I’m just going to say it…. this subject is TENDER.
I think a lot of people have their own stance, but the truth is a lot of it is a marketing stance from companies (not just in network marketing) for people to push liquids. There…I said it… haha.
Let’s dive into some legit studies and yes, the collagen I share is Powder.
Let’s defend her, shall we?
Shared from an article from a professional Health coach, Caroline Nicks
“let’s gain clarity on what the actual differences are between liquid and powder collagen”
1. Form of Collagen
The most obvious difference between liquid collagen and powder collagen is that liquid collagen comes in liquid form while powder collagen comes in powder form.
However, it should be noted that when powder collagen is added to a liquid (say coffee, water, or tea), it essentially turns into “liquid collagen” (mindblowing, right?).
2. Type of Collagen
Liquid collagen products boast about having Type 2 Collagen when in reality, it’s really only found in your cartilage.
The types of collagen that your body needs more of, you ask?
Type 1 and Type 3, hands-down.
Type 1 Collagen is the most abundant type of collagen in your body—making up 90% of it. It’s found in your skin, bones, teeth, tendons, ligaments, and organs.
Type 3 Collagen is the second most abundant type of collagen in your body. It can be found in your skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, synovial membrane (the fluid between cartilage and joints), and connective tissue.
Type 2 Collagen, on the other hand, is only present in your cartilage.
3. Scientific Studies
Many of the studies we have today looked into the use of collagen powder, and from those studies, we know that collagen powder is highly effective.
In one randomized study, collagen peptides showed a drastic improvement in postmenopausal women suffering from bone loss (i.e. osteoporosis).
With just 5 grams a day for 12 months, the participants saw a significant improvement in the bone mineral density of the spine and neck.
In another randomized study, 72 healthy women aged 35 and up were given either 2.5 grams of collagen peptides or a placebo for 12 weeks.
You could say they discovered the fountain of youth…
The results of the women taking the collagen supplement significantly improved skin hydration, elasticity, roughness, and density.
4. Serving Size
The serving size of powder collagen versus liquid collagen makes no comparison.
The average serving size for a single scoop of collagen powder ranges from 10 to 20 grams (because that’s the most effective dose of collagen).
However, the serving size for liquid collagen is anywhere from 4.3 to 7 grams.
So, in order to obtain the same results, you would with collagen powder, you’d have to take 2 to 3 times the amount of liquid collagen. Which equates to 2 to 3 times the cost…
Is Liquid Collagen Effective?
Because of the lack of scientific studies looking specifically at liquid collagen, we cannot be certain if it is more effective than powder collagen.
However, what we can be sure of are the studies looking at collagen powder. All of which point to its ability to improve skin hydration and elasticity (hello youthful glow!), reduce joint pain, protect against cartilage loss, strengthen bones, and more.
Which Form of Collagen Is Most Effective?
Again, because of the lack of scientific evidence surrounding liquid collagen, I can’t give a definitive answer.
However, what I can say is that grass-fed collagen powder is highly available and biocompatible with the human body (meaning that it doesn’t produce toxic or immunological responses when consumed.)
One can experience transformational results with grass-fed collagen peptides at a fraction of the cost of liquid collagen.
Is Liquid Collagen Bad for You?
It’s not bad for you. It’s just not the best for you.
Because your body needs Type 1 and Type 3 Collagen—AKA the two most abundant types of collagen in your body.
Type 1 and 3 Collagen are necessary for
- Firm, supple skin
- Sturdy bones and connective tissue
- Strong teeth
- Protecting your organs
- Maintaining a healthy blood flow in blood vessels
As always, consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement.
Is Liquid Collagen Worth It?
Medical Advisor Heather Hanks makes a good point, stating that…
“When picking a collagen supplement, I would be more concerned about sourcing rather than texture. Collagen from pasture-raised, grass-fed bovine tends to be top-shelf because it contains types 1 and 3 collagen. I would also be worried that liquid collagen contains more preservatives or flavors to maintain its freshness, texture, and flavor.”
The Bottom Line
The debate between liquid collagen and powder collagen is here to stay.
I expect to see numerous companies coming out with their own version of liquid collagen, proclaiming it to be “better” and “more absorbable” than powder collagen.
Like I said above…
When you put your collagen powder into water, what does it do?
Bingo! It turns to LIQUID.
Tell us in the comments below—Have you seen results with collagen powder? How has your life, health, and skin transformed?
This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement, or lifestyle program.
Hopefully that cleared some things up!
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My skin texture is SO MUCH better and clearer. My under eyes are softer too!
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