What is meant by the term ‘collagen complete’?
When looking into collagen supplements, you may come across the term ‘collagen complete’. Generally speaking, this is often a name given to a collagen supplement by a brand to indicate something about what the supplement is or does. But it could also be a nod to the collagen protein itself – specifically, the amino acids it contains. In either case, it’s important that you actually investigate what is in a collagen supplement before buying it if you want to ensure you are getting a high-quality product.
In this article, we will look at exactly what the term ‘collagen complete’ may refer to and give you some ideas as to what to look out for when you are searching.
What are collagen supplements?
Just like the other supplements you get from your local pharmacy, sports nutrition shop or health food store, collagen supplements are a way of getting a certain nutrient into your body that you may not get enough of in your diet. As you can probably guess, the main active ingredient of these particular supplements is collagen. More specifically, it is collagen peptides – these are smaller amino acid chains you get by breaking down complete collagen molecules via a process called hydrolysis. These smaller molecules are far easier for the body to absorb, making the active ingredient far more accessible or ‘bioavailable’.
The purpose of these collagen peptides is not for them to simply attach themselves to your cells and give you second-hand collagen. They come from animal sources like fish, cows or pigs, and they provide your body with the fuel it needs to create new collagen internally. This fuel is very difficult to get from your diet in the sort of quantities required to boost your collagen production, so a supplement is a powerful way to make your body ramp up its collagen synthesis. Moreover, collagen supplements often include various complementary ingredients like vitamin C, which are known to further increase your body’s capacity to produce new collagen.
What are the benefits?
Collagen is a fundamental building block of your body’s skin, connective tissues and bones. As we get older, the levels of collagen in our body decline, causing issues with our skin, hair, nails, joints, bones, gut, arteries and more. By boosting the production of collagen in our bodies, these supplements can help:
• Make skin firmer and better hydrated
• Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Reduce inflammation in the joints for greater comfort and suppleness
• Increase bone mass
• Strengthen muscles
• Repair cartilage
• Improve gut health
These are just some of the potential benefits you could get from collagen supplements if they are high-quality. This moves us on to the core question: what is ‘collagen complete’?
Collagen complete: the first interpretation
Collagen is a protein. In the world of proteins, there are complete proteins and incomplete proteins. A complete protein is one that contains all 9 of the essential amino acids. By essential amino acids, we mean the ones that are essential for your body to function properly but cannot be made by your body (meaning they must come from external sources, like food or supplements). Collagen only contains 8 of the 9 essential amino acids, so it is classified as an incomplete protein.
Nevertheless, it is a protein that contains 19 amino acids, and it is abundant in glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. These amino acids are fundamental to the synthesis of new collagen inside your body, and there is no way to get them in greater abundance than from collagen peptides. This is why there is such a buzz around collagen supplements – they are the most potent way to fuel your body’s collagen production and reap the benefits of increased collagen levels. Of course, there is still the question of the term ‘collagen complete’.
In this context, it may be a reference to the fact that collagen lacks the necessary components to be a complete protein. In some cases, like with sports supplements based on collagen, it could be a reference to something else. Some supplements fortify their formula to include the missing amino acids: tryptophan. This would make it a complete protein supplement that could warrant the name ‘collagen complete’. However, to do this requires the intensive processing of fragile amino acid chains. This could damage the integrity of the amino acids and even lead to the release of toxins, so you should approach these products with care.
Collagen complete: the second interpretation
Another possible meaning of the term ‘collagen complete’ is a supplement that takes a holistic, or complete, approach to making the collagen work. If increasing your body’s collagen levels was as simple as just consuming collagen, you could simply eat animal skins and bone broth and be done with it. While this doesn’t sound very pleasant, it would put collagen molecules into your body. The problem is that they would not be bioavailable, so your body would struggle to actually absorb any of those large, heavyweight collagen molecules. Moreover, without the necessary vitamins to strengthen the mechanisms by which your body creates and uses collagen, any new collagen that does get produced may not be as effective as it could.
High-quality collagen supplements go all out to make the collagen content work for you. First, as we already mentioned, the collagen molecules are broken down into highly bioavailable amino acid chains called collagen peptides. They are then added to a liquid, powder or tablet to get that collagen into the bodies of customers. That liquid, powder or tablet will usually be fortified with some other ingredients aimed at helping maximise the absorption and effectiveness of those collagen peptides. So a ‘collagen complete’ product might be one that has pulled out all the stops to ensure maximum effectiveness of the collagen peptides once they enter your body.
How would you define a ‘collagen complete’ supplement in this context?
If you want to identify a collagen supplement that does what’s written in the final sentence of the previous paragraph look no further than Kollo. Our premium grade marine collagen liquid makes research-backed choices at every stage to ensure the collagen peptides work most powerfully for you:
1. The collagen is sourced from fish reared in aquaculture farms. Marine collagen is known to be the most bioavailable, with the most molecular similarities to human collagen. Plus, the aquaculture farms ensure a minimum chance of contamination from harmful chemicals.
2. Both the extraction of the collagen and the hydrolysis process are conducted using chemical-free techniques for maximum integrity and minimum chance of contamination.
3. We put 10 grams of collagen peptides into every sachet of Kollo, so you consistently get 10 grams per day. Studies have shown this to be the optimal dosage to reap the benefits of collagen supplementation.
4. We suspend our collagen in a liquid shot. This enables us to deliver a consistent, high dosage and to maximise bioavailability – a liquid requires no digestion, so the collagen peptides can enter your bloodstream in no time at all.
5. The liquid formula is fortified with B vitamins, vitamin C and l-lysine to provide your body with all the fuel it needs to boost the mechanisms that produce and store collagen.
6. The sachets are easy to use – simply empty the contents into a glass of water and mix for a simple and delicious shot of collagen each day.
Every stage of the development of collagen was painstakingly carried out based on the science and the needs of the consumer. Kollo makes it easy to get your daily shot and ensure that the collagen peptides you put into your body are as powerful and effective as they could possibly be. If that doesn’t meet the definition of ‘collagen complete’ then nothing does!
Learn more about ‘collagen complete’ Kollo
There is much to learn about Kollo and about collagen supplements in general. Our website provides a wealth of information about all of this. Explore our site and you will find:
• A section dedicated to the scientific evidence for taking collagen supplements
• A page showcasing all the customer reviews from verified buyers whose lives were changed by taking Kollo.
• A blog packed with informative articles about many things relating to collagen in general and Kollo in particular.
We want you to feel confident and comfortable with your choice of collagen supplement. This is why we provide so much information and encourage you to explore Kollo with us. We have won numerous awards, received countless 5-star customer reviews and earned ‘Amazon’s Choice’ Status and Informed Sport certification, so you can put your trust in us. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and someone from our team will be available to speak with you.