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.
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.
Combine with an immersion blender or counter top blender. Do not attempt to mix with a spoon or oil will remain on top.
by Tim Mount, CN, CCMH
NeoCell’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
Structure: 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™!
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!
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!
Makes 2-4 servings, reduce ingredients as needed for individual servings. If you’re missing an ingredient, substitute for what you have available.
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.
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.
NeoCell 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!
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.
Joints, Bones and Other Tissues
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.
Similarly, 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.
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.
Although 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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.