Pig Collagen vs Fish Collagen: What Brand Contains Which?

Roger Ong

Living in the ancient city of Kyoto, been in Wonect for 3 years sharing the best Japanese products available! Japanese product Writer, Editor and Youtuber.

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39 Responses

  1. Usman M. says:

    Hi guys….do you know if Shiseido aqulabel cream uses pig, or fish, collagen?



  2. Leng says:

    What is the difference between the Asashi Perfect Collagen vs the Asashi Perfect Collagen Premium?

  3. Leng says:

    Sorry …. forgot second question!
    I have a lot of pain in back and knees. Which brand collagen is high in “type 2” collagen which is recommended for joints.
    Thank you.

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Leng, thank you for the questions!

      >> Difference between Perfect Asta Collagen and Perfect Asta Collagen PREMIUM RICH

      As you would already figured out the Asahi Perfect Asta Collagen Premium Rich (what a mouthful!) is the “upgraded version”, with additional ingredients such as placenta essence, ceramide, bird nest essence, and royal jelly. Both products still have low molecular collagen, hyaluronic acid, the ever-important Vitamin C, Co-enzyme Q10 etc.

      The Asahi Perfect Asta Collagen Premium Rich seems to be the better product, but don’t buy it just yet! Because you need to choose what is the most useful for you. For example, if you are already taking alot of other supplements that contain ceramide, you are probably going to have to ask, “Do I really want more?” On the other hand, if the collagen is the only supplement you are taking, then the Premium Rich is going to give a boost in your beauty routine.

      Also, the Perfect Asta Collagen is pig-based collagen, while the Premium Rich collagen is derived from both pig and fish.

      >> Collagen Type II?

      Regarding the collagen types (I, II and III), do note that Japanese collagens are focused on beauty. This means the manufacturers do not differentiate between the collagen types mentioned (not yet anyway, the trend is being tested in Japan now), and the effects on joints are not measured. However, both Perfect Asta collagens also contain glucosamine, which are great for joint health. We’d recommend either collagen, but not as the sole supplement for joints. (I too have joint pains especially in the knees, so what I do is take both collagen and glucosamine. Sharing it as a reference :D)

      Finally, we are attaching two links here, in case you’d like to look at the ingredients of the two collagens:
      Perfect Asta: https://goo.gl/mn8hQZ
      Perfect Asta Premium Rich: https://goo.gl/a2tiws

      Hope this helps in clarifying any doubts you have! 🙂

  4. Aida says:

    Hi! Do you know if the DHC supplements contain pig by product (lard or gelatin) to make the coating if the capsules? I just bought a lot of DHC pills of various types (collagen, rose hip oil and pueraria) without knowing how to read japanese but the store assistant said it’s vegetarian friendly. Please help to find out for me as I can’t take pig derived substance (i’m a muslim). I dont want it (or my money) to go to waste!

    Thank you in advance.

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Aida! Let us help you check, so they won’t go to waste! 🙂
      Is it possible to provide us the list of products you have purchased? (if there’s no english title, you may take photos and send us the photos through the email r.ong@wonect.com).
      Very often, different products will have different formulation, even though they may be from the same brand.
      We’ll check each item’s ingredients.

      And are you the same lady who asked about Chocola BB on our youtube video?
      If so, we are still waiting for a reply from Chocola BB to confirm some of the ingredients! 🙂

  5. sam says:

    hello ,my name Sam,as you know brands of collagen from japan,by any chance do u know something about Omono collagen drink that is also from japan,if u do not mind can you share some history or how u think about this brand .there is not much information about this brand Omono .thanks

  6. Yoon says:

    Hi how about astalift collagen powder. From which animal

  7. Elle says:

    Hello :). I wanted to ask if the gelatin in DHC Collagen is from a pork or from a fish? Thank you so much!

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Elle! The one we have introduced in the article is fish-derived (according to the DHC’s website), but it’s only for this series! DHC has other collagen products that may use pork collagen instead.

  8. aya says:

    hello,i’m aya i like to know what collagen that may heal wound or scar in skin,and what collagen are made from bovine(beef)

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Aya, most collagens can repair skin scars, even though these here are made for a different purpose. If you are looking for products to heal scars back to before, depending on the type of scars you may want to look for whitening products or suitable exfoliation routines on top of taking collagen.

      Beef collagen products are rare these days ever since the Mad Cow disease years back. These days, most are pig and fish. If beef collagen is what you are looking for, this sounds strange but cuisine with beef dishes may be the way to go!

  9. M.N says:

    Hi. I know the dhc collagen supplement is from fish. But it contains gelatin as well which it’s source is not clear. I would like to know what is the source of this gelatin. Is it from pig, fish or other animals?

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi M.N, according to the manufacturer’s website, it just says gelatin. This means that is quite likely to come from pigs. Thank you for the great question.

  10. Sassy says:

    Hi, questions…
    1. Does the LOW MOLECULAR in Orihiro means it has Low Molecular “WEIGHT” Collagen? If yes,
    2. In your intro (under PIG College) it says, “The low molecular weight collagen has already been broken down beforehand, which means that it can even skip being broken down by digestive enzymes, and be readily absorbed by the body at the stage of absorption.” But in the case of the LOW MOLE ORIHIRO – it doesn’t have any ingredient that’s derived from pig.?

    Can you further elaborate on this aspect? I am really thinking of buying any of the 2 Orihiro variants. Your answer will help me decide. Thanks!

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Sassy,

      1) Yes, that’s right! It’s kinda of a short form (you know how long Japanese product names can be (⌒_⌒;) )

      2) If pig content is a concern, be sure to differentiate between the placenta and the non-placenta ones! Both uses fish collagen as their main collagen ingredient. However, the placenta version contain extract of pig placenta. So, you’re right, the LOW MOLE ORIHIRO is the one that doesn’t have pig ingredient (confirmed from their website too~).

  11. moi says:

    Thanks for the article. Do you know if Nano Japan Hyaluron Collagen contain beef or fish collagen please?

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi moi, sorry we are not sure. While Nano Japan’s collagen is researched and developed in Japan as their website states, it is not a Japanese brand. Perhaps you’d like to contact them directly for confirmation. 🙂

  12. Mae says:

    I finally found the answer to my question! Thanks to this article. I was recommended to buy Orihiro Placenta Collagen but couldn’t find any article that says from which placenta it is derived from. Good thing I saw your article as I know now that a part of the ingredients is prohibited to be shipped to Kuwait (pig placenta essence). Thanks guys!

  13. アスリ says:

    Hi, thank you very much for the article. Do you know if Shiseido The Collagen drink contains any animal derived ingredients other than the fish collagen? Also, is there any of the collagen drink ingredients originally from alcoholic drinks? Because we are muslim also and we would like to know if the collagen drink is not prohibited for us. Thank you very much. I’m looking forward to hear from you guys. ?

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Asuri,
      I’ve had a look at the ingredients and the only potentially problematic ingredient I can see is hyaluronic acid, which can be derived from animals. There is also erythritol, which is chemically an alcohol, but from my quick research it appears to be considered halal.
      Unfortunately Shiseido The Collagen isn’t halal certified, so I can’t say it’s 100% safe, but I hope this helps you make a decision 🙂

  14. Alma says:

    Hi can ask you about the different of dhc collagen to amino collagen powder? Thanks

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Alma, thank you for your question! There are a number of DHC collagens, so it’s hard to say all the differences. But looking at the two collagens in this article, the key difference is the purpose. Amino Collagen aims to improve skin health and condition, while DHC Collagen aims to offer affordable collagen supplements. You can tell from the difference in the amount of collagen present in both, DHC Collagen at half of what Amino Collagen has. We would go for DHC when we are not too concerned about skin health, or as an extra supplement when we are not taking enough collagen from other products.

  15. Candace Ge says:

    Hi, quick question for FANCL, what’s the difference between the powder and the tablets?

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Candence, we’re linking the new FANCL collagen products here, because they renewed their collagen formula just a few weeks ago. You can find the tablets and powder under (2) and (3) respectively. The differences lie is the ingredients and flexibility. The powder is able to squeeze in more beauty ingredient content, and can be mixed with food and drinks too.

  16. Ching says:

    I am 33years old, what collagen should I use: Asashi Perfect Collagen or Asashi Perfect Collagen Premium?

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Ching, thank you for your question. Both collagens are valid options! To pick between them, we need to look at the differences, which are in the ingredients.

      The original Asahi Perfect Collagen features Hyaluronic acid, and thus a product that focuses on returning/replenishing moisture content in the skin. On the other hand, the Asashi Perfect Collagen Premium features placenta extract, which has multiple benefits especially for females users, including hormonal balancing and anti-oxidant benefits. (You can read more about placenta extract here).

      Looking at this, it could boil down to whether you want to focus on increasing your skin moisture, or maintaining healthy skin. Remember to choose accordingly to your own needs!

      By the way, there are not much between collagen content (5,300mg for Original vs 5,500mg for Premium).

  17. Oren says:

    Any recommended kosher collagen drink?not allowed to intake pig,shellfish or any supporting ingredients like gelatin made up of this..thanks.

  18. tamara Yapp says:

    Hello, I have enjoyed your information-Thank you
    We are in the USA and looking for a very clean PIG collagen we can create our own line of products. I would LOVE to know what you think is the best/safest/cleanest collagen is in Japan, (or anywhere for that matter) the best product source and the company? THANK YOU for all your information-Your blog is wonderful!

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Tamara,
      Thanks for your question! We deal in consumer products here at Wonect, so I’m afraid we don’t have any real insight in regards to the quality of manufacturers who make the raw collagen itself. Large companies like Shiseido and Meiji will often help us out by telling us the animal source of their products if we ask, but they don’t tend to go into detail about the actual supply chain they use. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to ask them directly! You never know 🙂
      Good luck with your venture!
      All the best,

  19. tamara Yapp says:

    Sorry left out that we want ti for internal use first-Then to grow from there.

  20. Victor says:

    Hi i am a 16 year old with acne problems. My face, neck, back and chest is constantly plagued with acne. While i have applied over the counter acne products – which have reduced the inflammation substantially, my skin is still filled with large pores and is producing excessive sebum with my dry skin. I wanted to try these collagen line of products to mainly reduce my acne scars and gave better overall skin. Are these line of products effective?

    • Victor says:

      I saw this afc hanamai collagen products.
      Im intending to buy porcine related collagen products

    • Wonect Team says:

      Hi Victor,
      Thanks for your question! Collagen can help with pore size because collagen boosts skin firmness and elasticity, which can reduce the visible size of your pores. Since you are so young, though, your body is most likely producing all the collagen it needs on its own.

      Instead of drinking collagen, one thing I would suggest if you haven’t tried it is a topical vitamin C treatment. Vitamin C when applied topically can stimulate cell turnover and collagen production in the skin, which helps with scarring, and it also is an effective acne treatment. My personal recommendation is the Melano CC series because it’s really well formulated and very affordable, so you don’t have to be sparing– you can use the more concentrated serum as a spot treatment for scars or particularly inflamed areas, and/or use the lotion all over if you are dealing with larger areas like your back and chest.

      You also mentioned having excess sebum and dry skin. Often dry or dehydrated skin produces excess sebum in an attempt to protect the skin barrier. Often topical acne treatments can worsen this issue because they’re drying, which can lead to a vicious cycle. It may seem counter-intuitive, but I would really recommend boosting your moisturizing routine along with the acne treatments. Something like the HadaLabo hyaluronic acid lotion (I’m linking to the light version, but there are different formulations available) or the Naturie Jobs Tears gel are lightweight options that aren’t going to feel heavy on your skin. Hyaluronic acid is similar to collagen in that it is part of our skin’s natural buildup, so it’s easily absorbed and a very effective humectant. The Naturie gel is really lightweight, absorbs quickly, and the Jobs Tears extract can help with the size of pores too.

      One final recommendation which has been a lifesaver for me is a vitamin B supplement. Since you’re 16, the acne could have a hormonal element which supplementing vitamin B can help with. These DHC vitamin B supplements have worked wonders for me. They’re very cheap and basically the same ingredients as what are in the more expensive anti-acne supplements.

      I hope you don’t mind me chiming in with other recommendations! I know how stressful it is dealing with acne– I’ve used all these products personally, so I hope it’s useful as a reference 🙂

      All the best,

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