It’s easiest to think of collagen as the building blocks of the body. Categorised as a structural protein, it connects tendons, ligaments and muscles and gives your skin its elasticity and structure – it’s also the basis of strong and healthy bones.
Specific amino acids like glycine, proline hydroxyproline and arginine all feature in collagen. You’ll find many of these in supplement form and in a variety of high protein foods, including bone broth.
In addition, collagen is also the most common protein in the body, where it’s naturally produced. So why would you ever need collagen supplements?
For starters, your body begins to slow its collagen production after you reach 25. Another reason to explore collagen supplements is that smoking, ultraviolet light from the sun and consuming excessive sugar can decrease your collagen levels.
The bodies of all animals, including humans, contain large amounts of the protein collagen. Collagen is what adds structure and strength to skin, as well as to organs, bones, tendons and ligaments.
Marine collagen is a type of collagen protein sourced from fish and other sea life, such as jellyfish. It’s a growing market, with public demand increasing following a series of successful studies into its effectiveness. Find out more about marine collagen.
Collagen’s perceived benefits have been written about extensively.
Here are just a few of the most common benefits written under review:
- Bone health – collagen contributes to normal function of bones
- Skin and nail health – collagen contributes to maintenance of normal skin and nails
- Joint health – collagen helps maintenance of cartilage in the body which is integral to good joints
Find out more about collagen and its benefits as well as top tips, expert advice and FAQs over on our Collagen Hub.
If collagen is in all of us, silica is found everywhere else. A natural compound, it makes up over a quarter of the Earth’s crust and is found in rocks, sand and even some foods. Like collagen, silica has many different perceived benefits. These include the following:
- Bone formation and maintenance – silica may help to improve your bone health, with a deficiency in silica believed to be partly linked to cartilage deterioration
- Collagen production – some studies show silica can help your body’s production of collagen, which you’ve already read is linked to a number of skin and bone benefits
The list of foods that contain silica includes but isn’t limited to:
- Green beans
Similar to collagen, silica can be found in supplement form, with a range of silica capsules and tablets available on our website from leading supplement brands.
Silica supplements are an excellent choice if your diet contains few of the above foods, or simply if you’re looking for supplements to add to your cabinet.
With fantastic benefits such as boosting your skin's radiance, collagen will make an excellent addition to your daily routine.
If you don't like taking a tablet or capsule and want to find the best collagen supplement for you, then trying a collagen powder could be your solution!
Whether you mix a scoop into your morning coffee or blend it into your smoothie, you will get all the great benefits of collagen conveniently and quickly.
What is collagen, and what does it do?
Found in your skin, muscles and tendons, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It helps provide structure and elasticity to your skin, keeping it clear and smooth as well as strengthening your bones, muscles, organs and teeth.
You can include many foods in your healthy and balanced diet to support your collagen production, like citrus fruits, eggs, salmon, berries and chicken. But you may also wish to help your body with a collagen supplement.
As we age, our bodies find it difficult to produce collagen naturally. Because of this, many skin care products contain collagen, but taking collagen supplements or drinking collagen in a powder form can help your body produce collagen endogenously. You can learn more about how taking a collagen supplement can benefit you here.
Powder collagen supplements
Powdered collagen is packed full of hydrolysed collagen proteins, which means the proteins have been broken down to make it easier for your body to absorb them.
Often, the collagen proteins are from animal tissues to create bovine collagen or from fish to produce marine collagen. But don't worry, there are vegan-friendly powders too!
Collagen powders often have two different names: collagen peptides and collagen hydrolysate. There is no difference between the two; you can still easily add both to your cup of coffee or even a smoothie to help with natural collagen production.
Support your natural collagen production with powder collagen
We stock a variety of powder collagen products here at Holland and Barrett. From flavourless options to go unnoticed in your drinks to delicious vanilla, chocolate and caramel powders for a tasty addition.
For a morning treat, add a spoonful of the Dose & Co Dairy Collagen Creamer in Vanilla to your cup of coffee for a creamy and sweet addition. Packed with bovine collagen with a delicious vanilla flavour and an indulgent creamy texture, you can blend this collagen powder into yoghurts and ice cream!
Or, if you would prefer a flavourless collagen powder, the Vital Proteins Unflavoured Collagen Peptides are not one to be missed. A high-quality and sustainable collagen source, simply add a spoonful to your drink or even your morning porridge for an instant collagen boost.
If collagen powders aren't for you, we have more collagen supplement options, including tablets, topical products and liquids. Our collection is vast, so we have many products to help you find the best collagen supplement for your needs.