We know that many of you are always looking for the next big thing in the world of beauty treatments - and we at Neat might just have found it!
Say hello to NZ Marine Collagen & Vitamin C! Available as a handy capsule, this nifty supplement helps you inside and out, offering benefits all over your body, from your nails to your brain.
The magic of collagen
Collagen is a protein - in fact, it's the most frequently occurring protein in the human body. You'll find it in your skin, bones, cartilage and tendons.
When you're young, your body is constantly producing new collagen, but as you get older, production slows down and finally comes to a complete stop. The result? All the signs of ageing! Without collagen, your hair becomes brittle, nails weaken and your skin gets thin and wrinkled.
We all want gorgeous nails, skin and hair - but collagen's benefits go way beyond that. This protein also has a powerful effect on the inside of your body.
It helps you absorb calcium, which in turn leads to stronger bones. It also reduces inflammation which can be a major lifesaver when it comes to joint pain. Collagen won't just mask your pain. In fact, by rebuilding and strengthening your essential connective tissue it makes it easier for your bones to move smoothly together in your joints.
Sufferers of arthritis often report that taking extra collagen helps relieve their pain - but that's not all. This powerful protein is also packed with glycine, with all the goodness of amino acids. Taking it leads to improved sleep and an enhanced sense of calm, making it easier for your brain to focus and function well.
We'll all see our production of collagen slow right down, but this process happens at an earlier age if you're a smoker or a serial tanner. Taking a collagen supplement can help to slow things down. Make it a regular part of your routine, and you'll find your skin looking firmer, your nails healthier and your hair shinier and softer.
As part of a balanced diet, a collagen supplement will give you visibly healthy skin and glowing hair, reversing the effects that happen when collagen formation slows down. You can also find extra skin benefits such as wounds healing faster and visible scars being reduced.
Mixing with vitamins
Collagen is seriously good stuff - but just like Batman and Robin, or Mario and Luigi, it works best with a friend. When combined with vitamin C, the effects of collagen are spiced up. That's because this vitamin helps boost your body's natural collagen production, so you'll find faster, stronger results.
Vitamin C may not be able to treat or cure or prevent life-threatening illnesses, but it offers plenty of protection against common problems. You can get your daily dose of vitamin C from food - but for maximum effect, a capsule that combines it with collagen will ensure that you've got the best benefits.
A natural medicine
We're still a long way from exploring all the benefits of collagen as a dietary supplement. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, nor prevent any disease - but it can certainly have a major effect on people who take it regularly.
It goes without saying that you need to see your doctor if you want to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any issues. However, regularly taking a collagen supplement has been shown to have a great impact on your skin, hair and nails, as well as the inside of your body.
How to take collagen
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made it clear that taking a daily supplement of collagen is perfectly safe. Of course, there is one important thing to remember when you go for this type of collagen: as it's a marine product so it must be avoided by anyone with a fish allergy.
A daily capsule, which can be taken before going to bed, after you've eaten your dinner, is a great way to get the goodness of collagen. The capsules that we offer contain collagen peptides, which move quickly through your system, going right to the places where they'll do the most good. Some people try collagen powder, applied right to the face, but when you swallow a capsule, you'll get those added internal benefits, too.
There are different types of collagen on the market, but some can sit uneasily in your stomach and lead to you feeling sick or uncomfortable. Beef collagen, for example, can be hard to digest.
Marine collagen comes from our fishy friends and is easier on the stomach than some other types. Hydrolyzed collagen is the smoothest category. Look for this, and it will go down easy, without any uncomfortable side effects.