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Collagen supplements have gained popularity in the past few years. Products are flooding the market and there are tons of brands out there. It’s confusing as a consumer as to which brand to choose. I didn’t know how overwhelming it would be to buy collagen until recently.
So what’s the hype about COLLAGEN?
Collagen has been called the “Fountain of Youth” for a reason. It’s been show to assist with strengthening hair and nails, improving the appearance of skin, and supporting bone and joint health.
We start losing about 1% of collagen each year beginning in our mid-20’s. By time menopause hits, we can expect to have lost about 30%. It takes up to 12 weeks to see results, but some consumers report seeing results in as little as 2 weeks.
Choosing the right product
Since supplements are not evaluated by the FDA for safety or efficacy, I make sure I’m diligent when choosing the best product. When choosing any supplement, I first make sure it passes my “Trust Test,” then I do a label check. For the “Trust Test” I verify if the product meets consumer safety standards. My top sources for this are the NSF and USP. I check to see if the product has their seal, if not, I check their website to see if the company’s product is listed. If it’s listed, I trust that the company has done its job to ensure their product is safe.
Next, I check the label. Are there any ridiculous health claims? Are the ingredients listed on the label? In addition, the product has to be reasonably priced. If this criteria is met, I evaluate if the product has the proper ingredients and dosage.
There are 16 different types of collagen. When choosing a collagen supplement make sure it has Type I and Type III collagen (these make up 90% of the body). Next, make its hydrolyzed collagen peptides from grass-fed bovine (being hydrolyzed makes it easy to digest and bovine is the most potent collagen source). In addition, the product should have a diverse list of amino acids and at least 11 grams of collagen peptides per serving.
If you’re looking for a non-animal source, there are products that source their collagen from fish. This is called Marine collagen. Check the label to verify the source of collagen to be sure. However, if you don’t have any dietary preferences, grass-fed bovine is the most potent source.
Top Products on the Market
Based on reviewing research conducted by ConsumerLabs and ConsumersSurvey.org, I’ve listed below the top rated collagen supplements (in no specific order). Remember to verify the labels and pass the “Trust Test.”
● Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Power – Pure
● Vital Proteins Collagen Protein Powder Supplement – 10oz
● Essential Elements Collagen Peptides Powder