We can all admit that Collagen is the most popular its ever been, but how do you find the best collagen for YOU?
A simple Google search of “Collagen” gives us over 130 MILLION results. Searching on Amazon for “Collagen”, returns 7,000 search results of every product claiming to be the “best” and “most effective”.
Most people don’t have the time, or expertise, to sift through all the results and find the best collagen for their needs.
That’s where we come in!
As your resident experts in all things collagen, and quite frankly huge fans of making everyone gets the exact nutritional help they need, we have compiled a list of the top things to look out for when picking out your next collagen product.
Quality is by far the most important factor you will want to consider in your quest for the best collagen.
While the other factors we will discuss can determine whether collagen will help you or not, quality is the one factor that can actually hurt you if you are not careful.
As most of us know, all collagen is animal based. Sure, there are some companies out there that claim that they promote the same collagen boost using only plant based ingredients, but the verdict is still out whether those claims are true.
Certifications Are Important When Looking For Collagen
Don’t let anyone fool you, when it comes to collagen, certifications are important.
Because collagen is animal based there are many things to look out for to ensure the source of the collagen used in the product is of the highest quality.
If your lifestyle or religion comes with restrictions on what to eat (for example: Halal or Kosher), the product you are looking to purchase SHOULD and most likely will be able to provide these certifications. If they do not, feel free to contact them and request this.
Positive Statements to Look Out For
Keywords and certifications you want to look out for are the following: “Grass-Fed” (for bovine), “Cold Water” (for marine), BSE Free, Non-GMO, Natural, Hormone Free, Antibiotic Free.
Going The Extra Mile
There are many ways to go the extra mile when it comes to boosting the quality of a collagen product.
Has the collagen been re-processed to further improve the quality? Are there any extra ingredients added to help boost the effectiveness of the collagen?
Signs of Going The Extra Mile
Signs that a product is truly deserving of your purchase, and that the company behind the product cares about you, is the time they put into creating a complete product.
Additives like MCT Coconut Oil, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and using Natural Flavors are the gold standard that separate the average collagen product from the best.
Both Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid help boost the effectiveness of the collagen, while MCT Coconut Oil gives your body extra health benefits that Collagen just cannot provide (and who doesn’t want to be MORE healthy!?).
Certain companies also go the extra mile with the quality of their final product. Instantized collagen is the latest breakthrough in collagen. Not only does it help the product mix much easier, we have also found that it improves the taste as well.
Region May Determine The Best Collagen For You
The region where cattle or fish comes from in the collagen you consume also can impact the quality and effectiveness of the product.
Grass-fed collagen from Brazil is somewhat of a golden standard in the industry today. It is what we use in our products, and what some of the other top brands put into theirs. However, some brands have gone away from using grass-fed collagen from Brazil due to its price and availability.
It is also important to note that collagen sourced from most parts of Europe are also highly regarded for their quality and effectiveness.
Both of these regions are highly regarded in the quality and treatment of the entire collagen production process that it truly shows in the final product. We have also ran trials ourselves and pitted collagen from Brazil versus 4 other regions. In terms of effectiveness (for joint and bone health), the Brazilian collagen performed better than any of the other 4.
In regards to Marine Collagen, you will want to look for a product that is sourced from cold water fish only.
Best Types of Collagen
If you are reading this, chances are you are slightly more educated than the average collagen consumer. If you are, you know that there are many collagen “types” out there, 10 (currently) to be exact.
But how do you know which one is the best?
Well, technically, there isn’t a best “type” when it comes to collagen.
Sure, Type I & III from bovine seems to be the standard, and rightfully so. It works fairly well for all the common reasons you would take collagen – hair, skin, nail, joint, and bone health.
However, if you have specific goals in which you are trying to use collagen to help you reach them – then you may want to look somewhere else.
For example, Type I collagen, primarily found in Marine Collagen is the best for hair and skin health – and overall anti-aging. It is a natural antioxidant, so it helps you fight free radicals.
Collagen Type II is best for joint and cartilage health. It can primarily be found in Chicken Collagen, and small traces in Bone Broth.
For bone strength and health, Bone Broth Collagen is the way to go. It provides extra bone support, and also provides extra benefits that regular collagen does not.
- Ensure that the product you are purchasing has all the industry standard certifications, and the brand behind the product is transparent about their entire process.
- Try to stick to Grass-Fed collagen from either Brazil or any major country in Europe.
- Pick and choose the product (and type of collagen) depending on your own personal goals.