This Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen review is about covering and pulling into light every noteworthy aspect of the supplement.
Thus, we will be looking at the promotional materials to get a good sense of their promises. Which we will then dissect by exploring the beneficial ingredients, the potential benefits of those ingredients, the additives, and the global success rates (how many people have enjoyed the product).
Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen Review – Initial Thoughts & Claims
According to the manufacturer, Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen (Skin Revitalization) is a “truly unique and innovative product [..] specially designed to supply a full 4,000 mg of collagen along with the Antioxidant Blend, a broad spectrum of botanicals with antioxidant activity, and nutrients such as Biotin & Silica” [R].
Its description page is pretty straightforward. Moreover, there’s not really too much text there. I reckon you can get through it in no more than about a minute.
There are these 4 sections: Details, Directions, Usage Warnings, and Retailers. Of these, most text obviously contains the first one. And there’s some useful information in the second one (but very short). The rest two I feel are there just to seem more (in a sense to make the page look more thorough). But they don’t provide any real insights.
That said, the details section is probably the only section that you need to read. It gives some basic background information on what is Collagen and why it matters. All else is pretty much only about the ingredients and their assigned superficial labels, like “Biotin: the essential super beauty nutrient” [R].
In that sense, they don’t really claim that their supplements will do anything. They’re just saying that with age our bodies naturally decrease the production of Collagen. And Collagen is responsible for a number of things as it’s the protein that makes up 80% of our skin.
Thus, if anything, there are no direct claims on the page. Only implied ones.
But does that make the Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen really worthwhile?
Let’s get into ingredients.
The Potential Benefits Are Great But Can It Actually Get You There?
Supplements like NeoCell Super Collagen essentially focus only on providing the Collagen. But Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen is not that kind of supplement (much like Nature’s Bounty Collagen or Ageless Eye).
On top of 4,000 milligrams of Hydrolyzed Collagen, it also offers 134 milligrams of Horsetail extract (providing 6 milligrams of Silica), 15 milligrams of Choline, 2000 micrograms of Biotin, 0.13 milligrams of Thiamin, 7.5 milligrams of Niacin, 0.75 milligrams of vitamin B6, and 0.56 micrograms of vitamin B12. Plus, you get the 3030 milligrams of Antioxidant Blend that is made out of Blueberry and Pomegranate juice concentrates and Green Tea extract.
So, quite a lot really.
Let’s look at each individually.
4,000 milligrams of Hydrolyzed Collagen is not as much as you would get in something like the Youtheory Collagen. However, I reckon it should still be decent to deliver benefits. So, what are the potential ones we’re looking at [R, R, R]?
This very substance is capable of promoting skin health by improving skin elasticity, reversing signs of aging, defeating cellulite, reducing wrinkles, and creating an otherwise youth-like look to your skin. It’s also great for improving bone density, joint, nail, hair, digestive, teeth, and muscle health, healing leaky gut, boosting metabolism, aiding blood sugar regulation and weight loss, easing bedsores, as well as potentially contributing to health also in other ways [R, R, R, R, R].
As for the Horsetail extract, it’s known to help naturally boost Collagen production, promote hair growth, cure dandruff, heal split ends and brittle nails, improve sleep, digestion, immunity, wound healing, cognition, and kidney health, alleviate anxiety, work as a natural conditioner, treat acne and swelling, promote weight loss, battle cancer, and chemotherapy-related side-effects, and among other benefits possess inflammation-reducing and anti-aging properties [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Lastly, the combined effect of the Antioxidant Blend constituents are potentially to be exactly that. A great source and antioxidants. And benefits like promoting the prevention of cancer and other chronic illnesses, improving of heart, joint, brain, skin, hair, bone, liver, and eye health, and lowering blood sugar levels among other benefits [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, I guess it’s very difficult to disagree that there’s a lot of good stuff here.
But that does not cover all of the beneficial stuff.
The Vitamin Additions Are Nice But They Mostly Won’t Do Anything
Essentially they’re just some random vitamins and Choline to supposedly add to the overall beneficialness of the supplement. But it’s likely that they really won’t do much.
The main reason for this is the fact that there’s just too few of them in terms of the amounts. And the vitamin forms that determine how easy to absorb the particular vitamin is for your body (hence, beneficial) are also not ideal.
The 0.13 milligrams of Thiamin (vitamin B1) come in a form of Thiamine Hydrochloride. Which generally speaking is an okay form and one that is used in most vitamin supplements anyway. But it really pales when compared to Benfotiamine, the most effective vitamin B1 form [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
The 7.5 milligrams of Niacin (vitamin B3) are present in a form of Niacinamide. I feel this one is of the best options for this vitamin. Still, I wouldn’t consider it anything significant as this is exactly what most vitamin supplements use [R, R, R, R].
The 0.75 milligrams of vitamin B6 that comes in the form of Pyridoxine Hydrochloride is not that great of an option. There may even be people who can’t get vitamin B6 from this at all (due to gene variations). The significantly better form for this vitamin is the Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate [R, R, R, R].
The 0.56 micrograms of vitamin B12 comes in the form of Cyanocobalamin. I mean, yes, you can cure vitamin B12 deficiency with this form. However, it still is the cheapest and most ineffective form (with additional downsides) of all the options available. Methylcobalamin and Adenosylcobalamin being the most capable and beneficial options [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for the 15 milligrams of Choline, it’s also no awesomeness. The form it’s here in is weak, and thus, it won’t be truly beneficial. Moreover, ideally, you should aim for 100-200 milligrams of Choline daily, which the Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen does none of [R, R, R, R, R].
But don’t get me wrong. Choline isn’t the only vitamin of these that significantly lacks in terms of the vitamin amounts.
9%, 38%, 38%, and 9% for vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, respectively.
The only vitamin that does not fit this useless mold is Biotin (vitamin B7) that you get in amounts of 2000 micrograms. Which is significant. And usually done in supplements aimed at improving hair, skin, and nail health. Which any Collagen supplement is also inherently about [R, R, R, R, R].
Overall though, vitamins in the Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen aren’t exactly an aspect to be excited about.
And neither is that what we’ll discuss in the next section.
Side Effects Will Get You – There’s Nothing Harmless About Additives
While additives are likely the most not-talked-about part of supplements ever, they matter profoundly. And despite the major misconception that they’re in small enough amounts to never affect your health adversely, they can.
In fact, supplements largely have the same bread of additives as medicine, and for medicine the side effects by far most of the time are due to the additives added to them. Hence, these other ingredients typically will make all the difference between terrible and viable supplement options.
And the Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen is defined by this aspect.
What I mean is that, there a bunch of different additives in this supplement. And not every single one of them is a harmless one.
So, the other ingredients in this one are Purified Water, Citric Acid, Natural Fruit Punch Flavor, Sucralose, Ascorbic Acid, Blueberry extract, Carrot extract, Natural Kiwi Flavor, Natural Strawberry Flavor, and Folic Acid.
And here’s the main problem – Sucralose.
It’s a sugar substitute often used in place of sugar. But it’s only very superficially the better alternative. In truth, it’s an artificial sweetener, which I feel overall is just the more devastating version of processed sugar [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Long term consumption of this can likely prove to be cancerous (literally), as well as potentially bring obesity, eating disorders, heart disease, diabetes, depression and all kinds of other nasty stuff your way while also making you stupid [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Hence, it’s not really the first you’d associate with good health and well-being.
Here’s a shocker. Not everything that uses the word “natural” is actually good for you. The safety of these are mostly determined by the quality of manufacturing practices. I mean, this can even be a beneficial addition if these practices are superb. But more often than not, that’s not the case [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Quite to the contrary. And that I feel is also true when it comes to Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen.
For all I can tell, they’re not very good. At least, as I see it, there’s literally nothing that would prove otherwise. There’s not a single third-party certification they subscribe to. All they have about their quality are generic, vague, self-affirmed claims [R].
I mean, it’s essentially like AHS Super Collagen but worse as Applied Nutrition doesn’t offer a 100% money-back guarantee.
So, the ingredients of it are not of the best cut. But have people seen any results with it?
Success Rates Are Higher Than They Should Be – Dangers Unrecognized
They have. In fact, the Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen is quite a well-received one.
Taking a comprehensive look at (almost) every single real customer review I could find online, revealed that generally about 80.6% of people who try it, enjoy it (I wasn’t able to access Costco review database).
Moreover, the actual global success rate may even be higher than that. Especially given that people typically are more prone to reporting negative experiences than positive ones.
So, what gives? Didn’t we just somewhat conclude that the supplement should be a bad one?
Indeed, we did. However, it doesn’t always reflect well in the success rates (as we have seen with Centrum Women). And there’s a good reason for that.
Most people rate the supplements in their short-term gains. However, a short time you can pretty much use any supplement. As the negative effect of additives is often felt more in the long term and rather rarely instantly.
Plus, the Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen uses sucralose, which makes the supplement sweet and tasty. But only a fraction of people is well aware of the dangers and harm such a substance can bring upon their heads (and you can see this in the reviews as most people are just praising the taste).
And the ones that are at least somewhat aware of the potential risk, I reckon almost none of them buy the thing. Hence, the global success rate is quite oblivious to that.
In this regard, there’s a thing that you always need to remember.
You only ever really trust customer reviews when all of the ingredients within a given supplement are either harmless or are about bringing benefits. This is so incredibly important because you have to realize that by far most of the people that write those reviews don’t possess any special knowledge regarding the ingredients and their safety (or full effect of them on their health).
And thus, if any negative effects are not immediate, they often go unnoticed or at least are absolutely not associated with the supplement.
For example, if you were to take a Sucralose containing supplement for 10 years every day, you may ultimately due to the substance develop cancer or diabetes (this is what chronic illnesses are). But because you didn’t get cancer or diabetes immediately as you started consuming sucralose regularly, you wouldn’t typically associate these conditions with that choice.
But it may be, in fact, exactly the culprit that led you to that.
It May Deliver Results But It Will Also Bring Unnecessary Baggage
Overall, I feel that the Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen is a very poor choice when it comes to improving your well-being with those Collagen associated benefits. And there’s nothing particularly unique or innovative about it.
I mean, sure, if you do it, you might see improvements. As it has been the case for about 80.6% of people who’ve done it.
However, given the additives that it uses, this way you’d also be potentially exposing yourself to some very nasty side effects. Side effects that may ultimately mess up your health probably more than you’d like.
So, why expose yourself to such ingredients if you don’t have to?
Cause you don’t. There are a bunch of different viable Collagen supplements out there. That don’t contain ingredients that can bring potential health hazards.
In that regard, if Collagen as an ingredient is something that you’re after, try looking into the Live Conscious (LiveWell) Collagen Peptides (full review with a summary). Alternatively, Vital Proteins (full review) is a great bet as well, not nearly as affordable though.
Above all, I hope this Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen review helped you find the information you were looking for. What is your biggest takeaway on the whole article? Did the success rates live up to what you expected? Let me know below.