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Anna Thompson-Ford on everything you need to know about Pro You’s new Marine Collagen Beauty Blend

Perfect for winter and all year round, we have released a new beauty supplement formulated to give you noticeable skin, hair, and nail results. Nourishing and protecting your skin to get that inside-out glow just got easier.

Our goal was to create a new tier of collagen supplements – never done before. Through focussing on ingredients and their delivered dose – we formulated a blend that is powerful and considered.

Ingredients: we use the finest sustainable source with credible scientific backing.
Dose: an essential to get right. Every single ingredient is delivered at an effective dose that is clinically indicated to produce results. Individually, our ingredients are at adequate doses that could create supplements alone – together, they create a powerful cocktail of skin-loving nutrients.

Here is everything you need to know about our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do – it’s a special product that took a while to get perfect but is finally here.

What is our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend?

This blend is our own unique formulation of 7 ingredients specifically designed to optimise skin, nail and hair health. We have combined marine bioactive collagen peptides, astaxanthin, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, biotin and zinc to nourish and protect the skin. We blended these ingredients to create a synergistic effect – fighting the signs of premature ageing and restoring a firm glow – from the inside out. We deliver a hefty 8 gram dose of collagen per serve with other ingredients at efficacious doses.

What are the benefits of our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend?

This blend targets the beauty trifecta: skin, hair and nails.

With consistent use, you can expect your skin to create its own natural glow and feel firm, clear and hydrated. It is formulated to boost collagen and elastin production, improve wound healing and hydration levels and decrease undesirable hyperpigmentation. Another benefit that you may not see immediately but will pay off in time is protected skin. This blend will help protect your skin from external elements such as UV rays and pollution – through powerful antioxidants and photoprotectants.

Our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend is designed to nourish your nails and hair, helping them grow stronger and longer than ever before.

Why Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in our body. Essentially, it acts as the glue that holds together parts of your body including skin, hair, nails, tendons and ligaments. From the age of 18, our collagen levels naturally plummet by 1% each year. By the time a person is 80 years old, collagen production in the skin may have fallen by 75% compared to that of a young adult. So as the story goes, over time, collagen decline leads to signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, dull crepe-like skin and hyperpigmented spots. While this is a natural process – taking a collagen supplement has been shown to help improve skin appearance through improving elasticity, texture, hydration and decreasing wrinkle depth.

What is the difference between Collagen and Collagen peptides?

Collagen refers to the entire protein extracted from an animal (cow, fish, chicken etc) while collagen peptides refers to fragments of collagen produced by enzymatic and thermal (heat) cleavage. Collagen peptides also are called hydrolyzed collagen and collagen hydrolysates. As a rule, for our bodies to absorb proteins, they need to be broken down into singular amino acids or short peptide chains, 2-3 amino acids long. As collagen peptides are short and small, our bodies can more readily absorb and use them compared to whole collagen. As a result, this is the recommended form to be used in oral supplements.

(Short science lesson: A string of amino acids make up a peptide, peptides together make up a protein)

What is the difference between Bovine and Marine Collagen?

Bovine collagen comes from cows’ tendons, bones, hides, joints etc while marine collagen comes from fish skin, bones and scales. Bovine collagen contains collagen types I and III. Type I is the most abundant collagen in our body and Type III is the second most abundant. Type I is found throughout our body – in skin, hair, bones and nails. Type III is found particularly in our digestive tract and other areas that require elasticity (like our vasculature).

Marine collagen is only Type I – therefore is considered the type to use when addressing concerns relating to skin, hair and nails.

As marine collagen has a smaller particle size than bovine, it is absorbed and digested approximately 1.5x more efficiently. Usually, marine collagen is more expensive than bovine collagen. Marine collagen is considered a sustainable product as it uses the by-products of the fish industry which would otherwise go to waste.

In summary, while both can be good options, marine collagen is usually the premium choice out of the two as it has a cleaner, quicker absorption rate than bovine and is more targeted toward skin, hair and nail benefits. Many people wishing to minimise their meat intake prefer to take marine over bovine sources however if you have a fish allergy, marine collagen is not recommended.

What’s inside our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend?

We take as much care as to what goes into our product – as to what gets left out of them.

Along with a whopping 8 gram per serve dose of marine collagen, we also include astaxanthin, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, biotin and zinc, FreshAs® freeze-dried strawberries, citric acid and monk fruit extract. That’s it.

Flavoured naturally with New Zealand’s own FreshAs® freeze-dried strawberries for an easy stir into a glass of water, milk, oatmeal, a smoothie or baking. As always, this blend is free from artificial sweeteners, flavours, fillers and colours. It is gluten-free, dairy-free and GMO-free.

Each included ingredient is at a dose proven to be effective and comprable to that of a stand alone product.

Verisol® F Marine Collagen Peptides
Supports youthful, firm skin through boosting collagen and elastin production. Nourishes peeling, brittle nails and weak hair.

AstaMaz® Astaxanthin
Supports skin health through photoprotection, free radical protection and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Hyaluronic Acid
Supports skin health and a dewy texture through deeply hydrating cells – plumping them to better reflect light. It also supports further hyaluronic acid and collagen production.

Vitamin A
Supports the appearance of youthful skin by regulating cell turnover, increasing production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid and downregulating skin pigmentation.

Vitamin C
Supports skin health and appearance by increasing collagen synthesis, protecting against free radical damage and downregulating skin pigmentation.

Biotin
Supports glowing skin by regulating oil flow and improving fatty acid production. Promotes the growth of healthy, strong hair and nails.

Zinc
Supports clear, blemish-free skin through its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and oil regulating effects.

Do collagen supplements really work?

Over decades, many clinical studies have been performed to assess the effectiveness of collagen supplements on skin appearance, joint health, wound healing and gut health. Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) are considered a high-quality type of study that assesses possible treatments. These studies randomly assign placebo and intervention groups within a population that fits the set criteria. Results from these types of studies indicate that collagen supplementation can help reduce wrinkle formation and depth and improve skin elasticity. When looking at hair and nail health, it has been indicated to increase the growth and thickness of both nail and hair shaft. In saying this, not all collagen supplements are the same. Collagen can come in many forms and this affects the absorption and bioactive ability. Looking for collagen peptides that have credible research behind them is key to ensuring you are spending your money well and going to get results.

What time of day should I take it?

We advise you to take this every day consistently for the best results. The time of the day is up to you and when it best fits into your personal routine. Taking it on an empty stomach has no impact on the absorption and effect, so there’s no need to worry about this.

When will I start to see results?

At Pro You, we don’t promise miracle claims or instant fixes – you could expect to see improvement in your skin, hair and nails by 3 months. Some signs show up quicker than others – people have found improvement in nail and hair growth in only 4 weeks! The more consistently you take our Beauty blend, the better the results will be. Always pair it with a well-balanced diet, plenty of water and adequate sunscreen protection.

Can I take Pro You Protein Blends alongside Pro You Marine Collagen Beauty Blend?

Yes, you certainly can. Our Pea and Whey Protein Blends are formulated to enhance muscle tone, energy levels, mood, satiation and act as a powerful nutritional boost for essential minerals and vitamins. Our Collagen Blend focuses more on skin health and improving skin appearance. Together, they create a powerful combination to help you feel and look your best.

Before starting any new supplement regime we recommend you first discuss with your GP or qualified health physician. They will be able to advise what is best to suit your personalised needs.

Can I take the Marine Collagen Beauty Blend while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Because this blend contains Vitamin A, we don’t advise using it while pregnant or breastfeeding. Before starting any supplement, it is recommended to check with your Lead Maternity Carer or GP first.

How many servings should I take each day?

We recommend a maximum of one 11 gram serving per day. Because this blend has been specifically formulated to be potent and effective, more than one dose is considered unnecessary and may lead to overdosing.

What are some different ways I can take it?

Our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend is super versatile, designed to fit any lifestyle! You can simply stir it into a glass of water, milk or juice or add it to your fruit tea or smoothie. You can also mix it into your oats, bircher muesli or baking to create glow-getting treats.

Can men take this supplement?

We designed the supplement with the needs of women at the forefront, but there is nothing in there that will not benefit men or have any adverse effect on their health and wellbeing. Everyone can benefit from getting substantial, proper nutrients, and we many male customers who take our product regularly.

From what age is this supplement suitable?

This supplement is designed to meet the nutritional needs of people 16 years and over. Consume as part of a healthy and varied diet. Always read the label and follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. If you have any questions or queries, you are always free to email us at info@proyou.co.nz.

 

Thanks for taking the time to find out more about our brand new Marine Collagen Beauty Blend. For a limited time, we’re offering a free single-serve sample of the product for you to try, you can order yours on our website.

Interested in all things ingestible beauty? Check out our independently written white paper here.

 

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Pro You is a New Zealand-owned company producing a range of nutritional supplements for females.

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