A buzz kill for all of you twenty-something-year-olds: collagen production declines with age. While eating colorful foods rich in vitamin C and phytonutrients — like citrus fruit, broccoli, bell peppers dark leafy greens, and blueberries, to name a few — are ways you can naturally boost this essential skin and joint ingredient, the current beauty trend is to DRINK your collagen or take it in supplement form.
NeoCell, the #1 Collagen brand in the world, recently approached me on reviewing one of their collagen supplements. I already take extremely high quality vitamins and wanted to experience something fun like a drink mix, so I selected NeoCell’s Beauty Infusion Collagen drink mix.
Why Drink A Collagen Mix Or Take A Supplement?
Tim Mount, National Educator for NeoCell, says this:
“Collagen is not very digestible and absorbable, so you only have about an 8% absorption rate for naturally occurring collagen. A lot of people like to take that in a soup or cook bone broth and it does do something, but it’s not nearly as effective as a supplement which has a 90% absorption rate.”
NeoCell’s Beauty Infusion drink mix comes in three flavors: Tangerine Twist, Appletini, and Cranberry Cocktail. I opted for the cranberry. The first thing I noticed that it was darn tasty! It’s not too sour or sweet and is refreshing, just like the label says.
Just one scoop delivers these powerhouse beauty nutrients:
– 6,000 MG of NeoCell collagen™ Type 1 & 3 for firm, smooth skin & strong hair & nails
– 50 MG of Hyaluronic Acid for skin hydration & renewal
– 3,000 MCG of Biotin for support of strong hair & nail growth
– Alpha Lipoic Acid & Vitamin C for protection from free radical damage & enhancement of collagen formation
Where does the collagen come from in a supplement like this? Super Collagen Types 1 & 3 products comes from pharmaceutical food bovine (cattle) hides. The cows are ethically raised, free of hormones, are non-GMO and are mostly from Europe and USA, made in a facility that does not process any alcohol or pork.
A rep from NeoCell tells me:
“The hides are a by-product of the meat production process and we consider it using a full part of the cow. All of our products are tested to US and European regulations and standards on levels of:
- Heavy metals (i.e. mercury, lead etc)
- Residues of pesticides
- Veterinary products, antibiotics, and prohibited substances
- Other food contaminants such as dioxins, PCB, and mycotoxins”
NeoCell products are GRAS (generally recognized as safe) and tested rigorously for the substances above and do not exceed safe amounts, if these substances are ever found.
What Can You Expect When Taking a Collagen Supplement or Drink
Faster growing hair, harder nails and glowing skin are results you can look for. People commonly see results within two weeks, though timing, of course varies. A NeoCell customer told me after she started taking NeoCell supplements, she experienced joint pain relief within three days. Personally, I started to see stronger nails and better hair days before the month was up.
NeoCell is available at Sprouts and Whole Foods and offer products for total body health, joint health, antioxidant health, sport recovery and beauty. NeoCell has additional products like Super Collagen tablets, a powder, and Beauty Bursts, which are soft, gummy chews. See more NeoCell products here, and the info for NeoCell’s Beauty Infusion below:
~ A Toast to Collagen!