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Which is better: liquid collagen, collagen pills, or collagen capsules?

Here, we go through the differences between collagen tablets and liquid collagen to see which collagen supplement is best for your skin, hair, and nails. 

We are the collagen experts at Absolute Collagen. Our liquid collagen supplements for women and liquid collagen for men have been helping our customers achieve a gorgeous glow, plumped up skin, beautiful hair and stronger nails for years.

However, for anyone new to the world of collagen supplements, we appreciate that it can be confusing to decide between liquid collagen, pills, capsules, and powders. Take a look at our helpful information below to see if liquid collagen is better than the alternatives.

Some of the most popular ways to take collagen are via collagen pills, collagen powders, collagen capsules, and liquid collagen. But which is better? And is one more effective than the other?

Here, we go through the differences between collagen tablets and liquid collagen to see which collagen supplement is best for your skin, hair, and nails.

What is liquid collagen and how does liquid collagen work?

Liquid collagen is collagen that is in a ready-to-drink liquid form. Where collagen tablets, capsules and pills come solid with a drink of water to wash down, liquid collagen is digested and absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly and efficiently than solid supplements. That’s because the body has to work harder to extract nutrients when they’re delivered in solid form. 

Additionally, using liquid collagen supplements means a more highly concentrated dose can  be packed into a small serving when compared to a collagen tablet or pill. 

For more on what type 1 collagen is and the difference between marine collagen and fish oil, take a look at our helpful articles.

At Absolute Collagen, each 10ml liquid collagen sachet packs in a mighty 8000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen, ready to drink straight from the sachet!

“Hydrolysed” simply means the collagen has undergone the
hydrolysis process, which breaks down collagen fibres into small collagen chains known as collagen peptides. These peptides are small enough to enter the bloodstream, whereas collagen fibres - also known as native collagen molecules- are too large to pass through into the bloodstream.

For more evidence on what collagen is and how it reacts in the body, take a look at the following scientific studies
about the absorption differences of different ingestion methods and the bioavailability of tablets.

Comparing liquid collagen to collagen capsules

Collagen capsules and pills are terms that are often used interchangeably, but there are some subtle differences. Firstly, “collagen pill” is an over-arching term that encompasses both collagen capsules and tablets. 

Collagen capsules are slightly different from tablets, however, as they usually have some kind of dissolvable casing around the collagen itself. Collagen tablets are comprised of collagen powder which is then tightly pressed together to form a pill. As such, you might see “collagen  powder” used when looking into collagen tablets. 

Liquid collagen does exactly as it says on the tin – it is collagen in liquid form that has no powders or dissolvable casings. Liquid collagen has lots of benefits and is just as highly regulated and as safe as collagen tablets.  

For more on the lab studies we have conducted on Absolute Collagen products and to see more about whether liquid collagen is safe, take a look at our helpful article.

The differences between liquid collagen & collagen capsules

There is a lot to – ahem – digest when deciding which collagen is the best and whether to take liquid collagen or collagen pills. Depending on your lifestyle, a certain collagen form may be better suited to you. 

Take a look at our helpful table and FAQs below to easily compare both types of collagen supplement.

differences between liquid collagen and collagen pills
Are collagen drinks or tablets more convenient?

Collagen liquid is very convenient and can be taken on-the-go, whereas for collagen tablets  you may need a sip of water for your collagen tablets.  

Liquid collagen can be taken anywhere at any time, and both liquid and tablet collagen products are easily stored at room temp. For best results, however, collagen drinks work best when stored in a cool, dark  place away from direct sunlight.

Are liquid collagen or collagen capsules easier to digest?

It depends on how you prefer to take your collagen, or any supplement for that matter. If you are one of many people who have trouble swallowing pills, then liquid collagen is the  best type of collagen supplement for you as it is quick and easy to consume. 

You will also have to consider frequency of usage. Typically, collagen pills are not very big and it’s likely you will need to
take more pills to get the desired effect. In a pre-mixed shot of liquid collagen, however, one sachet is often all you need.   

In fact, one 10ml sachet of Absolute Collagen is so perfectly concentrated that it is equivalent to taking 16 collagen pills! But don’t worry, you won’t be over-doing it with our  marine liquid collagen – one 10ml sachet is the perfect dosage for best results. 

Are collagen capsules or collagen drinks more effective?

Many people question if liquid collagen is better than collagen capsules or pills and if collagen drinks work better than alternatives.

The good news is that liquid collagen is more easily absorbed in the body than collagen pills, tablets, or powders, as liquids
bypasses the intestinal barrier more quickly than solid forms. Liquid supplements, like our liquid collagen supplement, have an absorption rate of 90-95% compared to 40-45% for collagen pills. It is for this reason that we like to call our collagen
products ‘highly bioavailable’ as our customers see collagen results that much faster!

Take a look at our graphic below to understand more about if collagen pills are better than  liquid collagen: 

image of an infographic showing the absorption of collagen graph, showing the amount of pills needed to absorb the same amount of collagen as a liquid collagen sachet

So there you have it - all the evidence suggests that the best type of collagen is in a highly  bioavailable liquid form.  

This is exactly why we started our collagen journey at Absolute Collagen! Our award-winning product has a drastically higher
absorption rate than pills. Plus, our handy 10ml sachets of marine liquid collagen are easy to take on the go and each one provides the perfect dose, every single time. What’s not to love?   

Not only do we truly believe in our product at Absolute Collagen, and so do our fabulous Absoluters. Take a look at some of the before and after collagen reviews from our amazing customers to learn more. Why not try Absolute Collagen’s award-winning liquid formula for yourself today?