This Pure Gold Collagen review is about uncovering whether or not the supplement is actually a good investment.
So, here’s what we’ll be discussing: promotional materials, proposed claims, beneficial ingredients, the associated benefits, and inactive ingredients (or so-called “additives”). And additionally, we’ll do comprehensive research (to say the least) and assess the customer experiences on a global scale.
Initial Thoughts & What We Can Potentially Expect From The Pure Gold
According to the manufacturer, the Pure Gold Collagen is “designed for women wishing to promote beautiful skin and fight the visible signs of aging” [R].
And they continue saying that “this Patented formula contains a unique blend of collagen and active ingredients which nourishes you from the inside, promoting a beautiful and younger looking you on the outside” [R].
With all of this, they go on to promise 5 core benefits. So, it will promote our skin health and make us look younger. Then there’s the claim of supporting hair and nail health. There are promises to skin smoothness and elasticity. Then the fourth is kind of the same third, only rephrased: “Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles” [R].
And fifth is for stronger joints. Which they tie in with really a sixth promise which is “a healthier body” [R].
So, I think it’s fair to say, they promise quite a bit. Yet, while this may initially seem like something extraordinary or even maybe over the top, I have to admit that these claims are pretty standard when it comes to any Collagen supplement (see, for example, AHS Super Collagen or Doctor’s Best Collagen). So, they’re decently grounded in this regard.
Generally speaking, the description page doesn’t feel like a sell-out. But there are a few tactics they use to foster sales or imply getting tons of value. Like the 3 for 2 offer or just the raw idea of the more you order right away the cheaper they come (regular price vs special price).
Other than that, I really appreciate the fact that they have actually done some trials with the supplement. But a serious lackluster to that end is that we can’t actually view the full studies. So, we’re kind of in the dark of what was exactly measured and how it was done. And, of course, the results are unsurprisingly rather positive.
What I did, however, find extremely interesting was their customer use study. According to it, 89% of people would recommend the product to a friend, 76% said their skin felt more hydrated, smoother, and healthier, but 81% of people (!!!) said that they will continue to use the product [R].
In this regard, the first number really doesn’t say anything about the Pure Gold Collagen. Whereas the last two are everything. Meaning, 76% or about 3 in 4 people said they’ve felt the benefit of using it whereas 81% or about 4 in 5 said that they will continue to use the product.
I mean, what does that leave us in terms of global success rates? 4 in 5 will continue, 3 in 4 felt a benefit? Those are some terribly low success rates. To compare, Garden of Life and Youtheory Collagen are both more like 9 in 10 were happy with the product.
So, is it really worth the terribly high price tag?
They’re Not Straight Forward About The Beneficial Ingredients At All
So, in its very essence, the Pure Gold Collagen is a supplement created similarly to something like the Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen or the Amino Sculpt Collagen Energy. This, in a sense that it’s not comprised only out of Collagen but rather it adds a couple of other substances as well.
On their description page, they claim that it is “formulated with a unique blend of active ingredients that includes hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, borage oil, vitamins, and minerals.” However, the ingredient list on their website does not subscribe to this idea [R].
Per the beneficial ingredient list, the supplement offers 5000 mg of Hydrolyzed Collagen, 80 mg of vitamin C, 9 IU of vitamin E, 1.4 mg of vitamin B6, 0.05 mcg of vitamin B7, 1.1 mg of Zinc, and 0.072 mg of Copper (per serving, per 50 ml bottle). Or to paraphrase, it provides 5000 mg of Hydrolyzed Collagen and negligible amounts of added vitamins and minerals [R].
So, generally speaking, as I understand it, any at least somewhat decent Collagen supplement coupled with a multivitamin (for men, women, or both) that we should be taking anyway will raise skyscrapers above this supplement.
But, as it seems, the Gold Collagen’s deal is actually with listing what should be active ingredients – Hyaluronic Acid and Borage Seed Oil – under inactive ones. Meaning, it’s likely that these two substances are present in negligible amounts which kind of defeats the purpose of them.
Or maybe it’s just their really untraditional way of hiding the real amounts of these ones due to their role and purpose in the patent (and so that no one would try to replicate them). That said, there are better ways to do it as we’ve seen with supplements like the It Works CollagenWorks.
Either way, it does not look promising.
I mean, just in general 5000 mg of Hydrolyzed Collagen in of itself is not a mark of a great supplement. To that extent, having a look at any at least half-decent supplement like the NeoCell Super Collagen or Doctor’s Best Collagen Powder, you’ll find that they usually go for more of that substance. And thus, arguably are way more potent.
As for the benefits, even with this amount, it still, for sure, can bring the benefits. The science suggests that you’d likely encounter all of the promised ones. However, as far as joint health goes, those ones are likely to be rather limited [R, R, R, R, R].
I mean, sure. For Collagen, we could count that as something quite secondary as it will more or less be brought through the other benefits of the substance. To that end, Hyaluronic Acid and Borage Seed Oil may additionally assist in joint health. However, given what we’ve discussed, I’m not certain that the Pure Gold Collagen contains enough of them to bring any meaningful and lasting change [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
On that note though, if you’re looking for something for joint health, a proper Turmeric Curcumin supplement is an infinitely better bet.
There’s A Rather Big Cocktail Of Additives; One Is Definitely To Avoid
So, we already somewhat touched upon Hyaluronic Acid and Borage Seed Oil both of which are listed as inactive ingredients in the Pure Gold Collagen supplement. But what about the other ones? Is there anything that’s likely a harmful one and thus, something that you preferably should avoid?
Generally speaking, the supplement has 14 additives (somewhat). Those include Water, Citric Acid, Soybean polysaccharide, Flavoring, Malic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Borage Seed Oil (Borago Officinalis), Glycerol, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose, N-acetylglucosamine, Stevia, and Piper Nigrum (Bioperine®).
Some of these are likely actually to be active ingredients (Hyaluronic Acid, Borage Seed Oil, Piper Nigrum, N-acetylglucosamine); others are just generally really good ones like Stevia, which is a natural and healthy sweetener. Also stuff like Glycerol, Malic Acid, Ascorbic Acid is okay. Soybean polysaccharide and Soy Lecithin are also fine due to soy being Non-GMO.
So, we’re left with Citric Acid, Flavoring, and Sucralose.
Citric Acid is a substance also present in our cells. Generally speaking, it’s not something harmful, especially when it’s Non-GMO material. However, overconsumption of it can be hazardous (many processed foods contain it). Additionally, it’s also known to improve Aluminium absorption which isn’t a metal you need for great health and absorbing much of it can undermine it [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As far as Flavoring goes, it seems to be the artificial one as they’re quick to announce “NO sugars, NO artificial preservatives, NO artificial colors, NO alcohol, NO GMO. Halal & Kosher certified. GLUTEN-FREE” but where’s “NO Artificial Flavors” [R]?
Yeah, it’s very likely that artificial flavors are there. However, unlike most people assume, they’re not typically a hazard. In fact, in many ways, they’re often less potentially harmful. But it does all come down to the manufacturing practices. Which if solid, can make that flavoring even beneficial. But if not, quite the contrary [R, R, R, R, R, R].
To that end, as far as the Collagen of Pure Gold goes, I’m not 100% sure. But it seems that they might be decent. So, I wouldn’t worry about this aspect too much. There is, however, the last one that I would highly encourage everyone to avoid [R, R].
I mean, they’re proud of not using sugar in their supplement (NO sugars, remember?) but I feel this is hands-down worse.
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener often used to avoid adding sugar. But that I feel is only superficially a good thing. Mainly because, overall, in its essence, it’s just as bad as having the worst forms of processed sugar in the supplement. Or worse [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Moreover, embracing this one in terms of long-term consumption can likely prove not only to be cancerous (literally), but also potentially manifest eating disorders, obesity, depression, heart disease, diabetes, leaky gut, and among a number of other things harm our brainpower [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
I mean, ah… Why did they have to add that? Wasn’t it really enough with just the Stevia?
The Success Rate Is Not Much Better Than What They Show Off
Theoretical aspects of the Pure Gold Collagen out of the way, let’s look into how well (or bad) it has actually worked for people.
But before we do that, I feel we have to address the on-page reviews they have on their website.
There’s a total number of 75 with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5. To break that down, we have 66 5-star reviews, 10 4-star reviews, and a single 3-star review. Zero 1-star and 2-star reviews for this one. So, that would leave us at a 100% success rate.
Which, let’s be real, is not realistic. I mean, even the most remarkable of products have time and time again in any industry shown that they can’t evade negative reviews. Even the best of products have them. Which does inevitably suggest that the manufacturer of Gold Collagen edits, modifies, and delete on-page comments according to his needs (to sell).
And thus, that section is a ridiculously biased one.
A great way how to test this is to do as comprehensive of research as possible finding every single real customer review online and then comparing the average of those success rates with what we have on their description page.
And so I did exactly that. Out of 309 reviews, I managed to find, 46 of them were 1-star and 2-star reviews. Now, doing the math shows that all other resources across the internet on average show that the global success rate for Pure Gold Collagen is more like what they themselves found in their study. Meaning, the supplement is actually sitting at about 85.1% global success rate.
As of itself, this isn’t catastrophic. Moreover, it’s likely even higher as people are far more prone to report negative experiences. However, this does approve that the manufacturer adjusts those comments they have on their website.
And that’s not exactly a good thing as I feel this way people are essentially misled into thinking that the supplement is better than it actually is (because the section contains only good reviews, and the bad ones are either deleted or adjusted).
Is this a mark of a great manufacturer that truly believes in its own product?
Canadian Description Page Vs The U.S. One; Why The Differences?
After almost finishing the article, I realized that when plugging Pure Gold Collagen in Google, I got sent to the Canadian description page. And if we compare it to the U. S. one, it all kind of makes more sense now [R].
There’s the improved ingredient list listing Hyaluronic Acid, Borage Seed Oil (Borago Officinalis), and Piper Nigrum among the beneficial ingredients (still no N-acetylglucosamine among them though). There are also some indications as to why they call it the award-winning supplement because it got some (I feel) rather random rewards back in 2014.
There’s an added testimonial likely to boost sales. But generally speaking, everything else is pretty much the same. This, of course, apart from the price which is now properly put in US dollars. Which still isn’t a bargain at all.
However, one question in this regard bugs me tremendously.
Why do they not have proper information regarding the ingredients available on every single of their international sites?
I mean, isn’t that like one of the most important things when it comes to any supplement? Meaning, I really don’t see how a high-quality, all-about-value-providing-to-customers manufacturer can allow such shortcomings on their website. Plus, it’s not like it’s been an issue in translation to some other lesser-known language.
It’s English we’re talking about, dammit!
The Pure Gold Collagen Is A Properly Overpriced Supplement
To sum, I have truly no idea as to why the Collagen of Pure Gold comes at such a ridiculous price. As I see it, there’s not a single legitimate reason for that.
They’re not about providing some truly premium, organic, high-quality ingredients or added beneficial substances. Neither do they take appropriate care to not use any potentially harmful additives (in this case sweeteners).
Plus, I feel they lack trustworthiness as a manufacturer in general. I mean, the editing on-website reviews to appear better and more appealing to the customer is a huge one. Then there’s that issue with lacking proper translations for international sites which is simply unacceptable (to that extent, this is the case at the writing of this article; by the time you read it, it may as well no longer be).
Moreover, there’s this notion of the Pure Gold Collagen simply not having that great of success rates. I mean, for a significantly lower price you can get this one (full review with a summary). I mean, it not only has notably higher success rates, but it also doesn’t use any harmful ingredients. And it’s just overall a much better brand to trust our money to.
Apart from that, it has to be said that if you found the Pure Gold Collagen purely due to its claims for better joint health, I would rather suggest trying for a proper Turmeric Curcumin supplement. Those have time and time again proved to help people exactly with that. Plus, there’s arguably not a better beneficial substance to use daily for overall health.
Above all, I hope this Pure Gold Collagen review helped you find the information you were looking for. Were you originally on the hype train with this one? Would you still try it if say you could get it with 70% off the current price? Let me know below.