What is Pure Collagen?
Pure Collagen is exactly what it says it is: nothing more, nothing less. It’s protein made entirely from collagen - type I + traces of type III collagen, to be precise. You won’t find any additives, preservatives or other unnatural substances in Pure Collagen.
What’s it taste like?
Actually, it’s completely flavourless, so you can add your own to spice it up. Collagen protein blends quickly and smoothly, without those annoying clumps you can find in other types of powder. You can also add it to hot OR cold drinks and food, making it a perfect protein boost to smoothies, soups or… well, anything you can think of.
Where does the collagen come from?
The collagen used in our protein is 100% Hydrolyzed Collagen powder, sourced purely from pasture-raised cows in Argentina which are certified hormone, anabolic steroid and synthetic drug free.
How much do I need?
You don’t need a bucketload of Pure Collagen to enjoy the benefits. A single serving (two scoops) contains 20 grams of all-natural collagen protein.
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What is Collagen
Fun Fact: collagen is the most abundant protein in your body! It actually makes up about 30% of the total protein in the body, and you most commonly find it in bones, muscles, skin and tendons, though it’s also in hair and nails too. It’s kind of a “glue” that holds the body together, providing the strength and structure it needs to function. Let’s put it like this: without collagen, you'd pretty much fall apart!
As we age, the body slows down and produces less collagen. Throw in lifestyle factors like stress, poor diet, gut health imbalances and strenuous exercise, and you’ve got a recipe for even less collagen production! And there are plenty of signs that show this is starting to happen:
- Skin starts to get thinner
- Wrinkles form
- Muscles shrink
- Joint cartilage weakens, leading to joint pain
- Bone density decreases
While both men and women suffer from collagen reduction as they age, women are especially vulnerable to it. Reduction often accelerates after you experience menopause, making the symptoms show more quickly.
So where do we naturally get our collagen from? We usually take in collagen when we eat certain animal organs or skin, fatty cuts of meat, and bones (such as when they’re used in broths or soups). But if you’re not eating these regularly, you’re probably not getting enough. In fact, most people take in very little natural collagen, which is why supplements like Pure Collagen are so important.
NEW BIO-BASED RECYCLABLE HDPE TUB. Made from ethanol sugarcane (a sustainable resource) our new eco-tub is an improved way to store and access your collagen which can be easily integrated into the recycling chain in the same way as standard HDPE.
How Collagen Builds a Better You
Keep your skin young
Collagen has a ton of body-boosting benefits, but one of the best-known is how it can actually wind back the clock on your skin, making it younger and wrinkle-free. One recent study found that taking it for 8 weeks lessened wrinkles by 20%!¹ Why? Collagen is super-critical for providing elasticity and hydration to the skin. When you start using it, you’re both “feeding” and “watering” your skin with exactly what it needs to stay younger and healthier for longer.
Bonus! Did you know collagen doesn’t just smooth out wrinkles and increase skin moisture, it also helps fade stretch marks too (or prevent them from appearing at all).
Build stronger, supple joints
What’s the major building block of bones, joints and connective tissues? You guessed it!
When you do vigorous exercise like long-distance running or weight lifting, you put a huge strain on your body. That can result in painful inflammation… unless you use collagen, which boosts your body’s response to repair those connective tissues and fight back against the soreness you’d otherwise feel².
Your ligaments are your #1 fan when you take collagen. That’s because they practically ARE collagen, and feel the pinch after a workout. When you work out regularly your muscles growing faster than your ligaments; a trigger for pain and injury - But with collagen, they stay super-stretchy and able to expand to support those developing muscles³.
Bounce back faster
As you get older, the body takes longer to get over sporting injuries, accidents or other mishaps. A large part of this is because your collagen production drops, and when it does, our bones, tendons and connective tissues feel it big-time. It’s a vital nutrient for getting us back up to speed from strains, sprains and other soft tissue injuries.
But that’s not all collagen does in the “repair and recovery” stakes. The amino acids proline and glycine found in collagen also work their magic on your body, regenerating tissue, reducing painful inflammation and super-charging your immune system. And when you combine glycine with arginine (also in collagen), you get a power-packed combo that lifts athletic performance and helps maintain muscle⁴.
Sleep better with collagen
Want a way to get your 40 winks that much easier, and feel refreshed in the morning? Glycine has been shown to improve sleep quality in studies, especially with those who have trouble falling asleep in the first place⁵.
Incredibly, collagen can also ward off “day time dreamies” and fatigue. Glycine again comes to the rescue, helping to keep you sharper and alert. It’s even been scientifically proven to amplify your memory retention throughout your day!
Shed the pounds more easily
Protein is a great food source to eat, because it helps keep us full. Unlike carbs that get quickly burnt up in your metabolic engine (which then has your stomach grumbling more more), protein takes longer to digest, staving off that hunger for longer⁶.
What’s more, research has uncovered that when you consume collagen, your body releases hormones to signal you’re full⁷. This keeps your appetite in check, meaning you’re more likely to push the plate away and generally eat eat less food than you would otherwise. So when you take collagen protein, you get a power-packed formula that’s almost designed to boost your weight loss!
Grow stronger, thicker hair
Collagen doesn’t just support healthy bones, flexible joints and younger skin. It also aids hair-building proteins in the body, so your hair not only hangs around (pun intended!), but gets stronger too.
Research shows that collagen plays a big part in each and every strand of your hair maintaining its thickness⁸. And that’s important, as when we get older, our hair doesn’t get the same level of nutrients it once did. That same research proved that collagen helped restore not just the balance, but the growth, strength and shine of hair too.
Super Health For Everyone (Not Just Gym Junkies)
When you think of protein powders, you probably think of bulging muscles or pumping iron.
Pure Collagen is not about that at all!
Collagen is a fundamental part of any person’s body, and taking it in can prove to be a cornerstone of ANYONE’S health, regardless of whether they work out or not.
- If you exercise regularly…
Your body’s will high-five you for using Pure Collagen. It helps your joints and muscles recover more quickly, and gives them the support they need to grow and develop.
- If you don’t get the chance to do as much exercise as you’d like…
You’ve still got plenty of reasons to improve your health with collagen. Joints remain in good condition, your skin starts to look younger (because with collagen, it IS getting younger), sleep quality gets better and your bones stay strong. (Of course, if you do work out, you get these body-boosters too).
- Protein powders alone (especially Pure Collagen) will NOT “bulk” you up
Consuming protein powder isn’t going to turn you into a colossus. Bodybuilders eat truckloads of other food to develop their frames, and protein powders are only a small part of that equation. Many people of all shapes and sizes use protein powder to support exercise performance, recovery and life in general, which is what Pure Collagen is perfect for.
Collagen In, Whey To Go
One of the most common questions we get asked is “why would I use collagen protein over whey?”.
It’s a great question!
One of the biggest differences between collagen and whey proteins is in the amino acids. Collagen’s rich in glycine, an anti-inflammatory, body-restoring amino acid that produces glutathione - the body's most powerful antioxidant. It’s the perfect restorative after you’ve hit the gym, pavement or any other serious exercise.
When it comes to whey proteins, they’re often highly processed and jammed full of additives. This leaves a lot of the nutritional value behind and makes it hard for your body to absorb the protein. But with collagen, the glycine kickstarts your stomach’s acid production and lets you digest it better to get a bigger, whole-body benefit.
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4. Hurme, T. et al., 1991, Localization of Type I and III Collagen and Fibronectin Production in Injured Gastrocnemius Muscle. http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/1703587
5. Bannai, M. et al., 2012, The Effects of Glycine on Subjective Daytime Performance in Partially Sleep-Restricted Healthy Volunteers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3328957/
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8. Scala J et al. Effect of Daily Gelatine Ingestion on Human Scalp Hair. 1976. 13:579–592 http://humanclinicals.org/collagen-peptide