Most everyone enjoys a good mystery. We love a great novel or movie with plot twists and turns, suspicious characters and curious clues, all building to the dramatic conclusion and the surprise at the end. “Wow, didn’t see that coming.” A compelling mystery can be entertaining indeed, but in the supplement world, it can literally be a horror story.
Unfortunately, there is a disturbing trend emerging in the nutritional supplement industry. And that is the manufacture and marketing of collagen products. What’s wrong with collagen products, you might say? The better question is, what isn’t wrong with them?
What You Should Know Before You Buy Animal Collagen Supplements
Right now, irresponsible (to be polite) marketers are aggressively promoting truly disgusting products. Anyone concerned with purity and propriety would be aghast at what these so-called supplements actually contain.
Believe it or not, the vast majority of collagen products are made from a processed form of gelatin that is derived from the hides, skin, joints and bones of slaughtered animals. These by-products, that would otherwise be discarded, are rendered into a “pink slime” utilizing heat and acid before they are converted into tablets, capsules and powders for your immediate consumption. The processing methods used to do this are so harsh that the majority of the protein’s nutritional value is destroyed. As a result, brands selling animal collagen peptides are forced to show “zero daily value” for the protein on their product labels in order to avoid lawsuits or government crackdown. The true mystery here is………..why in the world would anyone knowingly ingest this garbage?
Collagen Peptides Animals Don’t Work Anyway!
The fact is, ingesting animal-based collagen products will not translate to producing more collagen in your body any more than eating brains will make you smarter. It simply doesn’t work like that. And yet this category has grown in popularity in spite of having little to no scientific basis. The link below is from the European Food Safety Authority who tends to be far more thorough than the governing agencies here in the US. They reviewed seven different studies on animal collagen peptides.
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So it’s really no surprise that the companies selling this stuff rely on aggressive marketing campaigns to literally cram it down our throats. Consider this: The raw ingredient cost for these animal collagen products is so low that the $40-50 per bottle being charged to the consumer is almost pure profit. This allows a significant amount of money to be spent on advertising. So, in effect, the consumer is unknowingly paying for marketing deliberately meant to sell them a product that doesn’t work. It’s a situation that we find offensive.
Perhaps worst of all, these products amount to yet another assault on the precious animal kingdom. When will we realize that animals are deserving of much greater dignity and respect. Really, how much more can our planet withstand? When will the supplement industry finally realize how critical it is that we stop using animals in products and turn the corner to more plant based solutions. When will this happen? As a matter of fact, right now!
Build Collagen Naturally. Powerful Plant-Based Nutrients Backed by Science.
Fortunately, we have a great team of researchers who examined this deeply and there are ways to boost your body’s collagen naturally. And beyond building natural collagen, there are also a number of plant-based ingredients that can also hydrate and protect your skin for a natural healthy glow. Below is a quick summary of what we found;
It’s no secret that Vitamin C is a critical nutrient for building collagen in the body and citrus fruits like oranges are known to have a lot of this vitamin. However, upon deeper investigation, we found another citrus fruit called Alma which is harvested in regions of Southeast Asia. Amla has demonstrated collagen benefits far beyond vitamin C, in that it has natural plant chemicals (phenols) that are believed support our body’s own natural collagen building process (study, Takasha Fujiii, et al, 2008: Amla Fruit Study)
Collagen Skin Hydration
Healthy collagen is impossible without proper skin hydration. The natural oils that make up approximately 50% of our skin are called ceramides. You can obtain ceramides from plants - called phytoceramides. These phytoceramides have been shown to support our own skin hydration (study, Bizot Cestone, et al, 2017: Phytoceramide Study)
Certain types of tea like white tea and green tea are well-known for their antioxidant effect. But there is a particular concentrate of white tea sold under the trademark Oxyphyte that not only supports healthy antioxidant levels within the cell but also inhibit enzymes that damage collagen fibers.
It’s About Clean Plant-Based Collagen Alternatives…and our Future!
As you know, plant based foods and nutrients are the most prolific, life-giving sources of health and nutrition available on this great green earth. Every day researchers are discovering new and amazing compounds and benefits derived from plants. Not animals—plants! It turns out your grandma was right when she said, “eat your fruits and vegetables.” Well, she’d be happy to learn that you are following through with that thought by also choosing plant-based nutrition.
Nothing satisfies more than knowing you are doing the right thing, and by doing that, you no longer have to wonder what’s in those other collagen products, or if there’s a better, plant-based collagen solution. In other words, collagen mystery solved!
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