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.
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 FridayLoveSong.net at http://www.fridaylovesong.net/orange-cranberry-collagen-gummies/. Please go check it out!
Recently 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.
***found at most department and grocery stores for a relatively inexpensive cost
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!
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.
Powdered 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.
Chews 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!
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.
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.
Where does that leave us? A few things are certain:
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!
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. If 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
Vegetables, 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
As 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
Realistically, 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)!