Great Lakes Collagen - Is it good and now do you take it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM


Lately I have had some problems with my knees and I am thinking about getting? I've read you have to take hydrolized collagen, preferably from grasfed animals.

I have a couple of questions

  • Has anyone tried Great Lakes Hydrolized Collagen?
  • If you did, did you like it? Have you felt different? Less pain? Better sleep?
  • When do you take it? In the morning or at night?
  • Do you mix it with other supplements like magnesium (citrate) or?

  • Are there other types of collagen that might be better and why?

  • What is better, collagen or gelatin? Why?

I would like to see what actual users of collagen (great lakes or other) think and feel about supplementing with it. Then I will try to structure the results and try to write a general conclusion.


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on June 19, 2013
at 12:24 PM

i've had great relief from digestive issues using the jelly like thick broth from lamb/beef bones, I find it most effective when I have some everyday before/during eating, the watery stuff (the 2nd batch) doesn't work as well

i think that the great lakes is the best store bought gelatin you can get for peace of mind (grass fed) but is still way too expensive and won't beat your own very cheap homemade broth which will have supporting factors like minerals that may work synergistically

all it takes is 24 hours of bones in a slow cooker with water (or much less time if you have a pressure cooker) and you have a super tasty broth full of goodness

gelatin is derived from collagen, I THINK broth has both as your leeching it all directly from bone/connective tissue


on June 25, 2013
at 09:11 PM

It is really great and you can make all kinds of paleo treats you can make Marshmellows(main ingredients are raw honey and gelatin and some water, but you will need to look up the recipe to be exact on all ingredients) I've made jello with fresh fruit juice and I've made Pudding with raw milk, gelatin, and some Carob powder. Obviously bone broth is optimal but if you dont have time or a schedule that will allow you to make that all the time like me then the gelatin is a good supplement to get atleast some of the benefit of bones.



on June 25, 2013
at 03:38 PM

Great Lakes is probably the highest quality source of gelatin out there.

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