Liquid Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid for Healthy Glowing Skin

Liquid Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid for Healthy Glowing Skin
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Is your skin showing signs of ageing, are wrinkles increasing and your skin is looking dull, losing elasticity, and becoming dry?

You might need to support your collagen production.  Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Skin acts as a protective barrier from the outside world, shielding our internal organs and systems from harmful external factors like infections, trauma, sun (UVA) damage, or toxins.

What is collagen and what does it do?

Did you know that up to 35% of all body protein content is made up of collagen? It is a key component of our connective tissue – the most widely distributed tissue in the body, which binds, holds, supports and strengthens other body tissues, as well as insulates and protecting the organs.  It makes up our ligaments, tendons, skin, joints, cartilage, bone and even the gut lining, blood vessels and our teeth! It is, therefore, vital to the health and proper integrity and function of ALL body tissues and organs. 

Collagen has become widely talked about for its potential benefits in promoting youthful skin and supporting joint health. Like any protein, collagen is made up of long chains of amino acids, however, the high concentration of proline, glycine and hydroxyproline make collagen quite unique. Our body produces various types of collagen, for example type I, II, III and so on. Type I forms the vast majority of body collagen. Nutrient cofactors, including vitamin C, are required to help with collagen formation.

Although we can buy collagen in powders or supplements, it is not guaranteed that it will be used properly in the body, it is quite a big molecule and it gets broken down in the stomach, rendering it less useful. That’s why it is important to get the right type of collagen, with proven benefits. Marine Collagen is type 1 collagen. It contains 8 out of 9 essential amino acids which cannot be produced by the human body itself. Marine collagen displays a high resemblance with human collagen and is easily absorbed through the gut wall and quickly delivered to the target tissues. 

Our skin is the largest structural organ in the body and covers up to an incredible 2m2 of our body’s surface. Collagen makes up 95% of our skin. and so poor production or synthesis, can result in poor skin quality such as wrinkles, sagginess, and poor skin healing after burns/cuts.

Common signs of weak connective tissue and decreased collagen synthesis:

  • Decreased skin elasticity, sagging, wrinkles, easy bruising
  • Poor nail and hair health
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Joint problems such as stiffness
  • Frequent sport injuries e.g. torn ligaments and stress fractures
  • Broken facial capillaries - so called ‘spider veins'
  • Intestinal permeability, aka ‘leaky gut’ which gives symptoms such as bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains

What is hyaluronic acid and what does it do?

In the realm of skincare, hyaluronic acid is added to many face creams and serums, it has been hailed for its rejuvenating properties to hydrate skin and reduce wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural viscous substance primarily found in different types of connective tissue like skin and cartilage, muscles, organs –e.g., brain, eyes, and intra- and extracellular fluid. It is also found in synovial fluid, helping to lubricate joints and reduce friction, and the skin epidermis, having a vital protective role. In skin it acts as a moisturiser, attracting and retaining water to keep the skin hydrated, plump and supple, helping reduce signs of ageing. Additionally, hyaluronic acid has anti-inflammatory properties.

Did you know hyaluronic acid also plays a role in the synthesis and maintenance of collagen in the body.

How does Vitamin C support skin health?

Vitamin C is required for efficient collagen production in the body. Without an adequate supply of vitamin C, we will have reduced collagen supply, and we can end up with weak connective tissue and problems with our joints, skin, bones and so on.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals from the environment. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage collagen and elastin fibers, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and dull skin. 

What can you do?

So, how can we support our collagen production and synthesis to support our connective tissue and improve our skin appearance? How can taking collagen alongside vitamins and other nutrients in supplements help?

The key to supporting your collagen synthesis is to provide your body with the necessary building blocks, by managing your diet and including the necessary nutrients. Managing stress and inflammation is also critical to help maintain the health of the cells involved in collagen production.

Below you’ll find some useful tips on supporting your collagen production for your skin health.

Supplement Recommendations 

Our Liquid Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid is a unique and high potency combination of 8000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C in a mango & orange flavoured liquid for healthy skin:

 

  • Effective – With vitamin C which contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin and protection of cells from oxidative stress
  • Advanced - Utilising a clinically researched and advanced form of type I collagen, studied in women over 45 showing positive impact on skin elasticity, hydration, radiance, firmness, and wrinkle reduction over 12 weeks of supplementation
  • Comprehensive – With added hyaluronic acid which has a unique property of binding to water molecules. It’s found at high concentrations in all of the skin layers, providing hydration, protection, enabling nutrient delivery and excretion of waste
  • Optimum support – Not all collagen is equal – our collagen has been specifically selected for its low molecular weight and a unique amino acid profile which has high resemblance to human skin collagen, ensuring optimum absorption and effectiveness
  • Superior – Carefully designed by our clinical nutritionists to provide exceptional potency, synergy, and effectiveness, whilst also being pleasant and convenient to take every day
  • Flexible – In a pleasant mango & orange flavoured liquid. Easy to take, convenient stick sachets. An alternative to tablets or capsules or for those with digestive and absorption difficulties
  • No unnecessary additives - Free of artificial colours and flavours
  • Sustainably sourced collagen - Traceable, single sourced, freshwater collagen source, independently certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards
  • 14 days’ supply at 1 sachet per day

Prefer something in a capsule form? Try Our Collagen Complex is a unique combination of powerful nutrients including collagen, hyaluronic acid nucleotides and antioxidants for skin, joint and bone support:

  • Effective – Uses the superior form of type 1 marine collagen with hyaluronic acid & vitamin C for skin, joint & bone support. Our collagen is easily absorbed & rapidly transported into the bloodstream, quickly reaching the target tissues
  • Advanced – Nucleotides are the building blocks of our DNA, especially needed for the fast-replicating cells of connective tissue
  • Specific solution – One of our edited range of go-to specific solution products for your health concerns
  • Comprehensive – Also includes a rich mix of antioxidants and flavonoids including vitamin C, zinc, hesperidin, rutin and rosehip powder
  • Optimum support – Vitamin C supports collagen formation for heathy skin and bones, and protects cells from oxidative stress. Zinc contributes to normal DNA and protein synthesis
  • No unnecessary additives
  • 30 days’ supply at 2 capsules per day

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Regular exercise is important for encouraging fibroblast function, which are connective tissue cells that stimulate collagen production.
  • Expose yourself to sunlight to stimulate Vitamin D synthesis, which is important in modulating inflammation and skin health. Do this in 10-15 minute intervals, seeking shade in between, ensuring to use an SPF 30 or higher to prevent burning.
  • Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins by eating more organic food, avoiding plastic, and using natural skincare and cleaning products. Wear protective clothing/layers if dealing with harsh chemicals.
  • Reduce stress and inflammation in the body by ensuring a good evening and sleep routine, incorporating mindful moments into your day and exposing yourself to nature.

Dietary Recommendations

  • Consume protein daily, ideally eating a portion per meal such as lean meat, fish, lentils, legumes, beans, pulses, nuts & seeds (including ground and nut butters).
  • Ensure you are keeping yourself hydrated by drinking 1.5L water a day. Reduce your intake of caffeine and opt for herbal teas/flavoured waters. Increase your intake if you are doing intense exercise.
  • Include plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables in your diet to increase your intake of nutrients that act as co-factors for collagen and to increase antioxidant intake which helps prevent degradation of collagen.
  • Eat foods containing good omega-3 fatty acids such as oily fish (sardines, maceral, anchovies, herring, and salmon) to help support the skin barrier and reduce inflammation that could damage skin cells.
  • Reduce consumption of foods and drinks that can promote inflammation e.g. gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine.
  • Optimise your digestion to ensure you are effectively absorbing nutrients needed for collagen formation. Consume fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, to support your gut microbiome and bitter foods including apple cider vinegar, rocket, radishes, and artichoke to help with the production of stomach acid. Eat mindfully so that your body is ready for digestion – take a couple of deep breaths before eating, focus on your food, avoid watching screens and chew food thoroughly. 
February 8, 2024
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