By Christine Ruggeri
We know that collagen is a superstar supplement that’s gaining popularity because of its long list of health benefits. It’s used to generally support healthy skin, hair and nails, joint function and gut health, but there is one common question regarding collagen protein: “How much collagen per day should I be taking?”
Although the answer to this question depends on the person and there’s no “one size fits all” serving recommendation for collagen, we offer plenty of collagen-based options. With your personal needs in mind, you can choose a product that supports your specific wellness goals.
Of course, as always, you should consult with your healthcare professional prior to starting any new dietary or lifestyle regimen, including collagen supplementation. Also, you should always read and follow product label directions.
How Much Collagen to Take Per Day?
Collagen is a type of protein that’s found naturally throughout the body. With age, our collagen production begins to naturally slow down, which can increase normal signs of aging, particularly in areas such as the joints and skin.
In addition to an overall healthy diet and lifestyle, a collagen powder supplement is a convenient and effective way to help give the body the building blocks to make its own collagen, often resulting in helping to generally slow down the normal signs of aging.
So how much collagen should you take per day? Collagen serving sizes will range from 1.5 grams to 10 grams, depending on the form and type of product. Our recommended serving size for our multi collagen protein powders and collagen peptides is one scoop, which is 10.2 grams. This amount of collagen can be added to a beverage, like water, coffee or a smoothie. You can also add it to recipes, like pancakes or oatmeal.
For our fermented multi collagen capsules, the suggested serving size is three capsules, which is 1.5 grams of a multi collagen complex and 550 milligrams of our organic fermented botanical blend. For our collagen peptides tablets, the serving is just one tablet daily that has 1.3 grams of collagen complex. And for our new collagen gummies, the serving size is 3 gummies per day and delivers 500 milligrams of collagen.
When it comes to figuring how much collagen to take, simply stick to the recommended serving. You can take collagen any time during the day, but consistency is key. Try to work it into your wellness regimen.
Therefore, if you want to reap the rewards of Ancient Nutrition's new Multi Collagen Protein formula — the only collagen product with a collagen ingredient and a probiotic ingredient backed by multiple human clinical trials — you ideally take the supplement every day.
Results from Collagen Supplementation
IF you do take it daily, these are the kind of results that our Multi Collagen Protein powder can deliver:
- Improves the appearance of crow's feet after 28 days and skin tone after 8 weeks
- Reduces knee stiffness in a week
- Reduces exercise-induced stiffness and discomfort
- Promotes healthy hair thickness and growth while reducing hair breakage
- Improves exercise recovery by 53%
- Rapidly reduces joint discomfort in 7 days Improves stiffness and knee function at 30 days
In addition, to maximize the benefits of your collagen supplement, eat a nutrient-dense diet that’s high in collagen-boosting foods, like leafy greens, berries, citrus fruits, garlic and fermented foods.
Best Collagen Supplements
At Ancient Nutrition, we make several forms of collagen supplements, each with unique flavors and ingredients. The amount of collagen in each form also varies, so here’s a rundown of each type of collagen supplement we offer:
Multi Collagen Protein (MCP) Powder
Mentioned above, our new version of our Multi Collagen Protein Powder features 10 types of collagen from four different food sources. Our MCP powder comes in several flavors, including pure, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry lemonade, cold brew and cucumber lime. One scoop contains 10.2 grams of collagen.
Its upgraded formulation is powered by a clinically studied fermented collagen, which is a first-of-its-kind that results in smaller collagen peptides for faster, easier and more beneficial absorption.
There's also Multi Collagen Protein Capsules as an option, and they are powdered by a fermentation process that maximizes collagen support within the body.
Collagen Peptides Powder
Ancient Nutrition's Collagen Peptide products are made from two sources: clinically studied fermented eggshell membrane collagen, along with bovine collagen. The unflavored formula provides 18 grams of protein per 2 scoop serving (20 grams of collagen). There's also now a vegetarian collagen version.
Collagen Peptides are also available in vanilla flavor and orange, aka Collagen Peptides Protein Powder Immune that supports a healthy immune system and healthy digestion thanks to the addition of a clinically studied SBO probiotic strain called Bacillus subtilis. There's also tablets as an option.
Beauty & Functional Collagen
Ancient Nutrition offers a variety of collagen products that are designed specifically to support healthy sleep, skin health and joint health.
Our Multi Collagen Protein Beauty + Sleep Capsules contain 2 grams of multi collagen complex, 875 milligrams of our beauty + sleep blend ingredients including ashwagandha and pomegranate fruit, and 266 milligrams of magnesium.
Multi Collagen Protein Beauty Within is a powder that was formulated to amplify your daily beauty ritual. One scoop contains 10.3 grams of our multi collagen beauty complex.
Multi Collagen Protein Gut Restore is a powder that contains 1 billion CFU* (*at time of manufacture) of soil-based organism (SBO) probiotics and 13.7 grams of our multi collagen gut restore blend.
Bone Broth Protein
Bone Broth Protein Powder is another way to get collagen into your diet. Featuring type II collagen only, it also contains amino acids that help to support healthy joints. We make a variety of flavors, including Bone Broth Protein Pure, vanilla, chocolate and salted caramel.
Can You Have Too Much Collagen?
We always recommend that you stick to the serving size on a product label. Our multi collagen protein supplements are made from real food ingredients and without artificial additives or other questionable ingredients.
That being said, consuming too much of anything is not a good idea, so take what’s suggested on the product label and use as directed for the best results.
Christine Ruggeri is a writer and nutrition counselor based in New York. She's worked for Ancient Nutrition and the Dr. Axe team for five years. She has a degree in Education with a concentration in English from Iona College, and received her health coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.