In this Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate review, we’ll explore the full range of the brand’s supplements.
To properly make that happen, we will dive into the promotional materials and the claims they associate with them. This we will then continue on with researching the beneficial ingredients, their potential benefits, and the additives. And last of all, we will also investigate customer reviews and assess the overall global success rates.
Great Lakes Seems To Be A Proper Manufacturer With Quite A Long Past
So, this one’s a pretty fascinating one. The manufacturer going by the name of Great Lakes Gelatin Co. (often referred to simply as Great Lakes or abbreviated to GLG), has been around for almost a hundred years (since 1922). And all this time they’ve been a Gelatin and Collagen focused company. Or to put it in perspective, that’s way before Collagen ever became popular [R, R].
Speaking of the brand, there are quite a bit of different options. As it typically is, it starts with the unflavored flagship supplement which then expands further on to a number of different flavors.
To that end, effectively, we’re looking at at least 5 distinct supplements.
As for their description pages, they’re far more simplistic (and shorter) than any of the promotional materials we’ve come across with supplements that are very to the point like Youtheory Collagen, Doctor’s Best Collagen, or even the AHS Super Collagen. I mean, they practice a truly easy-going approach by just casually sharing a few sentences worth of information and being done with it.
Thus, it’s not a supplement that will drown us in its marketing and persuasion tactics as we’ve seen with something like the Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens.
As for the benefits, they propose three health benefits and three beauty benefits. Under the former, they go with joint health support, digestive health improvements, and post-workout recovery. Whereas under the latter they list healthier an hydrated skin, fuller hair and stronger nails, and more restful sleep.
Additionally, the description pages also offer ideas on how to best consume it (along with some recipes that we can find on their website), and customer reviews (which will get into and analyze in one of the later sections).
Lastly, the Collagen supplements Great Lakes Gelatin offers nowadays are always Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised, Paleo-Friendly, Keto-Certified, and even Kosher.
Thus, as I see it, at least superficially, a really great looking brand. Let’s pick them properly apart.
Five Supplements To Pick Apart; Let’s Do Them One By One
Given that there are 5 semi-different supplement that due to their flavors mostly vary when it comes to additives, I feel it’s best to break them down. Namely, for the reason of keeping this as simple, straight forward, easy to follow as possible, let’s look at each of them one at a time.
Otherwise, I believe I’ll unintentionally make it all terribly confusing. And that’s not my goal at all.
Thus, in the sections to follow, we’ll look at each of the supplement’s core beneficial ingredients, the associated benefits with them, and their additives.
Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate (Review) – Their Most Simplistic, Unflavored Protein
The Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate is their basic supplement of the brand. The most simplistic of all options. The unflavored protein thing. I mean, at its core, It’s kind of their flagship supplement that all other flavor versions of the brand build on [R].
Per serving, it offers 12 grams or 12,000 milligrams of Collagen type I and III sourced from grass-fed and pasture-raised animals. Which is exactly how we want that Collagen to be sourced, otherwise there’s very little point. Plus, as mentioned earlier, it’s Kosher, Paleo-Friendly, Keto-Certified, and Non-GMO.
A single serving is two scoops of the supplement. Whereas their suggested use is two servings daily. Which basically means that what they are suggesting is 24 grams or 24,000 milligrams of Collagen daily. That’s quite a bit.
Meaning, that’s more than any of the Health Direct Amino Sculpt Collagen supplements, Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein supplements, and even Garden of Life Collagen supplements. I mean, that’s some serious amount. And with that, I feel it has every reason to deliver the full range of Collagen benefits.
Speaking of those, they’re likely to be all of the originally promised ones. Plus, some extra ones if we’re at the full amino acid profile and what those amino acids can potentially do for us. That said, I don’t think this category of supplements is the most beneficial one if we’re talking about joint health. For that, I feel a proper Turmeric Curcumin supplement will be far more beneficial [R, R, R, R, R].
As for the inactive ingredients or additives, the flagship Collagen Hydrolysate of Great Lakes Gelatin doesn’t have any. Which is great, and it by no means is an often occurance. Frankly, about 1% of all supplements are only capable of doing that without any inactive additions. Some other examples include Carotenoids supplements and MCT oils.
Hence, overall, at least from a pure ingredient perspective, the supplement is a remarkable one. With this, there’s every reason to experience the benefits without any concern for additive caused side effects.
Great Lakes Gelatin Vanilla Collagen Hydrolysate (Review) – A Certainly Fine Combination Of Additives
The Great Lakes Gelatin Vanilla Collagen Hydrolysate supplement doesn’t differ much from the brand’s flagship one. The changes are rather subtle and fully related to the added Vanilla flavor [R].
So, as far as the beneficial ingredients go, it’s the exact same thing. Namely, 12 grams of Collagen per serving which is two scoops. However, there’s no longer that notion of suggested use that promotes the approach of having that twice daily. Though I reckon we could easily do that here as well.
As for the additives, it’s a completely different ball game.
It’s no longer the case of “there aren’t any.” Instead, we get three of them. Natural Vanilla Flavor, Stevia, Monk Fruit.
Of these, Stevia and Monk Fruit are amazing choices for sweetening up the powder. Not only these do not imbue the devastating effects of processed sugar but they are actually healthy to consume. And in so, they can make stuff taste as if it has sugar added but actually have none of it [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Whereas Natural Vanilla Flavor is a little bit trickier.
Indeed, the fact that it has “Natural” in its name does not necessarily mean that it’s a healthy thing to consume. No, it’s much trickier than that. Ultimately, I feel whether or not a Natural Flavor is safe to consume is highly dependent on how great the manufacturing practices used for their making are. And that’s entirely dependent from case to case [R, R, R, R, R, R].
In regards to Great Lakes, although there are no hard-facts or certificates of analysis available, I feel it should be decent enough. So, it should be no worries there [R].
Thus, here’s another one of the brand that’s potentially very great looking.
Great Lakes Gelatin Apple Plus Cucumber Collagen Hydrolysate (Review) – Just A Different Flavor
The Great Lakes Gelatin Apple Plus Cucumber Collagen Hydrolysate is amazingly similar supplement to both previous ones [R].
Here, again, we have that notion of 12 grams per two scoops of Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised Collagen. Thus, it’s all the same as far as the beneficial ingredients go.
There is one change when it comes to additives though.
It basically builds on what the Vanilla version of the brand uses: Natural Apple Cucumber Flavor, Stevia, and Monk Fruit. And then it adds another ingredient. Malic Acid.
It’s something that is not extremely popular among supplements but at its core, it’s a common organic compound naturally found in fruits like apples, pears, oranges, grapes, mangos, and a bunch of others. It’s also something that our bodies naturally produce and hence, something that can be quite beneficial to our well-being [R, R, R, R].
So, overall, no harm ever to have it in our supplements. Thus, making the Apple Plus Cucumber Collagen Hydrolysate a very solid choice as far as the essence of the ingredients go.
Great Lakes Gelatin Mixed Berry Collagen Hydrolysate (Review) – What Is This Coloring?
The Great Lakes Gelatin Mixed Berry Collagen Hydrolysate is another one that is not perfectly identical to any of the previous ones we looked at [R].
Yes, it builds on those same beneficial ingredients (12 grams of Collagen per two scoops). Then it adds a number of ingredients that we already discussed by the other options: there’s the Malic Acid, that Stevia, there’s, again, Monk Fruit, and for flavoring Natural Berry Flavor. But beyond that it gets a little interesting.
There’s one more ingredient that the supplement uses as one of its additives. They list it as “Added Color.”
But what does it mean?
Quite honestly, it could mean a number of things. As an ingredient, “Added Color” is as generic and unpredictable as they come. But here’s my best guess at what we are likely actually looking at.
So, they use the term “Added Color,” but they don’t claim anywhere on the supplement label that it is free of Artificial Colors or that it uses only Natural ones. Whereas when it comes to flavors, they are quick to push “Natural” on it.
Hence, I believe it’s highly likely that the color they are actually using here, is not be a Natural one; but Artificial ones are just trouble.
The consumption of those has long been linked to a wide range of different cancers. Then there’s also that notion of it increasing irritability and hyperactivity, especially in children [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Is that an ingredient we should ever have in one of our supplements?
Hence, given the highly possible presence of Artificial Coloring, I would truly recommend avoiding this. Always.
Great Lakes Gelatin Lemon Plus Lime Collagen Hydrolysate (Review) – Another Ill Option; Not About Coloring
The Great Lakes Gelatin Lemon Plus Lime Collagen Hydrolysate is unlike any of the previous ones. There are some changes in the beneficial ingredients department, and there are some not before encountered additives [R].
So, the core is the exact same. Again, 12 grams of Collagen per two scoops which is a single serving. However, this time it is accompanied by 120 mg of vitamin C.
The nutrient form for it is not, however, specified. So, I would assume its likely the synthetic Ascorbic Acid. Which, by no means, is a terrible thing given that it’s in studies proven to be as beneficial as its natural counterpart. Hence, this is not a bad addition [R, R].
Sadly, that can’t be said about one extra additive brought to the supplement. It’s present here on top of 4 other we already discussed – Malic Acid, Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors, Monk Fruit, Stevia – and one that is in every way to the very least a harmless one: Acacia. I’m speaking of Dextrose [R, R, R].
Dextrose is a hidden sugar that’s often used in all kinds of stuff starting from sweets to medicine. I personally highly advise against any sugar in daily supplements as we typically have too much processed sugar in our diets already. And overconsumption (and even just too regular consumption) of sugars has been linked to diabetes, obesity, depression, eating disorders, heart disease, aggresiveness, learning difficulties, poor digestion, and a plethora of other effects [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Hence, at least in my mind, making the Lemon Plus Lime Collagen Hydrolysate of Great Lakes Gelatin an avoidable supplement.
The Flagship Supplement Is Hugely Successful; Whereas Others Are Too New
Now, let’s jump to the practical side of things. Let’s examine the reviews and assess how well each of the variations of the brand has performed.
As for the reviews that we can find on the manufacturer’s website, it’s without a surprise. They’re all extremely positive. Like overwhelmingly positive. Like unnaturally positive. I mean, among all five supplements there was only one bad review, three 3-star ratings, and all the rest were either 4 or 5 stars.
To that end, it inevitably reminds me of something like the Pure Gold Collagen or Code Age Multi Collagen. Or in other words, Collagen brands that, as far as I can tell, very likely edit and adjust their on-page reviews to fit their marketing needs better.
So, to get a proper look at this, I feel we have to ignore these ones and fully rely on those we can find among all other sellers and retailers. Which is exactly the kind of research I did.
And it turns out Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate is an extremely well-received one. Namely, out of the total amount of more than ten thousand reviews (or if we’re absolutely to the point, 10,290 reviews), I found only 750 negative ones (1- and 2-star). Which means that it’s enjoying a well-documented success rate of 92.7%. Which is one of the highest ones I’ve seen for Collagen supplements.
Moreover, the actual success rate is even higher due to people generally being far more prone to reporting negative experiences than positive ones.
As for the success rates, for all the flavored options of the brand, it’s too early to tell. Quite frankly, I wasn’t able to find any real customer reviews for any of those four.
And it turns out that it’s no wonder. That’s because they’re extremely new to the market. I mean, they are a bit more than a month old and as far as I can tell, other retailers and sellers haven’t managed to pick them up yet [R].
Overall, Great Lakes Seems Like A Great Brand; Something To Shortlist
At the end of the day, I do feel that this almost a hundred years old brand knows what they are doing.
Great quality beneficial ingredients. Abundant as far as their amounts go. But they do struggle with a proper choice of additives sometimes. Also, while the flagship supplement is extensively reviewed, the same can’t be said about the flavored options of Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate.
And with that, I think the flagship one is something to definitely shortlist. However, I would be far more confident in products like Live Conscious (LiveWell) Collagen Peptides (full review with a summary) still. Both as regards the price and the quality it brings.
Whereas as far as the various flavored options go, I would recommend giving them a pass for now (though some of them as discussed might work really well). Especially, those that go by not that great additives.
Above all, I hope this Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate review helped you find the information you were looking for. In your opinion, what is the best supplement of their line-up? If you could get one for free, which is the one you would prefer? Let me know below.