That AquaSource Collagen Plus has become one of our favourite products comes as no surprise. Imagine a body with very dry and thin skin, with small atrophied muscles, with fragile brittle bones and nails. These are just some of the signs that can be seen in a person with collagen deficiency (of course, there can be other causes).
It’s no wonder the cosmetics industry adds collagen to many facial moisturisers – no one wants to look older than they are!
Here are some of the promises the cosmetic industry makes to those using collagen-enriched creams:
– increase skin elasticity;
– reduce wrinkles;
– protect against the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays;
– prevent early signs of aging;
– protect the facial skin from roughening.
And so on… The sad truth is that topical application of collagen does not work – the collagen molecule is too large to be absorbed through the skin. Instead, we have to rely on our bodies to synthesize it from the nutrients in our food, but also take collagen in capsule or powder form.
Collagen is the protein present in the greatest abundance in our body – more than 25% of the protein in the human body is collagen. This structural protein is the glue that holds all the elements of the body together. It gives form, strength and integrity to tissues and organs, holding every thing in its place. We need it in every part of the body.
Our skin, nails and hair need it; it is also part of the stem cells that support new hair growth. Joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones need a lot of collagen; what’s more, tendons are 80% collagen.
The intestines also rely heavily on the presence of collagen. Some people add bone broth to their diet because the amino acids it contains are necessary for collagen production.
Nutritionists often recommend collagen to people who are stressed, or have suffered physical trauma, or have digestive problems or discomfort. Its use is also recommended after surgical intervention because of its richness in the amino acids glycine and proline, necessary in the healing process.
Collagen is also gaining popularity among athletes as it contributes to muscle growth and recovery. Other parts of the body where it is especially needed are the eyes, heart and brain.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is another extremely popular ingredient in the cosmetics industry, and rightfully so. It is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (which is a carbohydrate) in the human body. Thanks to its jelly-like structure, it can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water and, like collagen, our body produces it every day. Large amounts of HC are found in the extracellular spaces of the skin, i.e. between skin cells. Here it provides the moisturizing and fluffy skin of children and young people. It also contributes to tight elastic skin.
The moisture retention that HC contributes to keeps the skin looking youthful, but that’s not the only benefit. HC is also an essential component of synovial fluid, which reduces friction between articular cartilages and acts as a shock absorber, and thus can be helpful for joint stiffness and discomfort and other similar conditions.
Hyaluronic acid is also found in the eyes, where it acts as a lubricant, and this can be particularly beneficial for people suffering from dry eyes.
Our bodies produce it daily, just like collagen. And, of course, they use it, so we have to keep producing it to replenish our stock, just as we have to keep replenishing the stock in the fridge and pantry. As we age, the rate of its synthesis decreases and even by their thirtieth year, some begin to feel a difference in the texture and quality of their skin. By our fortieth year, we are usually only able to synthesize about half the amount we were producing at 18, so any outside help would be helpful.
AquaSource uses only the highest quality collagen from natural sources.
Two capsules of AquaSourceCollagen Plus contain 660mg of hydrolyzed collagen and 40mg of soy hyaluronic acid (non-GMO, of course), 60mg of Klamath Lake algae and 40mg of red algae. Take 2 capsules daily. For maximum effect, take up to 4 capsules per day.
AquaSourceCollagen Plus also contains Aphanizomenon flos-aquae from Upper Klamath Lake, one of the purest and most mineral-rich algae in the world. Our patented BioActive Dehydration® process ensures maximum preservation of their nutritional value. Red algae completes the picture, making the product even more complete.
Ingredients in recommended daily intake of 2, 3 and 4 capsules:
Collagen – hydrolyzed 660mg 990mg 1 320mg
(Klamath Lake algae) 60mg 90mg 120mg
Vitamin C 5mg (6%*) 7.5mg (9%*) 10mg (12%*)
Vitamin B12 0.5mg (20%*) 0.8mg (30%*) 1mg (40%*)
Vitamin B5 0.6mg(10%*) 0.9mg(15%*) 1.2mg(20%*)
Lithothamnium Sp. 40mg 60mg 80mg
Hyaluronic acid (from soybean) 40mg 60mg 80mg
Silica 12mg 18mg 24mg
Magnesium stearate 8mg 12mg 16mg
Capsule: Emulsifier – gelatin
* EU nutrient reference value in %.
Take 2 capsules daily, with food. For maximum support, take up to 4 capsules daily.
Health claims approved by EFSA:
– Vitamin B12 and B5 contribute to reducing feelings of tiredness and fatigue.
– Vitamin B12 contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous and immune systems.
– Vitamin B5 contributes to normal mental activity.
Contains SOY (HYALURONIC ACID), an allergen in accordance with EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers.