We bring you the full low down on the source of Pro You’s Marine Collagen
Over the years, the Ingestible Beauty market has honed in on collagen and shone a spotlight on its skin-glowing abilities. As a result, demand for collagen has sky-rocketed. In particular, marine collagen is the creme de la creme of collagens – the premium price point reflects this. Within the marine collagen market comes a spectrum of suppliers. This article gives you the full intel on why the source of collagen peptides matters and which source Pro You uses in the Marine Collagen Beauty Blend.
A core value at Pro You is to offer ethical, sustainably sourced and produced products. We hope we can educate and empower you with the knowledge to make your own informed decision.
In this blog, we cover:
- Why the source of collagen matters
- Gelita, the supplier of Verisol® Bioactive Marine Collagen Peptides, and their sustainability practises
- Specialty features of Verisol®
- Verisol® and our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend
Why the source of collagen matters for ingestible beauty
We know from our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend Q&A blog that collagen sources include animals and fish – but when we compare them, what is the difference? Collagen manufacturers often cleave (through a process called hydrolysis) collagen into smaller pieces called collagen peptides. Compared to collagen, our bodies absorb and use collagen peptides more readily. Now here’s the kicker. Not all collagen peptides are alike. Hydrolysis can create hundreds of collagen peptide variations – each affecting the body differently. Some may be more bioavailable, bioactive and efficacious than others. As a result, some peptides will be more effective in supporting skin and joint health than others.
We can think of collagen like a piece of string. You can cut it at different lengths, some lengths will be better for tying a bow, some will be better for hanging an ornament and some will be quite frankly, a bit useless.
So how do you know the collagen product you’re using has high bioactive potential and will give you results? Firstly, ensure the brand discloses its collagen supplier. Secondly, search the specific collagen online and learn if independent research exists on its efficacy and safety. If a brand isn’t willing to disclose its source of collagen, there is usually a reason for that – best to stay clear.
Where is Pro You’s Marine Collagen sourced?
We source our marine collagen from Gelita – a supplier based out of Germany for the last 147 years. Gelita is a world-leading supplier of collagen for the food, health, nutrition and pharmaceutical industries. Their collagen peptides are the most researched on the planet – no other supplier matches the level and quality of clinical studies. Their research supports findings on improving skin health, joint health, body composition, and other musculoskeletal conditions. Gelita’s drive to research and develop novel bioactive collagen peptides sets them apart from other suppliers. Importantly, their sustainability values align with ours at Pro You. Their active sustainability practices ensure they have minimal impact on the earth, conserve water and contribute to a cleaner ocean and atmosphere. In saying this, they are transparent on the challenging road to continually better themselves and achieve their sustainability goals. You can read Gelita’s full sustainability report for 2021 here.
Below is a summarised version of Gelita’s current sustainability report:
- The goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with an interim goal of halving emissions by 2030 (compared to 2020 emissions)
- Sustainability practices incorporate sustainable corporate management, the environment, our employees and society
- Solar park implemented in their Chicago plant
- Steam created from renewable biomass in their Mococa (Brazil) plant
- Investing in water waste treatment facilities to conserve water
- Supports animal welfare through a German animal welfare initiative Initiative Tierwohl and the Gelatine Association GME.
- Recycling by-products back into their production to minimise waste and maximise usage
- Sponsored initiatives include the Paraná Walking and Street Racing Circuit, the Hands Project, Gelita Trail Marathon, the Healthy Breakfast Project, the Sioux City Litter Dash and Bacon Creek Clean-up and the ALUCCA Christmas donation
What are the features and benefits of Verisol® Bioactive Marine Collagen Peptides?
Verisol® has scientifically proven research showing their collagen peptides:
- Increase collagen content in the skin
- Increase skin elasticity
- Reduce periorbital (around the eye) wrinkles
- Increase hair thickness
- Increase nail health (less peeling, cracking) and growth
- Decrease cellulite
Over the last ten years, several clinical trials with nearly 500 study participants produced the results above. The research on Verisol® uses data collected from peer-reviewed Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs). RCTs are considered the gold standard for research. Studies also include multiple ethnicities; ethnic diversity is essential to understand the benefit to our entire population – not just a segment.
In July 2022, Gelita’s Verisol® collagen peptide was granted a Foods with Function Claim (FFC) for skin elasticity in Japan. Following this approval, products containing Verisol® can now claim on their packaging that ‘This product contains VERISOL Collagen Peptides. VERISOL is reported to maintain skin elasticity and supports skin health’. Products can earn an FFC claim through having scientific evidence substantiating their beneficial health effects and safety.
Verisol® in our Marine Collagen Beauty Blend
With so many collagen products available, we sought to develop a unique blend that was evidence-backed and took the stress out of supplementing. We knew we wanted to create a powder that was an all-in-one, multifunctional workhorse. We took the time to find the best collagen on the planet and ensured each ingredient was at its proven effective dose. Each ingredient could be a standalone product but combined together creates a powerful skin supplement. Along with a whopping 8 gram per serve dose of marine collagen, we include astaxanthin, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, biotin and zinc, FreshAs® freeze-dried strawberries, citric acid and monk fruit extract.
It is flavoured naturally with New Zealand’s FreshAs® freeze-dried strawberries for an easy stir into a glass of water, milk, oatmeal, a smoothie or baking. This blend is free from artificial sweeteners, flavours, fillers and colours. It is gluten-free, dairy-free and GMO-free.