If there’s one product that everyone past their twenties needs in their pantry, it’s hands down collagen. With masses of glowing ladies swearing by collagen for firmer, dewy, silky smooth skin, lush hair, long nails, stronger bones, improved muscle tone and a healthier gut, is there anything this miracle working powder can’t do?
As with all fads in the health food realm, it’s always best to do your research and ensure you are getting the highest quality product. Fortunately, collagen powder is a product that isn’t just touted by celebrities and health gurus, it is also backed by scientific research. However as it turns out, there’s many different types of collagen available, and not all collagen is created equal. There’s different animal based sources, different types of collagen within those sources, and different collagen peptides structures within those types. All of these factors can greatly alter the effectiveness and benefits of the kind of collagen you are consuming.
Every molecule within our collagen range serves a unique and specialised purpose, that is further amplified through synergistic wholefood nutrients. Together, our collagen blends provide the most powerful targeted benefits, backed by science, without compromising on our natural, wholefood ethos. No fillers to bulk up the product, no artificial additives, and no cheap ingredients. Only the most pure, premium, bioavailable ingredients that actually do what they claim.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of which types of collagen are best, and what the difference is between our Collagen Beauty, Collagen Body and Collagen Build, it’s best to begin with an understanding of what collagen actually is.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the main structural protein found in connective tissue (which is one of the 4 basic tissue types found in all animals and humans). It’s incredibly important, and is basically the glue that holds our skin, bones, muscles and connective tissue together. As we age, our collagen production slows down, contributing to wrinkling, sagging, dry skin, dull hair, weak nails, brittle bones and loss of muscle mass.
Our Western generation no longer consumes a diet high in collagen as our ancestors once did, and as people in other cultures such as Japan still do, as collagen is only found in the ‘undesirable’ parts of animals, such as skin, bones and connective tissue, and isn’t found in substantial amounts in lean cuts of meat that we typically only consume.
So when you buy a powdered collagen product, what you have is tiny pieces of collagen fibres which have been broken down (a process known as hydrolysis, which is why it can be called “hydrolysed collagen”).
How is our collagen range different?
What makes our collagen products different (from each other, but also from other collagen products on the market) is the collagen source we use, the types of collagen, and how the collagen fibres have been broken down. The way that collagen fibres are broken down affects the size of the protein peptide chains, the sequence of amino acids in each peptide chain, and those things significantly affect the function it has in the body, because proteins can also act as signalling molecules (meaning they signal where the collagen should form).
Further, the unique collagen peptides in our three collagens have all been researched through randomised, double blind, placebo controlled studies, and they are the only specialised, bioavailable collagen peptides on the market.
Now that you know that, everything else will make a lot more sense!
The difference between Collagen Beauty, Body and Build
All three of our collagens contain Types I and III bovine collagen, which is the most effective and most sustainable form of collagen. There are 16 different types of collagen found in humans and animals, and Types I and III have the greatest impact on skin, bones and muscles.
The main difference between our three collagens is the Bioactive Collagen Peptides (smaller collagen peptide chains) found in each one, which target collagen formation in specific areas of the body.
Collagen Beauty contains the specialised bioactive peptides called Verisol®, which specifically targets skin, and has been proven through research to reduce wrinkles, smooth fine lines, increase skin hydration, improve skin elasticity, and improve the structural integrity of skin over the entire body. Every 12g serve of Collagen Beauty contains 2.5g of Verisol® Collagen Peptides, as this is the specific dose that has been found to be effective in studies. We have also included the wholefood sources of Vitamin C and Zinc, which help with the structure and function of connective tissue, promote healing, support gut health, further support collagen formation, and support healthy hair and nails. We’ve also added in the naturopathic herb Horsetail for more hair support. The rest of Collagen Beauty is made up of more hydrolysed collagen! This provides a good source of protein, and plenty of building blocks for more collagen synthesis. Collagen Beauty is the one you should pick if your priorities are glowing, hydrated, silky smooth skin, lush hair and strengthened nails.
Collagen Body contains the specialised bioactive peptides called Fortibone®, which specifically targets bone strength and structure. Every 18g serve contains 5g of Fortibone® Collagen Peptides, as that is the dose that has been found to be effective in clinical trials. The complementary wholefood nutrients Calcium and Vitamin D have also been included to further target and support bone density. And again, the rest of the product is made up of more hydrolysed collagen! Collagen Body is the one for you if you have recently broken any bones or are concerned with the strength of your bones.
Collagen Build contains the specialised bioactive peptides called Bodybalance®, which specifically targets muscle tone, repair and building. Every 18g serve contains 15g of Bodybalance® Collagen Peptides, which is the dose that has been found to be effective in clinical studies. We have also included a wholefood source of Magnesium to further support proper functioning of muscle tissue and energy production. Collagen Build is the one for you if you are looking to increase strength, repair muscles post workout, and improve body composition by increasing muscle mass and decreasing fat mass.
Our collagen range is unflavoured, and dissolves into any hot or cold liquid. They are all pregnancy, breastfeeding, and child friendly for 12 months +.
So there you have it. Those are our three specialised collagen products, each containing the only researched collagen peptides on the market that target the specific areas of collagen within your body. Choose your collagen based on what your priorities are, and if you are keen on more than one, we recommend taking turns with which product you take. Choose one, and take it daily for two or three months, then change it up and focus on a different goal for the next few months. You won’t lose progress on one while you focus on another!