Comparing Collagen Powder and Pills
Collagen supplements are available in different forms, the most common being pills and loose powder. There are injectable forms too, but they are for localized problems. Pills and powder are for boosting production all over.
If you’ve decided to start taking a collagen supplement for it’s beauty or anti-aging benefits, and are wondering which form is best for you, here are a few things to consider.
Collagen powder can be added as an ingredient to whatever you want. Stir it into your coffee, mix it into your scrambled eggs, or even just a glass of water. Versatility gives powder an advantage compared to pills, which can only be taken one way. That’s convenient if you don’t mind that, but maybe a little boring for people who want to try lots of variety.
One advantage to pills is that some people don’t like the taste or consistency of the powder when mixer or dissolved. It’s not a strong taste, but if it bothers you, you might want to try pills instead. Most people find that the flavor of food and certain drinks completely hides it. And some formulas have added flavors, like berry or citrus.
Pills also come pre-measured. Obviously it’s no big effort to measure powder with a scoop, but it still takes just a little longer than opening a bottle and taking pills. You could take a set number of uniformly sized pills as you head out the door in the morning.
Just like some people hate needles, others have a problem with swallowing pills. To them, pills just feel all wrong, and they try to take medication and supplements in different forms. Because of how much you’ll be taking – a minimum of 5g, and sometimes up to 30g a day – the capsules would have to be rather large, or you would need to take several of them. For those who hate how pills feel, it’s a big advantage for powder that it goes down so easily.
Either way . . .
There’s no big health difference between pills and powder, as pills are usually capsules containing the same powder supplement available in loose form. What is mainly important from the health benefit angle is that your collagen should have high bioavailability. You can get collagen from bone broth and sometimes from other food, but you won’t get much good out of it if the fibers are too big to pass into your blood stream. For that you need hydrolyzed collagen, because hydrolysis breaks the fibers into peptides small enough to get through the intestinal barrier and go where your body needs it.
Also, whether pill or powder, you should choose a collagen supplement with helpful additives. These are things like organic silicon (good for bones and tendons), hyaluronic acid (hydrates the skin), and of course, vitamin C, which is absolutely essential for collagen production. All products offered by Prisma Natural USA include these additives in a supplement of hydrolyzed collagen peptides, and our Collagen PLUS Daily is available tablet form as well.