Importance Of Collagen + A NeoCell Review and Giveaway
We officially got through the first week of school for the kids. It’s always a doozy trying to get everyone back into the swing of things, and the paperwork? Oh forget it. I’m not even sure how I have a wrist after the first week of filling out forms for 3 separate children. If there were multiple forms that just required small tweaks (like the kids names) I photocopied them. HAHAHAHA. Do you think they noticed? Sorry, but not really.
Seriously though, filling out that much paperwork certainly isn’t easy on my wrist. My problems actually started at the beginning of the year, but it has really been nagging me lately. I’ve been diagnosed with both carpal tunnel and Raynaud’s – so my hands can be a lot of trouble for me depending on the day and the weather.
Combine that with a job that keeps me “clicking” as my husband says, and I’m actively searching for some sources of relief. So I was pretty happy to try out some these collagen packed goodies provided to me from NeoCell.
Collagen Type 2 – Joint Complex
I was interested in this product because of the reasons I stated above. The suggested use is 4-6 capsules daily taken with 6 oz. of orange juice or vitamin c drink. The supplement facts are as follows:
I’ve mentioned before that in the past I’ve purchased collagen supplements, but never stuck with them. After being introduced to NeoCell, besides testing their products out, I’ve also been doing some research about the effects of collagen as well as different types of collagen. NeoCell actually as 3 types of collagen available, and they are different animals.
Scientiﬁc studies show that more than 90% of the collagen found in the body is Collagen Type 1&3. The protein composition consists of nineteen amino acids responsible for the growth and maintenance of the body with unusually high percentages of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline, which are all found in the skin and muscle. Collagen Type 2 protein consists of eighteen amino acids, which amino acid proﬁles parallel the proﬁle of the joint cartilage. Collagen Type 1&3 and Collagen Type 2 should not be combined due the types having different amino acid proﬁles. If taken together, the two proteins will bind and form a complete protein and the body will not recognize it as collagen. It is recommended that if you want to take both sources of collagen protein, it should be done at least an hour apart.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Interesting right? So type 2 is good for joints, while type 1 + 3 is what NeoCell incorporates into products that are aimed towards hair, skin, nails, and anti-aging like their Beauty Bursts.
I’ve been taking 4 a day, and I’m used to taking pills, so I can down all 4 at once. They are a very reasonable sized kosher gelatin sized capsule and do not contain: soy, wheat, lactose, starch, yeast, or artificial flavors.
Beauty Bursts Soft Chews
I was sent the fresh mint chocolate flavor Beauty Bursts. From the NeoCell site:
Having beautiful & radiant skin has never been so easy- or so delicious. NeoCell Beauty Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delectable, gourmet soft chews. Collagen Type 1 & 3 is the body’s beauty protein & strengthens skin, hair & nails. Hyaluronic Acid is know as “Nature’s Moisturizer” & hydrates the skin. Vitamin C is essential to boosting collagen in the skin. Together, these three beauty nutrients work together to build beautiful skin from the inside out.
While they offer variations of collagen 1+3 both in pill and powder form, these Beauty Bursts have the added benefit of Hyaluronic acid, which is a skin hydrator and is also found naturally in our joints. Plus admit it, sometimes chewing your vitamins is just a little more fun isn’t it?
The texture of the Beauty Bursts is really nice! They are very soft and chewy, not chalky in the slightest. They taste more mint than they do chocolate, but you do get a nice hint of chocolate to them.
They have no: artificial sweeteners, lactose, or gluten.
Collagen and Vitamin C
I was interested as to what the connection between vitamin c and collagen were. As it turns out vitamin c is required in the synthesis of collagen! So when people contract scurvy, they stop producing collagen and all sorts of nasty things ensue.
See! Don’t ever say I didn’t teach you anything!
I’m not one to take supplements or whatever is thrown my way all willy nilly without looking into the possible benefits/side effects and purpose that they serve. But I will tell you I’m pretty excited about everything I’ve tried and I’d love to add their Super Collagen +C tablets into my daily routine! I haven’t tried those yet, but I personally think I’d just like to take a tablet over a chew (easier for me to remember).
Also, vitamin c and a hyaluronic acid serum are things that I already use topically in my skincare, so really it just makes so much sense to me to add them into my supplement routine this way. I’ll actually be talking about some skincare stuff here on the blog in the future!
I’m excited to see how the extended use of these products out for me, but I can see the improvement in my nails has been remarkable. About 4 months ago I ditched the acrylic nails – and if you’ve ever had them you know the havoc they cause on your natural nails. My nails were destroyed. They were almost all the way grown out by the time I started adding NeoCell products, but the new growth still wasn’t looking all that great. They have improved so much. I really wish I had taken a before and after!
Here’s your chance to try both of these great products out for yourself! Read below and enter away!
Also check out their great protein which I have reviewed previously here. For protein lovers it’s a great choice and it works really well in recipes.
Note: you can pick up these products at one of my favorite online retailers iHerb. Use the code QIR667 and receive a great discount for first time customers!
Disclaimer: I received this product for review purposes. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are my own.