This It Works! CollagenWorks review is all about uncovering whether or not It Works! truly works or is it just a brand name to create an impression of that.
Thus, inevitably, we will be discussing the promotional materials, their proposed claims, beneficial ingredients, the associated benefits with them, inactive ingredients (so-called “additives”), as well as the global success rates and customer reviews you can encounter on the internet.
The It Works! Collagen Does Look Promising – Initial Thoughts
According to the manufacturer, “It Works! CollagenWorks is an on-the-go, beauty-boosting formula that uses a blend of advanced collagen proteins and peptides to hydrate, plump, and reveal greater skin from within” [R].
But to describe the working mechanism, they say, “It begins to work inside your body to support healthy joints, contribute to healthier-looking hair, and boost natural collagen production so you can look your best and keep your life moving” [R].
Which, let’s be real, sounds pretty cool.
I mean, we’ve got all of their claimed benefits there, like support skin and joint health, hair health, boost natural collagen production, plus, based on all those citations, it could even be somewhat interpreted as to provide anti-aging properties.
Any other info on their description page is essentially just a variation or at times even regurgitation of either of these same benefits.
They also provide you with a link to the full product information that goes over all of what the website already covers, as well as contains supplement facts and a section of frequently asked questions that covers such basic aspects like how should you best take it, age requirement, and a number of other matters [R].
Above all, the It Works! Collagen is said to be Non-GMO, Soy-Free, Artificial-Flavors-Free, Artificial-Colors-Free, and Keto-Friendly. It also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, which they say is hassle-free. However, I feel it’s anything but hassle-free.
As their full return policy at the writing of this article stands, you won’t get a full refund. You can only get a refund for the products you haven’t used. You will have to pay the return shipping costs. Plus, you have to pay a restocking fee of 15%. And as far as I understand, you can ultimately be refused a refund if you haven’t fully followed their guidelines as to how you need to ship and everything [R].
I mean, they just call it that – hassle-free. In reality, it’s very far from that. I mean, it’s a disgrace calling it “hassle-free.” Moreover, I imagine often times even if the product has not worked for you and you realize that after some 10 days, it’s pretty pointless to send it back. You’ll just incur more expenses that way. Such a joke.
Yeah, not a fan of this kind of approach.
Apart from that though, I have to admit that superficially the supplement itself looks rather solid. But let’s really dive into that.
Not That Much Collagen; But You Are Getting Additional Nutrients
It Works! CollagenWorks is not really like your typical Collagen supplement. Most of the time these kinds of supplements come without any added additions as we’ve seen in supplements like NeoCell Super Collagen or Skinny Fit Super Youth. Whereas the Collagen of It Works! adds a couple of them, similarly as supplements like Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen.
So, the very core of the supplement is, of course, Collagen that’s present in amounts of 5 grams or 5000 milligrams. The blend, as they call it, provides Bovine Collagen, Fish Collagen Peptides, Chicken Collagen, Egg Shell Membrane, and Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid).
However, while 5000 milligrams may sound a lot, it’s really not much.
To compare, the typical lower margin is mostly around 6000-6600 milligrams or 6.0-6.6 grams. Whereas other supplements, like those of Garden of Life, don’t adapt to this scarcity. They offer variations from 10 grams or 10,000 milligrams to 20 grams or 20,000 milligrams. So, what you get it It Works! Collagen is really not a lot.
But the worst part, those 5 grams are not all pure Collagen though.
They throw in there Egg Shell Membrane and Sodium Hyaluronate. While these can provide some added benefits like healing dandruff and bags under the eyes, reduce wrinkles and eye discomfort, promote further skin elasticity and health, and other, still, I’m a little concerned whether such little amounts of Collagen can help with the originally promised stuff effectively. We’ll explore this more in the section for success rates [R, R, R, R, R].
But as for now, let’s discuss the other added ingredients.
So, with the core substances you’re also getting 900 mcg of vitamin A as Beta-Carotene, 100 mg of vitamin C as Ascorbic Acid, 7.5 mg of Zinc as Zinc Citrate, 70 mcg of Selenium as Selenium Selenite, 1 mg of Copper as Copper Citrate, and 1 mg of Manganese as Manganese Amino Acid Chelate.
Why is this important?
Well, first of all, it’s no proper multivitamin and as such can never work as a proper replacement for that. Second of all, the nutrient forms that fully determine how effective a particular nutrient will be are not that great.
Many believe that vitamin A as Beta-Carotene is the way to go, but that’s really no vitamin A. What you really need is proper vitamin A in one of its active forms (retinols) because on average our bodies are capable to turn Beta-Carotene only 1/6 of the amount. Whereas small children and people that don’t have a particular gene (about 50% of the population) can’t do it at all [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
For vitamin C, you get the synthetic vitamin form. For Zinc and Copper, you get something that’s not the worst but is also not that amazing. For Selenium, you essentially get a cheap, quite badly absorbed form, that’s arguably the worst of all. Whereas for Manganese, Amino Acid Chelate is good but there are quite a number of different ones and the absorbability varies greatly. So, likely not that great if they’re unwilling to specify [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Ultimately, given the contents of It Works! CollagenWorks, I’m not that impressed.
Especially because I feel that the retail price of $67.00 for 15 servings is beyond bonkers of how little value it offers. It’s very expensive. I mean, extremely expensive. And I’d say that’s still the case even if you manage to get it for that loyal customer price of $40.00.
Additives Seem To Be Rather Great Or Are They?
So, active ingredients out of the way, let’s talk additives, otherwise known as the ingredients that get added to supplements to make them easy (and often tasty) to consume.
The Collagen of It Works! uses quite a number of them. A complete number of 8.
There’s Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Silica, Beta Carotene (for color), High Purity Steviol Glycosides, Beet Root (for color), and Monk Fruit extract.
So, what about harmfulness?
Well, just because there are many, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are harmful. Most times.
Guar Gum and Silica are some of the harmless ones. Beta Carotene and Beet Root are natural forms of coloring, which is fine. High Purity Steviol Glycosides and Monk Fruit work as natural and healthy sweeteners. They’re often used to make anything taste better while also avoiding the hazard of sugar and it’s many forms [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Whereas for Citric Acid and Natural Flavors, it’s not that clear cut.
Typically Citric Acid is nothing to worry about. It does fit the mold of a harmless additive, especially when it’s Non-GMO, which in this case it is. However, too much Citric Acid has been proven through many studies to likely be hazardous. This is something to note if you’re otherwise using lots of processed products as very many do have this ingredient [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for the Natural Flavors, the quality and harmlessness are largely dependant on the manufacturing practices used in the making of the supplement. In some cases, it can even be beneficial whereas in others, not so much. But in the current case, it just might be that they don’t fit the required standard for this to be okay [R, R, R, R, R, R].
I mean, I was unable to find anything on their website that explained or directly addressed as to what kind of quality they subscribe to and what practices they employ. It seems as if they haven’t really paid that much attention or the time necessary to share what they’re about.
Hence, it’s likely not that great of a concern of theirs.
Whereas if that’s truly the case, they’re not my kind of supplement manufacturer.
Quality and manufacturing practices are just too important.
There’s Almost Zero Evidence Of The Supplement Working; It’s New, I Guess
This is the part of the review where I usually conduct a very comprehensive study on all customer reviews I can find on the supplement on the internet.
While I did do the thing, it seems that there is a very little amount of It Works! CollagenWorks reviews out there. Mostly, you’ll just find people advertising for the supplement.
Whereas even when I did manage to find some real customers sharing their experience, it was very stingy.
Out of 5 reviews that I managed to find, all 5 were rated 5-stars, and 2 of them had zero explanation for the rating given. The other 3, however, had only positive things to say. As far as I can tell, for at least three people this has worked, and they also loved the taste.
So, is this enough to conclude that the supplement has a global success rate of 100%?
I wouldn’t say that. For the success rates to be at least somewhat accurate, I tend to not declare a specific number unless there are at least upwards of 100 reviews. Which is not the case with this particular supplement.
However, it does suggest that It Works! Collagen works at least for some. So, we’ll probably have to assess this, again, in some time in the future as it seems that the product is quite new to the market. Hence, the lack of customer reviews.
So, overall, what’s the conclusion here? Should you get the supplement or not?
Here’s what I think.
To Me, It Feels That CollagenWorks Is Nothing Really But A Useless, Pointless Supplement
So, let’s recap it all.
We went over the active ingredients and realized that there’s not much Collagen in the supplement. To remedy the fact, it adds some vitamins and minerals. But those are not really anything life-changing. Not that much of them, plus the forms are not that great either.
Then we went over additives and concluded that while most are completely harmless, some might not be. Especially given the fact that, as far as I can tell, It Works! doesn’t really pay the utmost priority to supplement quality and manufacturing. Which is never a good thing.
Lastly, the success rates showed that it has worked for people. But in general, there are not yet enough customer reviews to say for sure as to what kind of success percentage we are exactly looking at. Then again, this is not the most important thing, to begin with, and has proven in the past to be terribly misleading.
Thus, given the rather lackluster ingredients, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.
There just are supplements out there that do a better job in essentially every single aspect that the It Works! CollagenWorks attempts. While there are a couple of them, my personal favorite is the Live Conscious (LiveWell) Collagen Peptides (full review with a summary). It’s better, more quality active ingredients, better additives, and true quality manufacturing ensured by third-party testing on top of all of that. Just leaps ahead of that of this review the way I see it.
Above all, I hope this It Works Collagen review helped you find the information you were looking for. Did you like the multivitamin-like approach with this one? Is it something you’d prefer over (what I believe is) a more quality option with a separate multivitamin? Let me know below.