Collagen Water Is the Latest TikTok Trend—Here are 3 Dietitian Approved Ones to Try Now

Hydrate and get a collagen boost with these top collagen waters

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Collagen water is exactly what it sounds like—water with collagen blended into it. It may also contain other ingredients, such as sweeteners and flavoring, and other nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. While collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, collagen production declines as we age, so many people turn to collagen powders, beauty products, and, most recently, collagen water. Collagen supplements, including beverages, may support collagen production. But added collagen is not essential for health. So if collagen—which comes solely from animal sources—doesn’t fit in your diet or budget, don’t stress. 

If a collagen supplement is a good fit for you, collagen water can be a convenient way to supplement. “Pre-mixed collagen water is a convenient way to stay hydrated and get a dose of collagen protein, both of which are important for joints, skin, hair, and nails,” says Kelsey Lorencz, RDN. It can also be a convenient way to boost your protein intake without having to blend a smoothie or prepare a meal. “It’s available premixed or packaged to mix your own, so it’s easy to take to a workout, work, running errands or anytime throughout the day since it's more convenient than a powder,” says Melissa Hooper, MS, RDN

When choosing which collagen waters to recommend, our nutrition expert interviewed other registered dietitians on what to look for and some of their favorite products. She reviewed several products for collagen content, presence of sweeteners, flavor, and other ingredients. 

When is Collagen Water Not a Good Idea?

“Collagen water is generally safe for most people. However, if you have a condition where you need to monitor your protein intake, like chronic kidney disease, you may want to skip collagen water or drink it with caution,” says Lorencz. 

Collagen water is not suitable for someone following a vegan or vegetarian diet. Collagen comes from animal sources—either bovine (cow), porcine (pig), marine (fish), or eggshell. Bovine is the most popular type used in water, and there is yet to to be a pre-mixed water that uses eggshell as a source.

Many collagen waters also contain added sweeteners. In general, it's best to limit sugar sweetened beverages as well as beverages with alternative sweeteners (like stevia, monk fruit, and artificial sweeteners), so you’ll want to be mindful of how much collagen water contributes to your total intake.

Here are three dietitian approved collagen waters.

Vital Proteins Vital Collagen Water Lemon Slice

Vital Proteins Collagen Water


Vital Proteins is an industry leader in collagen-based products, so it’s no surprise that their collagen water is a fan favorite (and a top choice for both Lorencz and Hooper). With 10 grams of collagen per 12-ounces, it supports hydration in addition to any potential benefits of consuming collagen in an easy to consume drink. It contains type I and III collagen peptides (a form that may be more absorbable than raw collagen) from bovine hide, which is said to support skin, hair, and nails.

It comes in four flavors—lemon slice, strawberry lemon, blackberry hibiscus, and lemon ginger—none of which contain any added sugar, artificial colors or flavors. They are also all gluten-free and dairy-free. Three of the flavors do contain monk fruit extract as a sweetener, but if you prefer not to consume that, you can try the lemon slice which is just water, lemon juice, and collagen peptides. 

Price at time of publication: $27 per 12 pack ($2.25 per bottle)

For those that want a flavored collagen water without any added sweeteners, Voss+ Collagen Water is a good choice. With just a hint of berry flavor, it’s a refreshing way to hydrate with a boost of protein. 

It contains 4 grams of collagen per 12 ounces and 10 grams per 28-ounce bottle. It’s sold in their iconic tall glass bottle made from recycled PET, making it a more sustainable option than those in plastic bottles (though this comes at a much higher price point than others on the market).

Price at time of publication: $87 per 12 pack ($7.25 per bottle)

Circle Bev Sparkling Collagen Water

Circle Bev Sparkling Collagen Water


If you prefer carbonated water, Circle Bev’s sparkling water gives you “Fizz with Benefits™” (as they call it). Each of their four flavors (watermelon thyme, lemon mint, vanilla pear, and raspberry hibiscus) contain 20 grams of collagen peptides, which provides 18 grams of protein, and only 3 grams of added sugar.

With such a high dose of protein, Circle Bev’s sparkling collagen water may even help you feel full when you drink it with a meal. It can also help you meet your protein needs while hydrating. However, because collagen only contains eight of the nine essential amino acids, you won’t want to rely on it as your only source of protein.

These sparkling waters come in cans, which can be recycled over and over (and over) again. So, as long as they are recycled, Circle Bev’s sparkling water cans are a much better choice, environmentally speaking, than plastic bottled options. 

Price at time of publication: ($35 per 12 pack, $2.92 per bottle)

Potential Benefits of Collagen Water

The research on collagen supplements, including beverages like water, is evolving. Small studies have suggested that oral collagen may lead to improvements in hair, skin, nails, and joints, especially as we age and production declines.

However, it’s helpful to understand that the collagen you consume from collagen water or another supplement may or may not be used for the outcome you're expecting. When you consume collagen, it’s similar to consuming any other protein—your body breaks it down into individual amino acids, which are used to build different types of proteins our bodies need, including collagen. Our bodies naturally produce collagen using amino acids (which can come from any protein-rich foods), zinc, vitamin C, and copper.

People who don’t consume adequate protein in their diet may find collagen water especially beneficial as a convenient way to boost protein intake and support collagen production, especially since it’s easy to take it on-the-go. 

While more research is needed, collagen supplements (including water) may provide the following benefits:

Improved skin appearance. Collagen has been touted for its ability to reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity, and this is one of the more promising areas when it comes to the research. Small, short-term studies support these claims, especially among older women who have had many years of sun exposure. For skin benefits, you’ll want to look for collagen types I or III.

Increased hair and nail strength: The results from studies in this area are conflicting. Some studies suggest oral collagen may improve brittle nails, increase nail growth, and increase hair thickness. Other studies have shown no benefit.

Decreased joint pain: Type II collagen may reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis, especially those experienced during exercise.

Fill gaps for people with elevated protein needs. Most collagen waters provide between 5 to 10 grams of protein per serving, which may help people who need to consume greater amounts of protein meet their needs. This may include athletes or highly active people and those that are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Notably, there is limited research on the safety of collagen while pregnant or breastfeeding, though there aren’t any known side effects that are concerning for this population. Always speak with a healthcare provider before adding a supplement, including collagen water, to your diet.

For the most part, human studies are small and show modest benefits from using oral collagen. It’s also important to note that many studies on collagen are funded by organizations that can benefit from positive results, so review benefit claims with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you drink collagen water every day?

    Collagen water is safe for most people to drink daily (unless you have a reason to restrict protein in your diet). However, collagen water, like other sources of collagen, doesn’t provide all nine essential amino acids, so you won’t want to rely on it as a primary source of protein. In addition, protein-rich foods like meat, fish, poultry, soy proteins, beans and lentils, nuts, seeds, and even some whole grains contain other health-supporting nutrients that are not found in collagen water. It’s best to eat a variety of protein-rich foods each day.

  • How is collagen water made?

    “Collagen water is made by dissolving either bovine or marine collagen into water. Some collagen waters also have other flavors or nutrients added to increase the nutritional value and flavor,” says Lorencz. It’s a convenient way to consume collagen, especially if you’re on-the-go.

  • Is collagen water better than collagen powder?

    Both collagen water and collagen powders can contribute collagen to your diet. Whether or not it’s a better option for you will depend on your goals and individual needs. Collagen water may be more convenient for some people than powders as it’s premixed and in a ready-to-go bottle that you can take with you anywhere. However, some waters have added sugars or alternative sweeteners, which may be a drawback for some people.

    Many collagen powders contain more collagen (and protein) per serving and can be mixed into a variety of beverages and foods, which some people may prefer. Collagen powders come from a variety of sources including marine (fish), bovine (cow), eggshell, and porcine (pig), whereas most waters use bovine collagen. Collagen waters also may come along with additional vitamins, minerals, or other ingredients, so you’ll want to carefully read labels to determine if they fit your individual needs and health goals.

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