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Are Collagen Powders Effective?

If you’re caught wondering, “does collagen powder actually work?” then we’re here to put some of those fears to bed and assure you that a daily serve of a high-quality collagen supplement can work wonders for your body and provide you with the collagen peptides that can be used to improve skin texture and appearance.

Collagen supplements usually come in the form of a tablet, capsule, powder or liquid. As well as the different ways to take a collagen supplement, there are also different types and different sources of collagen available.

At Two Islands, we produce a collagen powder that uses marine collagen. Marine collagen in particular is highly bioavailable, meaning that it is extremely well absorbed in the body. Because of its small particle size, it is 1.5x more efficiently absorbed by the body compared to bovine or porcine derived collagen.

Before we delve into whether collagen supplements are effective, we first want to talk a bit more about collagen, what it is and what our bodies need it for.

What is collagen?

Collagen makes up about 75-80% of our skin’s structure, providing a sort of scaffolding support to keep our skin plump, firm and hydrated. As we age, our body’s ability to naturally produce collagen declines. From around our mid-twenties, production drops by around 1% per year, with a 30-50% total loss in women by post-menopause.

Other factors like smoking, stress, overexposure to sunlight and a poor diet can also cause a decrease in the amount of collagen our body produces. Consequently, a decrease in collagen leads to wrinkles, dry and sagging skin, thin hair, brittle nails, and can result in joint problems due to weakened cartilage.

It is worth knowing that unlike natural collagen, the collagen in collagen supplements are called collagen peptides - also known as hydrolysed collagen. It's basically collagen that’s been broken down into more easily dissolvable amino acids.

What does collagen do?

There are at least 16 types of collagen found in the body, however 80-90% of the collagen in the body consists of three types – Types I, II and III. Let’s take a close look at each of those collagens and their roles in your body:

  • Type I - This type accounts for the majority of your body’s collagen and is made of densely packed fibres. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue and teeth.
  • Type II - This type is made of more loosely packed fibres and is found in elastic cartilage, which cushions your joints.
  • Type III - This type supports the structure of muscles, organs and arteries.

What are the different sources of collagen?

Whilst there are at least 16 types of collagen in the human body, collagen is also found in animals and marine life and it is from these sources that collagen supplements are made. For skin and beauty applications like Two Islands Marine Collagen Beauty Powder, we only use Type I collagen, 100% sourced from marine (fish).

Collagen used in supplements can be sourced from the following:

  • Marine collagen
  • Chicken collagen
  • Bovine collagen
  • Porcine collagen

You can read more about each of these types of collagen in our blog – What should you look for in a collagen powder?

Does collagen really work?

There have been a lot of studies conducted on the overall efficacy of collagen powders so it’s always good to do your own research as lots of different brands and websites will quote different studies.

As well as conducting our own research, we also like to get feedback from our customers. At the end of the day, it’s our customers that can really tell us whether Two Islands Marine Collagen Beauty Powder is making a difference for them, and the overwhelming feedback is incredibly positive.

Here’s what some of our customers have to say about the effectiveness of collagen powder:

“I absolutely love using the Unflavoured Collagen Powder. It dissolves so easily - with no lumpy bits - you’d never know it’s there. I have it dissolved in water, or mixed through coconut yoghurt, or in a smoothie or a coffee. So versatile. My skin is super hydrated and plump (I’m 53) and my nails are really strong. They just grow and grow. Very happy and will stick with Two Islands for sure!”Jen W, New Zealand

“About 15 months ago I tried Two Islands flavour free collagen powder, and I was amazed by how my skin and nails responded. I get flaky skin around my eyes and this went away. Completely. About 7 months later I tried another brand after being told it was cheaper etc. After 6-8 weeks the flaky skin around my eyes was back and I noticed a remarkable change. About 1 month ago I decided to start using Two Islands again - and already the flaky skin has gone and I have been complimented on my skin twice. I will happily pay more for Two Islands as I can say, for sure, that it works!” – Laura B, New Zealand

“Absolutely love this product! Not only is it tasty, but the tub truly seems to last! Have been having 2 teaspoons a day for over a month now, and have still barely made a dent!

I have had terrible nails since forever, and nothing ever seemed to work - My nails are so shiny, which they have never been; and ridges are so much better - they are still there slightly but I'm expecting these to disappear soon with how well this product is working. My nails are growing like crazy, and actually have some strength to them now!

Am totally hooked on this now after living the proof!”Maria M, New Zealand

Whilst this is anecdotal feedback from a handful of customers, a quick scroll through more than 400 of our reviews will showcase a wide range of similar stories.

There are also a range of studies to support our own findings. In a recent study by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, preliminary results confirmed that collagen supplements increased skin elasticity, collagen density and overall hydration.

Benefits of collagen supplements

We love to hear from our customers who have really seen the benefits of taking our marine collagen powder supplement and it’s important to understand those potential benefits before you start taking a collagen supplement.

Here are some of the key benefits of collagen supplements:

  • Can improve skin health
  • Helps to relieve joint pain
  • Could prevent bone loss
  • Could boost muscle mass
  • Promotes heart health
  • Can help to strengthen hair and nails
  • Could promote gut health

The positive impact on overall joint health and skin health in addition to the benefits to hair and nails are some of the biggest benefits our customers see when taking Two Islands Marine Collagen Beauty Powder.

Is taking collagen powder safe?

For most people, taking a collagen powder supplement is perfectly safe and most people will not experience any adverse side effects.

If you do notice an undesirable change in your body when you start to take a collagen supplement, then you should refer to your GP for further advice. Some noted side effects include feeling bloated or overly full.

The bottom line

There is plenty of research out there that showcases the results of taking a collagen powder supplement and we encourage you to carry out your own research to make sure that taking a collagen supplement is right for you.

For us, there is no better feeling than seeing the latest review of one of our satisfied Two Islands customers who has found out for themselves the benefits of taking a collagen powder supplement and can confirm that collagen powders are definitely effective for them!

If you’re still not convinced, why not give Two Islands Marine Collagen Beauty Powder a try. We have handy sample packs and sachet boxes that are perfect for finding a flavour that best suits you and also deciding whether or not you like the taste and texture of a collagen supplement. Give it a go – we think you will love the results.

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