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Grass-Fed Collagen: What You Need to Know

What is Collagen?


Collagen makes up 30% of the body’s protein. It gives structure to important tissues such as the skin, muscles, bone, hair, tendons, and cartilage.


As we age, the body’s ability to make collagen diminishes significantly, beginning around age 30. Our range of collagen supplements is designed to bring clean, high-quality, absorbable collagen to consumers, supporting skin elasticity, strong hair and nails, as well as joint support and mobility.


Recently, we’ve seen a tremendous demand for collagen products, and there are various options available, from collagen peptides to grass-fed collagen powder.


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What is Grass-Fed Collagen?


Grass-fed collagen is collagen produced from animals that have been grass-fed. At Garden of Life, we source our grass-fed collagen from cattle that have been allowed to roam free, feeding on the grass in their pastures.


The cattle we use have not been treated with antibiotics or hormones, giving you greater peace of mind over what you’re putting into your body.


What Are the Benefits of Grass-Fed Collagen?


There are many benefits of using collagen supplements in your routine. Grass-fed collagen can help to:


  • Support skin elasticity
  • Promote beautiful skin, hair, and nails
  • Support joints and mobility


What’s the Difference Between Collagen, Bone Broth & Collagen Peptides?


Collagen is a very large protein. It consists of three long chains of amino acids. These chains are made up of 18 different amino acids including three important ones called proline, hydroxyproline, and glutamine. Each molecule has three long chains wrapped around in a triple helix structure.


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Because it’s such a large molecule, the body needs to break it down in order to digest it. Bone broth is a partially-digested form of collagen (made by boiling bones for hours). When it’s completely digested, it’s in the form of small chains of amino acids called collagen peptides, which are easily-absorbed and are very bioavailable to the body. They travel in the bloodstream to deliver the amino acids to the tissues for building collagen.


Try our unflavoured Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides Powder in your shakes, smoothies, or baked goods to boost your collagen levels.



What are the Main Types of Collagen?


Although there are sixteen different types of collagen found throughout the body, there are only three main types (Type I, II, and III) that make up around 90% of all the collagen in our bodies. Type I makes up around 80% of that.


Type I Collagen


Type I collagen is found mostly in skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, and teeth. It’s the major structural compound of hair, skin, and nails. Type I is typically consumed by those seeking to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, and for skin elasticity and hydration.


Type III Collagen


Type III, the second most abundant collagen in our bodies, is found in skin, muscles, and blood vessels. Type III is almost always found along with Type I. They form a spiderweb-like structure. This is more commonly found in areas like our gastrointestinal tract, lymphatic systems, and organs. It’s most often used with Type I for gut healing and to improve skin elasticity and hydration.


Our Grass Fed Collagen Beauty Powder combines the benefits of Type I and III with vitamin C and biotin to help provide you with the necessary building blocks for collagen production. We included 10.5mg silica from organic bamboo, 45mg vitamin C from organic amla berries, and 2500mcg biotin from organic sesbania Grandiflora leaf. These ingredients are critical co-factors needed for collagen production in the body.



How We Source Our Grass-Fed Collagen


Collagen is sourced from by-products of the beef industry. At Garden of Life, finding the cleanest source of grass-fed collagen was the most important part of the process, ensuring that we work with farmers that uphold the same values as us.


We have partnered with smaller farms in Germany where the cattle roams free, feeding on non-GMO grass, without antibiotics and hormones. By sourcing grass-fed collagen from smaller herds, we can trace our ingredients back to the source and can promise that our grass-fed collagen is non-GMO.


Our grass-fed collagen range is third-party certified:


  • Paleo-Friendly
  • Certified Keto
  • NSF Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO by IGEN – the International Genetically Modified Organism Evaluation and Notification Programme.

Is Grass-Fed Collagen Better?


By choosing grass-fed collagen, you can rest assured that you are providing your body with the cleanest and highest-quality collagen. Our grass-fed collagen may be better for you, as it’s:


  • Free from hormones and antibiotics
  • Sourced from grass-fed, healthy cattle
  • Is third-party tested and certified
  • Made from fully traceable, organic ingredients

Grass-Fed Collagen at Garden of Life


Grass-fed collagen is the focus of the collection of collagen supplements available at Garden of Life. Alongside our Collagen Peptides and Collagen Beauty Powder, the range also includes:




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Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc

Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc

Writer and expert

Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc, is a Registered and Accredited Sports Dietitian with over 30 years’ experience as a nutritionist. She is Chief Dietitian to the Lawn Tennis Association, Lecturer for the Sports Nutrition Foundation, and Senior Director of Nutritional Science at Garden of Life.