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Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It’s a vital building block for skin, bones and muscle. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, and this can contribute to ageing.
Taking a collagen supplement has many benefits. It improves skin elasticity and helps our skin rebuild and repair. However, with so many collagen powders on the market – many of them fairly expensive – it can be hard to know which supplements are the best, and which are worth the investment.
We put top brands to the test, marking them on flavour and quality of ingredients, so you can make informed choices when you buy. Read on the find out the best bovine, marine and vegan collagen powders.
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Bovine, marine or vegan collagen?
If you’re new to collagen supplements, drinking a powder of bovine or marine origins might sound strange. However, these sources are used because they’re the closest match to human collagen. This means our bodies can absorb and use it easily.
Both have their own benefits. Bovine collagen comes from cows, and is the closest match to the collagen in our bodies. Marine collagen is made from fish and contains smaller molecules, potentially allowing the body to better absorb it. Both may help to delay signs of ageing, smooth fine wrinkles and support healthy joints.
There are some vegan options on the market. If you’re considering one of these, be aware these these don’t contain standard collagen (as in, what we have in our bodies) because collagen can’t be vegan. These products will most likely contain vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C, which help fuel collagen production in the body.
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You might find you prefer one flavour over the other, or that you’re able to digest one type more easily.
Best collagen powders at a glance
- Best flavoured vegan collagen: Feel strawberry peach vegan collagen powder, £56.43
- Best unflavoured vegan collagen: Ancient and Brave vegan naked collagyn, £37
- Best bovine collagen: Ancient and Brave cacao and collagen, £24
- Best marine collagen: JS Health Vitality X + collagen, £39.99
- Best collagen creamer: JS Health Beauty collagen creamer in creamy vanilla, £39.99
Best collagen powders 2023
Feel strawberry peach vegan collagen powder
Best flavoured vegan collagen
Feel’s vegan collagen tastes like strawberry sweets with a sour tang, similar to sherbet. It’s designed to cleverly mimic the amino acid profile found in human collagen. It’s combined with gotu kola, an ancient herb that promotes skin healing. This allows it to boost collagen production, helping smooth wrinkles and fine lines. We think the flavour is much better than other collagen powders, and would happily drink a daily glass.
This was the most expensive product we tried. However, we feel that extra steps have been taken to make this a higher-quality supplement.
Ancient and Brave vegan naked collagyn
Best unflavoured vegan collagen
This so-called ‘naked’ collagen is supposed to be neutral in flavour. We think it has a subtle crisp, clear taste (similar to cucumber water) that we really enjoy drinking. It would be a great option for those who don’t like sweet supplements. If you do have a sweet tooth, you could blend it into smoothies.
This powder is packed with extra nutrients in the form of MCT, MCM, glucosamine and plant proteins – making it the perfect choice for pre- or post-workout. It’s also rich in fibre, so will support a healthy gut.
Ancient and Brave cacao and collagen
Best bovine collagen
If you want the benefits of bovine collagen without the unpleasant flavour, this luxurious blend is for you. It’s combined with raw Peruvian cacao, so it’s bursting with antioxidants, as well hydrolysed collagen peptides (this makes them easier for your body to absorb). It’s earthy and chocolatey, with a touch of spicy sweetness thanks to baobab, beetroot, carob and cinnamon.
Calming ashwaganda means sipping a mug of this could soothe stress, so turn your morning cuppa into a rital. Alternatively, one of our tasters enjoyed blitzing it with avocado, vanilla extract and honey to make a healthy chocolate mousse.
You get a fairly decent quantity for the price as well, so we imagine it would last you a while.
JS Health Vitality X + collagen
Best marine collagen
We were pleasantly surprised by the fruitiness of this powder. Some tasters were skeptical about its marine origins and worried it would taste fishy, but that certainly isn’t the case. It has a blueberry-like sweetness, with a touch of tropical fruit and hit of acidity that covers up any collagen flavour.
It’s made from 100 per cent pure, sustainably sourced, wild deep sea cod skin. That might not sound like something you want to drink, but it means the collagen is primarily type 1 – the most abundant collagen in the body and vital for healthy bones and skin. Blend into smoothies or other cold drinks to reap the benefits.
The products from JS Health are on the expensive side, but the quality of this powder is impressive.
JS Health (£39.99)
JS Health Beauty collagen creamer in creamy vanilla
Best collagen creamer
If you’re someone who likes to make it as easy as possible to take your supplements, this could be the collagen for you. Skin-plumping marine collagen and coconut milk combine to make a fine powder that gives tea, coffee or any hot drink a nourishing boost. There’s no dairy or refined sugar, but the creamy flavouring makes your drink taste like a vanilla latte. What’s not to love?
One thing we should note is that the tub is quite small – if you added this to your drink every morning, it wouldn’t last long.
JS Health (£39.99)
What we looked for in collagen supplements
Taste: is the flavour pleasant? Does it have an overwhelming or artificial taste?
Type of collagen: bovine, marine or vegan?
Nutrient profile: are there any added sugars or extra nutrients?
Type of sweetener: does it contain sugars or artificial sweeteners?
Dietary requirements: is it vegan or vegetarian?
Value for money: how does it compare to others on a cost-per-use basis?
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