Red Flag Series: Collagen

Red Flag Series: Collagen

The majority of the collagens on the the market these days are agglomerated. This means that ordinary collagen peptides have been put through an agglomerator, which takes the fine peptide particles 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.

Many people tend to think that the less smell and flavor, and the easier the collagen powder dissolves means it is "higher quality." This is false. Let me tell you why:
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 frother for all your beverages since non of my powders have filler.
The Marine Collagen is unscented and unflavored, meaning you might smell or taste a tiny 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. 
Proprietary Blends:
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 panel 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.

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



  • 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.

When it comes to collagen, you are going to have a more effective product when agglomeration is not used, because it is less processed. While it may not dissolve with ease, you can rest assured that you are not spending your money on fillers. It is my recommendation to use collagen that has gone through as little processing as possible to get into your hands. It's important that we are educated on what we are putting into our bodies.