Frequently Asked Questions

MINERVA Research Labs Ltd. registered in the UK with offices in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Gold Collagen products are manufactured in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Japan, certified with ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ensuring the highest quality possible.
PURE GOLD COLLAGEN® was first launched in the UK in 2011. It has since become a cult, anti-ageing beauty brand, adopted by celebrities and customers from all walks of life, around the world!
Collagen has long been considered the holy grail when it comes to anti-ageing. We hear a lot about collagen in the press and in anti-ageing. But, in what ways can collagen boost your health? Click on the video and find out the reason why our skin begins to sag when ageing, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Have a question on collagen or anti-ageing? Discover Collagen 101 with #AskDoctorMartin video. Watch the video below here. Collagen is a natural component of the skin that helps the skin to preserve its firmness and elasticity. Over 90% of young and healthy skin is made of collagen. The body’s ability to make collagen decreases with age, and can also be can also be affected by certain lifestyle choices like smoking, and external factors like sun exposure. The skin loses its support structure, elasticity and becomes more saggy. Fine lines and wrinkles form, and the skin, and the skin loses its natural hydration.
The collagen naturally present in our skin, tendons and ligaments has a high molecular weight (~300kDa). If applied on skin topically, it cannot be absorbed and if ingested, it is not easily digested or absorbed. The collagen used in our product is hydrolysed collagen (a smaller peptide form of collagen), which has a lower molecular weight (0.3 – 8KDa). It is easily digested in the stomach and absorbed in the small intestine where it enters the blood stream and reaches the deeper layer of the skin.
GOLD COLLAGEN® stimulates the cells responsible for the body’s own natural production of collagen, elastin and moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid. It is able to work in the deeper layer of the skin (dermis) and all over the body, whereas creams act on the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) only.
This is quite a common experience. We suggest you chew a bite of food such as bananas or another soft fruit. Just before you swallow that bite, pop the tablet into your mouth to swallow it simultaneously with the chewy food. After which drink some water to ease the process. Or, you may want to try to swallow your tablets with a liquid food such as quark, yoghurt or a blended fruit smoothie?
MINERVA Research Labs uses hydrolysed collagen extracted from fish skin (Tilapia fish); no other animal sources of collagen are used. All fish used to extract the collagen come from fish farms registered by the European Union for the import of edible fish and are deemed fit for human consumption and guaranteed by health certificates signed by official veterinarians.
Aside from being easier to swallow, a liquid is more readily absorbed as soon as it enters the stomach. Daily dosage (50ml) of GOLD COLLAGEN® contains up to 5,000 mg of hydrolysed collagen which can be up to 20 times more than a typical collagen tablet. Tablets and capsules may cost less, but in reality, liquid represents far better value as more hydrolysed collagen can be absorbed and distributed to the body.
GOLD COLLAGEN® products contains collagen proteins extracted from the skin of the fish.
Yes. We have a certificate from the Islamic and Cultural Centre certifying that the fish-extracted hydrolysed collagen used in our GOLD COLLAGEN® products is halal. It is also certified kosher and deemed to fully meet the requirements of the Orthodox Jewish Dietary Laws.
Pure GOLD COLLAGEN® has a peach and passion fruit flavor, Active GOLD COLLAGEN® has an apple and mango flavor and GOLD COLLAGEN® Forte has a peach and lychee flavor. All products also have a hint of a spicy note from the black pepper extract (Bioperine™).
Bioperine™ is the black pepper extract clinically proven to increase bioavailability thus enhancing the absorption of nutrients from the formula. Clinical studies carried out in the U.S. demonstrate its safety and efficacy for nutritional use. Bioperine™ is patented worldwide.
GOLD COLLAGEN® contains hyaluronic acid (HA) produced by fermentation process.
No. The products do not contain any gold. Pure GOLD COLLAGEN®, Active GOLD COLLAGEN® and GOLD COLLAGEN® Forte are registered trademarks belonging to MINERVA Research Labs.
No. The collagen peptides in our product are specifically formulated to retain their structural integrity and cannot be broken down by the stomach acid or enzymes
All our products are backed by science and clinically proven and contain a unique blend of powerhouse ingredients to support younger, healthy-looking skin and beautiful hair and nails, whatever your age. Gold Collagen® is designed to start working right away. You can start to see the difference in as little as 3-4 weeks and you can notice bigger results after two months (around 9 weeks). After 3 months, you (and others) will really see a difference. Gold Collagen® will have become your best-kept secret for beautiful, younger-looking skin, and healthy strong hair and nails. We get customers writing to us to say they use less cosmetics and skincare products and even enjoy make-up free days thanks to Gold Collagen®. Others love the feeling of having skin that does not feel or look so dry. So, we hope you too will enjoy falling back in love with your skin, hair and nails in a natural, clean beauty way.
We recommend drinking 1 bottle (50ml) on an empty stomach for best absorption. Alternatively you can consume the product after meals if you experience indigestion or gastrointestinal upset. We also recommend taking the product as an energy boost because it contains vitamin B6. Pure and Active contains vitamin B6 at 100% Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) formerly known as RDA or recommended daily allowance and Forte contains 118% NRV of vitamin B6.
Yes, however, please bear in mind that each product contains ingredients such as vitamins that are already at the maximum recommended daily allowance (RDA, now replaced by NRV Nutrient Reference Value) so you need to ensure that you do not exceed your daily nutritional needs. It would be best to consult with your doctor to ensure you are receiving the optimal amount for your daily nutritional needs.
The product results will vary depending on the individual and their starting skin, hair, health conditions, diet and lifestyle. According to our clinical trial results, with daily and consecutive use of the product (1x 50ml bottle), one can expect the skin to become more hydrated within 3 weeks, followed by a reduction in fine lines and deeper wrinkles within 6 weeks and an increase in skin elasticity within 9 weeks. Some individuals have reported to experience more positive results and/or at a faster rate than others. Our recommendation is that the product should be taken for 12 weeks in order to realise all its benefits. There is no maximum length of time over which Gold Collagen® supplements may be used, provided you do not exceed the recommended 1 drink a day. However, as results and skin, hair and nails concerns and needs depend on each individual, you can decide if you wish to continue.
Our research studies show that the level of collagen slowly reverts back to its original level before any GOLD COLLAGEN® treatment started. Most of our customers, once they have adopted the product into their daily beauty routine, never look back. Some of our customers do stop using Gold Collagen® and many of them also come back for the same reason.
There are no studies at present that support the use of food supplements during pregnancy or lactation. Therefore, it is not recommended, unless otherwise suggested by your doctor.
It is unlikely that they will adversely interact with any medication. However, we recommend that anyone suffering from a serious illness or those who are under medical supervision in general, consult their doctor prior to taking GOLD COLLAGEN® products
Yes. However, we recommend that anyone suffering from a serious illness or those who are under medical supervision in general, consult their doctor prior to taking GOLD COLLAGEN® products.
If you have experienced allergic reactions to fish or soya products, DO NOT take GOLD COLLAGEN®. Consuming too much collagen i.e. more than 10,000mg (10 grams) per day may lead to a mild gastrointestinal upset.
Yes. Our product contains natural sweetener Stevia and Sucralose. They are also ideal for those who are on a low-sugar or calorie-restricted diet, or to help sagging skin post weight-loss surgery (where patients often have difficulty swallowing tablets) or after losing weight. However, if you have any concerns, we recommend consulting your doctor prior to taking GOLD COLLAGEN®.
Yes. Laboratory tests are carried out on the finished products to ensure that they are safe for human consumption and meet quality standards.
5000mg is the right amount for daily intake. There is no additional benefit reported in increasing daily intake beyond this quantity. Our Gold Collagen® products do not exceed this amount: 5000mg for Pure, Forte, Hairlift and 4000mg for Active.
Consuming too much collagen i.e. more than 10,000mg (10 grams) per day may lead to a mild gastrointestinal upset. 5000mg is the right amount for daily intake, there is no additional benefit reported in increasing daily intake beyond this quantity.
GOLD COLLAGEN®, the UK’s original liquid beauty supplement brand, has now developed GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN, it’s a plant-based supplement to support healthy skin, hair and nails as well as contributing to energy, immunity and general well-being and protecting from oxidative stress. It is specifically designed for those on a vegan and vegetarian diet and to promote best absorption and bioavailability.
GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN is specially designed for vegan and vegetarian adults who wish to promote healthy-looking skin, hair and nails, and also is carefully designed to support their dietary requirements. GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN contains 28 active ingredients, including innovative plant-based proteins, amino-acids, vitamins, minerals and natural sources of vitamin C and silica: it is the vegan alternative to our bestseller liquid collagen-based supplement PURE GOLD COLLAGEN®.
We recommend drinking 1 bottle of GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN per day for 1 month or more for longer lasting results. GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN has been specifically developed to contribute to collagen formation for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails, to support vegan and vegetarian dietary requirements and contribute to energy, immunity and general well-being, protecting cells from oxidative stress.
GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN has been developed by research scientists and nutrition experts as a vegan alternative to our worldwide bestseller GOLD COLLAGEN® PURE. The formulation has been enriched with essential ingredients such as folic acid, iron, chromium and a vitamin B complex to complement and balance the vegan diet and contribute to energy, immunity and general well-being, but also to help promote collagen formation for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails.
All GOLD COLLAGEN® products have been formulated to promote a healthy and beautiful appearance and to counteract the visible signs of ageing. All products can help boost natural collagen production, improve hydration, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin suppleness and elasticity. GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN is a plant-based liquid supplement containing 28 active ingredients including innovative plant-based proteins, amino-acids, vitamins, minerals and natural sources of vitamin C and silica, designed as an alternative for our bestseller PURE GOLD COLLAGEN®, which instead contains animal-derived collagen.
GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN is a liquid food supplement, developed for optimum absorption and bioavailability. It contains 28 active ingredients, including innovative plant-based proteins, and in addition it has been enriched with essential ingredients such as folic acid, iron, chromium, amino-acids, vitamins and minerals to support and balance the vegan diet and contribute to energy, immunity and general well-being, as well as, contribute to collagen formation for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails. It contains no gluten, no lactose, no artificial colours, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial preservatives, no alcohol, no GMO. It is also absolutely free from fish and meat and any other animal-derived ingredient.
GOLD COLLAGEN® nutritional supplements contain high doses (up to 5,000mg) of the highest quality of hydrolysed (marine) collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and minerals to: Help stimulate collagen production Protect from oxidative damage Maintain muscle health Make GOLD COLLAGEN® products part of your daily beauty routine.
If you have experienced allergic reactions to fish or soya products, DO NOT take PURE GOLD COLLAGEN®. Consuming too much collagen i.e. more than 10,000mg (10 grams) per day may lead to mild gastrointestinal upset. Collagen is a natural protein found in your body that’s responsible for maintaining structure and keeping skin looking young, but you lose 1.5% of your body’s collagen every year after age 25. Both safe and effective, drinking GOLD COLLAGEN® will help you get it back. Watch Dr Martin talk about collagen intake and how safe collagen is.
As we move into our 20s and beyond, we lose about 1.5% of our collagen every year. This is partly due to the natural, unavoidable ageing process, and external factors. Pollution, dehydration, smoking and perhaps most of all, the effects of the sun, challenge our skin 24 hours a day. Just 20 minutes exposure to strong sunlight, with no protection, will cause significant damage to our collagen; breaking it down into disorganised fragments that can no longer support the smooth skin surface. Over the years the cells that top up our collagen levels, fibroblasts, lose their ability to repair the damage and our skin literally begins to subside. As a result, deeper crevasses develop, and fine lines slowly morph into deep grooves and our wrinkles take shape.
No, GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN contains plant-based proteins, known to stimulate the collagen production in skin, hair and nails, to maintain skin elasticity and hydration, and to protect skin from the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN contains apple juice, grape juice and a mix of concentrated juices (purple carrot juice and lemon juice). It contains stevia, a natural sweetener.
GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN does not contain artificial preservatives. GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN is available in glass brown bottles in order to keep the formulation stable and maintain the efficacy of all its ingredients.
GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN is a gluten free product.
Aside from being easier to swallow, a liquid is more readily absorbed as soon as it enters the stomach. Tablets and capsules may cost less, but liquid represents far better value as active ingredients can be absorbed and distributed to the body faster and better.
GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN contains 28 active ingredients across 4 building blocks: – For collagen formation: Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of the skin; it also contains AMLA, Citrus Bioflavonoids and Blueberry powder known to be natural sources of Vitamin C; Proline, Lysine, Glycine and Rice Peptides as building blocks for collagen fibres. – For skin, hair and nails: Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nails; Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and hair; Copper contributes to normal skin and hair pigmentation; Horsetail extract promotes strong hair. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid, Borage Oil and Snow Fungus extract. – For energy, immunity and metabolism: Vitamin B complex contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue; Iron contributes to the normal function of the immune system; Folic Acid contributes to normal amino acid synthesis and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It also contains Chromium. – For oxidative stress: Vitamin E, Manganese and Selenium contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. It also contains Centella Asiatica.
GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN has a pomegranate and blueberry flavour.
We recommend drinking 1 bottle (50 ml) of GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN per day.
We recommend drinking 1 bottle (50 ml) of GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN on an empty stomach for best absorption. Alternatively, you can consume the product after meals if you experience indigestion or gastrointestinal upset.
We recommend drinking the product on an empty stomach for best absorption, ideally 30 minutes before a meal. However, if you experience indigestion or gastrointestinal upset you can drink the product after meals.
We recommend drinking one bottle per day for 1 month or more for longer lasting results.
We recommend drinking 1 bottle per day for a minimum of 1 month. Results vary amongst individuals. The product results will vary depending on the individuals and their starting health conditions, diet and lifestyle.
At Minerva Research Labs, we care about beauty but also about health and wellness. Our philosophy is about beauty from the inside out. With the help of our doctors and nutritionists, product effectiveness, formulation, ingredients and safety are at the core of what we do. All Gold Collagen® products are: √ Sugar Free √ Gluten Free √ No GMO √ No Artificial Preservatives √ No Artificial Colors √ No Alcohol √ Suitable for Diabetics √ Only 22 kcal We have also developed clean beauty products that are vegetarian and vegan-friendly. We have a collagen-boosting supplement in tablet format, Gold Collagen Defence and Gold Collagen Vegan in liquid format for those who cannot take fish collagen supplements – this is the answer for you. Discover more about Gold Collagen Defence here. Discover more about Gold Collagen Vegan here.
No, GOLD COLLAGEN® products do not contain any of the above mentioned. GOLD COLLAGEN® products are formulated with the highest quality hydrolysed marine collagen (from fish). Pure, Forte, Hairlift contain 5000mg and Active contains 4000mg. All our products are gluten-free. If you are vegetarian or vegan, we recommend GOLD COLLAGEN® VEGAN or our tablet supplement format, DEFENCE, with a unique blend of 17 active ingredients, which helps protect against collagen loss, with just one tablet a day.