A NUMBER of Iceland’s largest fishing companies have signed a letter of intent to participate in establishing a ‘health warehouse’ that produces collagen protein from cod skin.
The declaration was agreed by HB Grandi, Samherji, Vísir, Þorbjörn and Codland. Should the plan come to fruition, HB Grandi says it will submit 150 million Icelandic kroners (roughly 1.25 million euros) to the project, resulting in a 21.8 per cent share. The total cost is about one billion kroners.
Preliminary designs and cost estimates have been completed and constructions are expected to start this summer at the Reykjanes peninsula.
The development is part of drive by fishing companies to get maximum economic benefit from fish.
While the benefits of collagen remain open to debate, it is claimed that it reduces skin ageing and even helps to relieve muscle and joint pain.
Researchers at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston found that supplementing with type 2 collagen helped patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis find relief from painful symptoms by decreasing swelling in the joints.
While there are benefits associated with all animal collagen sources, fish collagen peptides are known to have the best absorption and bio-availability due to their smaller particle sizes compared to other animal collagens.
Fish collagen is a complex structural protein that helps maintain the strength and flexibility of skin, ligaments, joints, bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, gums, eyes, nails and hair.
It is absorbed up to 1.5 times more efficiently into the body and has superior bio-availability over bovine or porcine collagens.