Marine collagen is the new beauty buzzword, touted as having ‘miracle healing benefits’ and beautiful results for hair, skin and nails within 4-6 weeks.
But what is it and how does it work?
Well, the idea behind marine collagen and marine collagen supplements is that they stimulate the body’s natural supply of collagen, increasing elasticity, hydration and firmness in the skin. On the healing front, it’s said to repair weak, brittle or damaged nails and assist with hair regeneration, strength and shine.
As a health and beauty bonus, marine collagen has also been attributed to help a load of other common concerns. ‘What?’ I hear you ask? Reduce hormonal belly fat, balance insulin levels, promote stronger immune health, reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings, reduce excess weight, encourage healthy joint mobility, improve circulation, lower cholesterol, increase energy levels and improve sleep. Phew!
It may be a relatively new phenomenon in Australia, but Japanese women have been crediting their youthful appearance to marine collagen for centuries. And let’s face it (pun totally intended), they are beautiful!
So I decided to find out a little bit more about how it works.
Brittany Darling is the resident nutritionist at Vida Glow – an Aussie-founded company which specialise in natural health and offer a range of marine collagen and health-based supplements, including marine collagen supplements.
Brittany is also the go-to gal for decoding all the science-talk behind the glowing results. Here, Brittany explains the healing benefits of marine collagen, how long it takes to work and what it can do for you…
How does marine collagen boost our own collagen?
“Collagen is the most abundant protein and the second largest substance (behind water) in the human body,” Brittany explains. “Until our twenties, our bodies naturally produce collagen. Once we reach the age of 25 we begin losing approximately 2% a year, leading to the visible signs of ageing.
“Replenishing collagen levels through a marine collagen supplement will help benefit the building blocks that maintain hair, skin and nails.
“Marine collagen works from within to promote optimal skin function, by delivering essential micronutrients to the collagen matrix below the dermis. Vida Glow’s low molecular weight hydrolysed collagen peptide powder is high bio-available. This means it has an absorption rate above 90%, whereas pills and tablets average from 20-30%.”
How can marine collagen improve our …
“Scientific studies on marine collagen has shown significant improvements to the quality and health of hair. Benefits include increasing hair regeneration, strength, shine and overall improvement in hair health.”
“Marine collagen combats the signs of ageing by reducing oxidative stress and preventing cross linking of collagen fibres, raising moisture levels and as clinical studies have shown, increasing skin hydration by up to 91%. As a result, marine collagen supplementation through Vida Glow restores your skin’s youthful appearance, improves skin tone, texture, plumps the skin and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles.”
“Studies showed improvements in the quality of weak, brittle or damaged nails, as well as strengthening the nail structure and encouraging nail growth.”
“As the lack-of and breakdown of collagen are the major causes of cellulite, marine collagen supplementation strengthens the collagen fibres under the skin. This assists in smoothing out the skin and diminishing the appearance of cellulite. Vida Glow’s marine collagen naturally encourages the body to rebuild and repair the fibres that cause cellulite to appear.”
How do you take marine collagen?
“For the best absorption, take marine collagen in a glass of water first thing in the morning, before breakfast.”
How long does it take for marine collagen to work?
“Clinical studies show that recipients of marine collagen supplementation typically saw results within 30 days. Some of Vida Glow’s customers reported seeing results as early as two weeks.
“Once ingested, marine collagen is absorbed and distributed by the blood stream via blood vessels to the dermis – the deeper layer of the skin. Here, it stimulates fibroblasts which are the cells responsible for collagen proliferation in the body.
“Marine collagen supplementation not only increases the collagen levels in the body, but also stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen.
“By ingesting hydrolysed collagen, you are increasing the pool of specific amino acids available to the cells in the body that produce collagen.
“Marine collagen also triggers the HAS2 receptors in the dermis responsible for the production of hyaluronic acid, aiding in skin hydration.”
How is marine collagen used by Japanese women?
“Japanese women have been using marine collagen for its health benefits, as part of their daily diet for over 300 years. Japanese women have the most beautiful skin! They even thank this supplement for their extended life expectancy. It’s readily available in pharmacies and supermarkets. Some Japanese restaurants even offer collagen infused meals!”
For more information visit Vida Glow.