Benefits of Drinking a Liquid Collagen Supplement for Skin

5 reasons why it works better than collagen powder, collagen pills and bone broth for anti-aging benefits

How Liquid Collagen Works

Say hello to collagen, a skin-friendly protein that is now being offered in liquid form to combat the signs of aging.

Is this the new 'fountain of youth’? Can this miracle drink do something to turn back your clock and make you look years younger? 

Marketed as an anti-aging product, liquid collagen drinks have been creating a buzz in the skincare and wellness industry. For many years now, Japanese women have been drinking the protein to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but it's only recently that men and women in Europe and the United States have jumped on the bandwagon.

One of the reasons for this is the growing awareness that it is the largest and most abundant protein in our body, and makes up a whopping 80% of the dermis—which contributes directly to our skin glow, firmness, suppleness, and elasticity, and is also responsible for the healthy cushion between our joints as well as strong hair and nails.

Our natural collagen production reaches its peak when we hit our mid-20's, but after that, our levels start to decline. This is the primary cause of thinner, less elastic skin as well as other signs of aging, like wrinkles, deep creases, and saggy areas around the mouth and neck. As your levels drop, you may also experience joint pain and discomfort, so it makes sense to start supplementing your loss of collagen to maintain a youthful complexion and healthy joints. 

Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of supplementing with marine collagen liquid and how to choose the right type to help you reach your beauty goals.


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How Liquid Collagen Supplements Work


In simple words, collagen drinks contain hydrolyzed peptides or collagen protein. Collagen peptides are the smaller chain molecules that have been broken down through a process called hydrolysis, which makes them easier and faster for your body to absorb. Let’s dig a little deeper:


Is Collagen Safe?


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies drinking collagen as Generally Recognized As Safe ("GRAS"). As the supplement category is not as tightly regulated as pharmaceutical products, like prescription drugs or dermal fillers, it is best to purchase from reputable brands that are in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).


Does Drinking Collagen Really Work? 


So, does liquid collagen work? Collagen drink benefits include everything from improved joint health to luscious plump skin and strong hair and nails. In fact, regularly consuming hydrolyzed supplements has been shown to increase skin elasticity and hydration while also leaving your hair full and luscious. Liquid collagen drinks can only work if the following conditions are met:

  1. It contains hydrolyzed peptides. 
  2. It contains a high concentration of peptides per portion: a minimum of 5,000 mg (5 grams) per serving, and not just juice with a very low concentration of peptides per portion. Many products claim to be a liquid collagen supplement but without providing nutrition facts supporting the dose of peptides per serving. If the product is just liquid with some collagen, it is like drinking an energy drink loaded with sugar without any substantial nutritional value.
  3. It contains ingredients that are collagen boosters and not destroyers. Read more below to see the list of collagen-loving ingredients you should look for and collagen-killer ingredients to avoid.


Does Liquid Collagen Have Any Side Effects?


Collagen peptides are either extracted from animal bones or fish scales. In truth, plant collagen doesn’t exist because collagen doesn’t occur naturally in plants. Plant protein sources can help support our natural production, but that’s not the same as offering the complete protein. In short, all complete collagen sources are animal-derived.

Animal extract collagen is derived from the bones of a cow, chicken, or pig.

Collagen peptides made from animal bones can come with some side effects if the bones were not properly treated. There is also the risk of having higher than normal calcium levels if you don't pay attention to the amount of calcium present in the collagen supplements. 

According to Dr. Mercola, quality is a concern in collagen and bone broth products. He states that recent testing by the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center revealed eight popular bone broth and collagen supplements contain hazardous contaminants including antibiotics, prescription drug metabolites (breakdown by-products of drugs), steroids, and insecticides. These can also pose great risks for patients and people consuming these products, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions.

So if you are buying chicken, porcine, or beef collagen, Dr. Mercola encourages patients to ingest products that are 100% organic and/or certified grass-fed to avoid any negative side effects.


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In Comes Fish Collagen...


Fish extract collagen is derived from scales of fish.

Often known as "marine sourced", fish collagen is considered superior because of its purity and high bioavailability. Because Marine Collagen is extracted from fish, it is free from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) (also known as “Mad Cow Disease”), Hoof-and-Mouth disease, and/or Bird Viruses.

Marine Collagen also doesn’t contain high calcium levels as there is a very little trace amount of calcium in the scales of fish vs. in animal bones. 

However, for some people who are allergic to seafood, marine fish-extracted forms can create some allergic reactions, depending on the purity of the marine peptides.

Taut Premium Collagen Drink Advanced Formula contains only 100% pure marine collagen derived from wild-caught Red Snapper Fish and does not contain any non-fish animal protein. It’s allergen-free and chemical-free and is considered among the best types of liquid collagen for skin.

Taut Marine Collagen


Benefits Of Using Liquid Collagen Supplements With Marine Peptides


With the best product, you can drink your way to a younger-looking complexion and luscious hair. In fact, liquid collagen benefits are virtually endless when it comes to your complexion! Drinking collagen benefits your body’s natural production of the protein and replenishes the collagen you lose during the aging process. Collagen drink for skin benefits include: 

  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improvement in hair and nail health
  • Improvement in firmness and elasticity
  • Reduction in the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite

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But, liquid collagen benefits aren’t limited to only our dermis. That’s right, this powerhouse of a supplement provides additional support for connective tissues and joint health as well as extra relief from joint pain and stiffness. It may also help you achieve full, voluminous hair.

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Choosing The Right Type Of Supplements for the Job


While the benefits of liquid collagen supplements are virtually endless, simply choosing a random supplement or consuming collagen rich foods won’t necessarily restore your skin’s firmness and elasticity or give your hair back its bounce. To achieve a glowing, radiant appearance, you have to start reading labels in order to find supplements that provide the right type of this protein as well as the correct concentration for dermis restoration.

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Keep in mind that there are 28 different types of this abundant protein in the human body. The most abundant is Type I collagen, which makes up 85% of the human skin and is also present in our hair. Type II collagen makes up most of our connective joints. And, finally, Type III is the second-most abundant collagen found in our body, making up 15% of the dermis.

To see noticeable changes in your skin’s complexion, such as a reduction in wrinkles, improved appearance of stretch marks, and increased skin elasticity, you should always choose peptides that contain at least 90% Type I collagen. Research has shown that supplements containing hydrolyzed Type I help increase levels in the dermis.

The amount of time it takes for someone to see results after taking liquid collagen supplements varies. With a Taut Premium 13,000mg/1.7oz dose, most people see improvement in their complexion and hair within a few weeks to a month or two.

But, as not all supplements are created equal, if a product is poorly absorbed, it will have no effect. That’s why it’s important to start by reading the labels on items in order to choose the best type of collagen and the best product made with the highest quality ingredients.


5 Reasons Why Liquid Collagen Works Better Than Powder or Pills


1. Delivers Higher Concentration Of Peptides Per Serving


Since it is in liquid form, collagen drinks are able to deliver a higher concentration of peptides and other nutrients faster and more effectively into our bloodstream.

The presence of a high concentration of peptides in the bloodstream triggers the body's wound healing response that reactivates the body’s natural production.

Clinical studies show taking 10,000mg (10 grams) collagen peptides a day over 8 weeks can improve skin elasticity, hydration, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while also improving overall hair, joint, and bone health.

Depending on your age, you would need to take at least 5,000-10,000mg (5-10 grams) of peptides per day to see visible results.

So, what about drinks vs pills? Well, to reach the required potency, you would need to swallow 10-20 large pills every day in order to get the same amount of collagen per liquid oz. This means liquid collagen is a superior option for reversing the effects of aging skin. That’s not to mention that it’s more convenient than taking pills!


2. Efficient Absorption Rate


The most efficient collagen is actually a product with peptides delivered in liquid form. The reason is, peptides in liquid form have a much higher absorption rate because most of the hard work is already being done for your body. These drinks are, in essence, already pre-digested, so your body is able to absorb your collagen supplements quickly and efficiently.

When you ingest supplements in pill form, your body has to work much harder to digest the pills and pull the nutrients from the tablets. This means the collagen you take in is less easily digestible and absorbable. A drink is the best option for getting the peptides to your skin and joints.


3. Science Backs Up These Protein Drinks


There has been intense debate surrounding the efficacy of collagen drinks, but multiple scientific studies have proven that liquid form can indeed benefit the dermis and help with fine lines and wrinkles.

According to a study published in the Archives of Dermatological Research in 2008, ingesting collagen may help with overall formation in the body. A year later, Tokyo University published another study suggesting that drinking collagen could reverse the effects of sun-related skin aging.

Need more proof? Another study by a research institute in Japan in 2006 suggested that ingesting peptides increases fibroblast density and enhances the formation of collagen in the dermis. Fibroblasts are specialized cells in the dermis layer that synthesize collagen and elastin. The study researchers at Katsuragi Hospital in Japan also documented improvements in the skin of subjects who took an oral collagen supplement.


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4. Collagen Drinks Are Super Convenient


The most popular form of liquid collagen is “ready-to-drink collagen” in a bottle. 

The portion sizes differ between tiny shots (1.7 oz.), about the size of a double shot espresso, to a dose of the protein added to 150ml ounces of water or other liquid.

What makes ready-to-drink collagen so easy is that you no longer need to mix peptide powder with water or juice—it dissolves right on your tongue! Many of the collagen drinks also come with other healthy skin-loving ingredients which eliminate the need to add extra ingredients or supplements to your skin care routine.

With so many drinks to choose from, here are 7 tips for buying the best collagen supplement.


Is Bone Broth Better Than Ready-Made Collagen Drinks?

According to Nourish Kitchen, bone broths are slow cooked or simmered for anywhere between 8 hours and 24 hours or more. The purpose of these broths is to release small amounts of minerals from the bones while also producing gelatin from the bones. 

So, why are there claims that good quality liquid collagen supplements have a more powerful effect than drinking bone broth?

  • You know how many peptides you are getting per dose.
  • Liquid forms provide already broken down peptides that don't require your body to take extra steps to digest and break down the super-size molecules found in bone broth.
  • Bone broth contains Type II collagen, not the more desirable Type I collagen. 
  • Liquid collagen is ready to drink and you can take it anywhere, without having to spend hours boiling bones to produce the broth.


Customize Your Drink With Collagen Peptide Powder & Ingredients


With so many brands and peptide powders available offering bottles and recipients with a twist tab or something of the sort, it has become easier to mix and customize your own liquid collagen supplement.

One of the latest trends is mixing collagen peptide powder with your morning coffee for weight loss or making your own morning collagen coffee weight loss shake.

Even though this is a good noble concept for healthy skin, there are a lot of scientific studies that show caffeine actually inhibits collagen synthesis - even with its amino acids. Even if you're a fan of the convenience of getting 2 jobs done with one drink, mixing collagen with coffee is not going to work for your skin health or your joints. If you absolutely need to include it in your daily coffee drink, it would be best to mix it with decaf coffee instead of regular coffee.

What is considered a good quality drink? A drinkable collagen formula that helps maximize the delivery of peptides into your skin and joints! Adding the right ingredients that enhance absorption and nutrients for skin and joints is like formulating a good recipe. Here are some tips:


Avoid Collagen-Killing Ingredients


Coffee has many health benefits but combining it with collagen will not give you the complete benefits you hope to receive because clinical studies show that caffeine destroys the protein.

Alcohol and sugar damage our skin health. It goes without saying that having too much alcohol and sugar is bad for our skin. 

Why? Because collagen may break down.

Sugar and alcohol create inflammation which breaks down healthy collagen. So it's common sense not to mix the protein with any cocktail (just in case you feel like having one). Watch out for the amount of sugar you use in your collagen formula too. Try not to exceed 2 grams of sugar per portion.


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Best Collagen-Loving Ingredients That Should Be Mixed With Your Shake


Vitamin C or citric acid is a cofactor for collagen production and a beauty nutrient in its own right, so having fruits and fruit juice high in vitamin C and antioxidants in your drink can help accelerate peptide absorption and collagen synthesis. 

Hyaluronic acid and essential oils for skin are great for providing hydration and moisture to reduce the signs of aging in men and women. Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet that will keep your complexion plump and firm.

Grape Seed Extract as well as other antioxidants and super fruits such as green tea extract help protect your skin from the effects of free radicals. An antioxidant blend can also provide powerful results.

Collagen vitamins include Vitamin B, Vitamin E which are game-changers for boosting your dermis' health.


Why Is Taut's Liquid Collagen The Ideal Choice for Reducing Fine Lines & Wrinkles


Delicious tasting in its tiny 1.7 oz sealed glass bottle, Taut Premium Collagen Drink Advanced Formula has undergone strict quality control and is designed for convenience and formulated with the highest quality nutrition from premium ingredients. 

Each bottle contains the highest potency of Marine Type I 13,000mg collagen hydrolysate rich in amino acids and is mixed with 5 key skin-loving ingredients free of harmful preservatives. 

Marine collagen derived from wild-caught Red Snapper fish and produced under GMP condition, Taut guarantees you'll only enjoy premium hydrolyzed collagen and healthy ingredients that deliver the best results for your skin in both women or men.

Drink one bottle for 21 days to reduce aging and see your skin transformed into firmer, fuller, radiant, and younger-looking skin!

Not sure where to buy liquid collagen? Many customers rated Taut's collagen formula the best drink for their skin.

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Customer's Testimonials


Best Collagen Product!

I have used other collagen products before, but I feel that Taut Premium Collagen is the best one. I noticed that it reduced the fine lines under my eyes and my skin texture became much smoother after using Taut Premium Collagen. I would highly recommend it. -Yoko

Love it!

I’m so happy to find such an amazing product. There are so many choices out there and I’ve tried a bunch. Taut premium collagen replenish formula is the only product that has not only improved my skin but also has improved my joint pain and overall health! Thank you!!! Bonnie

Pleased with Taut!

I've tried a couple of different collagen formulas, but Taut is, by far the best. At 71 years old, my skin needs all the help it can get. With Taut, my skin looks and feels younger, firmer. Even my dermatologist commented in how good my skin is looking. I have also been happy with the customer service. I get regular updates and the product always arrives as scheduled. The only drawback is the cost, but I have to say that the regular specials have helped with that.- Kate

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It is so fabulous!! I drink it for over 3 years! I love it! And I will love it forever!! -Orsooya



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