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Today I will talk about collagen and share my favorite brands and what I consider the best collagen supplements at the moment.
**Disclaimer: Not medical advice. As always, consult with your doctor before taking or adding anything new to your supplements routine to avoid any adverse interactions with medication. **
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Best Collagen Supplements
Now there is speculation amongst some people on whether it’s necessary even to take collagen supplements so make sure to do your research. But based on what I found, my experience, and hearing from experience from others, it’s something that I’ve found beneficial and personally choose to take.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a protein make up of amino acids. It provides structure, support, and strength to things like your ligaments, tendons, skin, bones, etc. It exists abundantly in your body.
To help you body naturally obtain collagen you can find it in different sources such as:
- Bone broth
- Organ meats
- Fish skin
There are a couple more sources and other foods that aid in the production of collagen such as eggs, berries, and garlic.
However, unless you have a really balanced diet and regularly include these certain foods in your meals, you’re probably not getting enough collagen or collagen-aiding nutrients in your diet. Meaning, you’re missing out on a lot of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Collagen
Most people are familiar with the external benefits of collagen such as its effects on skin elasticity and anti-aging. But collagen can provide both internal and external benefits to the body.
- Skin, hair
- Helps strengthen brittle nails
- Maintains your heart health
- Maintains a health gut barrier (helps leaky gut)
- Supports healthy bones
- Joint health (may help relieve joint pain due to age, wear, or injury)
- Supports bone strength and formation (VERY important as we age because we all eventually do)
The Sad Truth
Despite knowing how important collagen is, in today’s modern diet, not everyone is getting enough collagen.
I mean, how often do you incorporate organ meats in your diet or any of the previously mentioned foods?
In addition, collagen production starts to decrease as soon as the age of 20! There is nothing wrong with aging as it’s a natural part of life, but I like to take control of how I age and want to age gracefully. I also want to delay or prevent any of those joint aches and pains.
Other factors can impact collagen synthesis such as digestive issues, drinking, smoking, etc.
If you have a ton of digestive issues, collagen can help reduce inflammation and improve microbiome health by providing it with the best environment it needs to thrive.
You have to be quite careful about which collagen supplement you pick. You want to avoid brands that have been found to have heavy metals such as lead in them.
So if you’re on the hunt for a powdered collagen supplement like I was, keep reading to find out my top two picks.
My Top Best Organic Collagen Supplement Pick
One of the top places if you can find cleaner supplements is Perfect Supplements.
One of my top picks! I always recommend going for grass-fed collagen whenever possible.
Perfect Supplements Hydrolyzed Collagen is gaining popularity due to its affordable price point and the fact that it is the only brand to have the stamp of approval for being Glyphosate Residue-Free from The Detox Project!
A 100% clean collagen!
This one is unflavored but they do now have their new chocolate and elderberry flavored ones.
And if you’re looking up to snatching up some bone broth to include in your diet, they even carry a version of their own powdered bone broth.
It’s a better alternative to some store-bought bone broths that may have some additives and unnecessary ingredients if you’re looking to improve your gut health.
My Favorite Marine Collagen
My second favorite collagen is Truvani’s Marine Collagen. This one contains type 1, 2, and 2 collagen. I noticed a huge difference in my skin after taking this for a few weeks.
My skin is combo-type skin with white heads along my t-zone, specifically my chin and nose area. Then one day, I looked in the mirror ready to get some of those white heads out (I know, I know, not the best idea), but they were almost entirely GONE. Some even had shrunk to the point where I couldn’t even notice them.
I like to mix it in with my favorite organic matcha tea.
My skin is the best it’s ever been since taking this.
There is also have grass-fed collagen but I have yet to try it out.
Pair the above with:
This supplement which contains the antioxidant Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Biotin to support and maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails. It also contains a blend of Sea Buckthorn Powder and Pine Bark Extract.
The little packets make it super convenient to take them on the go. Plus, you don’t have to take a ton or spend a ton compared to buying several supplements separately.
Formulated without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, dairy, soy, or gluten.