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The 4 Best Ways to Use Collagen
Swanson Staff • April 22, 2021

The Best Ways to Get the Collagen You Need

With at least 16 different varieties, collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body.1 This essential nutrient is used to assist with a number of health goals ranging from glowing skin to improving flexibility. With numerous formats and sources to choose from, collagen is one of the most versatile proteins you can fit into your diet.

The question is, which one best fits your lifestyle? Can’t start the day without your morning coffee? Or maybe you need a travel-friendly find for on-the-go support? These four creative collagen uses are some of the best ways to incorporate this supplement into your day-to-day.

1. Collagen Coffee Creamer

While you can put collagen powder directly into your morning brew, there are collagen powders specifically created for coffee that are absolutely delicious. This simple creamer replacement trades added sugars for easily digestible amino acids.

Collagen creamer doesn’t have to stop at coffee either. You can use this flavorful ingredient in your baking recipes, smoothies or even as a topping in your hot breakfast. Try using vanilla collagen creamer over your oatmeal or give this coconut muffin recipe from Vital Proteins® a shot.

2. Portable Collagen Power

Some of us were made to roam, which means portability is crucial when it comes to bringing your inner glow on-the-go. Perfect for your next cross-country endeavor or even backyard camping trip, collagen bars and sticks make the best backpack companions to keep your skin and joint health in tip-top shape.

Even if traveling isn’t your thing, the ease and convenience of collagen packs and bars make it effortless to fit this nutrient into your day.

With premeasured collagen stick packs, you get a guaranteed 20 g of collagen peptides that dissolve easily into your favorite drink or smoothie, no scoop needed. Collagen bars make a delicious and protein-packed snack no matter where you are, so you can stay satiated while tackling your wellness goals.

3. Combo Formulas for the Win

Wonder what pairs well with collagen to capitalize on its benefits? Combination formulas make some of the best collagen concoctions in order to enjoy all of the benefits each nutrient can offer.

Skin health serums and moisturizers work wonders if you’re looking to freshen up in the morning or wind down before bed. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help hydrate skin or vitamin C to promote skin integrity and natural collagen production.

Combo formulas come in all forms, from liquid vials to topical creams, so if you’re not set on a format there’s a lot of room to experiment!

4. Ol’ Reliable: Collagen Powder and Capsules

The two most common methods of taking collagen are powders and capsules. Not only do these forms offer potent doses of this nutrient, but they’re also the easiest to find and take daily.

If you prefer not to swallow capsules but still love the “set it and forget it” mentality, you may enjoy collagen shots. Shots combine many of the previously noted benefits like convenience and combo formulas with an easy once-daily dose so you can focus on the rest of your day.

Collagen powder is probably the most popular and versatile of them all. From bovine-sourced protein shakes to pescatarian-friendly meal prep, collagen powders can be easily added to almost anything from dinner recipes to a simple glass of water. If you don’t like to fix things that aren’t broken, collagen powder may be your best bet yet.

With so many forms and formulas to choose from, collagen has made a lot of waves in the wellness industry. These four top ways to use collagen are some of the best methods to easily incorporate this nutrient into your lifestyle, but if you find that another way works better for you, enjoy the discovery and the amazing health benefits collagen can offer!

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Your friends at Swanson

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  1. Collagen Structure and Stability. National Library of Medicine. Read source