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Can collagen help with weight loss?

by Timothy Mount, CN, CCMH

We all want to look better with a healthy, toned appearance. Many people have asked me if a collagen supplement should be incorporated into a weight loss plan.

First, let’s look at the research:

A study was conducted that compared collagen protein against whey protein in women and the researchers found that lean body weight was retained better for the group consuming collagen versus whey. A second study compared collagen against several proteins like casein, soy and whey for breakfast. They found that collagen was 40% more satiating that other proteins and the subjects consumed 20% fewer calories throughout the day. In other words, collagen helps you feel more full and naturally can help reduce your caloric intake, possibly leading to weight loss.

Finally, many people talk about collagen’s ability to tighten the skin against the body. During weight loss excess skin may sag, especially around the triceps, abdomen and chin. By rebuilding the collagen matrix within the skin it may appear tighter against the body and combat loose, dangling skin.

So to reduce calories and retain more lean body weight for sculped appearance, consider taking a collagen supplement like NeoCell’s Super Collagen, Derma Matrix, or Beauty Infusion.

Paleo Coffee Recipe with NeoCell Collagen Protein

Looking for a delicious way to start your day? Kick start your energy and lose weight with this coffee recipe packed with healthy fats and Certified Paleo-Friendly NeoCell Collagen.

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Recipe:

  • coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or MCT Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Grass Fed Butter or Ghee
  • Almond or Coconut Milk, if desired
  • Dash of spices – try pumpkin spice, vanilla, nutmeg, cacao, etc.

Combine with an immersion blender or counter top blender. Do not attempt to mix with a spoon or oil will remain on top.

Enjoy!

Move Matrix Product Spotlight

by Tim Mount, CN, CCMH

Move_matrix_LEFT_CYMKNeoCell’s Move Matrix™ is a comprehensive joint formula containing scientifically advanced ingredients that work synergistically to support overall joint health and comfort. Connective tissue structure is aided by Collagen Type 2, MSM and Vitamin C for proper mechanical functioning. Joint hydration and cushioning are supported with  moisturizing nutrients hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin. A blend of powerful antioxidants turmeric, ginger root, resveratrol, boswelia, pine bark, and black pepper extracts help to help with a healthy inflammatory response.

 

A DETAILED LOOK

Move Supp FactsStructure: Collagen is the main structural protein that creates a mesh framework that holds the body’s tissues together. Collagen production is enhanced by Vitamin C, which also holds the fibers of collagen together and provides antioxidant benefits. Likewise, MSM contains a bioactive form of Sulphur that creates strong bonds in connective tissue.

Hydration: Moisture is critical to joints because for both lubrication of the joints in the form of synovial fluid – much like motor oil lubricates an engine – and for cushioning as we move throughout daily life – much like the shocks on a car. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is responsible for drawing water molecules into the joint. Glucosamine and chondroitin work in conjunction with HA to form a gel-like “goo” that pads the joints.

Antioxidants: Free radicals are wrecking balls that bounce around the body and cause tissue degradation, resulting in pain and inflammation of the tissues. Antioxidants are nature’s way of neutralizing the destruction free radicals. Each antioxidant contains unique compounds that target different tissues and pathways within the body. An important distinction with antioxidant-containing herbs is the form and concentration of the active components. Ground powders are not condensed and bulky substances like fiber and cellulose remain. Extracts concentrate the value of the herbs by removing inactive components of the plant, resulting in a more powerful bioactivity in the body. For example, turmeric can be a seasoning used in cooking as a powdered root, but when curcumin is extracted it forms a highly effective supplement. The Move Matrix Blend™ contains multiple antioxidants in the form of supplement-grade extracts.

Anyone wanting an all-in-one joint formula should look no further than NeoCell’s Move Matrix™!

Matcha Energy Truffles Recipe with NeoCell Collagen

 

Chef Charles Chen (charleschen.tv) shares one of his favorite healthy recipes for Nutrition Month – a mouth watering Matcha Truffle with NeoCell Collagen! You can definitely “have your cake and eat it too” with these sweet, healthy treats. Your family and friends won’t even know that this delicious dessert is good for them!

Superfood Collagen Smoothie

Start your day off right with Chef Charles Chen’s (see http://www.charleschen.tv/) superfood collagen smoothie recipe. It is a delicious blend of power-packed foods and the secret ingredient – NeoCell’s Super Collagen powder for anti-aging beauty, joint and bone benefits. Raise a glass of this nutrient dense smoothie and cheers to your health!

Recipe:

  • 2-3 cups coconut water
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1/2 juice from lemon
  • 1/2 apple
  • 2 handfuls dried goji berries
  • 1 handful blackberries
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1-2 handfuls strawberries
  • 2 scoops NeoCell Super Collagen powder or Derma Matrix powder

Makes 2-4 servings, reduce ingredients as needed for individual servings. If you’re missing an ingredient, substitute for what you have available.

The Health Food Revolution Refedined

by Tim Mount, CN, CCMH

As we know, our food has been depleted, hybridized, commercialized, and chemically sprayed to the point of offering a fraction of the nutrient density as compared to a century before. I recently subscribed to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Austin, TX and it only took one bite of a freshly picked carrot to recognize the astronomical difference in quality compared to an organic carrot I bought at a grocery store. I thought, “This is what a carrot really tastes like!”

A huge industry has evolved to fill the void created by agricultural corporations. As the years go by and our food turns into flavorless cardboard, a person is forced to consume more and more supplements just to feel well and receive all of the nutrients required for living a vibrant life. As a “hippie pill popper” I’ve adapted and – excuse my boasting – developed the ability to swallow a handful of supplements in a single gulp (check out this video for proof). But I certainly don’t look forward to adding another capsule to my regimen! Anything I can do to expand the nutritional value of my foods is a welcome change. Fortunately, creative chefs are partnering with innovative companies to pioneering the march towards functional foods and nutritionally-enhanced recipes.

Chef Charles Chen (check out charleschen.tv) is a part of a new breed of culinary artists that incorporate supplements into mouth-watering recipes. Most people, including myself, are initially skeptical that adding a supplement will not affect the taste of a dish, never mind help improve the flavor. It wasn’t until I tried Chef Chen’s amazing creations at this year’s EXPO West trade show that I was convinced. Particularly memorable was a zucchini pasta with a blended seed-based sauce that featured NeoCell’s Derma Matrix powder to add a creamy texture.

The days of choking down bitter tasting, gritty smoothies appear to be limited! Let’s all jump on the nutritional bandwagon and redefine “health food” one delicious bite at a time.

 

 

Trans Resveratrol

NeoCell’s Resveratrol Antioxidant product states on the label that it yields 100mg of Trans Resveratrol. That is very important! Resveratrol is different than Trans Resveratrol. Regular resveratrol has a very low bioactivity rate (1-3% or less) and is quickly excreted from our body without doing much. Trans Resveratrol is the bioactive form and provides all those amazing benefits that you hear about. All this resveratrol talk came about because of something called the “French Paradox”, which explains how French people have worse diets and drink more booze, but have better health than most of the world (according to some health markers like cardiovascular disease). The original studies concluded that resveratrol was the key – a component of the red wine that everyone drinks in France.

Resveratrol_016185-12910-8NeoCell blends trans resveratrol from a number of high quality sources like muscadine grapes (a hearty grape used to make red wine), grape seed extract, pomegranate extract, and quercetin. Commercially, grape skin extract can be more expensive, so people started looking for other sources of resveratrol. They discovered knotweed. But knotweed (depending on the species) may not always have as high of a concentration of trans resveratrol and is considered by many people an inferior product. We state that our Resveratrol product do not contain knotweed for this reason. We also process our product without high heat, chemicals, and UV light so it retains it’s bioactivity.

It doesn’t get any better than NeoCell Resveratrol!

Little Known Collagen Benefits

Many people are familiar with the beauty benefits of collagen for wrinkle reduction, hair thickening and nail strength. Others love the joint benefits of collagen. But after a review of the research I’ve decided to post benefits that many people are not aware of.

Please note that none of the points below are a intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease and a physician should always be consulted if you have a medical condition. This is simply a review of the research literature and the conclusions suggested by the authors of the study, which may or may not apply to you.

Skin

  • Collagen in skin is estimated to have a half-life of greater than one year. That means if someone takes NeoCell and rebuilds their skin collagen, they can expect that benefit to last for a year or more, even if they stop taking the supplement.
  • Skin thickness can be increased by collagen supplements. In addition to the appearance of the skin being improved because of this, it may also help to “hide” veins and arteries.
  • It’s not just the amount of collagen in the skin that is important, it’s the organization and fragmentation of the fibers that affect the appearance of skin. Skin that appears youthful has an organized pattern of cross linked fibers and few of the fibers are frayed. Skin that appears older has highly disorganized fibers that are frayed and split. Collagen supplements not only increase the amount of collagen fibers, but new fibers are more organized and less prone to fraying.
  • Collagen production naturally slows because of age and therefore can cause wrinkling, but a different mechanism is at work due to sun damage – MMPs, the enzyme that breaks down collagen, appears to be stimulated and therefore causes the breakdown of collagen faster than normal. However, the fibroblast cells aren’t damaged by the sun, so taking NeoCell can help to stimulate the cells to rebuild lost collagen from sun damage.
  • Not only does skin have less wrinkles because of collagen supplements, studies have suggested skin’s elasticity is also improved. That translates to skin that holds onto the face more tightly with less sagging.
  • Not only do collagen supplements stimulate the fibroblast cells to work faster, it also increases the number of cells in the skin over time. The longer a person takes collagen, the more new cells are born and the benefit continues to get better and better.
  • Skin hydration benefits from collagen supplements appear to be for a number of reasons: 1) more collagen fibers mean more places for HA to attach to, so increase collagen equals increased HA and therefore better hydration; 2) water loss or evaporation from the skin is reduced, meaning we retain water in the skin for longer; 3) the stratum corneum (remember that Ceramides also affect this outer layer of skin) also increases in water, so the surface of the skin is more hydrated and those fine lines are smoothed out.

Joints, Bones and Other Tissues

  • Collagen in cartilage appears to have a much longer “lifespan” in the body. Several years possibly.
  • Collagen supplements have been shown to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is reduced not only at the site of an injury, but also systemically, which is why people start feeling better internally.
  • Collagen is very well established for long term reduction in pain for a multitude of reasons, including common conditions like arthritis. In a study comparing collagen and glucosamine, collagen was much, much more effective in reducing knee pain in arthritis patients than glucosamine.
  • Collagen has many antioxidant benefits, including in the skin and joints, but studies have done on the heart and tissues that are often damaged from diabetes. The research suggests that collagen supplements may have a protective effect on these tissues.
  • The cardiovascular system is modulated by collagen supplements and it helps prevent atherosclerosis and reduce damage to tissues who have cardiovascular disease. Blood pressure is also lowered.
  • Ulcers can be prevented or protected by collagen supplements.
  • A person who is bedridden may benefit from collagen because they support the body’s healing of bedsores. This is important for the elderly or hospitalized people, or anyone caring for them.
  • A cool study showed that collagen that is injected actually accumulates in joint tissue. Often people think it is circulated around the body randomly, but our bodies are smart and bring it to the place it’s needed.
  • Arthritis and osteoporosis are by far the most studied conditions related to collagen supplements. TMJ, fibromyalgia, many types of joint injuries all show positive results from collagen supplements.
  • Skin and bone health are related, which makes sense since they are both dependent on collagen types 1&3. Studies have found that the worse a person’s skin looks the higher risk of osteoporosis and lower bone density.
  • Bone collagen can be increased by a collagen supplement, but a study also found that the bone was remineralized as well.
  • Not only is bone built better by collagen, a study showed collagen is protective of bone loss as well.
  • Collagen showed positive effects on bone growth leading the authors to suggest growing children can benefit from collagen. It is safe for child consumption.
  • Lyme disease destroys collagen in the skin and joints, so supplements may help sufferers greatly.

General

  • After supplementation, NeoCell supplements are guaranteed to dissolve within 12 minutes. Absorption begins shortly after consumption. However, the full peak of the supplement in the blood isn’t for 1-2 hours after ingestion, and is significantly less after about 4 hours. Be careful not to read into this too much though! Other proteins take much longer to digest – hours and hours – so it is still fine to eat protein after a collagen supplement. Give it about an hour or so for best results.
  • Collagen is generally very well tolerated by people. Even on an empty stomach there are virtually no side effects, such as an upset stomach.
  • Collagen satiates hunger and reduces calorie intake better than other proteins like whey and soy, as well as helps people maintain healthy weight.

Can Sugar Cause Wrinkling?

by Tim Mount, CN, CCMH

Our bodies need a constant supply of sugar in the blood to survive. Too little blood sugar means we’re hypoglycemic and we feel light headed, tired, and shaky. When this happens our bodies treat it as an emergency and release stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which can be destructive to our tissues and long term health.

549ba81186277_-_sugar-and-aging-how-to-fight-glycation-lgSimilarly, too much blood sugar is also an emergency. When we eat sweet foods like desserts, drink sugary beverages like sodas, or eat large meals of carbohydrates with pasta, rice, or bread a large amount of sugar floods our blood stream all at once. The excess sugar is damaging to our tissues through a process called “glycation”.

Glycation is a process where sugar molecules cross link with protein molecules, which are the structural foundation of the skin. Most notably, glycation affects collagen, the main protein in the skin. The more sugar and carbohydrates you eat, the more collagen destruction occurs. Over time this destruction of collagen leads to accelerated wrinkling and loss of skin elasticity, the main signs of aging. Other, more severe issues can occur too, such as cardiovascular damage, kidney destruction, and much more.

 

What can be done?

Of course, the first step is always prevention. Humans have never eaten close to as much sugar in our history. Check out the graph below. Throughout our history we ate about 10 pounds of carbohydrates per year. Since the advent of large scale farming of carbohydrates like sugar cane, wheat, and rice due to the needs of an exploding population, our intake has increased to over 120 pounds per year. That is terribly destructive to the skin and the reason for epidemic levels of Type 2 Diabetes in America.

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If you are like many people, changing your dietary habits can be difficult. Years of high carb diets cause our bodies to grow accustomed – some may even say addicted – to the sugar. Coming to the rescue are herbal extracts and dietary nutrients to support healthy blood sugar levels like gymnema (and here and here too), licorice root (not the candy), and adaptogens like ginseng.

NeoCell Collagen supplements can also combat the damage of excess sugar intake by stimulating the rebuilding process of skin tissue to reverse the signs of aging as well. Collagen is constantly being rebuilt in the skin, but after years of degradation our bodies can’t keep up and need support of this critical biological process.

Finally, our adrenal glands responsible for producing adrenaline/cortisol and pancreas responsible for producing insulin would benefit from nutritional supplements. These organs are responsible for maintaining a healthy blood sugar level in the body, but are unable to perform that function if they become exhausted. Superstar adaptogens like eleuthero (aka Siberian Ginseng), schizandra and rhodiola have been used for centuries and the scientific community has taken notice with many excellent studies, such as this, this, this and this study.

imagesAlthough sugar and carbohydrates can be a tasty treat, long term overconsumption will not only accelerate the aging process, but also put you at risk for serious health problems. To look your best, remember – JUST SAY NO TO THE DOUGH!

A Comprehensive Digestive Solution to Long Term Gut Health

by Tim Mount, CN, CCMH

Digestive disturbances like ulcers, GERD, leaky gut, Chrohn’s Disease, gastritis, and Celiac seem to be on the rise. Drugs that suppress acid reflux symptoms accounted for over $13 BILLION in yearly sales. America’s digestive tracts are in pain, and I’ve always said that digestion is the most important system in the body and the basis for life. Think of it this way – even the most simple, brainless life form eats. A jellyfish is nothing more than a blob that consumes food from the environment.  It has no brain, no skeleton, and only simple sensory organs, yet it is “alive” because it can digest external resources.

I’m going to take off my NeoCell hat for a moment and take you back to my work as a natural health practitioner. In almost all my clinical cases someone complained of digestive symptoms as a part of their overall health concerns. Digestion was always the place I started first. If a person can’t absorb nutrients, my health plan (and their food) would simply pass through them and be a waste. Or even worse, the under-digested food particles and supplements would pass through the intestines and cause additional internal damage and destruction.

I want to share a very general gut protocol that formed the basis of my digestive support plan.* Everyone is different, so a plan should be individually customized to that person, but this article should provide some guidance and theoretical understanding for people in distress.

In general, there is a 3 step process:

  1. Remove the cause of the digestive disturbance
  2. Relieve the acute symptoms
  3. Support the digestive healing process

REMOVE THE CAUSE

Nothing else in this article matters if a person doesn’t stop causing ongoing damage to their stomach and intestines. It will all be a Bandaid that makes no lasting impact. There are many different allergies and lifestyle choices that are the culprit, so it is up to the individual to figure out what that is for them.

Ok, I say that, but really I mean that there are a few extremely common problems that affect large percentages of the population. If someone doesn’t know where to begin, this is a good place to start.

  1. GLUTEN – nobody wants to hear it, they freak out at the idea of quitting drinking beer and whiskey, eating pizza and hoagies with their friends, and slurping spaghetti dinners with their family. It sucks – but so does persistent diarrhea, barfing up acid, and being chronically nutrient deficient which leads to the development of life-threatening diseases. I can’t go off on a gluten rant, but know that I am a Certified Gluten Expert through a state-accredited California continuing education program for MDs and other licensed doctors. I’ve seen the actual peer-reviewed studies (not just the “broscience” on the Internet, here is one of dozens) and without a doubt in my mind I can tell you unequivocally that most – and I think EVERYONE in America – has a gluten allergy or intolerance. There are alternative out there – Omission beer is amazing, Udi’s and Rudi’s bread is better than regular loafs, Smart Flour is some of the most delicious pizza I’ve ever eaten, and most brands of gluten free spaghetti are indistinguishable from regular stuff.
  2. Gluten again – stop, stop, STOP!!! I can’t emphasize this point enough.
  3. Prescription and over-the-counter medications – sometimes it is impossible to wean off of essential medications, but if there is any chance a person can stop the drugs (even things like Aspirin) it will help immensely.
  4. Other food allergies like dairy, but that is a distant third to gluten and medications. Try a food allergy test at HealthLabs.com.

For the most part, I recommend the Suggested Use on the labels of all products I mention below.

RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS

Digestive issues are no fun. Most times people need immediate relief, which is what many medications, and even natural products focus on – relieving burning and discomfort quickly. My favorite natural products are:

  • Thayer’s Slippery Elm Lozenges – suck when in pain, especially for stomach issue (as opposed to intestinal issues)
  • Licorice Root Tea – good for coating the gut and providing a soothing barrier
  • Aloe – effective for many people, irritating to some. I recommend short term use of aloe products internally, if used at all

SUPPORT NORMAL DIGESTION

It’s important to start digesting and absorbing foods again, especially after prolonged digestive issues because nutrient deficiencies can lead to short term symptoms like fatigue and more severe long term medical problems. It’s important to be careful of these products because most people are low in stomach acid, but some people can be high. If there are gut “holes”, especially in the small intestine, it’s important not to irritate any exposed digestive tissue and make the issue worse.

  • Betaine HCL – start slowly, and consider performing a stomach acid self test like this or this

SUPPORT TRUE DIGESTIVE HEALING

This is the real key, the place we’re hoping to get to. Besides removing the offending substance causing the issue, these suggestions can help support quick healing to get you back to normal. Here are my recommendations, in order of priority.

  1. NeoCell Super Collagen + C Liquid Pomegranate – Have you ever bitten into a sausage? That “snap” is from biting through the collagen casing, which comes from animal intestines. Collagen forms the barrier lining of the stomach and intestines, so if it is damaged bad things happen. Think stomach ulcers and leaky gut. The liquid version of this collagen product is particularly useful because it can coat the stomach and provide direct contact to internal cells that produce new collagen and heal the damaged tissue. You can’t heal the underlying smooth muscles in the digestive tract until the protective collagen barrier is intact. A collagen supplement should be a person’s first priority. Currently, a famous internal surgeon in Dubai is conducting clinical research with her patients because she has found an overwhelming benefit to her patients when using this product.
  2. Goldenseal & Echinacea plus Propolis – in most, if not all cases of ulcers H. pylori is present. Consider a “Urea Breath Test” (although I’m generally against ingesting radioactive things). I personally don’t believe it is the cause, just like an infection in the cut of the skin isn’t the cause of the cut – the infection is there because there is damage to the collagen tissue that already exists and the bacteria invades the damaged area. Regardless, it may be necessary to clean up the infection. These herbs are superstars. I recommend using these for short term support, long term use is not advisable.
  3. Comfrey Root – there is controversy over whether this should be recommended internally. I’ve used it personally and as a Certified Master Herbalist, I find it to be appropriate in many cases. This herb is excellent for “tightening” up tissues and supporting the healing process. Check with your trusted health practitioner before making a decision.
  4. Glutamine – an important amino acid that fuels the cells within the digestive tract.

MAINTAIN DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Once you are back to normal it’s time to keep your gut healthy. A probiotic with multiple strands and a high active culture count can help.

  • Yogourmet homemade live culture yogurt or a supplement like Ohhira’s – there are a lot of excellent probiotics out there and it’s essential to have a robust gut flora

I hope this helps provide a stepping stone for people with digestive distress. As always, if you have a medical condition, work with a trusted health professional to develop a plan right for you.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Federal Drug Administration. The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.