Collagen supplements have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their potential benefits for skin, hair, nails, and joints. However, with so many products on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. In this article, we'll discuss the ingredients to look for (and avoid!) in a collagen supplement to help you jumpstart your Pro-Age Journey.
But before we dive into what you should look for when buying one, let’s first take a look at the basics.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a protein that makes up a significant portion of our bodies including our skin, hair, nails, and joints. It is the substance that holds our tissues together, and acts as a foundation that maintains our bodies' structural integrity.
Collagen is responsible for numerous functions in our bodies, such as maintaining skin elasticity, promoting strong hair, supporting thick and healthy nails, and cushioning our joints for smooth movement. Some effects of collagen loss are sagging skin, lackluster hair, brittle nails, and painful joints.
The good news is, we are all naturally born with an abundant amount of collagen in our bodies, which explains why we look and feel our best during our youth!
But, as time goes by, our bodies’ ability to produce collagen slows down, and that’s where the first signs of aging become evident on our skin, hair, nails, and joints.
Studies show that when we reach our twenties, our bodies’ ability to produce collagen declines at a steady rate of 1-2% every year – and by the time we reach our fifties, we’ve already lost 1/4 of our body’s collagen.
Collagen supplements are designed to help replenish the collagen that we lose as we age, and support our overall health and wellness.
But, here’s the thing… Not all collagen supplements are created equal.
What should I LOOK FOR when choosing a collagen supplement?
Collagen is a protein which can be found in a variety of living things. When shopping for a collagen supplement, you will see sources like bovine, chicken, pork, and marine.
Unfortunately, these proteins are difficult for the body to digest and use, so they are broken down into smaller particles through a process called hydrolysis.
Hydrolysed collagen is collagen that has been broken down from the source, through a water-driven process.
Research and scientific data prove that hydrolysed collagen is the very best method for extracting collagen if you want to see benefits in your skin.
These smaller, digestible particles are designed to be easily used by your body and provide a much higher chance of making it through the digestive process, improving your opportunity to reap the benefits for your skin, hair, nails, and joints.
2. Type of collagen
There are dozens of types of collagen proteins, but if you’re looking to support your skin, hair, nails, you want to find a collagen supplement with Type I and Type III collagen.
Type I collagen is the most abundant type of collagen in the body, and has been shown to be effective at improving the skin’s elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Type III collagen, on the other hand, is found in the skin and internal tissues, and is important for supporting joint health.
3. Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that plays a critical role in maintaining skin and joint function.
In the skin, it is responsible for retaining moisture, which helps to keep the skin plump and hydrated. It also acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in the joints, helping to cushion and protect them during movement.
4. Natural ingredients
Always look for a collagen supplement that contains natural ingredients to support overall health and wellness such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.
Natural ingredients sourced from plants and minerals are often more easily absorbed and utilized by the body, and they work together synergistically to provide greater benefits than a single ingredient.
Now, what ingredients should I AVOID when choosing a collagen supplement?
We believe that what you eat shows on your skin and that your nutrition is a fundamental part of healthy skin, and skin care.
To provide your skin and body with the care it deserves, we highly recommend veering away from these ingredients that might cause you more harm than you think:
1. Excessive sugars
Excessive amounts of sugar in collagen supplements can reverse its benefits and lead to wrinkles, dullness, and other signs of aging. High sugar consumption has been linked to poor skin health, including increased inflammation and the breakdown of collagen in the skin.
2. Artificial flavors and preservatives
Artificial additives can interfere with the absorption of key nutrients in your collagen supplement. This can reduce its effectiveness and limit its ability to provide your body with the necessary benefits.
3. Gluten and dairy
Gluten and dairy can both trigger an inflammatory response in your body, and are common allergens that indicate a lack of purity or quality control in the manufacturing process.
These artificial ingredients are often added to collagen supplements to improve their taste and extend their shelf life. However, these additives can have negative effects on your overall health and may interfere with your desired benefits.
Now that you know all the ingredients to look for and avoid when choosing the best collagen supplement, you’re ready to meet your Collagen SuperPowder!
We’ve been doing all the research, testing, trial and error so you don’t have to and we’ve come up with an ALL-NATURAL blend containing all the ingredients that are beneficial for your skin and body.
We sustainably sourced our hydrolysed collagen from wild-caught cod, added in some delicious and beneficial herbs, and added in a pinch of hyaluronic acid to give your skin a well-rounded superfood you can enjoy every delicious sip of!
Here’s everything you’ll find inside our best-selling Collagen SuperPowder:
Type I and III hydrolyzed marine collagen
Compared to other animal sources, we believe wild-caught marine collagen is the best choice because collagen in fish skin tends to be similar to the collagen in the human body.
Plus if you don’t eat meat (or want to eat less meat), marine collagen is your best option for Type I and Type III collagen supplementation!
Apple Peel Powder
Made by dehydrating and grinding up the peels of apples, this ingredient is rich in antioxidants which helps protect the skin from free radical damage and promote a more youthful appearance.*
White Mulberry Leaf Powder
Derived from the leaves of the white mulberry tree, this ingredient contains antioxidants that help create a flawless complexion and lighten hyperpigmentation and dark age spots.*
Maca powder is derived from the root of the maca plant, and is an adaptogenic herb that helps balance hormones and support healthy skin.*
Hyaluronic ingredient is a powerful hydrating ingredient that helps to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.*
A flowering plant that is now widely cultivated around the world, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce joint pain and inflammation.*
Ceylon cinnamon is a type of cinnamon that helps to regulate blood sugar levels, which can contribute to healthy skin and overall well-being.*
Cardamon comes from the seeds of a plant in the ginger family, and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from damage caused by environmental stressors.*
A small, dried flower bud of an evergreen tree, this ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce joint pain and inflammation.*
True beauty comes from the inside, and our unique blend of all-natural ingredients go beyond the ordinary collagen supplements – offering your skin, bones, joints, hair, and nails essential vitamin support.
This handcrafted supplement powder is perfect for mixing into hot or cold liquids, or including in your favorite baking recipes!