Collagen's full-body benefits abound: We'll spare you the full rundown (we'll just send you here, if you'd like to browse), but research has shown collagen supplements can promote a youthful skin texture, support your gut health, balance joint health and comfort, and support muscle strength.* (Plus, protein source!)
Collagen's short-term "side effects," on the other hand, generate a decidedly shorter list; they're also harder to pinpoint, given how everyone's body may react to products in unique ways. But a common one consumers may run into is an unpleasant taste—although, we can easily fix that (and highlight the reasons some powders may taste a little off).
Below, find exactly how to make your collagen taste superb:
1. Find a powder with clean excipients.
Sometimes it’s not the collagen itself—it's the excipients. Excipients, in case you need a refresher, refer to the "other ingredients" section on the label: the nonactive players in your supplement. Some of these additives (binders, preservatives, synthetic colors or flavors, artificial sweeteners, et al.) can leave a bitter aftertaste—so it's important to do your research and find a powder that extracts its "others" from plant- and mineral-based sources, or features no "others" at all! (Our curated list of 16 best collagen supplements should get you started.)