Collagen is taking over the store shelves everywhere. Nowadays, consumers can find readymade collagen supplements in products of various kinds—from powder to sports drink, to juices and teas, to coffees and smoothies… The list goes on till the end of your need and your imagination. Liquid or powder collagen?
Its popularity does not surprise us. After all, it is a very, if not the most, important protein that exists in our body, thus the building block to our overall health. It contributes to a beautiful skin, healthy hair and nails, strong bones, joints, and muscles, as well as helps to support stomach lining. But facing the endless choices on the market, how should one choose? Today we will break down the pros and cons of two most common types of collagen products—powder and liquid—and hopefully help you make the best choice! We shall compare the two from the following perspectives: 1. Ingredient quality, 2. Bioavailability, 3. Convenience, 4. Sustainability.
Liquid vs Powder collagen
Ingredient Quality. Before purchasing, we should first inspect the product’s ingredient list and pay special attention to two things—its collagen content and other ingredients. Typically, powder type products consist of a higher potency of collagen in its daily dose (ranging from 5 to 20 grams) than liquid drinks (mostly 2 to 5 grams in one bottle). Also, to make the drink more appealing in flavors, many collagen drinks will have a longer ingredient list with added ingredients such as sugars, sweeteners, oils, etc., whereas the powder type typically has a plain flavor. Both types might have adds-on such as vitamins and minerals, which can give a further boost to its benefits. From this perspective, we suggest you choose a product like Glo’s Skin910, whose daily dose will give you 5g of pure hydrolyzed collagen peptides, and 5g packed with other goodies for the skin: goji berry (vitamin C), inulin, bamboo extract, DMAE, hyaluronic acid.
- Bioavailability. Raw collagen itself is not easy to absorb, but its hydrolyzed form, the collagen peptides, becomes bioactive. The absorption and effectiveness of the peptides do not differ by type—either powder or liquid. Skin910 uses Peptan® collagen, which has high bioavailability because it “is easily digested and excellently absorbed it becomes highly available in our bloodstream, even as quickly as just one hour after intake.”
- Convenience. Both types have their own advantages. Bottled drinks are made ready-to-go, while powder can be made into anything. Skin910 can dissolve in either hot or cold water, and you can add it to your vegetable milk, smoothies, or your morning coffee.
- Sustainability. Powder collagen is more environmental-friendly for obvious reasons. A bag of Skin910 can last for one month while giving you the best result. The bottled collagen drinks come in handy when you are very busy, but perhaps not the best option in consideration of the environment.