So, what is the best collagen to take?
Well, to answer that fully we encourage you to consider the following four key factors. But we're not just stopping at liquids. Oh no, we want to look at capsules, pills and gummies too!
- INGREDIENTS – pure or with nasties?
- VALUE FOR MONEY – are you getting this biggest bang for your buck?
- ABSORPTION & EFFICACY – you want your collagen to work, right?
- BRAND ETHICS – nobody likes being lied to!
But we're not just stopping at liquids. Oh no, we want to look at pills and gummies as well! So, let's demonstrate how and why collagen powder is head and shoulders the best form of collagen for you to take.
Summary - Collagen Powder vs Liquids, Pills & Gummies
Want the quick answer to this question?
Check out our table below and you’ll see that powder not only offers the highest daily serving size of collagen but is also the cheapest price per gram and the least likely to contain any nasties. And whilst pills, capsules and gummies may try to fool you with their 60 or 90 day offerings, with under 50mg of collagen in a gummies serving, that’s 260 times less collagen.
We know that you are ‘brain-on’ health enthusiasts who don’t just want the latest Z-list celeb gimmick. We know you want straight-forward, natural ways to feel and look good without compromising your conscience or values.
At Edible Health, we’re for the people who want natural, not nonsense.
We’re about kick-ass collagen that offers wellness for the wise.
So, if you’re after some more wisdom, then we’d be delighted to empower you with even more details so that you, the customer, can make informed purchasing decisions, whether it’s a Edible Health purchase or not.
1.INGREDIENTS - WITH OR WITHOUT ADDITIVES
Our Powder Ingredients
All of our collagens, whether pure or blends, are free from sugar, soy, gluten, dairy, lactose, steroids, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and artificial preservatives and sweeteners. They are also certified free from heavy metals and are BSE safe, as well as being Kosher, Halal and WADA compliant.
Due to our purity and commitment to all-natural, our powders are all suitable for Keto, Paleo, Whole30 and fasting lifestyles.
We work with a state-of-the-art manufacturer to create the best quality, fully accredited collagen available on the market. This comes at a cost, but we will never compromise quality for price. Cheap collagen is cheap for good reason, and we refuse to risk the health of our customers for the sake of a wider profit margin.
Our bovine and marine collagen powders are made entirely from cow hide and fish skin respectively, and our blends contain not only our pure bovine collagen but are combined with 100% natural, super nutrients, chosen specifically for their known health benefits and their synergy with collagen.
Liquids, Pills & Gummies Ingredients
As mentioned earlier, quite simply, the very nature of other forms of collage such as liquids, pills, capsules or gummies, requires additives.
Look for ingredients such as water (often contaminated and/or unfiltered), preservatives, flavourings and sweeteners. When it comes to the latter, stevia is often touted as an all-natural, healthy alternative to sugar. However, some researchers believe there is not yet enough evidence-based research to provide a total understanding of how stevia might affect the body.
Our understanding of commercially produced stevia is that it has to be bleached during the manufacturing process. Bleach is not something we want anyone to put into their bodies.
2.VALUE FOR MONEY
Average Daily Serving
Edible Health's pure hydrolysed collagen powder recommended daily serving is 13,000mg (13 grams), of which 100% is collagen.
Liquids and shots typically contain 5,000-8,000mg (5-8 grams), and capsules are rarely more than 1,000mg (1 gram).
Gummies are often under 50mg - that’s 260 times less collagen per serving!
Average Daily Price
Based on our website price per tub of £20.95 for the bovine and £30.50 for the marine, Edible Health collagen costs just 70p and £1 respectively.
In contrast, shots, capsules and gummies do not provide the equivalent amount of pure collagen per serving. As a result, they cost substantially more when examined on a cost-per-serving basis. For example, a 30 day bottle of gummies with only 50mg of collagen per serving requires you to spend £113 PER DAY to get the same 13 grams of collagen!
Make sure you do the maths to ensure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck!
How Long Does a Single Purchase Last?
A single purchase of our 400g tub will last 30 days, in contrast to a single purchase of liquid collagen sachets, which will typically only last 10-14 days.
Although pills and gummies may last longer, as mentioned above, they provide a significantly lower serving of pure collagen across the duration of use.
A bottle of capsules or gummies may last 60-90 days, but you would need 26 capsules or over 260 gummies to get the same amount of collagen that you would from a 13,000mg serving of our powder. So, the bottle would only last 2 - 4 days for the same sized serving.
3. ABSORPTION & EFFICACY
The ease with which the body absorbs food and fluid from the gut is referred to as bioavailability.
All our products are premium-grade, ultra-fine powders designed to be quickly and easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
Many collagen brands will try and tell you that the molecular weight of collagen (how big the collagen molecules are) determines the rate of absorption. We also believed this. However, due to the market leading research of our supplier, we now know this not to be true; molecular weight does not impact efficacy or speed of absorption.
Similarly, the collagen cowboys will claim that marine collagen is absorbed more quickly than other collagen sources (eg marine versus bovine). This, too, is pulling your leg. Hydrolysed collagen is absorbed at the same rates, regardless of molecular weight and source of collagen.
They may also try to tell you that liquid collagen is absorbed faster than powder. Well, as you already know now, ALL collagen starts life as powder. So, taking pure powder and adding it to your own smoothie, juice or coffee is no different to their liquid, although yours will be much healthier than theirs without all those nasties and sweeteners!
Even if you add collagen to food, this does not change the rate of absorption. The speed at which the collagen protein is digested and absorbed in the small intestine is unaffected by food. It is, however, influenced by the microbiome, digestive enzymes and other factors such as gut health, medicines or illness.
Quality is Queen
What’s more significant about absorption is the quality and quantity of what is absorbed.
If the collagen is not manufactured to high enough standard, the protein molecules (called peptides) may not get broken down fully in the digestive tract.
In addition, the collagen may contain various contaminants and possibly be unsafe due to the presence of chemicals, hormones, bacteria, BSE or heavy metals. Collagen from some parts of the world has been found to contain traces of other animals in it (dog and horse collagen has been found in cheap cow collagen).
Finally, other forms of collagen are mixed with additives meaning that, alongside the protein, you are also ingesting other chemicals including, as already mentioned, stevia and bleach.
4. BRAND ETHICS
We finish with what should be one of the most important factors when selecting the right nutritional supplements for your well-being - brand ethics.
You are relying on collagen to support and deliver health outcomes for you and, in some cases, perhaps members of your family and/or friends. Few things are more valuable in life than our health.
Getting the benefits of collagen shouldn’t come with compromises to values, conscience, quality and convenience.
Fancy marketing tactics and misleading information persuading you to part with your pennies is exploitation - plain and simple!
No wonder you may be feeling confused, overwhelmed or disillusioned with it all.
Well, this annoys the hell out of us at Edible Health and it needs to stop. We were buyers long before we were sellers and, because supplements nearly killed our founder, we’re here to shine a light on these charlatans.
And one of the most ridiculous things being said about collagen right now is that liquid collagen is better than powder collagen.
Well, here’s a great big B and S to that!
As part of our collagen mythbusting series, we’re calling out the collagen cowboys.
We’re unapologetically setting the standard in collagen. Health - of ourselves and our planet – isn’t built on toxic shortcuts. Neither are we.
So, it’s time to stick our necks out, shout out loud and start standing up for all you customers out there.
People Before Profits.
At Edible Health, we commit to:
- Helping our customers achieve optimum well-being through safe, responsible nutrition
- Empowering our customers to make educated decisions about their health and their health choices by providing transparent, honest and authentic product, industry and health information
- Only using natural, pure and premium-grade ingredients to create a product of exceptional quality
- Sourcing high quality protein sources that are by-products of existing industries (so in other words, using cow hides and fish skins that would have otherwise gone to waste)
- Adhering to the very strictest of EU and Global Regulatory compliance, safety and industry standards
- Relying on evidence-based research whenever available
- Never compromising our integrity with misleading marketing, false claims, and/or inflated promises and gimmicks
- No bleach, no bulk and no BS!
We are Real People who Really Care, offering Real Products that Really Work.
These principles influence all facets of the Edible Health business. They guide our every decision. Can other brands say and prove the same?
Ask these questions:
- Is there an About Us available on the company website and does it really explain who is behind the business, and what they stand for?
- Can the company provide evidence of their statements? For example, their approvals from independent bodies?
- Does the company claim their collagen is “grass fed” suggesting 100% grass fed? If so, can they prove 100% grass fed as we don’t believe this is truly possible (see our FAQ).
- Is the pricing consistent and not always being manipulated with discounts and special offers?
- Are all the ingredients easily identifiable? Are there any names that sound unusual or unnatural?
- Are the labels clear and compliant detailing any possible allergens and not making any unauthorised health claims?
- Is the packaging user friendly?
- Has it been sealed airtight?
- Does it consider people with disabilities or impaired movement? Certain packaging can be hard to open or reseal.
- Does the company say their collagen is made in the UK? If so, this is not true as there are no collagen manufacturers currently based in the UK.
- Do the customer reviews appear legitimate upon closer inspection?
- Does the company provide contact details?
- How responsive are they to customer questions?
- Can you view responses to questions and, if so, does the company provide comprehensive answers that demonstrate compassion towards people?
- Is the company actually located in the UK?
It is increasingly important that consumers - all of us - become aware of how products and brand stories are marketed to us because sadly, the industry is not without its opportunists; brands that just want to make sales and provide an inferior product in order to turn a profit.
We welcome any questions you may have, and we hope this information is useful to you.
The information we have provided herewith, and all linked materials, are not intended nor should they be construed as medical advice. Moreover, the information herewith should not be used as a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions and consult your General Practitioner for advice specific for you.