Collagen Liquids versus Powders Or Pills

Collagen Liquids V's Powders Or Pills

There are many different forms of collagen supplements available on the market, including powders, pills, and liquids. So, which one is the most effective?

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that is found in the connective tissue of our bodies. It is an essential component of our skin, hair, and nails, and is responsible for maintaining their strength and elasticity. As we age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, leading to the common signs of ageing such as wrinkles and sagging skin.

Collagen depletion as we age


Although there are also several protein-rich foods we can eat to increase our collagen intake, including beef, pork skin and bone broth, we’d need to consume an enormous amount of bone broth to have any impact on our collagen levels.

High-quality collagen supplements contain animal collagen. Using a process called hydrolysation, the collagen fibres are broken down into smaller chains known as “collagen peptides” which makes it more bioavailable – i.e. easier to absorb. This is why collagen peptides are also known as hydrolysed collagen.

"Hydrolysed Collagen" is more effective because it contains a complete amino acid sequence as a collagen peptide and research shows that due to its very low molecular weight, hydrolysed collagen is absorbed at a higher level into the bloodstream and circulated throughout the body more easily than other forms of collagen.

The amino acids in collagen peptides include glycine, proline and hydroxyproline, all of which are difficult to get in large quantities from diet alone. These three amino acids are fundamental to fuelling and stimulating the production of collagen in our bodies.

Which delivery method is most effective?

There are many different forms of collagen supplements available on the market, including powders, pills, and liquids. So, which one is the most effective?

Collagen Powders

Collagen Powder

First, let's take a look at collagen powders. These are typically made by hydrolyzing collagen into smaller peptides, which makes them easier for the body to absorb. Collagen powders are versatile and can be added to a wide variety of foods and beverages, making them a convenient option for those looking to boost their collagen intake. However, some people may not like the taste or texture of collagen powders, and they may not dissolve completely in liquid, leading to a gritty consistency.

Collagen Pills

Collagen Pills

Next, let's consider collagen pills. These are typically made from collagen that has been dehydrated and ground into a fine powder, which is then formed into pill or capsule form. Collagen pills are convenient and easy to swallow, but they may not be as easily absorbed by the body as other forms of collagen. In addition, the amount of collagen that is actually absorbed and utilised by the body may be limited, as it must first be broken down in the digestive system before it can be used.

Collagen Liquids

Collagen Liquids

Lastly, there are collagen liquids. These are made by mixing hydrolysed collagen peptides with a liquid, such as water. Collagen liquids are highly bioavailable, meaning that they are easily and quickly absorbed by the body. This makes them a more effective option for increasing collagen levels in the body. In addition, collagen liquids are convenient and easy to take, and can be easily incorporated into your daily routine.

Marine Collagen vs Bovine Collagen

Marine collagen is more sustainably produced and has less impact on the environment than for example bovine collagen which is sourced from animals (cows & pigs).

Studies that have looked at the absorption of collagen peptides found marine collagen tends to be absorbed 1.5 times better than bovine collagen due to its low molecular weight. 

Furthermore, because Marine Collagen is sourced from fish, there is a lower risk of transmissible diseases and viruses that can affect animal products such as BSE (commonly known as Mad Cow Disease) and Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

Moreover, the structure and bioavailability of collagen peptides from marine fish are quite similar to those of humans across the gastrointestinal barrier.

Marine collagen is predominantly type I, which is used in our skin, hair, nails, bones, teeth, tendons, ligaments, vascular ligature, and organs. Type I collagen accounts for 90% of the total collagen in the human body.


Overall, it seems that marine collagen liquids may be the most effective form of collagen supplement. They are easily absorbed by the body and are convenient to take, making them a great option for those looking to increase their collagen intake. So which one is best? We recommend HIMMENSE SHIFT, 6G of hydrolysed marine collagen plus vitamins and minerals for multiple benefits.

Want to know more? Check out our blogs below:

What is collagen?

The Science Behind Collagen

Where is collagen found

Should men take collagen?

What causes collagen loss?

Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Consult a healthcare professional if you have any questions or are taking any other medications before you try any remedies or supplements.

Published 9 January 2023

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