As many people know, I’m a Vital Proteins Ambassador and have been using Vital Proteins Collagen for over a year now.
One of the most common questions I get is: Which is best?
Like most anything, it depends on your goals. Any quality Collagen can benefit most people.
I’ve written several posts of how it’s personally helped me including:
Before we Dive into Different Products, a Few Things About All Vital Protein Products:
- Free from artificial ingredients and sweeteners.
- Contain All Real Food
So Why Use Collagen?
If you are looking for a protein powder, Vital Proteins is the most natural. There is just one ingredient, collagen. The body produces collagen naturally.
Vital Proteins Collagen Guide:
The unflavored is your basic collagen. It mixes well with almost everything from hot beverages to cold, to baking recipes. Yes, it does taste flavorless. The unflavored collagen peptides are the most popular, and one of the easiest solutions for anyone wanting to improve their overall wellness routine.
You can add it to almost everything since it tastes like nothing. If you’re not into fru fru and fancy, this is the Vital Protein product for you.
Like the unflavored collagen, the flavored collagen has all of the benefits from collagen, but also has probiotics and is flavored. It should just be a subcategory and has the same benefits as unflavored but with flavor.
The flavors contain no added sweeteners. There is anything from vanilla to blackberry to mixed berry. I’m a fan of mixed berry myself! It’s a great option when you want a hint of flavor in baking or smoothies.
Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is very similar to the unflavored. It mixes into both hot and cold liquid. The difference is where the collagen comes from. Marine Collagen comes from snapper (fish), where the unflavored collagen comes from Bovine.
Gelatin can be confusing, and it appears almost identical to regular collagen. I wrote a longer post here about the differences.
In short, gelatin is still collagen, but the processing is different. When gelatin cools, it becomes a “gel-like” substance. It resembles jello and is a great thickening agent for smoothies or even making your own gummies!
One of the significant benefits of gelatin versus collagen is with digestion. It helps to coat the digestive tract. Gelatin is known to help those with a leaky gut syndrome or IBS.
One thing to keep in mind is that gelatin doesn’t actually thicken until it begins to cool. If you heat it, it’s still liquid or soup like.
Collagen Whey is my favorite product. The Collagen Whey has just whey protein and collagen. The product is loaded with hyaluronic acid, probiotics, and amino acids. I usually have a serving almost every day.
If you are looking for collagen with more protein, the whey is your best bet. There are 25 grams of protein, plus 10 grams of collagen in each serving. I make a lot of smoothies from the whey. A few of my favorite are:
Hopefully, this Vital Proteins helps you decide what is best for you. I’ve personally used each of these so if you have any questions feel free to ask. I’ll have another guide to the lesser known product next month.
Thank you Vital Proteins for allowing to me continue to be an ambassador.
Questions for you: Do you use Collagen? If so, what’s your favorite?