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The Benefits Of Collagen Powder (And How To Use It)

by jenny sansouci on January 4, 2015

Hey my sweet health-seekers!

True to form, I’ve found something new to become obsessed with and I’ve been consuming it every day (whenever I remember, at least). Whenever I get excited about a new health-related product or experience, I tend to jam pack my life with it, at least temporarily, so I can adequately and knowledgeably report back to you about it.

Someone’s gotta do it, and guess what – it’s gonna be me. (If you just got “It’s Gonna Be Me” in your head, I truly love you for that).

Alrighty then, let’s get to the point. My newest finding is COLLAGEN POWDER. I’ve been hearing about it a lot from fellow health coaches for months now at Dr. Lipman’s office, and I keep seeing it pop up everywhere. When that happens, when something enters my consciousness this many times in a row…I know it’s time for me to dive into it.

After some feverish research, I went ahead and ordered the collagen powder I believed to be the best – Great Lakes Collagen Powder in the green canister.

If you’re like me and love reading Amazon reviews, you’re about to have the biggest party of your life. There are 929 reviews on this product!!!!!! HOURS OF FUN!!!! Man, that makes me so excited. I would love to pretend I don’t lay in bed at night reading Amazon reviews, but the truth is, I do. I really do. NOT EVERY NIGHT GUYS!

So if now is the time to abandon this blog in favor of the Amazon reviews, I totally understand. Less pressure on me that way anyway. But if you’d like to chill here instead, I’ll give you some info.


What is collagen powder?

Collagen powder comes from the same collagen found in skin, bones and cartilage. Remember when I blogged about bone broth? One of the best benefits of bone broth is the collagen in the broth. With the powder, you don’t have to make bone broth (although you might wanna because it’s awesome and delicious and has tons of benefits) to get the benefits of collagen.

It’s pure protein that is quickly absorbed in the body/digestive tract. This particular one comes from beef bones.

What are the benefits of using collagen powder?

After age 25, our body’s ability to repair tissue and cartilage starts to diminish. This means joints, skin, hair, nails, etc.

Collagen powder can help:

  • Lubricate joints
  • Build connective tissue
  • Heal injuries
  • Promote healthier, stronger, younger-looking skin, hair and nails
  • Regulate the body’s metabolism
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support hormone balance
  • Improve digestion

Read more in the Amazon reviews for the benefits people are experiencing.

How do you use collagen powder?

The green canister of Great Lakes Collagen pictured above will dissolve in any liquid, hot or cold. It has barely any taste at all so I put it in tea, water or smoothies. You can use it in a smoothie instead of protein powder. The collagen powder in the green canister does not gel up when added to liquid.

2 tbsp a day, dissolved in liquid, is the recommended amount on the canister.

Great Lakes sells another kind (the red canister) of gelatin that DOES gel up in liquids — it can be used to make jello or even gummies (I NEED TO MAKE THESE). 🙂 The green canister powder will NOT work to make jello or gummies.

Ready to experiment?


Cool! Let me know if you have any experience with collagen powder, or if you have any questions- I’ll do my best to answer!

Onward health vikings!! Heal those joints! Get that glorious skin, hair and nails!!



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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Joy January 4, 2015 at 8:41 pm

I love putting this in my herbal tea. One can only drink so much bone broth!


jenny sansouci January 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm



Isabelle January 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Hiya! I just linked here from your blueberry cobbler recipe. Just curious — why collagen powder instead of gelatin? I’m not sure what the difference is between all of the Great Lakes products so some clarification would be super appreciated!


Isabelle January 13, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Whoops! I’m not a careful reader — Just found the info in your article 🙂


jenny sansouci January 15, 2015 at 6:45 pm

No worries! Glad you figured it out!! <3 Enjoy.


Jason January 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm

To be honest I’m sick of researching a health product and finding that 99.9% of the websites which come up are actually selling the thing or linking to commercial sites and probably getting paid for the referral. Gone are the days when the web was just jammed packed with factual pages which weren’t selling you anything. I can’t find ONE SINGLE web page which isn’t promoting some brand or other.


jenny sansouci January 21, 2016 at 11:48 am

Hey Jason, totally understand where you’re coming from. My blog is my full time business and I get paid mostly in affiliate commissions, I am very transparent about that. That being said, I would never promote something I don’t actually use or haven’t actually tried and researched and believe is worth recommending. I am extremely particular about that. Whether or not you choose to believe that is up to you, I can’t just expect every single reader to trust my word. But I think bloggers deserve to get paid for their research and writing. 🙂 Some people don’t agree. That’s ok.


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