Here’s the deal: All collagen supplements that actually contain collagen come from animals. This includes cattle or seafarers and sometimes poultry (chicken). For cattle, it is best to choose grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle. âYou are consuming part of the animal,â Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN previously told us. “Therefore, it is important to make sure that the animal was humane and grass fed and wild. Grass fed means that the animal ate only grass. and was allowed to feed as close to its natural state as possible. “
Plus, you’ll want to make sure the formulas are clean and transparent. Less is more here: Avoid artificial colors, flavors, gluten, GMOs, soy, gluten and known allergens. If your collagen product has flavors, look for natural varieties (like organic cocoa, organic vanilla). If there is a sweetener, we recommend clean, plant-based sources like organic monk fruit extract or organic coconut sugar. Also, keep an eye out for brands that are open and honest about their product. If they are making claims for benefits, there should be scientific data to back them up. They should be open as to where the ingredients come from and explain the packaging in which they are provided (i.e. is it environmentally friendly?).