The 8 Best Collagen Powders, According to Nutrition Experts


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Collagen isn’t just the body’s most abundant protein—it’s the biggest wellness supplement on the market. Slathered on in wrinkle creams, popped in capsule form, sprinkled into nutrition bars, it’s everywhere—and collagen powders, in particular, are the increasingly popular and versatile way to get it in.

Think of collagen as a strong, flexible glue. It helps hold together tissues like skin, muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and cornea, explains Rachel Jones, MS, RDN, chief nutrition officer at GNC. And with the help of protein-rich foods like fish, poultry, meat, soy, and vegetables, the body produces it naturally. However, that production slows with age and can be compounded by habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, and lack of sleep and exercise, according to Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health.

In turn, research shows that collagen supplements (derived from that of animals including fish, chicken, and bovine) may keep levels optimal while also promoting skin elasticity, bone health, muscle strength, and joint flexibility. However, further research is needed to determine its bioavailability (aka how well it’s actually absorbed) in supplement form, adds Amy Lee MD, chief medical officer of Lindora LLC and head of nutrition at Nucific.

Still, the existing evidence shows enough promise to get most wellness enthusiasts on board—plus, scooping a flavorless, finely milled powder into a morning smoothie makes it pretty easy to try. If you’re curious about adding one to your morning routine—just keep scrolling.

How we chose the best collagen powders

We consulted the expert input of Jones and Dr. Lee, as well as customer reviews and research from our sister team at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Our top picks

Below, experts and happy customers share their favorite collagen powders.

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Best Overall

Collagen Peptide Powder

  • Unflavored
  • Made from grass-fed, pasture-raised beef
  • Contains added hyaluronic acid and vitamin C

It’s not just Jones who loves this powder—it’s a bestseller and Jennifer Aniston’s holy grail. Jones specifically likes stirring it into her morning coffee. “It blends easily (no clumps) and is unflavored so I’m able to get the benefits without impacting the taste,” she says.

She also likes that it’s a collagen peptides formula, meaning the collagen has been hydrolyzed or broken down into smaller, more easily absorbed peptides, which are microscopic bundles of amino acids. “From a scientific standpoint, I know the peptides are going to be absorbed better,” she adds. “It’s a win-win.

2

Best Value

Super Collagen Peptide Powder

  • 14 ounces of product
  • Unflavored

This affordable option is Dr. Lee’s top pick. “I put it into my smoothies and because it doesn’t have a flavor, it blends in with anything,” she says. “It is made from hydrolyzed bovine collagen with a good portion of protein per serving.” The hydrolyzed collagen comes from grass-fed bovine and promotes healthy skin, hair, nails, and joints.

3

Rave Reviews

Collagen Peptide Powder

  • Third-party tested
  • Made in USA
  • Contains patented digestive enzymes for enhanced absorption

This grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine collagen is beloved by shoppers, garnering a whopping 41,000-plus Amazon reviews and a 4.4-star rating. It’s unflavored and contains the brand’s patented DigeSEB digestive enzymes for superior absorption and benefits. Each scoop contains 6 grams of protein.

“I absolutely love this product. My arthritis feels better in my knees. I have more energy. Nails are growing. My skin looks great. I recommend this 💯,” one happy customer writes.

4

Best Collagen Powder for Joint Pain

Collagen Peptides

  • 11 grams of protein
  • Third-party tested

Unflavored and effortlessly whisked into hot and cold beverages, this hydrolyzed bovine collagen powder is a simple addition to your wellness regimen that has complex benefits. 11 grams of protein make it more filling than other collagen powdersand reviewers say it improves everything from skin to nails to arthritic joint pain.

“After about 2 weeks, using a scoop in the morning and one at night, almost all the pain in my hips were gone,” one reviewer writes. “A pulled muscle in my shoulder that I thought would never heal was feeling much better! My skin feels and looks the best it has in years and my hair is shiny and silky feeling.”

5

Best Collagen Powder for Skin

Collagen Peptide Powder

  • Grass-fed, pasture-raised beef
  • Easy-storage

If you’re not a fan of bulky canisters taking of cabinet or counter space, this bag of unflavored collagen peptides powder may be your best bet. One serving contains 10 grams of protein, and reviewers say it works wonders for their skin.

“I have been taking the Collagen Peptides for about a month and have seen a significant improvement of my complexion,” one Amazon shopper writes. “I am 68 and have tried alot of face cream etc but my skin is much clearer and tighter after taking this product.”

6

Best Collagen Powder for Hair

Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptide Powder

  • 20 grams of collagen
  • 16 ounces of product
  • Users say it has a slight taste

Packaged with 20 grams of collagen per serving, this powder is sure to give you a bang for your buck. Sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine, it simultaneously supports hair, skin, nails, joints, and digestion and is a great addition to overnight oats and smoothies.

“I originally bought this for hair growth, since my hair has started to thin. Not only did it help with my hair, but my skin is AMAAAZZZIIINNNG! I feel born again,” one reviewer writes.

7

Best Flavored Collagen Powder

Chocolate Collagen Powder

  • Sweet tooth-friendly
  • 20 grams of collagen

With the same perks as the best-selling Vital Proteins unflavored collagen powder, this one comes in a creamy chocolate taste. But don’t fret—it has zero sugar or dairy and is lightly sweetened with stevia. Reviewers say it tastes great in everything from coffee to smoothies to overnight oats.

8

Best Vegan Collagen Booster

Vegan Collagen Boost Powder

  • Contains collagen-boosting ingredients, not collagen itself

First things first: This is technically not a collagen powder, but rather, a vegan-friendly supplement that may help boost natural collagen production. Ingredients include a healthy dose of vitamin C and plant-based collagen support from bamboo-derived silica. It’s flavorless, which makes it a great addition to any drink or meal.

“I LOVE this product. It makes my lashes long and thick, my hair looks shiny and voluptuous, and my skin looks like it’s glowing from the inside out,” one reviewer writes. “AMAZING product. I’ve never looked back since. 🙌🏻”

How to choose the best collagen powders

✔️Scan labels for type: Some packaging disclaims the type of collagen within, for example, type I or type II. “There are a few different types of collagen, but the primary ones are known as types I, II, and III,” Jones explains. “Some research suggests the benefits of type I and type III collagen supplements are mainly related to muscle growth and support, weight management, beauty, and skin, while type II is best for supporting healthy joints.”

✔️ Look for the words “collagen peptides” or “hydrolyzed collagen”: “Not all collagen is created equal,” says Jones. “This means the collagen is put through a special production process that hydrolyzes the collagen protein into smaller components, called peptides. Peptides are microscopic bundles of amino acids that are easier for the body to absorb–which means you get the most benefits!”

✔️ Know that collagen powders are not plant-based: Collagen powders are derived from animals, and there are currently no vegan or vegetarian-friendly supplements on the market. However, there are plant-based supplements that may help boost the body’s natural collagen production.

Important disclaimer: Dietary supplements are products intended to supplement the diet. They are not medicines and are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure diseases. Be cautious about taking dietary supplements if you are pregnant or nursing and be sure to consult your doctor before taking new supplements (or providing them to a family member) in any situation, as they can interfere with medication.

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