How to choose your collagen supplement?

What should you consider when choosing collagen? Which collagen to choose? And what does collagen taste like anyway?

We have been asked all kinds of questions, so we collected them all and decided to answer them all in this blog. So that it would be a bit easier for you to choose your next collagen food supplement.

  1. What amount of collagen should be consumed per day?

The effective daily amount of collagen depends on your age. In our twenties, the body’s collagen production process still works quite well, so a couple of grams is enough. As our age increases, the body’s own collagen begins to break down and less of it is made. This means we need more of collagen from our food supplement. People who are very active, do physical work or sports can also use a larger amount, regardless of age. On average, it is recommended to use 5-10 grams of collagen (up to 10,000mg) daily.

2. Does the collagen source play a role in the effectiveness of the supplement?

Collagen is produced from chicken, beef, pork and fish. The latest news is that some companies are even trying to produce it from various sources like jellyfish. Marine collagen is considered to be the highest quality because it is the most easily absorbed due to its amino acid profile. Collagen is used by our body as amino acids, some of them are essential – our body does not produce them and we need them from food. Similar are, for example, omega fatty acids, which we need to eat in order to stay healthy. Each collagen has its own “makeup” of amino acids. If the amino acids are more similar to what our body needs, they have a little more impact.

So yes, the source of collagen plays a role in the effectiveness of collagen, and therefore we recommend choosing a collagen supplement that contains either high quality bovine or marine collagen. In addition to the source, the manufacturer and the production process also play a role. Since collagen as a molecule itself is not absorbable, it must be hydrolyzed into tiny peptides. The production process affects, for example, the taste of collagen. Some food supplements are completely tasteless and dissolve extremely well. Some are not as tasty as you would like.

3. How often should collagen be used? 

It depends on the age. In the thirties, collagen can be used periodically, the length of one course could be 2-3 months. And the course could be repeated a few times a year. Or according to appearance and feeling. However, the older we get, the less our body produces its own collagen. Which is why collagen should be a daily companion at the age of 50+. Collagen is also an irreplaceable daily companion for those who do vigorous physical work or for athletes from a very young age.

4. Should you choose pure collagen or prefer collagen with additives?

Today, the selection of collagens is very versatile – there are only products containing pure collagen, and there are also collagens containing vitamins, etc. It is perfectly fine to use pure collagen. But if you want extra benefits, look for vitamin C in the product, which helps collagen absorption, and other beauty vitamins, such as vitamins A and E, or biotin, which assist in hair growth and skin health.

5. Does marine collagen have a fishy taste?

During the hydrolyzation process, a powder is made from the original source of collagen. The higher the quality of the process, the more likely the resulting product will be tasteless. There are definitely products that have a flavor and there are products that don’t.

However, the taste – both good and bad – can come from other substances added to the collagen supplement. If the collagen is not a powder, but a gel or a drink, then for example juices or seasonings, added vitamins, etc. can be used for flavoring.

6. Can different collagen supplements be combined?

Of course! For variety, one day you can make a smoothie with collagen powder, another day you can use a collagen shot as a snack or treat yourself with a couple of our Beauty Bites. It is important to monitor the amount of collagen per day, and if food supplements contain, for example, vitamins, to not exceed their recommended daily dose. But they can absolutely be combined with each other.

7. At what age should you start using a collagen supplement?

It is very individual and depends on many factors. On average, collagen production begins to decline gradually in the second half of the twenties. However, initially the effects of this process are not so noticeable. It tends to become more noticeable in the thirties. However, amino acids from collagen are needed for many extremely important functions in the body, not just to keep us looking young (for example, hair and nails also need them). Therefore, it is not necessary to wait until a certain age to start using collagen. Due to the intense training load, the Finnish youth ice hockey team uses collagen supplements to ensure the well-being of joints and cartilage in young athletes.