Collagen is everywhere, quickly becoming one of the hottest trends on the internet. Still, are collagen supplements worth it? You will soon find out that collagen is more of a controversial topic than you may have imagined.
With so many options available, from the bone broth craze to claims of vegan collagen, I understand the confusion and why those same consumers turn to their favorite search engine. Today, I will address many concerns and why collagen can be so incredibly beneficial to your health.
This blog will explain what collagen is, its types and forms, and why “vegan collagen” is just not going to work – sorry, vegans, there is no such thing!
Ready? Let’s get into it!
In this Article
- What is collagen?
- How collagen supplements work
- Collagen vs. collagen peptides
- Types of collagen
- What is collagen made of?
- Vegan collagen, is it worth it?
- Collagen: powder vs. liquid
- Are collagen supplements worth it?
- Liquid Biocell
- Questions to consider
- What are your goals?
What is collagen?
Collagen is a naturally occurring and the most abundant protein in our body. Collagen is what gives our skin that “bounce” and, unfortunately, declines with age. There are many different types of collagen, but our body is primarily collagen type I, type II, and type III. Essentially, collagen is the glue that holds our body together. Unfortunately, its decreased production shows wrinkles, fine lines, and dryness in our skin.
How collagen supplements work
Eating a well-rounded diet means we can consume essential amino acids, which in turn help produce collagen. Still, collagen supplements offer a replacement of our collagen in a single dose and, in some cases, can also help stimulate collagen production and Hyaluronic acid levels.
Many collagen supplements don’t have clinical studies to back their claims and, in all fairness, don’t need them because they aren’t for medical use. Meaning you should do extensive research to get the best product on the market and not purchase the first product Google has ranked at the top. I want you to have a few facts to make the best decision for you and your health. So let’s start by looking further into the science of collagen.
Collagen vs. collagen peptides
In your search to learn more about collagen, I’m sure you’ve seen the term collagen peptides, so what exactly are they?
Collagen is a large molecule, too big for our bodies to absorb, and collagen peptides are collagen that has been broken down into smaller molecules and easier to absorb. Collagen peptides are also known as hydrolyzed collagen. Hydrolyzed means “broken down,” so collagen peptides and hydrolyzed collagen are interchangeable terms.
Types of collagen
There are at least 16 types of collagen, but 80% of them are type I, type II, and type III, and all serve a slightly different purpose. For example, type I collagen makes up the better part of our skin, whereas type II is in our cartilage. Although, it’s important to note that studies show that certain collagen supplements, whether type I, II, or III, will increase overall collagen production and aid in all areas. We will get more into this later – keep reading!
What is collagen made of?
Collagen is unique to the animal kingdom and sourced from various animals. Likely, you’ve already heard of bovine, which is rich in collagen type I and III and links benefits to skin bones and joints. Then we have marine collagen that many people find appealing because of its bioavailability with similar benefits to bovine. Lastly, we have poultry containing collagen type II, which benefits healthy bones and joints. But what about vegan collagen?
Vegan collagen, is it worth it?
The short answer is no. Unfortunately, vegan collagen doesn’t exist. Remember how we talked about collagen being unique to the animal kingdom? That means collagen cannot be plant-based. So instead, think of vegan collagen not as collagen itself but as a mixture of plant ingredients that help stimulate our collagen production. “Vegan collagen” is not bad, just poorly named. Many of those same ingredients belong to other collagen supplements because of the health benefits.
Collagen: powder vs. liquid
The question you may have now is, “well, what collagen is best for me?” To answer that, we have to get into one last thing you may not have thought of, and that’s the form in which the collagen supplement comes in.
Most collagens supplements come in a powder form and can be mixed into water, smoothies, or coffee. The most popular is bovine collagen, produced by boiling the hyde, bones, and other byproducts of cow, antelope, bison, etc., in water, dried and ground into a powder. The end product may not be as “clean” as we think. We also lose a lot of medicinal benefits via digestion and receive about 20-30% of the benefits. It can even be as low as 10%. So when you think about the price of these powder collagens, the servings in each container, and the absorption rate is only 20-30% on average, is this product worth it? I’ll leave it to you to decide.
In more recent years, companies have emerged with a shiny new product, liquid gold as they call it, but is it worth the hype? YES! Yes. It. Is. Liquid collagens have the highest absorption rates – isn’t that why we are all taking it? For it to work and be worth our money. There are a few on the market, but let’s talk about the one everyone is raving about. It holds seven patents and has undergone several human clinical trials. Let’s talk about Liquid Biocell collagen.
Are collagen supplements worth it?
We’ve made it to the best part; it’s time to answer the original question – are collagen supplements worth it? The short answer is yes. Collagen is a great supplement benefiting our hair, skin, and nails, our bones and joints, and our gut health, but it does come with a price – price tag, that is.
Once I started taking Liquid Biocell and saw my results, it became an addiction despite the price and something I started to prioritize. Not only did I see a literal change in my skin texture, moisture levels, and elasticity, but my body felt great. I started sleeping better, my recovery time in the gym was shortening, and I noticed that I was gaining lean muscle.
The results I saw and continue to see made me prioritize this particular supplement. It’s not something I think twice about – just like my probiotics, pre-workout, and CLA. It has become a part of my supplement regimen. So what is Liquid Biocell?
Liquid Biocell’s collagen is a clinically proven collagen/hyaluronic acid matrix with chondroitin sulfate. It even inhibits the enzyme that causes skin aging. Incredible, right?! Its absorption rate is over 95%, and our bodies start absorbing it the minute it hits our mouths. Biocell Collagen is single-source collagen from the sternal bone of a chicken. Although it is not vegan, you can say it’s “vegan friendly.” CEO and founder Asma Ishaq states,
“Ingesting our product should not be equated as consuming chicken per se. We only use a byproduct of the sternal cartilage from chickens, and it reaches no blood supply or nutrients from the chicken for our product.”
“Collagen cannot be plant-sourced. I myself follow a vegan lifestyle. It may help you know that we use only a very small particle from a chicken’s sternum. Our patented process requires that it is removed away from the bone and never reaches any blood supply. So it is very different than generic collagen that is often sourced using multiple parts of an animal. Hope that helps.”Asya Ishaq, CEO and Founder of Modere
I stated above that type II collagen benefits our bones, joints, and ligaments. Still, research shows that when Liquid Biocell is absorbed, it acts as type I or III would, improving hair, skin, and nails. You may be wondering how that is? Well, its unique matrix helps stimulate our collagen production, and human clinical trials show, on average, a 6000% increase in hyaluronic acid levels. Really, the question is not, “are collagen supplements worth it,” but rather, are these benefits important to you?
Questions to consider
Overall a collagen supplement is incredibly beneficial but keeping quality over quantity in mind. Ask yourself
- How much do I want to spend a month?
There are times my husband and I spend over $100 on a single date night that does nothing for our health, so I think of collagen is more of an investment to my health vs an expense like date night.
- What are my overall goals?
My personal goals are to lose belly fat, gain lean muscle and reduce my fine lines and wrinkles. Which means quality collagen is essential to me.
- Do I want to age gracefully with quality skincare and health products?
For me, yes, and for as long as possible. I don’t personally love the look of an overly botoxed face. Of course, I eventually want botox, but I want to space it out for as long as possible to keep my features more natural-looking.
- Do I want botox later?
Many people get regular botox injections, and quality collagen supplements can help space that expense out longer.
- Is improving bone, joint, and muscle health significant at the moment?
For me, it is since I spend at least 45-11/2 hours in the gym 4-5 days a week. My goal is to stay this active well into my 40s, 50s, and 60s to have the energy to keep up with my kids and future grandkids.
What are your goals?
We’ve covered a lot of information, and there is still so much to discuss. So I’ll leave you with this, consider the questions above and do extensive research into your products. Of course, there will always be pros and cons, but in the end, only you can determine what is right for you. My experiences have led me to Liquid Biocell.
Many of my girlfriends have become customers of Liquid Biocell. Now most of them can’t live without it! But, there is still so much more to learn! Read more about the different options available within the Liquid Biocell line. It explains how each one targets something different and how to get the most of each one!
I hope this blog helped answer the question, “are collagen supplements worth it?” Make sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts and questions!