Red Flag Series: Collagen

Red Flag Series: Collagen

Did you know? Agglomeration Addition

Majority of the collagen not he market are AGGLOMERATED
This means that ordinary collagen peptides have been put through an agglomerator, which takes the fine peptide particls and binds them with water, gums, starches and inflammatory oils, like sunflower oil. This created a bridge for the water (or any beverage) to flow and penetrate the peptides much easier. Agglomeration process removes any sort of lingering tase or smell to the product.
What does this mean?
Many people tend to think that the less smelled flavor and flavor, the easier their collagen powder dissolves and that this means it is "higher quality."
FALSE 
Companies that use agglomerated collagen DO NOT have to state that they are using this process. This is a cheaper way to make collagen and is why other companies granules appear bigger, larger, fluffier and dissolve instantly. 
Collagen (and other herbs or mushroom powders) that have been through this process or are sprayed into maltodextrin will dissolve easily. 
This is why I suggest using a blender, or a small hand held brother, for all your beverages since non of my powders have filler. They have the possibility of clumping (I have an electric whisk for sale on the website).
My new Marine Collagen is unscented and unflavored, meaning you might smell or taste a tin bit of fishy flavor. This is not a sign of low quality product. In fact, it is the opposite. The more flavorless and tasteless a product, the more processed and altered it is. 
DID YOU KNOW? Proprietary Edition
A "proprietary blend" is a group of ingredients that discloses every ingredient, but not the exact amount. There are several reasons a company may want to hide their formula on the label:
  • As a marketing tactic, by using trendy names or catchwords for their blends.
  • To increase the perceived value of a product (a blend may contain a higher portion of the cheaper ingredients in the list)
  • To protect their formula from competitors and copycats
  • To hide an ineffective mix (a blend may contain a lower portion of the active ingredients)

In a lot of cases, a company will say proprietary blend because of the logistics of supplement fact peels and the lack of space; however... if a customer emails, you should be able to get a straight answer as to how many mg of the ingredients you are taking. 

If you go to my story highlights on Instagram (all saved for your under the "red flag" highlight) there was a lozenge that told us the amount in their proprietary blend for sleep

Melatonin 3mg

Ashwagandha 2mg

In a half teaspoon of most of my powders, you are getting 1220 mg. That is 1218 mg more than what this "proprietary blend" is giving you. This is called a therapeutic dose. 

My copacker who is very strict with FDA standards recommended that I use the "proprietary bend" phrase on my collagen, however...

I am happy to share what amounts I am using:

1250 mg total

600 mg pearl

600 mg tremella

50 mg bamboo silica

To wrap it all up...

  • The majority of collagen products on the market have gone through the agglomeration process.
  • Most companies would rather please the average consumer who wants "instant" everything
  • The quicker it dissolves, the more likely you are consuming lower quality powder. Yes, eve plenty of high end, grass-fed bovine, or other marine collagen do this. 
  • It was EXTREMELY time consuming to find a super clean marine collagen that was not agglomerated.
  • A quick google search might have you thinking this is a normal process and should be fine, but I would ask you to consider if you prefer easy of dissolving over ingesting inflammatory oils, starches and hums.
  • The amount of botanicals in a proprietary blend SHOULD be therapeutic and SHOULD be available to anyone curious to know the amounts.
  • If a company does not disclose their amounts...run.