Archive June 2012
What is It?
Collagen is a protein found in our connective tissues. As we grow older, we begin to lose the ability to produce collagen which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and even joint pain. NeoCell’s Super Collagen Powder is a dietary supplement rich in hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine, which are two key amino acids specific only to collagen and especially important to collagen production. It has a 90% absorption rate into the blood stream where cellular changes occur.
While many creams on the market advertise their collagen boosting properties, it’s important to know that collagen actually cannot be absorbed by the skin. The best way to take it would be through your diet.
I started taking NeoCell’s Super Collagen Powder a little over a month ago. After reading amazing reviews for it all over the internet, I was excited to see what the hype was about. The powder comes in a 7oz jar which will last you about 30 days. You’re supposed to take it on an empty stomach and then wait 30 minutes before you eat.
On the jar it claims to be tasteless, so the first time I took Super Collagen Powder, I scooped some into a big glass of water and attempted to stir it in. It got really clumpy and would not dissolve; I got impatient and just I gagged down the clumps. Not pleasant. The next day, I figured I needed a better method. I decided to blend some of the collagen powder in my protein shake in order to mask the flavor. Using a blender worked wonders! The powder dissolved right away and I was barely able to taste it.
After about three weeks of taking the supplement regularly I had started to notice some subtle (but welcomed) changes. My nails were growing super fast and I found myself having to file them much more often. My nails are usually very brittle, and they start to peel if they get too long. The collagen powder has strengthened them and I’ve noticed a lot less damage on the nail beds. After another week, I noticed that my hair was not only growing faster, but it was shedding a lot less as well. I have a lot of hair, and it is always coming out. While I usually lose between 20-30 hairs after a shower, lately it’s been around 10-15. I’m 24 years old so I don’t have wrinkles, but I do have small fine lines around my eyes. I have started to notice them filling in and disappearing.
Another common benefit I found while reading other reviews was that the powder is supposed to help immensely with joint pain. I do not have joint pain, so I cannot vouch for it’s effectiveness with this particular issue, I feel it’s worth mentioning!
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with NeoCell’s Super Collagen Powder. I read that after 25, collagen begins to break down at a rate of 1.5% a year. I am definitely going to keep this powder in my beauty routine as another defense against anti-aging. The price is fantastic too! At between $8-16 (depending on where you buy) for a month’s supply, Super Collagen Power is an easily affordable addition to any beauty regimen.
It’s hard to describe the taste of the powder. It doesn’t have a strong flavor at all but for some reason it was very hard for me to drink. Adding it to a protein shake made it much more tolerable.
It’s not Vegan
While I do not claim to be vegetarian or vegan, I try to make sure the majority of my diet free from animal products. Unfortunately, the Super Collagen Powder is derived from food grade bovine collagen so it would not be suitable for vegans.
Hard to Mix
This stuff would not dissolve when I stirred it. I had to blend it in my mini handheld blender in order to make it dissolve in my protein shake.
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