Here you will find the most frequently asked questions on anything and everything to do with collagen. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us as we’re sure to be able to help!
WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
It is not a single substance but rather a family of naturally occurring proteins found in animals, especially in the flesh and connective tissues of mammals. It is a protein family made up of chains of amino acids formed in a triple helix configuration (think DNA but with 3 strands instead of 2!). It is this unique structure which builds the strong but flexible fibres that form the structure of our bodies. It is the most abundant protein found in hair, bones, tendons, ligaments, eyes, discs and organs and gives our skin and joints strength and elasticity. It also holds all of our cells and tissues together and ensures the integrity, elasticity and regeneration of skin, cartilage and bones. It represents almost 30% of all human protein content. Without it, we’d literally fall apart!
WHY IS COLLAGEN GOOD FOR YOU?
Amino acids are the building blocks of our body and enable us to heal, grow, repair and rejuvenate. They are also essential for our bodies to be able to produce collagen. However, production peaks around the age of 20, slowing down as we age. This reduction causes the gradual deterioration of protein fibres which results in our skin becoming dehydrated and thinner and causes wrinkles to appear. It also leads to the loss of bone and cartilage plus increased pain, discomfort and inflammation in our joints. Our hair can start to thin, our hormones go awry, our bodies start to creak and ache, our digestion suffers and we simply don’t feel as well as we could. Our products contain 18 amino acids including eight out of nine essential amino acids which the body needs.
WHERE DOES COLLAGEN COME FROM?
This very special form of protein is made by breaking down animal products (typically from cows, fish, pigs or chicken) into gelatine and then breaking this down even further to make smaller molecules called protein peptides, using a process called hydrolysis. The end product is called collagen hydrolysate or hydrolysed collagen.
WHAT IS HYDROLYSED COLLAGEN?
It’s just a fancy word for collagen that has been broken down into smaller protein molecules which are digested more quickly by the body. This means that the amino acids are more bioavailable and so the body can use them very easily and effectively.
To read more about the benefits of hydrolysed collagen, click here
WHAT ARE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES?
The hydrolysis process mentioned above breaks down the proteins into smaller molecules called protein peptides. It is these peptides that are so bioavailable. This means you avoid the downsides often associated with eating meat/fish, like gut fermentation or ingesting nasty by-products. Unlike protein from whey or dairy products, this kind of protein actually heals the gut. In contrast, whey wrecks the gut and, unlike pea and hemp protein, collagen contains all of the amino acids (except for tryptophan).
WHAT DOES COLLAGEN DO?
It has been linked to helping so many health and wellbeing issues. We are just touching the tip of the iceberg in the following list:
- Repairing leaky gut
- Supporting the immune system
- Nourishing and restoring health and beauty to skin, hair and nails
- Assisting in the repair and maintenance of cartilage, joints and bones
- Improving cognitive function (read how it has helped this customer sleep better)
- Aiding muscle repair and recovery (find out how it helps this customer recover from DOMS)
- Assisting metabolism (find out how it helped this customer overcome gut problems)
- Expediting recuperation from illness, injury or exercise
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS TO WORK?
The "science" states that the effects of collagen within the body typically take at least 8-12 weeks, so how come many people are reporting results faster? Well, the body is much smarter than science and it will either use the protein peptides for whatever it needs or it will break down the protein peptides into each of the amino acids and then use these amino acids for whatever it decides is necessary. So, even if you take collagen for skin, your body may actually end up using it for your skin, eyes, nails, hair, muscles, bones, cartilage, tendons, joints, gut, brain, inflammation or whatever else the body requires in that moment. So, when taking a supplement, whilst we may want to see a decrease in wrinkles or a reduction in pain or stronger nails or faster growing hair, we may not get that exact result. It is important to bear this in mind.
If you don’t see results, it's unlikely that the product is not working, but more likely that the benefits are happening on the inside rather than the out. All that said, many people are reporting improvements in pain within days; growth of hair and nails within a week and some people are reporting hair re-growth within a month. Many people are reporting faster healing from injuries, enhanced performance in sports, a reduction in sensitivities to food or food allergies, improvement in mobility and better sleep and mental alertness. None of this has been backed by science because it’s all still so new, but hey - if it works, it works right? And it cannot be denied that it is working for hundreds of thousands of people globally. So, maybe science has missed a trick? It wouldn't be the first time, afterall!
DOES COLLAGEN WORK FOR EVERYONE?
Once again, it is not necessarily an issue with the supplement, but rather a matter of that person's own personal physiology being unable to assimilate the proteins effectively. If you experience a reaction, you may want to switch types of supplement (eg from bovine to marine) or you may want to take a digestive enzyme. However, if you have any concerns, then just stop using the product and you should find any symptoms will go away. However, please always consult your GP or medical advisor if required.
HOW TO TAKE COLLAGEN EFFECTIVELY?
As you now know, protein forms 20% of us humans. That makes protein, and therefore collagen, a staple rather than a supplement. So, the secret to success is consistency and persistence. Take a full dose (approximately 13 grams per day) every day, building up slowly at first to allow the body time to adjust to the purity of the protein. If you buy a high-quality supplement, then you can simply add this to any hot or cold food or drinks to suit your taste. Try in warm lemon water, tea, coffee, smoothies, yoghurt, porridge, soup, curry, bolognese, casseroles, dressings or baking. There's pretty much no recipe to which you can’t add it, whether sweet or savoury. Just play around with quantities and get creative and make sure you have plenty of Vitamin C in your diet, as this is a co-factor in the production of collagen within the body. We have plenty of amazing collagen-based recipes on our blog, so be sure to tantalise your tastebuds!
ARE THERE ANY CONTRA-INDICATIONS?
This is a protein from food and so, like beef or fish or chicken, it will generally have no contra-indications, unless you have a health condition or take medication which requires an avoidance of protein. That said, always consult your GP or medical adviser if you have any medical concerns or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
HOW MUCH COLLAGEN SHOULD I TAKE?
We recommend a 13 gram (13,000mg) serving per day, which is approximately two level tablespoons per day, depending on your spoon size. You can take this all at once, or spread it across meals and beverages throughout the day.
HOW TO NATURALLY BOOST COLLAGEN?
Other ways to boost collagen production include eating foods rich in Vitamin C, especially fruits, vegetables and coriander (cilantro); using topical or edible Aloe Vera and Ginseng; getting adequate exercise and massage which stimulates blood circulation and collagen production; quitting smoking and eliminating sugar which attaches to the fibres and makes them rigid and inflexible causing dull and ageing skin and using sunscreen at all times as UV radiation is damaging to collagen. Collagen moisturisers can offer help too but only if they are made from collagen sources where the molecules are small enough to penetrate the skin.
HOW MUCH DO COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS COST?
It is one of those products where you typically get what you pay for, so a higher price is normally indicative of a higher quality, but this is not always the case. With this form of protein in such demand, some unethical retailers are inflating prices unnecessarily. The single, most important factor is the quality. As mentioned, the technology behind the hydrolysis process will determine the quality and efficacy of the end product. This is why when you open cheaper or inferior brands, they may smell very beefy or fishy and have very strong, often unbearable tastes. In terms of pricing, powders are the most cost effective. They are also the most flexible and natural form to take. Be wary of capsules as these will only contain a fraction of the collagen dose of powder and often contain nasties. Capsules tend to work out the most expensive, giving you least potency for the highest price. Shots and liquids may contain a higher dosage than capsules, but rarely do they have the same doses as powder, often less than half. They also tend to be ready made and enhanced with flavourings and sweeteners, most of which are chemically processed. Being pre-mixed, they will also dictate the taste, which is great if you like it, but not if you don't! Shots are also more expensive than powder and tend to only come in a 1-2 week supply. Therefore, powders offer the best value for money at typically 70p-£1 per dose, compared to around £10 per equivalent dose in capsules. Liquid shots are often double if not triple the price of powder for an equivalent dose. Make sure you work out how much collagen is in each dose and calculate the price of each dose to be sure you are getting the best value. This article captures a great comparative analysis of the cost and efficacy of different forms of collagen.
WHAT IS BEEF COLLAGEN?
Also known as bovine protein, this is what cows produce. The best sources are found in their bones and hides. Edible Health sources our bovine product entirely from cow hide, using a cutting-edge, solvent-free, alkaline manufacturing process that is fully certified as BSE safe and free from all hormones, steroids, veterinary medicines, toxins and allergens.
SHOULD BOVINE COLLAGEN BE GRASS-FED?
Manufacturing this product involves hundreds, if not thousands of farmers, raising millions of cows across huge countries. There is currently absolutely no control or proof of whether every farmer has fed every cow nothing but grass for every day of the year. Standard farming practice around the world is to supplement cattle feed in the winter, often with grains. In addition, there is no local or global certifying body or independent authority that governs grass-fed (unlike The Soil Association govern organic farming in the UK). Finally, there are not enough grass-fed cattle farms around the world to supply the huge global demand for this protein supplement. So, any manufacturer claiming grass-fed is actually making false claims. It doesn't mean that their product won't work or is poor quality, but simply that their ethics and intentions are questionable. But it's not all bad news if you are worried about grain feed….. if the factory where the supplement is produced has state-of-the-art equipment, then the product will be so efficiently hydrolysed that any traces of any kind of feed given to the cattle will have been totally removed from the process. Here at Edible Health we are always looking for ways to improve their products and are currently evaluating a possible grass fed supply chain but this may take time to ensure that it can be 100% certified and verified and will actually produce a product of high enough standard that meets all safety criteria and not just tick the grass fed box.
WHAT IS MARINE COLLAGEN?
Fish produce collagen proteins mostly in their skin and scales. Edible Health sources our marine product exclusively from fish skins using a cutting-edge, solvent-free, alkaline manufacturing process.
DOES YOUR MARINE COLLAGEN COME FROM WILD OR FARMED FISH?
Our marine supplement comes from farmed fish skins which typically come from the Tilapia and Pangasius species. We choose this particular species of fish because of their higher protein content. In addition, other species, eg cod, contain high levels of fat which makes the fish unsuitable for processing via hydrolysis.
Our farms are located in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Iceland, Vietnam and Taiwan, although the exact species and countries can be modified to meet supply if required. However, any and all farms that we use are registered by the EU for the production and import of edible fish and all fish are deemed fit for human consumption and are guaranteed so by health certificates issued by official veterinarians. Our product is also certified as containing no CMR components (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction) according to EC regulations.
If you would like to see certification of this, please contact us.
WHICH COLLAGEN SHOULD I USE - BOVINE OR MARINE?
Typically, 95% of the supplements available contain either bovine protein from cows or marine protein from fish. Whilst some retailers may try and convince you that one is better than the other, or that you need to take a specific “Type”, there is actually no difference in terms of effectiveness in which one you take, especially if you are using high quality powder. “Type” is irrelevant because the body breaks all “Types” down into their respective amino acids and uses these amino acids accordingly, regardless of which “Type” they came from. The following points should help you understand any real differences between bovine and marine supplements:
- On a molecular level, the amino acid structure is very slightly different but not in any way that changes the bio-availability of the proteins.
- The amino acid breakdown is slightly different between the two products but only in terms of the quantity of each amino acid. For example, both marine and bovine have the 18 amino acids, but marine typically contains more alanine, arginine and aspartic acid whilst bovine typically contains more glycine, hydroxyproline and proline. It really is swings and roundabouts though, and our dosage is high enough that these minor differences will not impede the efficacy of either product, as long as the full dose is taken every day. Persistence and consistency are the secret to success because this form of protein really is a staple rather than a supplement.
- There is NO difference in the efficacy of the products. However, if someone has a fish allergy then the marine supplement would obviously not work for them and if someone is sensitive to beef products then the bovine supplement would not work for them either. Anyone who is sensitive to protein or has challenges with digesting protein, will find both products unsuitable.
- With our products, there is very little difference in taste or smell. Both products should have either no, or barely perceptible organoleptic properties. That said, we are all individuals and some people may notice a slight aftertaste with the marine. However, it is the quality of the manufacturing process that determines the quality of the end product.
- Marine is more than double the price of bovine, so the end product will be more expensive.
WHICH TYPE OF COLLAGEN SHOULD I TAKE?
You may have heard different sources referring to ‘Types’ of Collagen (eg Type I, Type II, Type III etc) and suggesting that taking certain Types’ of collagen is better than taking others. There are, in fact, 28 different Types of collagen that have actually been identified to date. However, the long and short of it is, when taking a collagen supplement, the quality of the supplement is more important than the Types of collagen it contains. The body is very clever and will breakdown the collagen, regardless of its Types, into smaller chains of proteins or individual amino acids, and use them for whatever it needs, wherever it needs them. You can read more about types of collagen here.
IS EDIBLE HEALTH COLLAGEN HALAL?
Our product is certified Halal by The Islamic Dissemination Centre for Latin America (CDIAL). It certifies that our product only uses bovine hides and skin which are obtained according to Islamic rules and that are produced in the presence and under the direct supervision of an authorised representative of CDIAL. Accordingly, our products are Halal and suitable for consumption by Muslims in any part of the world.
If you would like to see this certification, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to send this to you.
CAN YOU TAKE COLLAGEN WHILST PREGNANT?
Firstly, we have to point out that by law we cannot offer any medical advice and are required to suggest that you contact your GP or medical advisor with regards to taking this supplement during pregnancy.
That said, we can offer insights into what other customers have done, with the caveat that we recommend you still consult your doctor.
One of our customers had her first baby recently, and we encouraged her to take it during her pregnancy and afterwards to help with stretch marks, internal muscle tone and bone/joint support, as well as after-birth recovery. She did this and had no stretch marks and, if they had not used forceps on delivery, would have had no further issues. The supplement has however helped her to heal faster and also seems to be super boosting her milk production as mum and baby are doing amazingly!
Read more about this customer's use of collagen during her pregnancy.
If you have any further questions with regards, please contact us and we will do our best to help.
CAN YOU GIVE COLLAGEN TO CHILDREN?
We would not ordinarily advise that you give it to your children because they do not generally need it.
However, on the basis that it is just a very pure and bioavailable form of protein and is fundamentally just a ‘food’ as it comes from beef or fish, unless a child cannot eat beef or fish products, there is no reason why it could not be taken, especially if any injury or illness has been sustained. As with anyone, we would always recommend introducing the dose slowly, one teaspoon at a time. Science suggests that an average 1-3 year old needs 0.55 grams of protein per pound of body weight, so one could gauge the amount of protein from other food and supplement accordingly. However, please be sure to consult your GP or medical advisor before giving a child any form of supplement or medicine.
CAN COLLAGEN BE USED TO BUILD MUSCLE IN PLACE OF WHEY PROTEIN?
Yes, there is no reason why you wouldn't be able to replace your whey protein with our supplements.
Basically, this is just a very pure, clean and bioavailable form of protein. Because of the advanced way it is manufactured and the way the hydrolysis process breaks down the very large protein molecules, the protein peptides that you consume are very easy for the body to digest and very quick to break down. They are also free from all allergens, (except fish in our Marine product of course), and are totally free of hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, chemicals and veterinary products.
Whey is different. It is produced in a manner that, more often than not, does not remove many of these toxins and it is also a dairy product. Consequently, it has a very detrimental effect on the gut because our bodies are not designed to digest cow’s milk. The enzymes that break down lactose, (the sugar in all dairy products), is lost after weaning. Mother Nature only intended baby humans to drink human milk and baby cow’s to drink cow’s milk. In addition, the pasteurisation process denatures the milk products which alters the structure of the proteins. This typically makes whey much harder for the human digestive tract to digest and can create mucus and other detrimental effects in the body. We say “typically” because we are all different and we all digest differently.
Also, any time that the digestive tract has to digest food, energy is required and it is very taxing on the body, (also ageing, as proven by fasting). Therefore, consuming any pure nutrients that nourish our bodies without requiring much digestion has got to be better than consuming nutrients that require a lot of breaking down.
If you are looking for the best amino acids to support your workouts, we would recommend that you only use collagen instead of whey, pea, hemp etc etc. In addition, it is best to take the dose 30 minutes before and within 30 minutes after a workout. Ideally, in as simple a mix of ingredients as possible (eg in water that just has freshly squeezed lemon juice in it rather than a smoothie with lots of stuff in it). This means that all your body has to digest is the protein and no other foods and, because the aminos are so bio-available, they will get into your system quickly, purely and be highly effective without any digestive side effects.
That said, taking the dose in a smoothie is still better than not taking it at all! For more information, please refer to this informative article about collagen versus whey protein.
IS COLLAGEN GOOD FOR ARTHRITIS?
We are unable to offer advice on specific medical conditions due to not being medically qualified. We are also legally required to advise that you consult your GP or medical advisor with regards to taking protein supplements if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
That being said, we have many customers that suffer from arthritic conditions who have noticed improvements in the pain that they experience in their joints after taking our product for a period of time.
One of our customers who documents her journey living with arthritis can be found on instagram at @arthritisfoodie - she has been using our supplements for some time and has mentioned how it has helped the pain in her joints. She would be more than happy to discuss her experiences. Please also read this amazing story about our client and her use of collagen to help manage juvenile arthritis.
If you have any further questions with regards to arthritis, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
DO COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS CAUSE FIBROIDS?
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in and around the uterus. There is no scientific evidence to confirm that collagen supplements do or do not contribute to the development of fibroids. In light of the absence of clinical evidence, we do not recommend you take collagen supplements if you have fibroids. However, if you are adamant that collagen supplements could help you in other ways, then we recommend you consult your GP and seek their medical guidance.
DO YOU SELL TRAVEL-SIZED TUBS?
Due to popular demand, we have recently introduced trial, travel, eco re-fill and bulksized pouches alongside our 400g tubs. Our pouches are available in the following sizes: 100g, 200g, 400g, 1kg and 2kg. The 100g pouch is great if you’re new and just want to give it a go for a week or to take away for a short trip. The 200g pouch will last 2 weeks - ideal for maintaining your dose and supporting your skin on that summer vacation! The 400g eco pouch enables us to eliminate single use plastic. Simply wash and dry your old tub and refill from this pouch which you can then recycle - no more waste! Finally our 1kg and 2kg bulk pouches provide you with the option to refill your tub but at a much cheaper price - saving plastic and money! You can shop all our collagen products here.
ARE YOU COMMITTED TO REDUCING PLASTIC WASTE?
Reducing plastic waste is something we are committed to, and we have had many recent discussions as to how we can do this. Our first step has been to introduce refill packs.
Please know that we are very aware of the environmental impact of the use of plastics/single use plastics - stopping the use of them as much as possible is the way forward, and we want to commit to sustainability, so we are looking at various options to reduce our plastic usage in any way we possibly can. If you have any suggestions, please do drop us a line. We read each and every email or review and everything our customers say matters.
CAN YOU PROVE THAT YOUR COLLAGEN IS FREE FROM ANTIBIOTICS?
We are happy to confirm that our products are free from antibiotics. They are also certified as containing no CMR components (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction) according to EC regulations.
If you wish to see any certification of this please contact us and we will be happy to provide this.
WHICH COLLAGEN IS BEST?
Edible Health’s, of course! Aside from Edible Health supplements being the best on the market, the choice is up to you! We have set about to create something that is accessible and appropriate for any diet, ethos, religion, intolerance or allergy. We really do have a supplement perfectly suited to anyone and everyone! However, there are several reasons we stand by our product and believe it is the best:
1/ We use a cutting-edge manufacturing process that delivers a high-potency product with the lowest possible molecular weight. This means we deliver the best value for money. Comparatively, we are up to 15 times cheaper and 13 times stronger than capsules and three times stronger than shots, for one-third of the price.
2/ We use only pure products and will never source from China.
3/ There are zero nasties in any of our products - no GMO, BSE, gluten, whey, dairy, soy, nuts, pesticides, heavy metals, steroids, antibiotics (as mentioned above), hormones.
4/ All our products are Kosher, Halal (as mentioned above), Keto and Paleo.
5/ We don’t fake reviews or make false claims to try and win your business.
6/ Our bovine product has been the #1 bestseller on Amazon for 2017, 2018 and 2019 with over 130,000 tubs sold to date (as at May 2020).
7/ We are fully compliant with EU and US regulations.
8/ We are 100% sustainable in production.
9/ Our mantra is People Before Profits. We keep our prices as low as possible to make our products as available to as many people as possible, but we will never compromise quality of efficacy by using cheap, inferior or uncertified ingredients.
10/ If you’re not happy then we are not happy - our products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Simple.
DO YOU OFFER INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY?
Yes, we offer international delivery for purchases made via our website. If we can deliver to your specified country, it will be available to select from the drop-down menu when you go to your shopping cart.
Please note that certain countries outside of the EU may restrict the import of our products. Please check your local import regulations, and note that you may be liable to pay a cost associated with your purchase.
DO YOU OFFER SAMPLES?
Yes, we do offer samples. Please contact us for more information.
Please note, we offer samples so that you can see how the product tastes and whether it is suitable for you to consume and eventually purchase if you choose to do so. It is not expected that you will start to see visible results from taking the sample, as it is only enough for a few days whereas it will take anything from 4-12 weeks before you start to notice results, (although for some people this can be sooner!)
WHERE TO BUY COLLAGEN?
You can click here to buy our supplements.
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
Just send us an email here!
WHO IS BEHIND EDIBLE HEALTH UK?
The business is owned by just the two of us – Corinna and Simon. We established Edible Health in 2016 because, through our own health challenges, we discovered the incredible healing powers of this wonder protein and wanted to find a way to spread the word and help others. We are an ex-corporate, “mature” (whilst very young at heart) couple who want to bring “Old School” values into the online “New School” world. We stand by our mantra “PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS" and believe in a professional yet personal work ethic. We are not “in it to make a quick buck” and every customer matters to us. We are real people who really care, offering real products that really work. We answer all questions, reviews and emails personally and offer a 100% money back guarantee. If you’re not happy, then we’re not happy!
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.