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First things first, Sophie, why should you ingest collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Although traditional vitamins and minerals are known to support key areas and functions, collagen provides natural scaffolding for hair, skin and nails, as well as other structures within the body. This is why it’s so important to maintain high levels. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we get older, our production levels deplete and that’s when you may begin to see those first signs of brittle nails and thinning hair. The reason it’s good to ingest collagen is because your body is able to take the associated amino acids, vitamins and minerals, then deliver them throughout your body internally.
Are there any key things to look out for when you invest in collagen supplements?
Remember that the higher the strength, the better. We have some fantastic high-strength products at Holland & Barrett, particularly new brand Dose & Co which offers 10g of collagen per serving. After that, it comes down to personal preference and how you want the collagen product to fit into your everyday routine.
Once you’ve invested, what is the easiest way to incorporate it into your daily routine?
One of the reasons Dose & Co is such a good option is it’s so versatile and makes adding collagen into your day really easy. Whether you’re stirring the creamers into your morning coffee, adding the protein powders to your afternoon shake or even adding pure collagen to a glass of water, its offering can quickly and easily become part of your daily routine. The powdered formulas are particularly useful for adding into your meals, smoothies or even sprinkling over your cereal. I like to add my collagen protein powders to breakfast smoothies – I prefer this to taking tablets because it’s easier to digest. Dose & Co has brilliant flavours too, which are ideal for incorporating into your favourite foods and drinks. There’s a whopping 10g of collagen per serving as well as all-natural ingredients, so there’s a lot to love.
Finally, is there anyone who can’t ingest collagen, or is it suitable for all?
Although vegetarian-friendly collagen does exist, the Dose & Co range isn’t currently suitable because it uses types 1 and 3 bovine collagen (from cows) which are the most abundant types found in the human body. That said, Holland & Barrett are bringing a whole new range of collagen supplements suitable for vegetarians soon, so watch this space.
Keen to try Dose & Co now? Here are its core bestsellers:
Pure Collagen Powder, £26.99
WHY WE RATE IT: Dubbed the most versatile product in the Dose & Co range, this pure collagen powder is unflavoured and rich in nourishing ingredients for an all-round approach. It’s also free from dairy, soy, gluten and artificial sweeteners. Try just a few teaspoons in your morning hot drink to begin with, then gradually add to other meals and snacks.
Vanilla Dairy-Free Creamer, £29.99
WHY WE RATE IT: If you’re prone to dairy allergies, this is the one for you. This formula allows you to enjoy collagen with the added bonus of it being dairy-free. Add a little to plain coffees and into your cereal or yoghurt. You can get it in a caramel flavour too.
Vanilla Dairy Protein, £29.99
WHY WE RATE IT: Blending the benefits of whey protein powder with bovine collagen, this can be sprinkled into coffee, brownies, pancakes or smoothies – whatever you find easiest. Brimming with 10g of collagen, it also works over time to support muscle maintenance and growth, whilst providing your hair, skin and nails with collagen.
Chocolate Dairy Protein, £29.99
WHY WE RATE IT: This has all the same benefits as the Vanilla Dairy Protein but comes in a chocolate flavour that’s guaranteed to please and add interest to any daily snack. A great option for those wanting more taste and sweetness.