The 5 Best Collagen Powders On The Market Right Now

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Wonderful things can happen when you stop treating “protein” as some generic catch-all term, as these collagen brands like Primal Kitchen and Ancient Nutrition are proving.

The roughly 10,000 proteins found in the human body have many, many functions, from producing enzymes, hemoglobin, and more, but collagen is one of the most foundational proteins in the body—literally.

As the single most abundant protein in the body, collagen is referred to as a structural protein, providing the literal framework for skin, bone, muscles, tendons, and cartilaginous tissue.

Alright, point made—collagen is important. But where can you find a collagen supplement you can trust?
We’ve already done the sleuthing and sampling for you; following is our team’s selection of the 5 best collagen powders out there.

Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein
  • Description

    Featuring marine- and bovine-derived collagen from an unprecedented 10 sources as well as vitamin C for efficient absorption, Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein goes the hardest we’ve ever seen collagen-wise.

Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel
  • Description

    Chocolate Coconut gets our vote, but whichever flavor you choose, we found Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel to be a fitting addition to any wellness routine with 11g of collagen per serving.

The 5 Best Collagen Powders

BrandCollagen Per ServingPrice
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein10g$49.95 for 45 servings ($0.11/gram)
Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel11g$39.99 for 24 servings ($0.15/gram)
Garden of Life Multi-Sourced Collagen With Turmeric10g$27.99 for 20 servings ($0.14/gram)
Perfect Keto Grass-Fed Keto Collagen 10g$43.99 for 20 servings ($0.22/gram)
Hi-Health Collagen Peptides20g$29.99 for 14 servings ($0.11/gram)

Best Overall: Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein

ancient nutrition multi collagen protein
  • Pros
  • 10 types and high concentration of collagen
  • Vitamin C and probiotics enhance use
  • Cons
  • Slightly pricier than competition

Best for: Those looking for a higher concentration of absorbable collagen for maximum results.

Easily claiming the mantle for the most innovative and, possibly, best all-around collagen powder is Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein.

Where most other collagen powder supplements will provide a couple forms of collagen at the most, Ancient Nutrition has fortified this supplement with a whopping 10 types—and 20 total grams—of collagen per every two scoops.

Also of note in the formulation is the savvy inclusion of vitamin C, which is a key cofactor in the enzymatic breakdown of collagen in the body, and probiotics to aid digestion.

In order to provide this much collagen, Ancient Nutrition created a multi-collagen complex deriving the protein from bovine hide, fermented eggshell membranes, chicken bone broth, and fish.

In other words, if any collagen supplement is going to deliver results, Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein is it. 

For more on Ancient Nutrition, check out our comprehensive brand review.

Best Flavor: Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel

primal kitchen collagen fuel
  • Pros
  • Clean, natural formulation
  • No sugar added
  • Excellent taste (real cocoa powder)
  • Cons
  • Some ingredients need more research
  • Bovine collagen is less sustainable

Best for: Maintaining healthy skin, connective tissue, etc. Great for those picky on flavor.

We’ve got a lot to say about Primal Kitchen’s clean, highly nutritious sauces, dressings, and other condiments—and indeed we said it in our Primal Kitchen Review—but their collagen products rank especially high among our team for a few reasons.

First, Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel is both paleo friendly and keto certified.

Second, the use of coconut milk powder and organic fair-trade cocoa powder makes a huge difference in flavor, especially if you’ve been around the block or two with artificially sweetened protein powders or other supplements. We mention this in more detail, along with other observations, in our Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Review.

And though the bovine collagen used in Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel is less sustainable than marine collagen, it is less likely to cause or exacerbate intestinal issues.

Finally, the ingredient list is characteristically clean, featuring konjac root gum and monk fruit as a natural thickener and sweetener, respectively.

Most Versatile: Garden of Life Multi-Sourced Collagen With Turmeric

garden of life collagen turmeric
  • Pros
  • Strong formulation enhances joint and digestive health
  • Three types of collagen
  • Cons
  • Taste most common issue among reviewers

Best for: Those looking for a broader set of benefits outside those associated with collagen, including digestive health, joint discomfort relief, and more.

Known for their whole-food-derived, certified USDA organic supplements, Garden of Life stays true to these standards with their Multi-Sourced Collagen Turmeric Powder.

Though they didn’t quite make it to ten, this supplement provides three types of grass-fed, pasture-raised, and undenatured (type II) collagen with the addition of a probiotic—1.5 billion CFU of lactobacillus plantarum

The collagen blend sources the protein from bovine hide and chicken cartilage.

In addition, the turmeric blend features an organic, fermented turmeric root extract standardized to a 95% curcuminoid concentration, which is the active ingredient in turmeric shown to help with joint health and general mobility

Finally, the use of organic black pepper fruit in this collagen powder bolsters the probiotics in safeguarding and optimizing healthy digestion.

Though Ancient Nutrition certainly dove deeper into the collagen itself, Garden of Life covered a broader spread of potential health benefits with the unique additions of the turmeric and black pepper fruit.

For more on Garden of Life, here’s our comprehensive brand review.

Best for Keto: Perfect Keto Collagen

perfect keto collagen
  • Pros
  • Keto friendly (2g carb, 3.5g fat per serving)
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Cons
  • Single-source collagen
  • No absorption enhancers, probiotics, etc.

Best for: This one’s easy—keto folks looking for clean collagen. 

As the only keto brand we know of to actually conduct in-house testing on the glucose response elicited by their products, we trust Perfect Keto to formulate truly keto-friendly products.

Such was the case with their Keto Collagen powder, made with grass-fed collagen and enhanced with medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

For all but the uber-hardcore keto crowd (0 carbs, really?), the piddly 2 grams of carbs per serving is sure to sneak under the wire.

We appreciate that no artificial sweeteners were used, and impressively, Perfect Keto snuck real cocoa powder in without pushing the limit too far on carbs. This, of course, refers to the only of their seven flavors that matters—the only flavor that ever matters: chocolate. 

The MCT oils provide 3.5 grams of fat, and the hydrolyzed, bovine-sourced collagen comes in at 10 grams per serving. 

Definitely the best keto collagen powder in our book, Perfect Keto keeps it clean while offering seven flavors—we’re here for it.

Best Collagen On a Budget: Hi-Health Collagen Peptides

hi-health collagen peptides
  • Pros
  • Grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine collagen
  • 20g of collagen per serving
  • Cons
  • Unflavored only

Best for: Anyone looking for the benefits of collagen in a simple, unflavored, and inexpensive supplement.

Finally, delivering an above-average 20g of collagen in a simple, clean formulation is Hi-Health Collagen Peptides.

Some will see the lack of flavored options as a downside, but the upside if you’re not interested in a flavored supplement is that this is the most minimalistic ingredient list you can get for a collagen powder: collagen peptides. End of list.

In other words, this product delivers just about every “free” statement possible, including gluten, allergens (bovine collagen, not marine), sugar, etc.
If you’re privy to the benefits of bovine collagen and how it supports skin, hair, and other tissues, there isn’t much else to say: this is just straight-up collagen for the no-nonsense supplementer.

Best Collagen Powder FAQ

What is the best collagen powder to buy?

Even within this short list, it’s hard for us to pick a definitive “winner” because of the wealth of high-quality collagen supplements out there and the unique needs of each person. If we had to pick one from what we currently know, it would be Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein.

What collagen does Jennifer Aniston use?

Jennifer Aniston uses and promotes Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.

What is the number 1 collagen in the world?

Since each person is different, it’s near impossible to answer which collagen is the best. We consider Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein to be at the top of the market right now, but with dozens of very close competitors. 

Which collagen is best for wrinkles?

While we can’t declare a specific product as being the best for wrinkles, marine collagen has shown its efficacy over bovine collagen for this purpose, as it contains a high density of Type 1 (90%) and Type III (10%) collagen, both of which support skin.

Can collagen reverse sagging skin?

As confirmed by this study from King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia and many other findings, yes, collagen can reverse sagging skin and wrinkles to an extent by improving moisture content, elasticity, and several other markers of skin health.

Can you reverse aging with collagen?

Collagen can reverse the appearance of aging—namely, wrinkles and sagging skin—to an extent.

How long does it take to see results when taking collagen?

Sources vary slightly, but most studies assessing the benefits of collagen cite a lead time of at least 8-10 weeks of consistent use before results are noticeable.

Key Takeaways

Points to consider when shopping for collagen powder: the number of collagen types, concentration of collagen per serving, marine vs bovine sourcing, vitamin C content for absorption, and probiotics for digestion.

As always, collagen supplements can perform their best when paired with a balanced diet—again, vitamin C is a big deal here—adequate sleep, and a consistent exercise routine. 



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