In this Taut Collagen review, we will truly put the thing on the spot. And thus, we will dive into all the promotional materials, claims they make, every single ingredient (both active and inactive ones). Plus, we will also explore the customer reviews for the product and assess the global success rates.
Essentially, all to make as accurate of an assessment about the LAC Taut Collagen supplement as possible.
LAC Taut Collagen Review – Initial Thoughts & Overview
It’s pretty hard to tell as to which exactly is the manufacturer of Taut. There are at least two websites out there that are kind of taking on that role: LAC World Wide and Renew Alliance. And so, it took me some time to get a good sense of this [R, R].
I know what you might be thinking, “Matiss, doh… Of course, it’s LAC because they have that in their full name and on their packaging.” I would, however, beg to differ that it’s not that simple. Well, because both of them talk about Taut as “our product.”
I feel I did some proper exploring and minute details in the about us sections somewhat gave it away. Hence, ultimately, the explanation that I was able to come up with is that LAC is the original manufacturer, whereas Renew Alliance is some sort of authorized distributor of the thing in the US [R, R].
But only if it would have been that simple. I mean, that doesn’t quite solve this somewhat of a dichotomy that exists. What I mean is that the supplements sold by the entity are not quite the same that is sold by the other. Hence, I feel there is no going around, we’ll have to discuss both. Given that the Renew Alliance’s version is the slightly more sophisticated one, we’ll primarily discuss that. And then later add a section on the differences for the other.
So, what about its description page?
Well, in its essence, I feel it’s the type that will drown into information anyone that will try to learn more about it. Something extremely similar to what we’ve seen by the Organixx Clean Sourced Collagen. Plus, there is an absolute ton of promises.
According to them, it will provide “Fuller, Firmer Smoother Skin, Visibly reduced fine lines and wrinkles, Boosts skin elasticity and thickness, Lifts, firms and tones sagging skin, Increased hydration, suppleness and radiance, Helps minimize scars, stretch marks, and eczema, Stronger Hair and Nails” [R].
They say, “Transform your skin with #1 most Luxurious, Powerful and Effective Liquid Collagen Drink [..].” Meaning, they also self-proclaim themselves as the most Luxurious, Powerful, and Effective Collagen out there. Which is a pretty strong statement, to say the least. Moreover, a statement that’s not actually based on facts; no references or actual evidence as to why they say that [R].
Supposedly, the Taut Collagen has also been done studies on. However, as far as I can tell, there are none. It’s mostly all just references for the benefits of just Hydrolyzed Collagen in general. Whereas all the images like the ultrasound image of a 60-year-old’s skin or an image of a 40-year-old before and after are just that. Namely, some random results by just two people [R, R, R].
But the more interesting part is when we look at this all in the context of that other description page (LAC World Wide). They serve the same stuff. Which begs the question… Two the same brand supplements but different by ingredients proven effective by the exact same research? What??
Yeah, I’m not a fan. It makes me want to think that they’re about to scam me. Do you get that feeling, too?
Quite Abundant & Diverse Overall; Collagen’s Plenty; Vitamins Likely Not Great
Whatever the case may be, the Taut Collagen is an extremely diverse supplement as far as the beneficial ingredients go. It doesn’t hold only Collagen like the NeoCell Super Collagen or Further Food Collagen. It also doesn’t add only one extra nutrient like AHS Super Collagen or Nature’s Life Marine Collagen. It’s much more like what we’ve seen with Pure Gold Collagen or It Works CollagenWorks – the almost multivitamin-like-ness.
The 13 grams of Fish Collagen Peptides are accompanied by 50 milligrams of Grape Seed extract, 30 milligrams of Marine Elastin Peptides, 10 milligrams of Hyaluronic Acid, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) and 1 milligram of Ceramide. To all of this, we are also getting 300 milligrams of vitamin C, 43 IU of vitamin E, 10 milligrams of vitamin B1, 5 milligrams of vitamin B2, and 5 milligrams of vitamin B6.
As for those 13 grams of Peptides, while it’s not as much as what we get into Garden of Life Collagen Peptides or Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, it’s still a very high amount. For example, it’s almost twice as much as we’ve seen with supplements like Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder or Youtheory Collagen. And those had pretty high success rates.
Hence, the Taut Collagen is of an amount that I feel is quite likely to deliver some profound benefits. I mean, it definitely seems far more capable than other Liquid options out there like NeoCell Collagen + C [R, R, R, R].
So, that aspect is a pretty fine one. What I don’t particularly like about the thing though, it’s about the extra vitamin it adds. Given that they don’t specify the exact forms of many of them, I think it’s fair to assume that they’re in the worst absorbable forms. Why else would they not strictly specified them then?
To that end, vitamin E is probably the biggest deal here. I mean, in this one, it is likely in its synthetic form. A form that is not only half as effective as its natural counterpart but can be outright toxic. Also, the other vitamins are not mostly ideal. Any proper multivitamin would do a much better job. And even conventional ones (both for men and women) would provide far more value given their superior forms [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for the rest, Grape Seed extract seems to be quite solid as far as amounts go, thus, I feel there is a potential for the full range of benefits. As for Hyaluronic Acid, it is about 10 times short of what singular supplements typically offer. Whereas as for the rest, it’s really hard to tell. There are not a lot of singular supplements that provide that [R, R].
Some Of The Ingredients Are Unconventional, But Generally, They Can Get Us There
So, what about the potential benefits?
Well, as far as Collagen goes, they can be all of the promised ones. Plus, the substance can additionally grant such benefits as better bone and joint health, stronger teeth, improved muscle health and metabolism, as well as it helps heal bedsores, promotes heart health, and reduces blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Above all, anti-aging properties all the way [R, R, R, R, R].
But what about those additions?
Grape Seeds can improve blood flow, reduce blood pressure, help battle cancer, protect from oxidative damage, support brain health and wound healing, assists bone formation, help antibacterially and antifungally, shields liver health, as well as has some other benefits. But they also have the capacity to improve Collagen production [R, R, R, R, R].
As for Hyaluronic Acid, it’s one of the most complementing substances to Collagen that I’ve seen. It can reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, banish the bags under the eyes, aid joint health, heal dandruff, foster wound healing, boost eye health, and above all, promote younger-looking and just in every way healthier skin. Hence, I feel it really is something that’s always great to couple with the protein [R, R, R, R, R].
As for Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), the benefits of supplementation with it hasn’t been really documented. But we do naturally find DNA in food. Ultimately, I quite honestly have no idea what they are trying to accomplish with this. Supposedly, a small additional amount through supplement can bring significant improvement in overall well-being, longevity, and health. But I feel that’s somewhat of a longshot. I will have to do more research on this for future articles [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Lastly, Ceramides are lipids that make up around 50% of the outer layer of our skin. And consequently, with that, it’s something that gets commonly associated with anti-aging benefits to the skin. That’s both: when it comes to skincare products and supplements [R, R].
So, overall, while some of the substances the Taut Collagen uses are pretty well-documented, others just aren’t. To that end, it’s quite an unconventional road they’ve chosen to walk. Which I’m personally not fully convinced that it is a good thing.
A Couple Of Additives That Would Be Better Not To Have
So, that’s the beneficial stuff. What about the stuff that holds it all together?
Well, it’s similar to what we’ve seen with supplements like Health Direct AminoSculpt Collagen or Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen. Or in other words, it’s not great. There are at least a couple of substances that make the supplement not ideal in this regard.
As its additives, the Taut Collagen uses Water, Concentrated Orange Juice, Isomalto-Oligosaccharide, Xylitol, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Malic Acid, Dextrin, and Stevia Leaf Extract. There’s a couple I don’t like too much.
Citric Acid is harmless. But it’s harmless only if it’s Non-GMO, if one’s meals are not typically based on processed food (or just in general there are not tons of it otherwise in your diet already), and if one does not use Aluminum utensils, cutlery, or other containers (because Citric Acid improves Aluminum absorption which isn’t healthy; it’s not a crucial mineral for health) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
While the second and third of these preconditions we can influence, the first one not so much as that’s completely up to the product. That said, I suspect Taut Collagen might have GMOs within it. This is mainly because nowhere on its description page, nor anywhere else on either of those websites (Renew Alliance and LAC World Wide) I was able to find any references to the supplement being of Non-GMO [R, R, R, R].
Which typically is just a way of saying, this one has some GMO ingredients, especially given that everyone’s typically so upfront about the allergen information (Gluten-Free, etc.). In which regard, we have no reason to believe that it is not the case with Citric Acid here.
Natural Flavors are not healthy just because there’s the word “Natural” there. Many mistake these for that. That said, Natural Flavors can actually be healthy and beneficial but that is only if their manufacturing is superb. And hence, it all kind of depends on what kind of manufacturing practices are used and implemented [R, R, R, R, R, R].
As regards to LAC, I wasn’t able to come across anything decent. It’s all pretty vague and generic. Quite similar to what we’ve seen with supplements like Skinny Fit Super Youth or Code Age Multi Collagen. Therefore, given the lack of a relevant section, it’s more likely than not that they do not truly devote efforts to manufacturing. And hence, this has the potential to ultimately be a harmful thing. And so, preferably avoidable [R, R, R, R].
As for Xylitol, it’s a sugar alcohol. While it has been reported to provide some very minor benefits, it for the most part, however, can cause a variety of stomach-related issues, like diarrhea, bloating, which at all times can be accompanied by an excruciating need to fart. Other than that, it’s also a form of sugar that can come with all of the sugar-related negative effects [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Lastly, Dextrin also comes with a mixed message. It is said to provide some benefits and even ease some conditions, however, it can also cause stomach cramping, gas, flatulence, diarrhea, bloating, and some other. But despite that, I feel it’s more beneficial than harmful. Hence, it’s just something to be mindful about [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Overall though, I feel the picture is not looking too hot for the Taut Collagen.
Success Rates Are A Dump; Only Effectively 3 In 4 People Find Value In It
When it comes to Taut Collagen customer reviews, it does heavily remind me of supplements like Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein or NeoCell Super Collagen + C. Meaning, while we can find customer reviews on manufacturer’s website, I feel they don’t really accurately represent the actual global success rates. Which is often likely due to manufacturers having full control over their website, which can mean adjusting and editing of those ratings to help better convert a future customer.
To illustrate, on that page at the time of this writing, Taut Collagen has a total of 82 reviews. Of these, there’s one 1-star, none, 2-star, five 3-star, three 4-star, and 73 5-star. Thus, a total of one negative review and 81 positive ones. Hence, a global success rate of 98.7%. Which would be absolutely busted if it was consistent with what can be found by other sellers and retailers.
But, yeah… It isn’t.
Across all other resources, I was only able to scrape together a total of 50 Taut Collagen reviews. Which frankly, is ridiculously odd given that the supplement has been around for more than 7 years (on the global scene). I mean, to me it makes no sense whatsoever. Quite honestly, it even somewhat suggests that they’ve tried to reset the public feedback on it with a relaunch or something [R].
And that can only really mean one thing.
The LAC Taut Collagen probably didn’t get as great of feedback as the manufacturer wanted. Or maybe it never quite won people over. Which wouldn’t be surprising given the current global success rates.
Out of those 50 ratings, 12 were negative (1-star, 2-star) and 38 were positive (3-star, 4-star, 5-star). Which means a global success rate of 76.0% or only 3 in every 4 people enjoyed the thing. That’s not a lot.
I mean, it’s even more so given how much it costs. It typically goes for $95.00 per box of Taut Collagen bottles. A single box contains 8 bottles. Whereas their suggested use is 3-4 bottles a week. Hence, we pretty much would need 2 boxes a month. Which is a price tag of $190 per month. And that’s bonkers expensive. Like mind-boggling expensive.
To illustrate, something like the Garden of Life Collagen Peptides comes 6 times cheaper. Or to put it in other words, for the same price, we can get half a year worth of truly high-quality Collagen or we can get a month’s worth of whatever this thing is. I mean, it’s easily the most expensive Collagen supplement I’ve reviewed.
And yet, I’m not impressed at all.
That said, given its Japan origins, I bet the overall global success rate (which would include all Japan resources) would likely be a significantly higher one (sorry guys I don’t read Japanese). Still, be that as it may, the price does not justify.
A Couple Of Ideas Regarding The LAC World Wide Taut Collagen Supplement
As we touched upon earlier, there is this other Taut Collagen supplement that, at the end of the day, feels somewhat of a variation of the same thing. Meaning, it’s supposedly backed up by the same research and promotional materials, it’s even visually almost the same; however, in terms of ingredients, it’s not quite the same.
I mean, it still provides 13 grams of Collagen, the same amount of Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide, as well as slightly less DNA.
However, there is no Grape Seed extract or Marine Elastin Peptide. What we find instead are Shark Cartilage Extract and Aqueous CoQ10. Also, instead of being fully straight forward about how much vitamins (and extra Beta Carotene this one contains), there’s only that total amount mentioned, making it essentially a “vitamin blend” of some sorts.
While the Shark Cartilage and Aqueous CoQ10 sure are nice, there is one other thing why I would not recommend embracing this one either.
And that’s hugely to do with the additives.
But that’s not for the same reasons we saw it in the other supplement. I mean, that’s in part because it does use Natural Flavors. But the other thing is kind is that it uses Sucralose.
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is commonly used to replace sugar and supposedly all its hazardous effects. The sad part is, however, that this is not really better, it only superficially typically looks that way. Namely, long-term consumption of it can cause cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, leaky gut, depression, and a couple of other undesirable conditions [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Hence, not the kind of ingredients I would shoot for.
An Overpriced Wonder Not Worth Investing In; There Are Better Options
At the end of the day, I would not recommend the Taut Collagen to anyone.
I mean, in of itself it would be plenty that it has potentially harmful additives and that the manufacturing practices are a full-on mystery. But there’s also that aspect of the price.
It’s not only that it’s the priciest I’ve seen. I feel it offers such low value; it’s beyond ridiculous. Just feels overpriced in every possible way. I mean, I’m almost uncomfortable for them for the price they’ve squeezed on it. Uhh… They are really milking their customers good.
But not every Collagen supplement is like that. In fact, there are some that offer incredible value for the price. Supplements that do not use shady or potentially harmful ingredients. They’re just truly about providing value and quality. To give an example, the LiveWell Collagen Peptides (full review with a summary) is my most favorite one in this category.
Above all, I hope this LAC Taut Collagen review helped you find the information you were looking for. In your mind, do the ingredients (both beneficial and additives) justify the price? What do you make of this whole “probably contains GMO”? Does that make it a “No-No” for you? Let me know below.