According to the Doctor’s Best Collagen reviews, many customers have noticed benefits to hair, skin, and nails. Others report gains in terms of pain relief and joint health. Others simply noted that it’s making a difference. Others more were thrilled with the value it provides while also rivaling the more expensive options. And some others stated that they liked the fact that this has no taste or unpleasant smell.
So, this Doctor’s Best Collagen review will be fully devoted to exploring the powders, capsules, and tablets of the brand and will do so in detail (so, five supplements total).
Hence, the idea is to be no extension of the manufacturer’s marketing or other BS. This is all going to be about what I feel is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And we’ll do that in assessing for marketing, ingredients, side effects (additives), customer feedback, and pricing. We’ll do it the truth-seeking way.
Marketing | This Brand Has Always Been More About Informing
According to the manufacturer, all three types Doctor’s Best Collagen supplements (powders, tablets, capsules) harness “the powerful synergy of two collagen forms to help boost skin health.” Per their words, they are “hydrolyzed for optimal absorption.” Furthermore, these are all about supporting “your skin at the cellular level.” Thus, sounds very good [R, R, R]
Each of the supplement type has its own product page. Whereas the product pages themselves are rather unconventional. They’re definitely unique and structurally a bit different than pages like those by Skinny Fit Super Youth (review) and Orgain Collagen Peptides (review).
One exception to that rule is the section for Doctor’s Best Collagen reviews by customers. Still, it’s a feed from other platforms rather than providing the opportunity to leave feedback.
They also offer a scientific fact sheet which has some awesome information. Plus, it also lists references and everything. Another semi-marketing tactic is the FAQ, and another one is the you-may-also-like section.
As for benefits, the all three (powders, tablets, capsules) mention being the essential structural support for nails, skin, hair, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Furthermore, there’s emphasis on skin integrity, rejuvenation, maintenance, and having a glow.
As for the free-of claims, we have stuff like Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, and Soy-Free. Whereas my favorite one is that Doctor’s Best does its containers by the way of BSE-Free. Which is awesome.
So, based on their promotional materials, I guess it’s fair to say that all of Doctor’s Best Collagens do seem solid. Which isn’t really a surprise but is it also the case when looking at them more closely?
Ingredients & Side Effects | Supplements Of This Review One By One
There are many different ways how to do Collagen supplements. They can be done by powders like with Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty (review). They are also manageable by the way of tablets like in the NeoCell Collagen Beauty Builder (review). And Collagen can also be put in capsules like with the Dr. Emil Collagen (review). Doctor’s Best Collagen offers all three options.
And with that, the beneficial ingredients are naturally also different among the supplements. And so are additives which are the often necessary ingredients typically responsible for any side effects. Thus, given that each of the Collagens of this review has their own slightly different ingredients and given they are varying in additives as well, let’s discuss each product separately.
Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder (Review) – A Rather Suboptimal Attempt At Offering Collagen
Per serving (one scoop), the Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder offers 6.6 grams or 6600 milligrams of Hydrolyzed Bovine Collagen which provides Collagen types 1 and 3. So, what does that mean?
First, we have to look at the sourcing. When it comes to bovine Collagen, what we ideally want is a Non-GMO, Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised, Hormone-Free product. That’s the most promising one as far gains [R, R, R, R, R].
But with this powder, we don’t really get that. I mean, we only get Non-GMO but the rest they do not claim. Hence, that’s likely not the case for this Collagen. And so, the way I see it, it will only take away from the overall beneficialness of the thing.
Second, here’s another thing I don’t like. As far as amounts per scoop, 6.6 grams is not the most optimal way. What seems to be working best as far as benefits are at least 10 grams per serving. And the Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder option does fall short of that [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, I would say that the supplement of this section is likely to be limited in its helpfulness.
Third, another thing to consider is the quality of manufacturing. The best standard is third-party testing for purity and potency. Sadly, Doctor’s Best Powder doesn’t subscribe to that either. That said, they do rigorously in-house which is always a good thing. So, it’s likely still a fine one when it comes to quality [R, R].
One thing I really like about the supplement is that it doesn’t use any additives whatsoever. While this is rare and about 99% of the time not possible, on occasion it’s doable. We have seen this with such supplement categories as MCT Oil supplements and the Carotenoid ones. And it’s exactly the case also here. Which is good. Or in other words, I don’t think side effects are really possible with this one.
Overall, the supplement of this section is definitely not the idealist of things but at least it doesn’t carry any inherently bad ingredients.
Doctor’s Best Collagen Peach Powder (Review) – Peach Flavor Brought To The Powder Option
As the name Doctor’s Best Collagen Peach Powder suggests, this is the flavored option for the Doctor’s Best Powder. Currently, the brand doesn’t offer any other flavors but that I believe is probably only for the time being.
So, the supplement of this section offers all of the same beneficial ingredients. Namely, 6.6 grams or 6600 milligrams of Hydrolyzed Bovine Collagen. To that end, all of the considerations we discussed in the previous section also apply.
Where this supplement differs profoundly, however, is when it comes to the additives used. Because flavor is almost never possible with just the beneficial ingredients. So, what’s the picture like with these?
The Doctor’s Best Collagen Peach Powder uses Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, and Rebaudioside A (Stevia Leaf Extract). Here’s what these mean and what they are.
Natural Flavors aren’t always a good thing. I mean, many people do hold that misconception but that’s far from the truth. The reality of things is that these are highly dependant on the manufacturing practices place. Because poor ones can unintentionally create all kinds of admixtures and impurities which can only bite us [R, R, R, R, R].
But with the manufacturing of Doctor’s Best, I don’t think that’s something to worry about.
Citric Acid can wreak havoc if it’s any of these things. It’s GMO. It’s used together with Aluminum utensils or containers (the acid improves Aluminum absorption which is a metal the absorption of which we should not encourage). Or it’s way too abundant in our diet (many processed foods use it as a preservative) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
The former we have in Non-GMO. Which is the most important thing. The other two we can ourselves influence. And that’s on us if we encounter toxicity due to them (unnecessary free radicals and contributions to chronic diseases).
Malic Acid is a substance naturally found in fruits like apples and pears. Furthermore, it also gets used as a beneficial ingredient in supplements. Hence, there are zero problems and potential for side effects with this [R, R, R, R].
Rebaudioside A or Stevia Leaf Extract is, in its essence, a natural and actually healthy sweetening option. And to that end, it’s another thing that’s very incapable of bothering our health. In fact, it can bring slight benefits [R, R, R, R, R].
Overall, I like the additive choices a lot for this Peach Powder of Doctor’s Best Collagen. They are so much better than those in the flavored versions of supplements like AminoSculpt Collagen (review) or NeoCell Collagen (review). And that’s a definite positive in my books.
Doctor’s Best Collagen Capsules (Review) – Taking Advantage Of Peptan & Great Additives
Per serving (four capsules), the Doctor’s Best Collagen Capsules offer 2 grams or 2000 milligrams of Peptan Hydrolyzed Collagen (types 1 and 3) along with 30 milligrams of vitamin C. The suggested daily amount is two servings. Namely, 4 grams or 4000 milligrams of Collagen and 60 milligrams of vitamin C. Here’s some dialing in on that.
I mean, the thing about Peptan is that there are two types of Peptan. First, there’s kind of the standard Collagen Type I version. Second, there’s the Peptan IIm, which is kind of the more superior version of the two. As far as I can tell, this is mainly because a number of studies have specifically associated this form with a broader spectrum of benefits [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Another thing about Peptan is that the IIm version is very capable in amounts 1-3 grams. Which is what have been used in studies to attest to the gains. Whereas Peptan (Collagen Type 1) we need more of. Studies used 5 grams or more to achieve results [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Now, with the Doctor’s Best Collagen Capsules, we only get to 4 grams for every 2 servings or 8 capsules. Hence, not really ideal. And thus, I bet it’s going to be limited in what it can offer.
To that end, in Doctor’s Best defense, they probably couldn’t fit more Peptan into those capsules which is likely why they fall short. But then, again, why didn’t they opt for the Peptan IIm then instead? They could have.
Another thing that I find quite confusing is that the supplement of this section claims to have Type 1 and 3 Collagen. But Peptan is exclusively either Type I Collagen or Type II Collagen. Hence, it seems to me that there is some regular Hydrolyzed Collagen in there as well but I can’t say for sure [R].
As for that vitamin C, it’s solid. While there’s not a whole lot of it, it comes in a form of mineral ascorbate (in this case, Calcium Ascorbate). Which is one of the most beneficial and the easiest to absorb forms for this particular vitamin (by the way, due to the nature of Calcium Ascorbate, we’ll also be getting some minute amounts of Calcium) [R, R].
As for additives and thus, side effects, I don’t see any real problems or concerns with the Doctor’s Best Collagen Capsules. It uses Microcrystalline Cellulose, Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), and Silicon Dioxide.
Of these, Microcrystalline Cellulose is one of the most harmless added inactive ingredients there is. In studies, it’s often used even as the placebo pill due to literally not doing anything for or to the body. Whereas Silicon Dioxide is another typically very harmless ingredient originating from natural sources [R, R, R, R, R, R].
As far as Gelatin goes, due to its make-up and very essence, it’s quite beneficial. I mean, it’s basically Collagen just cooked differently. That said, in some cases, it can come across as bad breath or taste in the mouth, or heartburn. Still I wouldn’t avoid, it’s generally very helpful [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Lastly, Magnesium Stearate is a very safe ingredient more on which I’ll cover in the next section (I feel it will be less confusing that way because it’s very related to Stearic Acid) [R, R, R, R, R].
All in all, I believe the capsules option is fine as far as additives. But we would prefer a bit more potency with the beneficial ingredient. Or maybe just taking 2.5 servings or 10 capsules? Still, I’m not really fond of that. I mean, 8 or 10 capsules daily for Collagen alone doesn’t seem reasonable.
I mean, for a multivitamin, that’s a different story. But, just generally speaking, it’s very likely that there will be other supplements we’ll be taking, and hence, additional 8 or 10 capsules on Collagen alone is just too much. Personally, I would prefer the powder just because to that.
Doctor’s Best Collagen Tablets (Review) – The More Abundant Approach With Peptan & Best
The Doctor’s Best Collagen Tablets offers two supplements providing the protein. Both of them are the same, however. The only difference lies within the fact of how many tablets (and thus, servings) there are per container. (Still, Doctor’s Best sees it as two different supplements, hence we use that same approach.)
So, per serving (three tablets), the supplement of this section offers 3000 milligrams of Peptan Hydrolyzed Collagen types 1 and 3. Additionally, we also get 30 milligrams of vitamin C. But since it’s two servings what Doctor’s Best recommends, it’s more like 6000 milligrams of Collagen and 60 milligrams of vitamin C.
As far as Collagen contents go, the same that was true for the Capsules version applies also here. They don’t do Peptan IIm, it’s, again, Peptan (Type I Collagen). But where does do it better is total Peptan amount since it does exceed those 5 grams done in studies. And it’s way more benefits-oriented, the way I see it [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, needless to say, I do like it a lot more.
And then, the thing that doesn’t spoil this either are the additives. Doctor’s Best Collagen Tablets use Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose Sodium, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Stearic Acid, Purified Water, and Hypromellose.
So, Microcrystalline Cellulose we already went over in the previous section. Whereas Hypromellose I’ve seen to be falsely called harmful by some random people. However, scientists not only approve it being harmless but they even happen to call it beneficial [R, R, R, R].
As for Croscarmellose Sodium, it can only essentially be harmful if it’s GMO-sourced which, in this case, it’s not. So, it’s harmless at worst. And as for water, water is water. If you’re getting too few of it, getting it as an additive can be considered beneficial but otherwise, it won’t really do anything [R, R, R, R, R].
Lastly, there’s Magnesium Stearate and Stearic Acid (the latter is a constituent of the former).
These two are extremely controversial as most of the internet, even some really reputable websites and sources, are calling them harmful. But when we really get in the gist of things, and I mean, really immerse ourself into studies and research what regards every single aspect of the argument for harmfulness, it all becomes perfectly clear. Most of the internet I feel has no idea what they’re talking about [R, R, R, R, R].
I mean, I’ve spent a ridiculous count of hours on this alone, and I have to conclude what the minority of high-profile doctors and scientists have concluded. It’s all a huge misunderstanding of research that stems from the fact that many have not actually read the studies done on Stearic Acid (the culprit in all this). Plus, babies consume tons of Stearic Acid through mother’s milk [R, R, R, R, R].
So, all in all, Doctor’s Best Collagen approach by Tablets is what I believe is the best supplement option of the entire brand.
Reviews | Less Than One In 20 People Are Unhappy With The Products
Another cool and fascinating thing to look at is customer feedback. Hence, for the purpose of this section, we will be looking at the Doctor’s Best Collagen reviews and all that they encompass.
As already we covered at the beginning of the article, the product pages for the supplements of this review do not really have a customer review section. What they have is sort of a feed where we get to see a few of those that have been left on either Amazon or iHerb.
But this hardly gives real idea as to what the customer comments have been like. Mostly that’s because they only feature five-star ratings but that’s pretty useless if we’re hunting the truth.
So, I did some researching by all third-party sellers and retailers. It took me a while since the brand is more than a single supplement but here’s what I found for each of the different products.
When it comes to Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder reviews, I managed to find 9,057 in total. Of these, 8,723 were positive (three-star, four-star, five-star) and 334 were negative. Thus, a global success rate of 96.3%. Which is a really high one for a Collagen supplement.
As far the Peach version of the Doctor’s Best Powder goes, I found only 118 pieces of feedback. It’s likely so scarcely commented on because it hasn’t been around for that long. Still, the success rate is really nice since 112 ratings were positive and 6 were negative. In other words, that’s a success rate of 94.9%. Again, that’s very high.
As for the Doctor’s Best Collagen Capsules reviews, I found only about a third of what the unflavored Powder has. Meaning, in total, it was 3,193 pieces of feedback where 3,122 were positive and 71 were negative. To do the math, that’s 97.8%. Which is the highest success rate of all.
Lastly, for Doctor’s Best Collagen Tablets reviews, I came across 8,488 ratings. Here, 8,228 were good and 260 were bad. But in percentages, that’s 96.9%.
So, to say that these products are well-received, I believe that it would be an understatement. Plus, the most fascinating thing is that the success rates are consistent and staying high across the entire brand. I mean, it doesn’t really fall off with any of the versions which is something I’ve seen so often with other supplements.
I mean, take the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (review). It has great and success rate for the unflavored option. But then, come the flavored ones, and those go even below 50%. Such a massive difference. And something like the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein (review) is, essentially, the same.
On that note, yes, many absolutely swear by these supplements. But what have been the causes for people not liking them?
When it comes to Powders, many were unhappy that the seal was ripped off when they received the product. Others complained about the taste and smell. For others more, it was the issue of encountering rash or bloating, mixing poorly, or offering no gains whatsoever. Whereas others more were convinced that they got a fake (ordered from Amazon).
When it comes to Capsules, they haven’t been kind to stomachs and they didn’t work at all for many. As for Tablets, allergies or bloating, not working at all, and hard to swallow due to their big size were the trend. So, yes, indeed, the brand certainly didn’t work for everyone.
Lastly, if we were to calculate the success rates for the entire supplement lineup, here’s what it would look like.
So, in total, we have a combined number of 20,856 Doctor’s Best Collagen reviews across powders, capsules, and tablets. Of these, 20,185 were positive and 671 were negative. In other words, that’s a global success percentage of 96.8%. Which, as already I mentioned a few times, is a remarkable one.
Pricing | Some Compare Poorly & Others Compare Favorably
Another practical aspect to look at is pricing. In this regard, many of the reviewers said that it feels like a great deal, that it’s something more affordable than the other brands out there but that it still is very capable when it comes to gains. So, is that the reality or just a subjective view of things?
So, the Doctor’s Best Collagen costs typically $14.98, $17.58, and $16.44 for Powders, Capsules, and Tablets, respectively. Thus, the Powder option costs 75.7 cents for every 10 grams of Collagen. For Capsules, it is $1.47 for every 10 grams of Collagen. Lastly, for Tablets, that’s 91.3 cents for every 10 grams of Collagen.
As it is apparent from the estimations, the prices vary greatly depending on what dosage form a supplement uses. Namely, powders are typically cheaper. Whereas capsules and tablets have additives, hence they’re more expensive. So, let’s compare based on the category.
For powders, let’s put Doctor’s Best against something like the Primal Kitchen Collagen Peptides (review) and Nature’s Truth Ultra Collagen (review). So, we have Doctor’s Best 75.7 cents against Primal Kitchen’s 57.2 cents and Nature’s Truth’s 85.0 cents.
Neither of them uses additives. All of them are Non-GMO. Where the real difference lies in the sourcing of Collagen. Doctor’s Best doesn’t give any promises. Whereas Primal Kitchen and Nature’s Truth are both Grass-Fed and Pasture-Raised. Hence, I would put them both above the Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder.
But for Tablets and Capsules, it’s far more promising. For example, compare them to RejuviCare Super Collagen (review). RejuviCare costs $2.22 for every 10 grams of simple Hydrolyzed Collagen. Not only is Doctor’s Best options cheaper but they also offer a patented Collagen ingredient.
And then, RejuviCare does do a couple of really bad additives. But with Doctor’s Best, that’s not the case at all. In fact, frankly, RejuviCare has no clear advantages over Doctor’s Best Tablets and Capsules.
PureNature Collagen Ultra (review) also doesn’t compare to them favorably. Namely, PureNature costs $7.33 for every 10 grams of Collagen. I mean, yes, PureNature is a multi Collagen. Still, I don’t think the difference in price is reasonable. To that end, I would absolutely prefer the Doctor’s Best Tablets or Capsules over PureNature.
So, all in all, while the Powder version of the Collagen doesn’t really compare favorably, the Tablets and Capsules typically do. One thing is, for sure. It can’t really be said that all of Doctor’s Best Collagen supplements are more affordable and more capable than their rivals.
Overall | These Collagens Are Not The Best But Not The Worst Either
I have to admit. I having quite mixed feeling about all the Doctor’s Best Collagen supplements. I mean, I don’t think their utterly bad and avoidable. The same way, I don’t that they are really great either. They’re a lot somewhere in between if that makes sense.
For the negatives, we defintely have sourcing. I mean, the biggest flaw of all is that Doctor’s Best Collagen is not using Grass-Fed or Pasture-Raised Collagen. That’s a huge flaw in terms of how beneficial these protein supplements can be.
Also, I don’t think the serving sizes have been well chosen, especially for powders and capsules. Additionally, I don’t like the lack of third-party testing. Yes, they have in-house testing, and that’s a positive but third-party testing is the highest standard still. Also, Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder’s price must come down (or sourcing quality must be improved).
But then, for positives, we definitely have success rates. They’re considerably higher than what we typically see with Collagen supplements. Also, I like that Capsules version and Tablets version use patented Collagen formulations.
And, yes, it’s definitely good that they all do only typically very harmless additives (allergies can never be ruled out but side effects should be to a minimum).
Hence, (out of avoid it, consider it, shortlist it, buy it) I believe the supplements of this review are fine to consider. Meaning, I would consider Doctor’s Best Powder, consider the Capsules, and shortlist or buy the Tablets). They definitely have their flaws but they do have their strong aspects as well.
On that note, if you’re interested in something truly capable, something that is of the purest and most beneficial Collagen sourcing, a supplement that is my clear favorite, please do check out this review. And let me know what you think.
Other than that, I hope this Doctor’s Best Collagen review on Powders, Capsules, Tablets helped you find the information you were looking for. What do you think of the brand? By any chance, have you already tried it? Let me know below. And do feel free to leave your own personal reviews on the product as well.