This Further Food Collagen review will be an honest, all-aspects-considered article devoted to diving into all four Collagen supplements of Further Food.
Hence, there is a number of things that we will go through. We will look at the claims and all the promotional materials in general. Then we’ll discuss the beneficial ingredients and their potential benefits for each of the supplements. We will also look into the additives. And lastly, there will also be a section for talking through global success rates and customer reviews.
Further Food Collagen Doesn’t Promise Anything; The Unconventional Manufacturer
Further Food Collagen offers 4 different supplements: Collagen Peptides Protein Powder, Marine Collagen Peptides, Chocolate Collagen Peptides Protein Powder, and Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder. While each of the four gets its own description page, these pages are hugely similar [R, R, R, R].
They also do follow the exact same structure. There are images and purchasing options. This is followed by listed key characteristics and a testimonial. Then it breaks down the benefits or the ingredients. After that nutritional information. Which is followed by testimonials again. Directions on how to consume it. Recipes, frequently asked questions. And finally, reviews.
Overall, the pages definitely feel lighter than what we’ve seen for Code Age Multi Collagen. And it’s far less in our face than something like the Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens. Which frankly drowns its customers in the information.
But there is one trend that is kind of unusual for supplement manufacturers to embrace. Meaning, while they do list the benefits, they do not promise them. To that end, they frequently hold on to words like “may” or “can” but there is no “will.” I mean, it’s largely a nuance. But it definitely feels like they’re less trying to sell and more trying to add value.
That said, they are not, however, one of those manufacturers like Doctor’s Best Collagen or Youtheory Collagen that doesn’t use marketing and selling tactics. Further Food does give quite a bit of incentive.
They offer to apply for a subscription which gets us 15% off. Then there’s also the option to buy a larger container and get about 20% off the price. Then there’s the money-back guarantee and customer reviews (which we’ll dissect in one of the later sections). But the best, most interesting bit is the testimonials.
Well, superficially, it may appear that there are like a ton (or at least a decent amount) of nutritionists, dietitians, and even doctors rooting, approving, swearing by the Further Food Collagen supplements. Or are there?
While the actual testimonials (the text of them) are all different, it’s a combination of the same people that are constantly making them. For example, you can find Heather Deranja, the registered dietitian, in each and every one of the four supplement description pages. What’s even more bizarre is that sometimes we can find her on a page twice (same for others).
So, I feel it’s definitely a marketing tactic to sell more than anything.
Getting back to the likely benefits, they list a few more than Collagen supplements typically list. Per their words, the product can help us improve our hair, skin, nails, gut, bones, joints, muscles, as well as help with feeling fuller and battling off cravings. This is kind of a baseline for benefits; some versions involve a couple more.
Overall, I have to say, it seems like a decent one. Let’s dissect it to the core.
Let’s Discuss Each Of Supplements Individually; Ingredients, Benefits, Additives
For the same of keeping this easy to follow, I believe it wouldn’t be appropriate to just discuss all of the supplements in a single section no matter how similar they generally are.
Thus, we’ll give each supplement a separate section in which we’ll discuss its beneficial ingredients, potential benefits associated with those ingredients, and the added inactive ingredients, otherwise known as additives.
Further Food Collagen Peptides Protein Powder (Review) – Simplistic, Overall, Decent Supplement
The Further Food Collagen Peptides Protein Powder is kind of their flagship supplement of the brand. It’s as basic as Collagen supplements come. It’s Collagen and nothing else. To that extent, it’s exactly the same as supplements like Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder or NeoCell Super Collagen [R].
So, the supplement provides 8 grams of Collagen that’s made from, as they put it, “grass-fed, pasture-raised hydrolyzed bovine collagen peptides sourced from South America.” Which is great and that’s how we want that Collagen to be. That said, just like for most brands, there are no certifications associated with these statements. They’re all self-proclaimed.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, appropriate certifications by third-party organizations to prove they’re actually pasture-raised and grass-fed would give these statements far more weight.
As for the suggested benefits of Collagen, I feel they do fit the spectrum of what they mention in one way or another. However, I wouldn’t personally rely on a supplement of this category for joint health and mobility. I feel Turmeric Curcumin supplements work far better for that. And then Collagen can further add to that [R, R, R, R, R].
As for the additives, the Collagen Peptides Protein Powder doesn’t use any. So, no worries there, especially as far as potential side-effects go.
Other than that, this supplement is also available in packets, mainly intended for when we’re traveling. But be it a container or a packet, it’s the exact same supplement ingredient-wise.
Further Food Chocolate Collagen Peptides Protein Powder (Review) – Going The Quality Way
While the Further Food Chocolate Collagen Peptides Protein Powder indeed builds on the same concept of 8 grams of Collagen, its essentially a completely different supplement. And it feels to be a far more sophisticated one [R].
My point being, this supplement doesn’t just offer 8 grams of Collagen. No, it also adds a blend, something that they refer to as Cocoa Mushroom Blend. It’s essentially a 3.2-gram mixture made out of three different quality ingredients. Cocoa Powder, Reishi Mushroom Powder, and Monkfruit (Luo Han Guo Extract).
Cocoa is a popular antioxidant properties-containing, health-promoting substance acquired by crushing Cocoa beans. It’s known to improve brain function, help regulate and balance blood sugar and cholesterol levels, fight cancer and depression symptoms, diminish fatigue, promote cardiovascular health, enhance mood, and even possess anti-bacterial and neuroprotective capabilities among a ton of other stuff [R, R, R, R].
Reishi Mushroom is one among many mushroom species used for thousands of years due to and utilizing their medicinal capacity. It is known to boost immune system’s function, possess antioxidant, anti-inflammation, and anti-cancer properties, improve liver detox, help balance hormone levels, aid heart health, fight allergies, and among other benefits protect against viruses and infections [R, R, R, R, R, R].
That said, it’s also potent to cause a number of adverse effects like upset stomach, dry throat, skin rash, bloody stools and some other. Which will not happen for everyone and are far more likely to not happen than to do take place; still, I feel it’s worth mentioning [R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for Monkfruit, it’s a natural sweetener that doesn’t have an effect on blood sugar. It’s like the actually healthy option, the actually healthy alternative to sugar. On top of that, it also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antioxidant effects. It can help reduce fatigue, lower the risk of obesity and diabetes, protect heart health, promotes longevity, and bring about other positives [R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, overall, a blend that can be extremely beneficial. But, in my mind, the best thing about this supplement is the fact that it doesn’t take the easy way out.
What do I mean?
Well, many would take the Further Food Collagen non-flavored flagship supplement, add some “Natural” Chocolate flavor, and call it a day. But this supplement doesn’t do that. In fact, it doesn’t have any added additives (inactive ingredients), and for taste purposes, it solely relies on that Cocoa Mushroom Blend.
Which I personally find amazing.
Further Food Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder (Review) – Falling Back On Natural Flavors
The Further Food Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder, on the other hand, is not as great within that frame. It’s more like all the other typical supplements (for example, Health Direct Amino Sculpt Collagen), like those that use Natural Flavors to adjust the taste [R].
This supplement still builds on that groundwork of 8 grams of Hydrolyzed Collagen; but only this time instead of having Cocoa, Reishi, and Monkfruit, this one has Vanilla Flavor, Tremella, and Monkfruit.
That said, they don’t exactly specify how much of these three do we get in addition to that Collagen. Meaning, the label speaks nothing of this. It’s almost like these additions are additives. To that end, I feel the best we can do is 8 grams of Collagen, about 9 grams per scoop…
Which isn’t a lot. I mean we got at least 3 times that in the Chocolate version of Further Food Collagen. To that end, Monkfruit and Natural Vanilla are probably more than enough. What might not be enough is the Tremella Mushroom. And that may likely express itself simply as limited benefits.
So, what is that mushroom?
It’s somewhat known as the ultimate anti-aging beauty mushroom. It has been used for thousands of years for this primary purpose. It possesses anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and immune system boosting properties. It reduces wrinkles, hydrates the skin, helps manage cholesterol levels, aids digestion, enhances mood, promotes smooth and glowing skin, and has other benefits [R, R, R, R].
So, truly a beauty-oriented thing.
Whereas Monkfruit we did already cover in the previous section. As for Natural Flavors and in this case Natural Vanilla Flavor, it’s a pretty tricky question.
The thing about Natural Flavors is that just because they’re labeled as “Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re healthy or even okay to consume. They highly dependant on the manufacturing practices that, in this case, Further Food uses. Mainly because poor ones can bring to the formula a variety of impurities and admixtures. Which, unnecessary to say, is not a good thing [R, R, R, R, R].
Apart from that, based on the ingredients alone, the Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder of Further Food seems to be a promising one.
Further Food Marine Collagen Peptides (Review) – Moving To A Differently Sourced Collagen
In comparison to all the previous ones, the Further Food Marine Collagen Peptides shifts away from the grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine. This time it’s all about, as the name gives it away, Fish Collagen [R].
So, in this supplement, we’re getting 6.6 grams or 6,600 milligrams of wild-caught, sustainably-sourced North Atlantic codfish Collagen. However, again, it’s all their own self-proclaimed facts. Namely, there are no third-party certifications like FOS or MSC that would approve that sustainability.
A great thing about it is that it’s additive-free. Meaning, it’s literally just the beneficial ingredient and no other added substances to burden our bodies or anything that would be in any way, shape, or form potentially harmful.
To that end, I feel this one’s as basic as they come.
The On-Page Reviews Are Inaccurate But Overall, The Success Rates Are Still Busted
Now, theoretical aspects out of the way, let’s see how well are these four supplements performing in real life.
As I looked into the on-page review section of their flagship supplement, it looked somewhat promising. I mean, although positive reviews were the absolutely massive majority, there were two negative ones that somewhat implied, “Hey, we don’t edit this section.” Similar to Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Powder.
But while it tries to give out the vibe of being trustworthy and completely honest with the on-page reviews, it’s everything but that. I feel the notion of having just two negative reviews out of the total count of 837 across the whole brand (yes, there were no other negative ones) is way too much.
According to them, the flagship supplement has a 99.6% global success rate. Whereas every other variation of the Further Food Collagen (including packets) has a 100% satisfaction rate. Which is unheard of. And terribly unrealistic. Mainly because no matter how good a product in reality is, it still gets negative feedback and ratings from time to time.
And my suspicion of them likely adjusting and editing their reviews to fit their needs better (marketing, marketing, marketing) was approved by the global success rates based on the what I found across all other retailers and sellers.
According to them, it’s mostly nowhere near what they try to imply. Their global success rates are generally nowhere even remotely near perfect. However, there were some absolutely unpredictable surprises along the way.
For example, for the Further Food Collagen Peptides Protein Powder, I managed to find a total of 1157 reviews. Of these, only 44 were negative. Which leaves us at a legitimately busted success rate of 96.2%. This is the largest one I’ve ever come across in a Collagen supplement. So, I feel they’re definitely on to something there.
As for the others, mostly they were still very decent despite the disparities with the manufacturer’s reported reviews. To that end, Further Food Chocolate Collagen Peptides Protein Powder showed a 94.4% global success rate (85 positives out of 90). Whereas the Further Food Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder is sitting at a 93.3% global success rate (42 positives, 3 negatives). Both of which are pretty incredible still.
Lastly, I feel the Further Food Marine Collagen Peptides is somewhat bombing. Among all other sellers and retailers, I found 13 negative reviews and only 56 positive ones. Thus, it seems that it’s enjoying only an 81.2% global success rate. Which is not bad. But it’s definitely a pretty steep drop from what Further Food persists on.
But if we were to take all of the ratings we went over and sum them together for an overall brand average, I can say that Further Food Collagen works for people as I’ve never seen any Collagen do. The global success rate for the entire brand is at 95.2% (65 negative reviews out of 1361). This likely is even higher due to people typically being far more prone to reporting negative experiences than positive ones.
So, is this a supplement worth the investment?
I Feel The Collagen Of Further Food Is Worth Shortlisting, Maybe Even Preferring
While I have to admit that the Further Food Collagen didn’t initially look like much, at the end of the day, it definitely seems to be a pretty great one.
The ingredients are solid. The Collagen amounts are decent. The sourcing of that Collagen is also great. Additives are also okay (although I personally wouldn’t go for the Vanilla option). The added extra ingredients seem very solid, too. And the price feels great value. And the customer feedback is through the roof.
While I am not entirely sure what it is about this supplement exactly that makes it work so well, one thing I’m not so keen on. They don’t do third-party testing on their Collagen. Hence, while I would put this in the “to shortlist” category out of the typical four (avoid, consider, shortlist, or buy), personally, I would not go for it still.
I do much rather prefer the Live Conscious (LiveWell) Collagen Peptides (full review with a summary). Better price (per gram of Collagen!!), likely better sourcing, but most importantly third-party approved quality.
Above all, I hope this Further Food Collagen review helped you find the information you were looking for. Which, in your opinion, is the most quality option? What do you think of the way they are doing testimonials? Too much emphasis on selling? Let me know below.