Vital Proteins FAQ's


What is collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility.

It is recommended to store in a cool, dark area away from moisture.

We always recommend talking with your doctor first, as nutritional needs can vary when breastfeeding or expecting. Moreover, some of our products may provide extra ingredients on top of collagen such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, caffeine, plant extracts so we really recommend you check with your pharmacist or doctor first.

Yes, our Collagen Peptides are hydrolysed.

Our products are designed for adults therefore they are not intended to be used in children. We certainly recommend that you talk with your pediatrician to determine what would be best for your children.

We recommend taking collagen continuously to see the best results.

We recommend taking 20g a day to start seeing results.

Our collagen powders are great for mixing into anything hot or cold. Check out our blog, for a variety of recipe ideas!


Our Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides from Brazil. Our Marine Collagen are sourced from wild-caught, white fish off the coast of Alaska.

Our collagen is produced exclusively in Brazil. The collagen is primarily derived from Nelore breed bovine hides. The cattle industry in Brazil is still based on grass systems, where the cattle are pasture raised. This constitutes an important advantage for Brazilian cattle. Since the cattle were pasture-raised and grass fed, this eliminates the risk of rBGH in their feed. Brazil also has a law (Decree No 57 824 Article 4(4)) which prohibits the addition of hormones to feed. The hormone rBGH is typically injected into dairy cows within the US to make them produce more milk. The Nelore breed is not a dairy producing cow and is strictly used as a beef breed. Based on these factors, the collagen is derived from bovine hide without the use of hormones like rBGH.

Vital Proteins produces its gelatin and collagen peptides in Brazil. The cattle industry in Brazil is based on perennial tropical grass pasture systems. We have taken great care to ensure that the pasture size for each animal is one animal per 2.67 acres. These standards are in alignment with the Global Animal Partnership 5-step animal welfare rating standards.

Our Beef Gelatin and Collagen Peptides are made from pasture-raised bovine hides. The hides are first cleaned and soaked in hot water to remove the fat. They are then soaked in an alkaline or acid solution to facilitate the release of collagen. After, the hides are cooked in water with a temperature that fluctuates up to 190 degrees, to extract the collagen from the hides. Unlike the Beef Gelatin, the Collagen Peptides are broken down further with an enzyme treatment. The final steps are evaporation and milling, which results in the powder form of collagen or gelatin. The process does not involve high heat and results in a very fresh tasting product.


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No, it is not, as it’s sourced from beef/fish/chicken. As of right now, we have yet to find a known source of vegan collagen. We do however have Skin Boost Capsules which are vegan. They are not made of collagen, but offer other natural ingredients that help boost the body’s production of collagen

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Try our Collagen Peptides. They are our most popular and are odourless and tasteless, so they are very easy to incorporate into your diet. Furthermore, you can try our product recommender to see which collagen product is your perfect match. 

The main difference is the source. Our Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides from Brazil. Our Marine Collagen is sourced from wild-caught, white fish off the coast of Alaska.

Our pasture-raised Collagen Peptides and Beef Gelatin have similar amino acid profiles and offer very similar nutritional benefits. Both are virtually odourless and tasteless, making them extremely versatile. However, they are quite different in application.

Collagen Peptides (blue lid): Our peptides are gelatin proteins broken down into their constituent peptide chains through an enzymatic process. This allows our collagen peptides to not “gel” in cold liquids. Heating them will not alter their nutritional value. The peptides have the advantage of mixing well into both cold and hot liquids without them "gelling." However, you cannot use them in recipes that call for gelatin. You may add our peptides to cold and hot beverages alike, such as a smoothie, juice, water, tea or coffee, as well as a variety of foods like pancakes or oatmeal to boost the protein content. Beef Gelatin (green lid): Our gelatin will “gel” in cold liquids. As a result, gelatin is ideal for hot preparations, and is a staple in many recipes. Our gelatin may be added to soups, broths, sauces or gravy as a natural protein booster and thickener, or used when baking. They can also be used to create a delicious homemade mousse, ice cream, pudding and yogurt -- even omelettes and meatloaf, or use them to make nutritious fruit gelatin and healthy gummy snacks. You may also enjoy them in hot beverages like herbal tea or frothy butter coffee. In the body, the gelatin has the advantage of taking slightly longer to digest and coating the small intestine.

You can take both, it just depends on what you are looking for that day. If you are looking for something tasty, or for an extra skin boost, our Beauty Collagens contain collagen, as well as live bacteria and hyaluronic acid. You do not need to take both at the same time, but you can.

Our Collagen Peptides have no flavour, so they are great to add into your coffee, tea, smoothies, virtually anything. Our Beauty Collagens are great when you want something tasty with water, or are looking to a little extra love for your skin, as these contain collagen, live bacteria and hyaluronic acid.

Our Collagen Peptides are a good option. Collagen helps to promote the beauty of your hair, skin & nails. Our Marine Collagen also offers benefit for the hair’s beauty.

Often, the scoop is buried in the collagen mixture during transit. Most customers find the scoop by using a fork to comb through the collagen powder. If you still cannot find it, please contact customer service for the equivalent scoop size.

Vital Proteins’ goal is to develop products as clean as possible, preferring non-artificial sweeteners and avoiding the use of unnecessary additives.