gelatin, fish collagen has received considerable attention for its potential as an ingredient in processed functional food manufacturing as well as for cosmetic, biomedical, and pharmaceutical applications. Fish collagen can be used as a nontoxic alternative collagen. It has the high absorption rate by human skin than another animal collagen, making it more suitable collagen option for the cosmetic industry as the cosmetic industry utilizes collagen for skin moisturizing and other skin care products. In addition, from processing point of view, the fish collagen scores over the traditional sources as extraction process for the collagen preserves its triple-helix structure, thus keeping polypeptides and amino acids intact. These proteins naturally complement collagen and make the resulting treatment more effective.

Moreover, rising fish production and growing Muslim population across the globe further sparks the adoption of fish collagen across the globe. According to the FAO, the total global fish production in 2016 reached an all-time high of 171 million tons, of which, 88 percent was utilized for direct human consumption.

Thus, with religious constraints associated with the consumption of other animal sourced collagen, high absorption rate of fish collagen by human skin than other collagens, and growing cosmetic industry across the globe, the fish collagen market is expected to witness rapid growth in the next few years. The global collagen market is expected to grow at CAGR of 6.8% to reach $5.6 billion by 2025, according to the Meticulous Research®.

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