Fine Japan Hyaluron and Collagen Powder Review
Hi guys, it’s Ina. Before I tried out a collagen powder (Milcolla) for 15 days, and this time I’m going to review another powder supplement – Fine Japan’s Hyaluron and Collagen powder.
As I mentioned in my previous review, large proteins such as elastin and collagen are digested by your body into their component amino acids like any other protein, so I’m sceptical as to their benefits for the skin. But there hasn’t been a whole lot of research on the various different effects that have been claimed by manufacturers and consumers.
Last time I was happy with the way the Milcolla powder made me feel fuller, was virtually tasteless and appeared to help my digestion. I also tried a collagen drink (Deep Charge Collagen), but overall I preferred the powder. So let’s take a look at how the Fine Japan powder measures up.
The powder comes in a 210g bag. The packaging is very shiny so it’s hard to take a good picture!
There’s no spoon or scoop included. I don’t have a measuring spoon at home, but I estimated that the recommended 7g dose is approximately one and a half teaspoons.
The powder also comes in a can about the same size (196g), but the product inside is the same.
Let’s check the key ingredients in the Fine Japan powder.
Per 7g dose:
- Collagen peptides from fish 5250mg
- Hyaluronic acid 150mg
- Elastin 15mg
- Vitamin C 100mg
- Coenzyme Q10 (amount not listed)
The collagen here is all from fish. Good news for people who can’t eat pork products.
The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is around 100mg, so you’ll already max out with one serving of this powder… not counting all the fruits and vegetables you’ll be eating if you want healthy skin (^_<) High doses of vitamins from supplements may be detrimental to your health, so be careful if you are already taking other vitamin pills or supplements.
Unlike most other collagen powders, this one contains a fairly large dose of hyaluronic acid. Although we know that applying hyaluronic acid to your skin can help it to retain moisture, there is some evidence it can have benefits when taken orally. For example, it may help to lessen inflammation and pain in joints. This product contains a lot more hyaluronic acid per dose than most other supplements.
I didn’t know much about coenzyme Q10, so I looked it up. It’s an enzyme that naturally occurs in foods, especially meat and fish. Scientific research seems to show minimal side effects of large doses from supplements, but in some cases it can cause nausea and headaches. This product doesn’t make any claims about what the coenzyme Q10 is supposed to do, but some studies suggest it may be good for your heart and might help reduce blood pressure.
It’s best to avoid taking supplements while pregnant or nursing unless they’ve been proven to be safe in those cases. With collagen and elastin there hasn’t been enough research into the effects yet.
The packet says the powder has a “tasty milk” flavour. When I opened the packet, there was definitely a kind of milk smell, but I can’t say it smelt very good. It smells like milk that’s gone a bit sour. That makes it sound worse than it is, but I don’t know how else to describe it…
I mixed it into cold whole milk for the first day. It did affect the taste of the milk a bit, and made the texture thicker. The smell isn’t noticeable once you’ve mixed it in, but it takes a while to dissolve.
After that I mostly mixed it into hot coffee or matcha. Both of these have quite strong tastes already, so the powder isn’t very noticeable. I wouldn’t recommend mixing it into a tea with a thinner texture like jasmine or peppermint tea.
It actually says on the packet that you can eat the powder by itself. I wouldn’t recommend that either as the smell is off-putting, but I guess if you’re really in a hurry… XD
I took the powder for around 10 days. The Fine Japan powder dissolves quite easily in both hot and cold liquids. Its taste is not very strong but it was more noticeable than the Milcolla powder. The smell bothered me when I first opened the packet, but after that I didn’t really think about it.
The Fine Japan powder made me feel fuller for longer, maybe even moreso than the other powder. It also seemed to help reduce bloating and indigestion after large meals.
I didn’t notice any cosmetic effects on my skin, hair or nails. In total I’ve been taking collagen for about a month and a half now.
Personally I don’t feel that I need the extra ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, and I’m not convinced they’ll help my skin. I already eat so many fruits and vegetables every day that I’m definitely getting all the necessary vitamin C. So I would be happy with a cheaper powder that just contained collagen or another protein. But if you’re currently taking these ingredients separately, this powder is a convenient way to take them all in one.
I don’t suffer from joint pain myself, but I’ve seen many reviewers online saying that collagen or hyaluronic acid supplements have helped to relieve their pain and restore normal movement. If you’re experiencing similar joint stiffness or pain, this powder could be worth a try.