The Best Collagen Supplements To Improve Joint, Skin and Gut Health
Collagen supplements have been shown to improve joint, skin and gut health. There are many options for collagen supplements on the market, all with varying amounts of collagen. Here, we're sharing my favorite options, as featured on a “Love it, Like it, Hate it” segment on WGNO.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most plentiful protein in our bodies. It's found in muscles, tendons, bones and skin. Supplements come in the form of collagen powder, which easily dissolves into drinks such as coffee and smoothies, and pills. They are typically unflavored.
What are the benefits of taking collagen?
Collagen supplements have several benefits, including joint health by supporting your ligaments and tendons. Supplements also help reduce collagen breakdown in your hair, skin and nails to improve things like your skin hydration. Collagen supplements help with your gut health to protect the lining of the GI tract and improve digestion. In addition, they can help with weight management.
Because of these benefits, you should aim to incorporate 10+ grams of collagen each day.
What is the best collagen supplement?
The best option for collagen supplements are in its unflavored, pure form. Look for supplements with a high potency and no added sugars.
Vital Proteins offers ovine or marine collagen peptides with 70 calories and 20 grams of collagen in 2 scoops.
Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate also offers bovine collagen with 43 calories and 12 grams of collagen in a 2-tablespoon serving.
For more details on this topic, watch Molly’s full “Love it, Like it, Hate it” segment on WGNO New Orleans.