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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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

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


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


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


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.


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.

Apple Cranberry Beauty Gelatin Recipe

by Tim Mount, CN, CCMH

This recipe is an adaptation from Amanda Fraijo-Tobin’s original Orange-Cranberry Collagen Gummies recipe, posted on her blog at Please go check it out!

jello 2Recently at the Natural Healthfest show in Plano, Texas I made a batch of “beauty gelatin” that was absolutely, positively delicious! The snack was an enjoyable, simple way to take our NeoCell Beauty Infusion product – and let me tell you, this recipe got rave reviews. It only takes a few minutes to make and stores well in the fridge.

The only sweeteners in the recipe are from the 100% No Sugar Added Cranberry Juice, plus the 3 grams of sugars (12 calories) and non-caloric stevia/erythritol blend in our Beauty Infusion. But it packs a beautiful punch with collagen for wrinkle reduction, hyaluronic acid for skin moisturization, biotin for hair and nails thickness, alpha lipoic acid for skin-specific antioxidant protection and vitamin C for additional collagen support.

It’s so addictingly delectable you may not believe it’s good for you! Give some to your kids – I bet they won’t even know our NeoCell beauty gelatin is a supplement.

Note: since collagen comes from gelatin, it isn’t a competitive protein and won’t reduce the effectiveness of our hydrolyzed NeoCell Collagen.



Double or triple the recipe as needed.jello 1

  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 2/3 cup 100% Cranberry Juice (no sugar added)**
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin**
  • 2-3 scoops Appletini flavored NeoCell Beauty Infusion, depending on desired strength and flavor
  • 1 package sample cups with lids** or small glass containers

***found at most department and grocery stores for a relatively inexpensive cost


  1. Warm the cranberry juice in a small pot over high heat. Remove from heat once hot, but before boiling.
  2. Dissolve Beauty Infusion Appletini and unflavored gelatin in the water. I used a shaker cup.
  3. Combine the liquids and stir with a whisk.
  4. Allow to cool until a safe temperature to pour into the plastic containers. I used a liquid measuring cup for simple pouring.
  5. Place in refrigerator and eat once solidified.

Also try experimenting with other flavor combinations like Grape Juice and Cranberry Splash Beauty Infusion.

Tip: For your next party, you may want to replace some of the water with vodka for an adult version of the beauty gelatin. You may not feel great the next morning, but at least you’ll look amazing!

Why are collagen tablets so big?

by Tim Mount, CN, CCMH

(check out my video on this topic here as well)


I’ve heard the joke a million times, “Those collagen tablets are like horse pills!” Yes, it’s true that the tabs can be large and you have to take 3 – 6 of them (depending on the product). But for many people the convenience of tablets outweighs the drawbacks. I personally prefer tablets because I can quickly pour a dose in my hand, slam them down with a sip of water and get on with my day. Other people, such as my father, have a gag reflex that won’t allow them to do that. Or they have “pill fatigue” and don’t want to add anymore pills to their existing supplement or prescription drug routine.

At NeoCell we know everyone has their own preference on how to take their collagen. Because of this we’ve developed several different ways of taking our supplements.

Infusion_Tangerine_016185-12943-6Powder_016185-01986-7Powdered form is very popular – our Super Collagen 7 oz. powder remains the #1 collagen product on the market because it mixes easily in juice or a smoothie and doesn’t require swallowing hard pills. Our premium powder called Beauty Infusion is even more convenient because it mixes with water and comes in 3 delicious flavors.

Bursts_choc_016185-12938-2Burst_Berry_016185-12939-9Chews seem to be the hottest trend when taking supplements and our Beauty Bursts have taken the collagen market by storm since their introduction.  Not only are the individual chews easy to take, people actually look forward to taking their “dose” every day because of the exceptional taste and convenient, portable packaging. My daughter, who is going through potty training, gets a Beauty Burst as a treat every time she uses the potty…you know if a kid likes them, they must taste great!


PomLiquid_016185-12899-6Our Super Collagen Pomegranate Liquid is another popular option because it is premixed. Simply keep it in the refrigerator door and take a quick swig anytime you’d like.

Can’t the pills be smaller?

Since collagen is protein, it isn’t able to be shrunken down into a smaller form, just like it’s impossible to shrink a steak. It is what it is, and in order to get a high enough dose you have to take a large enough amount of collagen. We compress the pills as much as possible, while still guaranteeing they dissolve in the digestive tract within 12 minutes, but beyond compression there isn’t much else we can do.

In the body collagen must stimulate millions and millions of cell that produce new collagen in order to be effective. If we only included a few hundred milligrams there simply wouldn’t be enough collagen in your system to make a meaningful impact on your body. At a minimum, collagen supplements should be in the thousands of milligrams to be effective. That is one of the benefits of NeoCell, we have the highest doses on the market, thereby ensuring a noticeable and lasting effect for our customers.

The Secret to Authentic Happiness: A New Year’s Resolution

by Tim Mount, CN,  CCMH

Seeking happiness is one of the main motivations in a person’s life, from the food we eat to the hobbies we have to the relationships we cultivate. However, the path to authentic happiness can be elusive. A burger and fries may make us feel good at first, but over time that short term indulgence leads to long term problems that interfere with our lives – an consequently make us less happy.

Authentic happiness is different than short term pleasure and can be a difficult thing to measure. Social scientists have been working for decades to define the exact formula for happiness and what it means for all people. Unfortunately, the debate rages on, but we do have some pieces of the puzzle.

Health, Beauty and Income

Health and beauty and the absence of pain, which are all intimately related, seem to be a central theme when attaining authentic happiness. We know that beauty is a reflection of our health status. We also know that chronic pain is a symptom of poor health (more on that later).

In a study performed at the University of Austin, people deemed to be the most attractive were on average 10% happier than those deemed the least attractive – and likely had a higher income. Another study confirmed the link between beauty and higher income, with estimates calculating beauty can be worth in excess of $230,000 over a lifetime! We’ve all heard that “money can’t buy happiness”, but in reality research shows that isn’t true up to a certain point.

Age and Pain

As someone grows into their golden years they also tend to gain in happiness faster than any other time than in their lives, as shown by this study. But chronic pain can limit that happiness. Another study of the elderly revealed that relieving chronic pain also increased their happiness.

Happiness Goals

Where does that leave us? A few things are certain:

  • A lifelong focus on health is essential. Maintaining health likely means maintaining a higher level of happiness throughout your life.
  • Like it or not, increasing your income leads to a happier, more fulfilling life.
  • Developing beauty from within by leading a healthy life is step on the path to authentic happiness and more financial opportunities at any age.
  • Living longer helps us grow more happy. You must maintain your health so you can not only survive in our golden years, but thrive as well.
  • Likewise, to experience a happy life we need to minimize the happiness-limiting effects of chronic pain.

There are many solutions to accomplish these goals, and will likely be different for every individual. It helps to analyze the different areas of your health and income to determine which New Year’s Resolution is best for you. Many people opt for a gym membership, or possibly enroll in a class that can help them gain a promotion at work. Some people may focus on their diet or reduce the amount of wasteful spending.

While all are excellent solutions, a simple way to start may be by taking a supplement for the health benefits. One supplement in particular stands out as a key solution that can help with all of the goals mentioned above – health and reduction of chronic pain, beauty and consequently income. Certainly, taking a supplement isn’t a magic pill, but it can be an important part of the equation.

Collagen is the unquestioned longevity and beauty supplement superstar. Not only does collagen rebuild the skin and increase hair and nail health, but it doubles as a critical joint and bone benefit supplement as well. Skin wrinkling, hair thinning, and nail weakening are all caused by the body’s drop in collagen production as we age. Joint and bone health is a major determining factor of chronic pain later in life, and this connective tissue is composed mostly of collagen.

At any age, collagen can help develop a person’s natural beauty from within while also guarding against chronic pain later in life by keeping connective tissue and bones strong.

This year consider investing in your beauty by trying NeoCell’s award winning beauty products Biotin Bursts and Beauty Infusion, or any of NeoCell’s other core collagen products. In the long run they might end up paying for themselves and making you a happier person!

5 Holiday Weight Management Tips

The average American gains between 4-6 pounds over the holidays – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Follow these 5 simple tips and still enjoy all your favorite treats without the weight gain.

Tip 1: Eat Slowly

There is a hormone in the body called “leptin” that signals to your brain when you are full. Leptin produces the feeling of fullness and satiety. However, there is a 15-20 minute delay for this hormone to take effect. People who eat fast often overeat. Fifteen minutes later they are reclined on the couch, pants button popped, complaining of how full they are. crazy auntIf they were to have eaten slowly leptin would have had a chance to take effect and they likely would have eaten significantly less food while still feeling satisfied. Those extra few minutes of eating really pack on the weight since the excess calories are stored as fat. Put your fork down in between bites, chew your food instead of swallowing enormous chunks, and strike up a conversation with your crazy aunt. All are great ways to slow your pace.

Tip 2: Eat Veggies First

grbeans2-400-kalynskitchenVegetables, assuming they aren’t drowned in butter and sauce, are nutrient dense and low calorie. By eating veggies first – such as a salad or green beans – you’ll occupy a lot of space in your stomach and have less room for those calorie bombs – gravy, fatty meats, and concentrated starches (like mashed potato). Plus, eating the vegetables first will allow your leptin signal to kick in sooner.

Tip 3: Wait Before Eating Dessert

Your body needs calories to run, but it’s difficult to eat exactly the right amount of calories in one sitting at the holidays. Wouldn’t it be nice if your body just excreted those excess calories each meal? Unfortunately that’s not how it works, and eating anything above your current calorie need will result in weight gain. What’s the solution? Space your meals out. Wait at least 2-3 hours after a meal to have dessert. That way your body will burn some of the dessert calories as fuel instead of storing it as fat. If you were to eat dessert immediately after meal your meals ALL of the dessert calories will likely be stored as fat.

Tip 4: Go On A Walk

fa_233_jackpalance970As I said in Tip 3, your body needs calories to run. If your calorie demand increases at the same time as your calorie intake increases your won’t store any fat after a meal. Go for a walk or challenge your Grampa to a one armed push-up contest. Play with the dog. Any form of activity is better than sitting on the couch after a meal.

Tip 5: Give Away Leftovers

iStock_000012099789XSmallRealistically, a large meal here or there won’t result in a 4-6 pounds of weight gain. Let’s say you have large meals, dessert and a few drinks Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and two holiday parties. That’s only 5 meals in 6 weeks. You’d have to gain an entire pound each meal, which is fairly unlikely (especially if you follow tips 1-4). The hidden fat comes in the leftovers – the dozen or so calorie-packed meals that you munch on days after each holiday. Give the leftovers away (or give your dog a treat)!