Linda Ellison, Ph.D., a former public health systems managing director at the United Nations, spent three years working with scientists to optimize a healing bone broth recipe that she inherited from her grandmother. Ellison had planned to launch her California-based biotech company Kaü with a beauty supplement. But when the coronavirus hit, she decided to fast-track Life, a more potent formula initially developed for intensive-care units. “At this level of concentration, it triggers the rapid production of immune-system cells”—cells that might resemble those you have in your early 20s, Ellison says. “It’s like the difference between getting a bag at Forever 21 and buying a Chanel purse,” she adds with a laugh. Since the flavorless powder can strengthen your immune system, it has a number of happy side effects, she says: “You’re sleeping better, you’re less anxious, you have better mental focus, and your metabolism spikes”; that a brighter complexion comes with the territory is an added bonus.
Below, the 12 best collagen supplements and powders to stock up on now.
Wild-caught, sustainably-sourced marine collagen takes center stage in this berry lemonade-flavored powder, which is also chock full of hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid and phytoceramides. With a patent-pending delivery system that allows for better absorption, stronger, healthier hair, skin, and nails are within reach perhaps faster than ever.
Aura’s glass bottle-encased Collagen Supplement is as pretty as it is powerful: Designed to illuminate the skin from the inside out, it contains wild-caught deep ocean fish from Canada, alongside a rich dose of Vitamin C. Best of all? Its subtly sweet flavor of organic wild-berry and hibiscus extract means no chaser necessary.
Designed to be mixed with water, GoopGenes’s sweet vanilla-infused collagen powder supports smooth, supple skin with its combination of collagen, ceramides, and antioxidant-rich astaxanthin.
A potent supplement for the whole body, Shore Magic’s hypoallergenic fine powder, which is sustainably sourced from wild fish skins, encourages stronger hair, nails, and even bones.
Tasteless and totally absorbable, Ancient + Brave’s grass-fed collagen mixes seamlessly into your morning green juice or smoothie. You can even sprinkle it onto food to nourish the skin from within.
With a fresh apple flavor, one of 8Greens’s effervescent marine collagen tablets contains as much Vitamin A as four cups of broccoli and as much Vitamin C as a whopping 25 stalks of celery. No wonder fans include supermodels Christy Turlington and Helena Christensen.
Founded by beauty mogul Bobbi Brown, Evolution_18’s bovine-based collagen powder is enhanced with a serving of protein to leave you feeling satisfied—inside and out.
Hum Nutrition’s supplements include this pasture-raised skin elixir, which is topped off with Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and grape seed extract.
Free of artificial flavors and sweeteners, Ancient Nutrition’s vanilla chai powder features four types of collagen that promote both healthy skin and restful sleep.
Start your morning off on a zesty note with a scoop of Vital Proteins’ Get Up & Glow naturally orange-flavored collagen peptide and Vitamin C-backed formula.
Containing 5000 milligrams of collagen, ReFa’s enriched jelly supplement arrives in a convenient on-the-go packet for a fruit-flavored boost anytime, anywhere.
Made from an 11,000-year-old Nordic recipe, Kaü’s medical-grade Amino Acid Powder promises inside-out benefits, from longer lashes and radiant skin to deeper sleep, more energy, and boosted immunity.