How can I take a collagen supplement?
There are a fair few options when it comes to collagen supplements. The main ones we will be covering today are collagen powder, collagen pills and collagen drinks. The supplements we are talking about will all give you the same benefits, with just a few differences. Adding a collagen supplement into your daily routine can not only help you with glowing skin, healthy hair and strong nails, you are also potentially going to enhance your joint, muscle and gut health! Did you know that collagen is the most plentiful protein in the human body? Which is why it is essential that we try and support the function of it. Collagen is formed of chains of amino acids, which is best described as building blocks! Naturally, the amount of collagen we have and produce slows down as we age, and although we are unable to fully stop the decline of collagen production, we can still try to slow down the process of this happening! Read on to find out more about liquid collagen, collagen powder and collagen pills to find out which one best suits you.
What is liquid collagen?
Liquid collagen is a collagen supplement containing collagen proteins which is normally added to a liquid such as purified water. Pre-made collagen drinks can be consumed on their own or added to other beverages and food. For example, you can try adding it to a fruit smoothie, protein shake, your morning oats or stirred into yoghurt. Most liquid collagens are already hydrolysed, this means that the large proteins have already been broken down, making it much easier for our bodies to absorb. Liquid collagen is perfect if you are short on time, but still want to reap the benefits that you can achieve from taking a collagen supplement.
What is collagen powder?
Collagen powder is one of the most widely used way to incorporate a collagen supplement into your daily routine. Most hydrolysed collagen is highly soluble in hot or cold liquids and foods, which is great as it makes it simple to add to pretty much anything! You can add it to your morning coffee, tea, smoothies, post workout shakes, porridge and even baking. Boosting your collagen supply has never been easier!
What are collagen pills?
Collagen pills are simply collagen powder which has been encapsulated into pills or also capsules. These tablets can be quickly taken with a glass of water, but they may not be ideal for those who have trouble digesting and swallowing tablets. Although they offer the same benefits as a collagen powder, it might be worth considering that the amount of collagen found in tablets will be considerably less than the amount of collagen found in a powder supplement. This means that you would more than likely have to take more pills for a slightly longer time before you start to see the real benefits of supplementing with collagen on a daily basis. That being said, they are still a good option and will help with any supplemental goals that you may have.
What’s the best collagen supplement to take?
When looking at what is the best collagen supplement to take, there are a few things to consider. Here are a few pointers that we suggest you take a look at before purchasing your supplement!
How much collagen is in the supplement
The first thing to look for is the amount of collagen that is in the supplement when taken. This is typically measured in mg (milligrams). The higher the mg per serving, the higher the amount of collagen there is. For example, encapsulated collagen supplements will have less mg of collagen in comparison to a collagen powder.
What else is in your collagen supplement
When comparing collagen supplements, it’s also important to carefully look at what other ingredients are in the supplement. Ideally, the supplement should be free from any additives or ingredients that do not compliment or support the supplementation of the product.
What type of collagen is in the supplement
Did you know that there are many types of collagen? When finding the right collagen supplement to take, it is recommended that you look into which type of collagen is in the product itself before purchasing it. Typically, types I, II and III are the most commonly found in collagen supplements.
What the molecule weight is of the collagen
The lower the molecule weight of the supplement, the more effective it will be. Collagen is directly correlated to its molecular weight, a lower molecular weight means that our bodies absorb the peptides far more efficiently and will benefit even more so from its functional and antioxidant properties. For example, Wellgard’s collagen supplements molecular weight averages at 3,000 g/mol whilst our competitors’ products sit at approximately 5,000 to 6,000 g/mol.
In summary, whatever collagen supplement you decide to purchase, we strongly suggest you do your own research to decide which one will work best for you. But whichever one you choose, you will hopefully start to discover the benefits of collagen supplementation!
If you have any medical queries in relation to a collagen supplement, please speak to a medical professional for any advice.