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Hack my collagen supplement?

by 522 · April 06, 2014 5:57 AM

I don't make bone broth and ran across this supplement recently. I keep meaning to try to make it, but frankly, the thought of it isn't pleasant to me although I do like homemade soup. For some reason the thought of bone broth makes me lose my appetite!

I poked around a bit and it looks like bone broth is the big winner, but do any of you supplement? And, if you do, have you tried this one? I'm curious about anyone's thoughts.



26 Calories

10mg Sodium

60mg Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate)

6g Protein (as Collagen Type 1, 2, & 3

Amino acids values listed below represent typical averages for edible hydrolyzed collagen, are not added or combined and are for informational purposes only.

Alanine 8.3%

Arginine 8.5%

Aspartic acid 5.5%

Glutamic acid 11.4%

Glycine 19.8%

Histidine 1.3%

Hydroxylysine .5%

Hydroxyproline 11.7%

Isoleucine 1.5%

Leucine 3.0%

Lysine 3.4%

Methionine .7%

Phenylalanine 2.0%

Proline 13.3%

Threonine 1.8%

Tyrosine .7%

Valine 2.2%

Serine 3.0%

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0 · April 06, 2014 5:57 AM

Hey Deborah! Its Jake here again. I liked the product by collagen by youth theory, and since have tried the great lakes green kind ONLY hydro-isolate other wise it could go badly... And, I have tried Nows brand of collagen as well. Now's is the cheapest and it seems to be as effective as the Great Lakes brand. The youth theory works and because it is in pill form (pressed) it is more palatable, however it is over time easy (ish) to get used to the collagen in powder form. And in the powder form it absorbs easiest. This whole time I have been testing all 3 brands and yeah Nows brand is as effective and almost half the price of great lakes so that is my suggestion. Best wishes!

0 · November 10, 2013 1:10 AM

A couple of thoughts on youtheory collagen tablets. First, the recommended dosage is 6 tablets a day, which can be a tough sell. Second, tablets are pressed powders that the body has a hard time breaking down, giving them a rather low rate of bioavailability. This one in particular is grown and pressed in magnesium stearate, a filler with some unsavory effects. Lastly, it has synthetic vitamins called out on the label, which makes me think that the remainder of the product may be synthetically derived as well. (Calcium Ascorbate is the synthetic isolate form of Vitamin C.)

Have you considered a collagen hydrolysate gelatin powder like this one instead? You can throw a scoop in your smoothie in the morning and call it breakfast. Great Lakes makes a non-gelling powder that blends really easily.

2328 · November 06, 2013 3:35 PM

@Deborah105: I've been drinking it for about a year, but the effects were obvious after 2 weeks:

  • Complete cessation of knee pain; I had been considering knee replacement surgery
  • Thicker hair (what's left of it) that grows faster
  • Stronger nails

2328 · October 27, 2013 3:30 PM

@Deborah105 — I used to supplement with beef gelatin powder in a hot liquid before I found a butcher shop that sold bones from grass-fed cows near me (OK, 35 miles from me). The effect was about half as good as that from the bone broth. —

40632 · October 27, 2013 2:35 PM

There's plenty of collagen in meat itself, no need to process it until pure.

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