Are Collagen Supplements Worth It?

TL:DR Summary

  • Why Collagen Matters: Not just a beauty buzzword; it’s essential for joint health and more.
  • Food Sources: Best collagen comes from diet, especially bone broth and egg whites.
  • Boosting Absorption: Antioxidants, iron, and omega-3s elevate collagen absorption from diet or supplements.
  • Supplements’ Benefits: Ideal for those with low meat intake; quality and testing are crucial.
  • Collagen Types: Choice between powders or pills boils down to personal preference.
  • Wellaholic’s Offering: High-quality collagen peptides available, made in the USA under strict standards.
The key benefits of collagen for skin include improving hydration, increasing elasticity, reducing wrinkles, promoting wound healing, and providing overall anti-aging effects by replenishing the skin's natural collagen levels which decline with age. Collagen works by hydrating, structurally supporting, and stimulating repair processes in the skin.
Key Benefits of Collagen for Skincare


Hello! I’m Serene, the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic. I’ve been in the aesthetics industry for over a decade now. I’ve seen countless skincare trends come and go.

One question I get asked a lot is whether collagen supplements are worth the hype. As someone who’s always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in skincare, I’ve done my fair share of research on collagen supplements. I’ve also had many conversations with customers and industry experts about their experiences with these products.

In this article, I’ll share my thoughts on whether collagen supplements are worth it based on what I’ve learned. I’ll dive into the potential benefits, the different types of supplements available, and what the science says.

Why Collagen? 

With over a decade in the aesthetics industry, I’ve seen trends come and go, but one thing’s for sure – collagen supplements are here to stay.

Once just a buzzword for smooth, plump skin, collagen is now known for a whole host of health and fitness benefits. Take joint health, for instance. A study at Penn State University found that athletes with exercise-related joint pain saw a reduction in their symptoms when they took 10 grams of collagen daily.

But that’s not all! Collagen, a protein found in your skin, tendons, cartilage, and animal tissue, can also help make you stronger and calmer. It contains amino acids like glycine and arginine, which aid in the production of creatine, a substance that boosts muscle strength. Plus, glycine has a calming effect on the body, potentially improving sleep and even protecting your stomach lining from anxiety-induced damage. So, it’s never too early to start protecting the collagen in your skin!

Eat Foods Rich in Collagen

The best source of collagen is from whole foods. If you’re eating a balanced diet, you’re likely getting collagen already. All meat and fish contain it, but the parts we rarely eat, like tendons, offer the most. So if you’re looking to boost your levels, I suggest bone broth, made by boiling those collagen-rich parts. Egg whites and gelatin (as Jell-O or mixed with milk and stirred into coffee) are good options too.

If you don’t eat meat, don’t worry! You can opt for plant sources of proline and glycine, two of the main amino acids in collagen. You can find them in legumes like soybeans, spirulina (an edible eubacteria that can be added to smoothies), and agar (a substance derived from marine alga that can replace gelatin in vegan desserts). So, whether you’re a meat-eater or a plant-based foodie, there are plenty of ways to get your collagen fix!

How to Increase Collagen Absorption

Certain nutrients can kick-start the body’s production of natural collagen and maximize the effects of the collagen you get from foods or supplements. Three vital factors are antioxidants and iron, which are both essential for collagen production, and omega-3 fatty acids, which protect the body’s collagen stores from damage.

You can easily get them from foods like bell peppers, broccoli, and citrus (for vitamin C); shellfish, red meat, and dark leafy greens (iron); and salmon, mackerel, and other oily fish (omega-3s).

So, if you’re looking to boost your collagen levels, make sure to incorporate these nutrients into your diet. Not only will they help increase collagen absorption, but they’ll also provide a host of other health benefits.

I've found that many of my customers who don't eat much meat can really benefit from taking a collagen supplement, whether it's a powder or pill form. The key is to look for a high-quality product that's been third-party tested by a reputable company like NSF or USP. This ensures you're getting what's on the label without any harmful additives.

Consider Collagen Supplements

I’ve found that many of my customers who don’t eat much meat can really benefit from taking a collagen supplement, whether it’s a powder or pill form. The key is to look for a high-quality product that’s been third-party tested by a reputable company like NSF or USP. This ensures you’re getting what’s on the label without any harmful additives.

When starting a collagen supplement, I recommend going slow at first with around 1,000 mg daily for a few weeks. If you notice positive effects like improved joint health or better sleep, then stick with that dosage. But if you don’t feel any different, gradually increase by 1,000 mg increments until you see results or reach 15,000 mg per day.

The type of collagen supplement you choose really comes down to personal preference. Powders are versatile and can be added to drinks or food. But if you want the easiest way to get a potent dose, collagen pills may be the way to go. Whichever you pick, the most important things are to get enough collagen daily and to choose a high-quality product you’ll actually take consistently.

Collagen Peptides by Wellaholic


Collagen peptides are a rich source of hydroxyproline, an essential component of hyaluronic acid and collagen. ​Made in USA under a certified FDA facility. 

Suggested Use: One capsule, taking once or twice daily, preferably with meals. 

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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