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How to Buy the Right Collagen

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How do you buy the right collagen when there are so many types?

Collagen seems to be everywhere you look but it’s confusing to know which one to buy.

As you know, collagen has a long list of health benefits for you, from improving your skin health and reducing the signs of aging, to reducing joint pain and helping with your digestive system.

It aids in repairing cellulite, stretch marks, and acne scars. (source)

It can even be used to help restore leaky gut.

Today, we are going to go over tips for buying collagen and making sure you have chosen a quality brand and product.

How to buy the right collagen for your body

Since your body contains about 19 different types of collagen, which one should you be focused on?

Type 1 is the most abundant and the strongest type of collagen found in your body. It can repair bones and helps skin keep that elasticity stretch. 

Type 2 is found in cartilage and connective tissue. It would be beneficial for those dealing with joint pain.

Type 3 helps to form and strengthen blood vessels and strengthen the heart.

Up to 80% of what your body uses on a daily basis are types 1, 2, and 3. 

What are the best sources of collagen?

Bovine collagen, which comes from cows, is made up of their skin, muscle, and bone. It mainly contains types 1 and 3. It’s an excellent source of collagen.

Chicken collagen is abundant in type 2 and is great for those with joint pain. It does contain more sulfates which may be an issue if you are sulfur sensitive like me, although this is rare.

Fish collagen is going to mostly type 1 collagen making it ideal for those who want to tighten skin, repair wounds, and remain youthful overall. 

So what is hydrolyzed collagen?

It has the same benefits as collagen but has been broken down into shorter chains, making it easier to absorb and work its way into your bloodstream.

This is ideal if you have digestive problems or issues with absorption.

It can dissolve right into the water making it ideal to drink in smoothies.

Read the Label and Ingredients

Start by reading the label and the ingredients.

The label should tell you what type of collagen it is. Collagen peptides are common, though it might be labeled as beef collagen, marine collagen (from fish), or labeled simply as collagen type 1, type 2, or type 3.

You are also looking at the ingredients to be sure it doesn’t have anything added to it.

Ingredients of powdered collagen should be clean and small in numbers.

Look for pasture-raised animals that have been grass-fed and not given antibiotics.

Be Sure it Has No Color or Smell

Collagen should dissolve instantly, and have absolutely no color or flavor, and no smell for most people.

If you open up your collagen and it isn’t white or it adds a weird flavor to your drink, then you might have chosen a different type of collagen or one with stuff added to it.

It might not necessarily be bad, but you should look closely at the ingredients to see what has been added.

Find a Brand You Trust

The easiest way to shop for collagen is to find a brand you trust after doing research and always buy their collagen.

That way, you don’t have to worry about getting the right one or what they might put in it.

We trust Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides because it’s from cows who are grass-fed and pasture-raised.

It has absolutely no taste or texture whatsoever making it perfect for your smoothies or even in any hot liquid. It also has zero grains, dairy or sugar.

If you didn’t want to buy collagen outright you could always make your own bone broth that will be rich in collagen.

I have an Instant Pot bone broth recipe I think you will love.

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