Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that collagen is a hot topic right now. Has been for a while. But recently manufacturers are coming out with multiple variations in collagen products, and choosing what to buy can be downright confusing. We thought we’d offer a little help.
First the basics. Collagen is a protein with many benefits for our bodies. Studies have shown collagen can improve the health of skin, hair, nails, bone, joint pain, and maybe even help heal a leaky gut. Collagen generally comes in 3 types, though some products offer more. Most studies show that Type I and III are best for skin, hair, nails, and bone. Studies show Type II offers the best results for joint pain.
One other point: some products are labeled “hydrolyzed collagen” while others are tagged as “collagen peptides”. The terms mean the same thing: short chains of amino acids derived from collagen. All the products listed below fall into this category.
That said, let’s look at what manufacturers have been up to:
Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate – This is the grand-daddy of collagen products, being the first to come out with a grass-fed and pasture-raised powdered collagen supplement. The product is made of Type I and III collagen.
Garden of Life Grass-Fed Collagen – This company offers a multitude of products to choose from.
Bluebonnet Grass-Fed Collagen – This unflavored powder contains Type I and III collagen.
Nature’s Plus Collagen – This unflavored power contains Types I, II, III, IV, V, and X collagen. It is sourced from grass-fed beef, sustainably caught fish, cage-free chicken, and eggshell membrane.
Zhou Collagen Peptides – Derived from grass-fed and pasture-raised beef, this powder is unflavored.
Bluebonnet Collagen Caplets – Derived from grass-fed beef, this product contains 1,000 mg or 1 gram of collagen peptides Type I and III.
Youth Theory Collagen Tablets – Each tablet contains 1,000 mg or 1 gram of hydrolyzed collagen and 10 mg of vitamin C.
Jarrow Formulas Type II Bioavailable Collagen Capsules – Each capsule contains 500 mg of BioCell Collagen (from chicken). (Remember Type II has the best studies showing relief of joint pain.)