If you are concerned with the effects of ageing in skin, hair, nails and the body, then the answer is yes, you should be taking collagen. But, what form of collagen is right for you?
There’s a reason why collagen supplements are so popular. Collagen is a protein that effectively acts as the scaffolding of your skin, keeping it firm and plump. When your collagen supplies begin to decline, around the age of 25, you may start to see the first signs of creases and fine lines, which we have spoken about previously. A product that can rejuvenate these supplies, is definitely going to appeal to a lot of people.
Ultimately, your lifestyle will determine which product you choose. If you are exposed to the factors that cause collagen loss (e.g., smoking, menopause, exposure to UVA/UVB lights, ageing), then you need to take sufficient collagen to offset the effects of these factors. But not all collagen supplements are the same. The Bioactive Collagen Peptides® used in our supplements have been clinically proven to reduce the signs of ageing and increase the body’s own collagen production.
For anyone new to the world of collagen supplements, we appreciate that it can be hard to wrap your head around the various ways they can be taken, the array of choice available begs the question “what’s the best way to consume collagen?” Which is why we’re going to be taking a deeper look into the difference between collagen drinks and collagen supplements. Ease of absorption, dosage, versatility, and portability are some of the areas we’ve taken into consideration for you. So how do they compare? And, what are the differences? Keep on reading to find out more about our range of collagen products.
First things first, collagen drinks - what are they?
In short, collagen drinks are collagen in a ready to drink liquid form. At Proto-col we have a range of three collagen drinks to choose from: Collagen Shots, Collagen Cordial and Complete Collagen gel sachets. These can all be incorporated easily into your routine and contain hydrolysed bovine collagen. This refers to the fact our collagen is sourced from cows and has undergone the hydrolysis process. Hydrolysis occurs when collagen fibres are broken down into small collagen chains known as collagen peptides. If you want to find out more about collagen peptides, we broke down exactly what they are and how they are used in our products in a previous blog.
What are the benefits of collagen drinks?
Collagen concentrated drinks are becoming the ultimate catalyst for delivering collagen to the body. They come in delicious flavours and are often considered the secret behind glowing and radiant skin.
They are designed to help ‘top up’ your natural collagen levels, helping avoid the effects of collagen depletion before they occur. Studies have shown that liquids have faster absorption rates and are more easily digestible, with the Physician’s Desk Reference stating that 85-90% of nutrients in liquid supplements are absorbed in 22 to 30 seconds.
Our liquid collagen supplements all contain high-quality collagen peptides that have been clinically proven to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as the quality of hair and nails. Not only do they contain collagen, but they have evolved to include added vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, C, E, zinc, biotin, and copper.
No matter your lifestyle, there is a collagen drink that is perfect for you. Whether you lead an active lifestyle, want to share your collagen with friends and family, or would rather have something small you can carry around with you. Not sure what collagen drink is for you? Take a look at the overview table below to explore what our collagen drinks have to offer.
Let’s now discover collagen supplements
When we talk about collagen supplements, we are referring to collagen capsules. They contain hydrolysed powdered collagen in a dissolvable encasing that are easy to take. Our collagen capsules, similar to the collagen drinks, are made with bovine collagen because of its many health benefits. With a 98.4% absorption rate, our collagen capsules give you the premium collagen protein, and our Pure Collagen capsules have the highest serving level on the market – 2500mg of collagen per serving.
What are the benefits of collagen supplements?
Collagen supplements are also easy to take and fuss free, you just simply take them with water. However, if you want to be more creative you can sprinkle the powder into smoothies and protein shakes. They can support your lifestyle, while promoting healthy, glowing skin, and maintaining a healthy gut. If you are wanting to boost your collagen levels with a product that has no overwhelming taste, then collagen capsules are the choice for you.
Typically, the amount of collagen in capsules is less than that of collagen drinks, so if you are wanting a high dose of collagen then drinks are best. But, if you are someone who is beginning their collagen journey, or don’t feel that you require a large boost – then capsules are a good choice.One capsule for starting your collagen journey in particular is Skin Plus. It is our one-stop formula for skin, hair, and nails. With a smaller dosage of collagen, it contains extra vitamins like vitamins A, C, D and E to nurture and protect the skin and body. The addition of zinc helps to support healthy nail and hair growth.
So to recap..
Both collagen drinks and supplements deliver a significant amount of collagen. Choosing between the two would come down to your personal preference and the daily amount of collagen that you need in line with your lifestyle.
What is best for me if I am a vegan?
You may be asking at this point why we have chosen to use bovine collagen, we’ll do a quick recap on this below. But if you are wanting to discover a vegan supplement, then our Skin Radiance is the one you need. It is a vegan collagen-boosting supplement that can help you achieve glowing skin in as little at eight weeks. Skin Radiance is a capsule that is designed to boost collagen production and target problem skin. Packed with antioxidants, Skin Radiance can protect your skin’s elasticity and prevent the signs of early ageing. For a more in-depth look at our vegan alternative, you can read our last blog here.
When will I see the benefits?
Everyone’s body is different, and as with any supplement it is important to allow a few weeks for levels to build in your system for the results to show. This is the same for both our collagen drinks and capsules. It could range between 4-12 weeks for you to notice any changes or improvements. We always recommend continuing with your collagen programme for at least three months to give the collagen time to build up in your system.
So why do we use bovine collagen? Well, as we have mentioned before, it has consistently delivered impressive results in clinical studies, and the peptides are the closest match to human DNA. You can read all about our decision to use bovine collagen here.
There we have it, the Proto-col guide to collagen drinks vs collagen supplements. We hope that the information has helped you to understand what form of collagen is best for you and how they can each be incorporated into your lifestyle.With over 18 years of experience and expertise in collagen supplementation, we have made sure that our skin and body supplements are designed with specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides® to support your collagen levels. The delivery format does not impact the bioavailability of our supplements. So whether you prefer collagen capsules, or collagen drinks, they will work in the same way.