Whether you're a Vital Proteins® superfan or are *this* close to placing your first-ever collagen order (or signing up for a collagen subscription), one thing's likely to be true: You've spotted (or tried) VP's hero product, our Original Collagen Peptides with Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C! Housed in a now-Instagram-famous blue tub that features a grass label, this collagen supplement is easily one of our most versatile offerings since it's unflavored, odorless and easily soluble in hot and cold liquids. But there is a catch. There are two Collagen Peptides powders in our portfolio – and while they’re both, of course, collagen powders, they are slightly different.
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Keep reading to learn more about the standout pair, as well as the overall benefits of collagen (hello, youthful appearance!**) and so much more.
What Is Collagen?
First things first, let's tackle the all-important question: What is collagen? In Jennifer Aniston's words, "collagen is the glue that holds everything together." And she's right. As the body’s most abundant protein, collagen helps provide structure to hair, skin, nails, joints, bones, ligaments and tendons. Thanks to collagen, we're better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong.**
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Collagen Peptides vs Original Collagen Peptides with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C
While both of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides offerings are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide, there is a major difference between the two: their ingredients. Our Collagen Peptides (with the cow label) contains 1 simple ingredient – collagen – while our Original Collagen Peptides (with the grass label) takes the benefits of collagen one step further with the addition of two other ingredients: skin-quenching hyaluronic acid and immune-boosting vitamin C.
Collagen Peptides + Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C
Available on vitalproteins.com, our Original Collagen Peptides boasts a trio of ingredients, including 20g of collagen, 80mg of hyaluronic acid and 100% daily value of vitamin C per serving. We already broke down the benefits of collagen – let's dive into the last two.
Our cells actually produce hyaluronic acid (HA) to balance moisture levels, making it all-natural, but its production unfortunately begins to decline as we age. HA holds other health benefits, but in terms of skincare, it provides gentle hydration without acting as an exfoliant like other acids do. HA is known as a "humectant" and acts like a sponge to help retain water for plumper, softer skin.
Of course, everybody's skin is different. But the good thing about HA is that it helps all people, whether they have dry, oily or combination complexions. "Since dehydrated skin is a condition that can occur in any skin type, we can all benefit from using products with hyaluronic acid," Dana Murray, a licensed esthetician and Babe & Beauty blogger, tells Lively. "Skin that becomes dehydrated — meaning lack of water — often tries to overcompensate to 'fix' itself by overproducing oil which can lead to breakouts, greasy-yet-tight-feeling skin and accentuated fine lines."
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, helps your body form blood vessels, muscle tissue and collagen. It’s also known to help boost energy and reduce fatigue.** Since we cannot produce vitamin C naturally, we can get it from our diets by consuming leafy greens, fruits and vegetables. As for how much you should take per day, the daily recommended amount of vitamin C is about 75mg for women and 90mg for men.
You'll often hear it's necessary to combine vitamin C with collagen to get the full benefits of your collagen supplement. This is partially true; vitamin C is a nutrient that can help boost your body's natural production of collagen (aka a collagen builder).** However, consuming vitamin C at the same time you take your supplement is not necessary to get the full benefits of collagen. In terms of products that contain collagen + vitamin C, our fan-favorite Original Collagen Peptides is one of these, with 100% daily value of vitamin C + 20g of collagen in every serving.
A Boost To Your Scoop
Think of Original Collagen Peptides as a boost to your scoop. Trust us: Your daily collagen routine will thank you later. The Original Collagen Peptides is also a favorite among new collagen users and loyal collagen fans alike.
"It's safe to say I truly felt that 'bridal glow' they talk about come my wedding day," writes Sarah S., a real customer (and former Vital Proteins' staffer), who used the collagen supplement leading up to her big day. "And while the fancy white dress and sparkling heels were only a one-time thing, my Original Collagen Peptides two-scoops-a-day habit has still stuck with me."
How To Use Original Collagen Peptides
When it comes to adding our ingestible collagen to your diet, VP fans love adding a scoop of our collagen powder to their morning coffee or smoothie. Our Original Collagen Peptides, in particular, is super versatile because it's unflavored and odorless. It's also easily digested and soluble in hot or cold liquids — and two scoops a day (the serving size listed on our label) is all you need. And while adding to your favorite beverage is a go-to for many, we also have a wide array (read: 100+!) collagen recipes to supplement your wellness journey. Add collagen to your everyday routine for a more vibrant you!