Collagen has become a trendy addition to superfood cabinets around the world.
Though collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body, our own production naturally decreases as we age which can result in aging signs such as wrinkles, joint pain, decreased elasticity, and sagging skin. But aging isn't the only factor that affects collagen decline. Lack of sleep, poor diet, injury, toxins, pollution, and excess sun exposure can all cause collagen to degrade more quickly.
This is where collagen supplementation can come in handy.
Collagen is a protein that contains 19 non-essential and essential amino acids that are easily assimilated and absorbed by the body.
However, collagen is only available in animal form, which doesn't work for vegans and vegetarians.
So what can you do?
Whether you choose to avoid animal products due to health or environmental reasons, don't fret, you can also support your body's production of collagen completely plant-based!
A great way to do this is by providing it with the correct building blocks for collagen synthesis with Organika's brand new plant-based collagen booster.
Ginseng is a herb that has been shown to support collagen production because of its glycoprotein content. Glycoproteins are found on the surface of skin cells and help cells attach to each other and form a barrier, strengthening connective tissue, preventing wrinkles, and improving skin elasticity.
Studies demonstrate ginseng's ability to increase cell proliferation of fibroblasts (increasing connective tissue regeneration) and the synthesis of type 1 collagen (which comprises 85% of total collagen in the body).
Acerola, Pink Dragon Fruit & Lemon Powder
These foods are high in vitamin C, a cofactor for collagen production. Without sufficient levels of this vitamin in our diet, the creation of collagen is disrupted.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which means we need a daily supply to keep levels optimal. Synthetic vitamin C isn't recognized in the body the same as naturally occurring vitamin C which makes this blend ideal for increased effectiveness.
This herb is traditionally found in China and commonly added to vegan collagen supplements because it is the richest known source of silica. Silica is essential for maintaining the health of ligaments, joints, tendons, bones, and skin. It is a key nutrient required in the creation of collagen. High rates of silicon have been associated with decreased hair loss, wrinkles, and dullness and increased skin elasticity, brightness, and even nail growth.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that gives a vibrant pink-orange color to foods like salmon, shrimp, and lobster. It has potent free radical and inflammation-fighting capabilities as it contains 6,000 times more antioxidant power than Vitamin C.
Astaxanthin is often called the "internal sunscreen" as evidence shows that it can protect the skin from UV damage and reverse external signs of aging on the skin. Leading skin experts often recommend this antioxidant to reduce wrinkles and age spots whilst improving moisture and promoting healthy looking skin.
This native Indian plant is a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients, providing a range of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals needed for healthy skin. In addition to its ability to support the liver and digestion, lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol, and improve immune function, Moringa can help neutralize the effects of harmful pollutants that can harm our skin whilst also strengthening hair follicles and skin tissue.
Add a scoop of Organika Plant-Based Collage Booster to acai bowls, smoothies, chia pudding or protein bites!
Try this tasty smoothie blend to get all the benefits of Organika Plant Collagen with yummy whole food goodness.
1 scoop Organika Plant-Based Collage Booster
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 handful fresh spinach
1/2 cup of ice
Optional: chia seeds + shredded coconut for toppings
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled and add toppings if desired.