This Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein review is about taking a truly in-depth look at both the flagship supplement of the brand, otherwise referred to as All-In-One, and the various flavored versions that its also available in.
Thus, throughout this article, we will talk over the promotional materials and see what their promised claims are. We will also assess the beneficial ingredients and the benefits that may potentially manifest. Then we’ll look at what other articles typically overlook – additives. And last of all, we’ll analyze the global success rates and customer reviews for the product.
Overall, Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein All-In-One Is A Very Tempting Supplement
According to the manufacturer, the All-In-One supplement was created with the idea in mind “to fill the space in the market for a collagen powder with more than just one source so you don’t have to choose between bovine or marine.” With this, “you don’t have to settle for a single source collagen; Multi Collagen Protein gives you support for your skin, nails, hair, joints and gut with five types of collagen from four food-based sources” [R].
Moreover, they also persist on this notion that their “collagen powder is sourced from non-GMO, pasture-raised, cage-free and cruelty-free sources.” Which also implies grass-fed (because of pasture-raised). Which let’s be honest here, that’s the best way how to source Collagen [R].
For emphasizing the supplement’s quality, they also mention things like Award-Winning, Multi-Source, Hydrolyzed for absorption, and Food-based ingredients. Which while to some degree gives us some idea as to how good the quality is, it doesn’t really illustrate the real underlying quality: the manufacturing practices.
However, I do like the fact that calling the supplement “Award-Winning” are not just empty words. In 2017, the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein All-In-One supplement was awarded “Best of Supplements” award in Bones & Joints category by Better Nutrition Magazine. And then in 2018, it also got an award by the same entity. This time it was for the “Best of Natural Beauty” in the Top 10 New Products category [R, R, R]
As for the benefits associated with the thing, one of the citations earlier covered that to an extent already. But just to put it all in one place, they persist on beauty benefits, gut, skin, joint, nail, hair benefits, as well as benefits to overall well-being.
Apart from that, the description page also holds on-site reviews. Which we’ll explore that more in detail in one of the later sections. There’s also a how-to-use section and frequently asked question section.
Unlike description pages for supplements like Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder or Youtheory Collagen, this All-In-One Multi Collagen Protein by Dr. Axe does implement a couple of marketing strategies. Which while do let you get better deals (and advantages), they’re there to help sell.
One such thing is the already mentioned review section, which is truly positive for the most part (but not too positive in the sense that negative reviews get deleted). Another thing is the subscribe and save feature which gives 15% off and free shipping if we subscribe to the service. Third, is the 60-day money-back guarantee.
But be that as it may, I would never call the page intrusive or salesy. They’re just too laid back for that.
So, while all of this, from benefits to award-winning to 60-day money-back guarantee, sounds really nice, is the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein All-In-One supplement actually worth your time and money?
Let’s pick that all apart.
Solid Amounts Of Properly Sourced Collagen; It’s The Way To Go
There are a couple of different approaches Collagen supplements typically take. First, there are those that provide only one or two forms of Collagen like NeoCell Super Collagen. Then there’s those that add a single extra nutrient to that Collagen like Garden of Life Collagen Peptides. Then there’s those that add a bunch of them like Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen. But there’s also those that seek to provide a variety of Collagen types (often from various sources) like Health Direct AminoSculpt Collagen.
But when speaking of the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein All-In-One supplement, it’s one that is best characterized by the very last of the mentioned approaches. It doesn’t care for any added vitamins, minerals, or other beneficial substances. But when it comes to Collagen, it doesn’t deem it efficient enough to go with one source only. Hence, a number of them.
The Protein All-In-One provides 10.2 grams or 10,200 milligrams of Hydrolyzed Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides, Eggshell Membrane Collagen, Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen Peptides, and Chicken Bone Broth Collagen Concentrate to provide 5 types of Collagen (I, II, III, V, X) per each serving.
And as mentioned earlier, to make it as nourishing as possible it’s sourced from non-GMO, pasture-raised (grass-fed) cage-free and cruelty-free sources. Which makes it that much more valuable.
To compare, this is a supplement that comfortably offers 2-10 times more Collagen than brands like AHS Super Collagen, Doctor’s Best Collagen, or It Works CollagenWorks. All of which, while are not the most viable choices, have, however, through the global success rates shown that they can be beneficial. Thus, I would say, provisionally, it looks very promising for this Dr. Axe supplement brand.
But what I feel is the best part, it’s the fact that this is not expensive Collagen. $44.95 for 45 servings is very affordable. Even more so the case if you subscribe and get that extra 15% discount.
Yeah, Additives Are A Massive Stumbling Block For So Many; Is That The Case Here?
Additives, more commonly referred to as the other ingredients, are substances typically added to supplements to help create easy to consume dosage forms (like capsules, tablets, powders, etc.) and often add specific qualities to them (like color, taste, improve shelf life, etc.).
The problem with these ingredients is that they, as anything that we consume, can also affect our bodies and well-being. Moreover, many manufacturers typically revert back to the cheapest or the most convenient options with little to no concern about how they impact their customer long-term (and short-term) health.
For example, High-Fructose Corn Syrup is a substance often used to make anything taste sweeter. At the same time, it’s known to cause obesity, eating disorders, heart disease, diabetes, leaky gut, cancer, and among other things simply make us dumber [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
To that end, I would always recommend looking into the additives of any supplement you’re about to or plan to purchase. Or we can do it for you (no costs or commitments involved).
Luckily, the Multi Collagen Protein All-In-One supplement of Ancient Nutrition is having none of that. Literally. It doesn’t use a single additive. Which while is extremely rare and only possible with certain kinds of supplements (for example, MCT Oil and Carotenoids), it’s possible also with Collagen ones.
And this supplement right here takes advantage of that.
So, not only does this product offer profoundly beneficial and high-quality active ingredients but it also does so virtually without any danger or concern for side-effects.
Discussing The Other Supplement Variations Within The Brand
As I did mention in the intro, apart from the non-flavored flagship supplement that the All-In-One is, there are five other Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein supplements. Each of them comes with its own flavor [R].
There’s the Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry Lemonade, Cucumber Lime, and the Cold Brew Collagen option.
In the sections that follow we’ll discuss their differences as far as beneficial ingredients and additives go.
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Vanilla Review – Stevia & Vanilla For A Viable Option
As far as beneficial ingredients of the Vanilla version of the Multi Collagen Protein go, it’s all the same that we saw with the All-In-One [R].
It offers 10.2 grams of Multi Collagen Complex, which consists of the same four sources: Hydrolyzed Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides, Eggshell Membrane Collagen, Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen Peptides, and Chicken Bone Broth Collagen Concentrate.
So, the very essence of it is identical.
Hence, the only difference lies in the other ingredients (namely, additives) added to the thing.
To that end, yes, it’s no longer a supplement without any of them. The Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Vanilla adds two to the mix. Natural Vanilla Flavor and Stevia Leaf extract.
With natural flavors, there’s a widespread misconception that they are healthy just because the name “natural” is there. But in reality, nothing can be further from the truth. Ultimately, the harmlessness or hazardness of these ingredients highly depend on the actual manufacturing practices in place [R, R, R, R, R].
To that end, poor ones can add a whole bunch of different admixtures and impurities to the table which will only burden down our bodies and minds. Whereas proper quality natural flavors can actually be beneficial as we’ve seen with supplements like the Multithera [R, R, R, R, R].
As far as Ancient Nutrition goes, I feel it’s more the case of Multithera instead of admixtures and impurities. So, generally speaking, having that Natural Vanilla Flavor in the supplement shouldn’t be of any issue. Moreover, the same applies to the Stevia Leaf extract.
It’s an ingredient that typically is a mark of a proper quality supplement. This is because those manufacturers that couldn’t care less typically opt for all kinds of sugar forms (and thus, some of the worst additives out there). Those typically are the much cheaper option and hence, provide higher profits for the businesses [R, R, R].
Whereas Stevia is the true value providing ingredient. As a natural sweetener, it doesn’t mess with blood sugar levels or have any other hazardous effects on health that processed sugar typically has. So, while it’s the more expensive option in terms of the supplement components, it’s the always preferable one [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, taking all of that into account, the Vanilla version is definitely a viable alternative to the otherwise non-flavored All-In-One supplement of the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein brand.
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Chocolate Review – Cocoa To Make It Slightly More Beneficial
The Chocolate version of the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein builds on those same 10.2 grams of Multi Collagen Complex. But due to the Chocolate thing, it adds a couple of other ingredients to the table [R].
So, there are 0.8 milligrams of Iron, 9 milligrams of Magnesium, and 100 milligrams of Potassium. These aren’t goals within themselves. I mean, they’re only there because its something that Cocoa naturally adds. There’s no attempt to somehow improve the formula by throwing these minerals in.
So, what about that Cocoa?
Well, it’s an additive of organic origins here. Along with Natural Chocolate Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, and Stevia Leaf extract. Of which Natural Flavors and Stevia Leaf extract we already did discuss in the previous section. Now, let’s look into the other three.
So, Organic Cocoa as an additive really will only be beneficial. It can improve brain and cardiovascular health, help balance and regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels, enhance mood, fight cancer, reduce fatigue, and among others have neuroprotective capabilities. Though, whether we’ll get them or not highly depends on the amounts of it in there. Which I assume isn’t much. Which thus, will likely be limited in its positive effect [R, R, R, R].
As for Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum, they’re both thickening and stabilizing agents. And as such, both of them can have negative effects if consumed in too abundant amounts. But to that end, if kept at reasonable quantities, they can be beneficial too. I personally frame them as harmless ones because it’s very rare that they will cause any trouble unless it’s a matter of an allergy [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Hence, all in all, I feel I can’t fault the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Chocolate at all. Solid beneficial ingredients with carefully chosen additives. Really, really good.
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Strawberry Lemonade Review – Citric Acid Almost Ruins It
Now, let’s hop on to the Strawberry Lemonade version of the Multi Collagen Protein. This one disappoints a little bit. Namely, I would no longer refer to additives as the ideal choice. But they definitely can work [R].
So, what about it?
Well, as we can expect, the supplement builds on those same 5 types of 10.2 grams of Multi Collagen Complex. It also adds negligible amounts of Calcium (53 milligrams) and Sodium (10 milligrams). But it’s really the story of the other ingredients where it all changes.
To make that Strawberry Lemonade option possible, they add Citric Acid, Natural Strawberry Flavor, Natural Lemon Flavor, Beet Root color, and Stevia Leaf extract. Of these, Natural Flavors and Stevia Leaf extract we did already discuss by the Vanilla version. Now, let’s turn to those we haven’t gone over yet.
Beet Root color is a color of natural origins to add that reddish, dark red color. In of itself, it shouldn’t cause any trouble as really it’s Beet Root extract simply added to the thing. Whereas the ingredient itself is known to be beneficial. However, not all natural colors are like that and something like the Annatto can be quite detrimental to certain people [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for Citric Acid, it’s a quite longer story though.
It’s generally an okay and harmless ingredient, especially if it’s Non-GMO (which, as far as I can tell is the case here). A problem, however, arises due to this ingredient being very frequently used in all kinds of processed foods. And thus, if you’re the kind of person who snacks or cooks meals around those a lot, there is a possibility you might be getting too much of the thing in your diet [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
And that’s not exactly a good thing. Mainly because in those instances it can bring a variety of potential side-effects. But again, that’s only if you have lots, and lots, and lots of it [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Whereas one inherent strictly negative aspect of Citric Acid has to do with it improving Aluminum absorption. Too much Aluminum in our bodies is something that can lead to devastating chronic diseases. However, that should never be an issue if we make sure we don’t drink it from utensils, mix it or stir it with cutlery made out of this metal [R, R, R].
So, while there are some aspects to be mindful about, I wouldn’t say that this Multi Collagen Protein Strawberry Lemonade supplement is an avoidable one. Just don’t overdo Citric Acid and be aware of that Aluminum aspect, and it should never be a problem.
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Cucumber Lime Review – Very Similar To The Strawberry One
To that end, Multi Collagen Protein Cucumber Lime of Ancient Nutrition is a very similar case to the Strawberry Lemonade [R].
It’s our typical 10.2 grams of Multi Collagen Complex with all the same Collagen sources that the All-In-One provides coupled with additives that we’ve in one way or another have taken a look at already.
Natural Cucumber Flavor and Natural Lime Flavor should be alright given Ancient Nutrition’s manufacturing (for more, see the section on Vanilla supplement).
Lastly, Citric Acid. There are some dangers but as long as you don’t consume processed foods too frequently and don’t do it from Aluminum utensils, they’re pretty irrelevant (for more see the previous section).
So, overall, this too like any other before it is a rather decent option, to say the least.
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Cold Brew Review – Essentially, A Completely Different Supplement
This last one is a little different. With the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Cold Brew, it’s no longer the story of 10.2 grams of Multi Collagen Complex. It adds Coffee to the basic formula [R].
So, instead, what we’re actually looking at here is 11.7 grams or 11,700 milligrams of the mix of Hydrolyzed Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides, Coffee, Chicken Bone Broth Collagen Concentrate, Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen Peptides, and Eggshell Membrane Collagen.
Or to paraphrase, as it should be, we’re looking at that typical composition of four sources of Collagen with added Coffee to that. But the difference is in having disrupted proportions of those sources (according to how the manufacturer is required by law to list the ingredients; starting with that which is in the most amounts) [R].
Meaning, it’s no longer more of Eggshell Membrane Collagen in the Complex than there’s Chicken Bone Broth Collagen Concentrate. Similarly, it’s no longer more abundant in Eggshell Membrane Collagen than it was in Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen Peptides.
What I’m trying to hammer home here is that it’s pretty much no longer the same supplement. Yes, it has all the same ingredients plus Coffee. However, the exact proportions are way off. Which does propose the idea that we might actually be getting a slightly different set of benefits due to the disrupted Collagen type (I, II, III, V, X) ratios as we otherwise would with any other supplement of the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein brand.
As for the additives, the Cold Brew Collagen does only Natural Flavors. Which, as we’ve already discussed in the Vanilla supplement section, should not cause any trouble.
Success Rates Are Tricky Despite Apparent Credibility Of Dr. Axe’s Brand
Having a pretty good grasp of the ingredients, let’s jump onto more practical aspects of the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein brand. Meaning, let’s see how well are they doing in real life; how well have they helped people.
So, conducting a truly comprehensive research on every single customer review I could find showed that these supplements are very well-received. But before we get any more specific than that and talk about success rates globally, let’s first discuss their on-page reviews.
Many supplement brands sin with this. They adjust their on-page reviews (the ones you can typically find on supplement’s description page) to appear better, to make the supplement seem of higher quality. All in efforts to boost sales. For example, we have seen that approach with supplements like Code Age Multi Collagen, Skinny Fit Collagen, or Pure Gold Collagen.
But, as far as Ancient Nutrition goes, I’m not sure where they stand with all this.
I mean, for each of the six supplements you can find both positive and negative reviews. Exactly like it should be (because there is not one product in existence that doesn’t have negative reviews; no matter how good it is). However, if we compare that to the reviews from all other sellers and retailers, there are some significant disparities there.
So, whatever the case may be, let’s look at each of those statistics separately.
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein All-In-One is without a doubt the most abundantly reviewed supplement of the whole lineup. Dr. Axe’s website listed 258 negative reviews (1- and 2-star) and 5020 positive reviews (3-, 4-, and 5-star). Hence, a success rate of 95.1%.
But that wasn’t the case at all when collecting all reviews I could find across other sellers and retailers. There I found 522 negative reviews and 2956 positive ones. Thus, a global success rate of 85.0%. Which is more than 10% off. And therefore, it might be an indication that they do actually adjust the reviews for Ancient Nutrition supplements (still, I feel it’s a little premature to say before discussing the rest).
For the Vanilla Multi Collagen Protein, Dr. Axe’s website lists 14 negative and 221 positive reviews. Thus, a success rate of 94.0%? No. Other sellers and retailers suggest it’s somewhere around 88.3% (37 vs 278). Again, a pretty big difference (almost 6%).
The Chocolate version of Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein displayed a very similar inconsistency between the success rates. On-page reviews noted 16 negative reviews and 155 good ones whereas sellers and retailers globally showed for 21 negative and 117 positive ones. Hence, success rates of 90.6% and 84.8%, respectively.
When it came to Strawberry Lemonade Protein, it exhibited an even higher percentage gap. The Ancient Nutrition had recorded 11 negative and 260 positive reviews. That leaves us at a 95.9% success rate. Whereas among other retailers and sellers I found 10 bad and 82 positive reviews. Which lands at 89.1%. Pretty big difference.
Whereas as far as the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Cucumber Lime goes, there was almost none. Meaning, out of 118 total on-page reviews only 5 were negative (95.8%). But when it came to all other sellers and retailers it was 1 negative per 18 positive making for a 94.7% global success rate.
Lastly, the biggest percentage margin was with the Cold Brew Collagen. On-page reviews said it’s 3 negatives versus 99 positives which makes for a 97.1% success rate. However, in all other reviews online I found 6 negatives among 36 positives. Which makes for an 85.7% global success rate. Hence, 11.4% difference. Quite a lot, eh?
To sum, we’re averagely looking at 95.0% of success rate by their own account. Whereas if we take all others and give an average, it’s 85.4%. So, 9.6%, eh?
Yeah, I don’t think the reviews they have on their supplement description pages accurately represent what the customers have thought of the products. I mean, I would like to think that the on-page reviews haven’t been edited but can’t say for sure as those percentage discrepancies are just too conspicuous. So, it might be smart to simply ignore them.
To that end, while the global success rates are decent and they definitely are a testament to the fact that the supplements work, I wouldn’t call them striking or overwhelmingly positive.
The Supplements Are Very Good; I Would, However, Recommend Others
At the end of the day, I feel that Multi Collagen Protein supplements of Ancient Nutrition are a pretty worthy investment.
Five types of Collagen from four different, high-quality sources. Solid Collagen amounts. Great additives on the most part but never less than decent. 60-day money-back guarantee. Okay success rates though I’ve seen better.
Overall, everything’s just quality here and it’s definitely not a bad brand to try. I’d say that whenever hunting for a proper Collagen supplement, the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein brand is something to shortlist.
That said I believe there are even better options out there. For example, I would pick this one (full review with a summary) over the one we discussed here at any time of the day.
Above all, I hope this Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein review on all six supplements of the brand helped you find the information you were looking for. In your opinion, do you think the whole brand is viable? What is the worst supplement of their line-up? Which is the one you would love to try? Let me know below.