6 Types of Collagen Supplements That Actually Work

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, but it dwindles dramatically with age. Are supplements the answer to restoring youthful hair, skin and nails, and keeping our joints nimble? We investigate.

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Multipurpose Powder
Sourced from South American grass-fed bovine hides, Further Food Collagen Peptides Powder ($20) packs 8 grams of hydrolyzed collagen peptides—and zero sugar—into every tasteless scoop that dissolves easily in both hot and cold liquids.

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Powerhouse Tablets
Youtheory Collagen’s ($11) winning combo of 6 grams of hydrolyzed collagen peptides and antioxidant powerhouse vitamin C allows for even better absorption. Plus, there’s no aftertaste, which we’ve experienced with some other collagen tablets.

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Advanced Elixir
Consider Skinade ($165) your advanced multivitamin and low-molecular-weight collagen boost in one fruity drink that is scientifically proven to reach skin at a cellular level and boasts a whopping 90 to 95 percent absorption rate.

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Wonder Water
As easy as drinking water—it’s actually easier because it comes in six yummy flavors—Vital Proteins Collagen Water ($3) is super refreshing without being too sweet, and delivers 10 grams of bovine collagen peptides with just 3 grams of sugar.

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Glowy-Skin Gummies
Swap out the candy stash in your drawer for peach-flavored OLLY Collagen Gummy Rings ($20). Two gummies contain 2.5 grams of bioactive bovine collagen peptides, which, according to the brand, were tested to reduce the look of fine lines in four weeks.

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Fizzy Favorite
Drop a HUM Collagen Pop ($30) tablet into a glass of water and watch it fizz, releasing a mix of hydrolyzed marine collagen and vitamin C that helps moisturize skin and improve elasticity over time. The strawberry-lemon taste is a bonus, too.

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