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Breaking myths about Collagen

It couldn’t…but now it can – Collagen Evolved

When was the last time you bought collagen? How many different types did you see? 10? 20? 50? The confusion is real! Being confused, you had to look more closely at the promises on the packages, hunting for what seemed the right one.

Improve skin texture! Reduce joint pain! Feel more flexible!

We even found one promising an extra smooth shave.

It almost seems like the proverbial Fountain of Youth has been found.

But are any of these promises real? How is one collagen better than another? Why do men and women have different collagen products? When purchasing a product that you will be consuming daily, you want to be sure that you are making the best investment.


So how can you sort through the minefield of far-fetched claims?


Understand the role of collagen in the body

Collagen is a type of protein. The building blocks of protein are amino acids. The word collagen derives from the Greek word kolla, meaning glue and collagen really is like an adhesive that holds many of the body’s tissues together. Skin, tendons, ligaments, bones, blood vessels and connective tissues are all made up of collagen.

There are at least 28 different types of collagen. Types I, II and III form the bulk of the collagen in your body. Types I and III provide structure to the skin, muscles and ligaments, while type II is found in cartilage and the eyes.

The terms “collagen peptides “and “hydrolyzed collagen” are different names for the same thing: collagen broken down into a protein powder.

Scientists have shown that typically around 1% of collagen is lost per year from our early 20’s. This loss typically results in:

· Dehydration and thinning of the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles

· Stiff or aching joints

· Aching muscles

· Dull or thin hair

· Abnormal blood pressure


What happens when collagen is consumed

Contrary to popular understanding, collagen does not remain in its complex original form and is broken down into its amino acid building blocks by digestion.

To restore the complex triple-helix form again, additional ingredients are required. Sufficient Vitamin C, Zinc, Sulphur and Manganese are needed to rebuild the collagen structure.

Without additional fortification of these vitamins and minerals, the collagen being ingested cannot fulfill its promise of collagen replenishment and its benefits.

In our professional view, at the most basic level, when collagen peptides are consumed, they serve as building blocks for other proteins or collagen production. You cannot guide the collagen where to go in your body. As we ingest it, it goes into a pool of amino acids, and our bodies are intelligent enough to decide where it should go. For example, if a wound needs healing, then that healing is prioritized. If skin elasticity or joint health needs priority, then it is where it will go. This is why people experience different benefits from collagen supplementation.

Our research has shown that 10+ grams of collagen is needed for sufficient collagen supplementation.

This means that capsules (around 0,5 grams) and small sachets below 2.5 grams is a waste of money.


The New Frontier in Collagen

In summary, a collagen-based product needs these key ingredients for success:

  • Hydrolysed, high-quality collagen Type I and III

  • Fortification with sources of Vitamin C, Zinc, Sulphur, Manganese for the formation of triple helix collagen

  • Formulated by specialists that understand and are trained in pharmacology and the interactions of substances in the body

  • Produced in a responsible and ethically-motivated facility with GMP compliance that specializes in the production of medical grade pharmaceutical and complimentary medicine products

And why stop there?

If you are going to invest time and money into a daily collagen-based supplement, you want it to be effective and convenient. It must deliver on its promises of pain & mobility support, help with weight management, immunity, protection from free radicals, gut health, and improved better skin, hair and nails.

Sprezzatura, known for our ground-breaking Weight Loss products, has gone a step further in our new collagen-based formulation, DEFIANCE™.

Besides the key success ingredients, Defiance has ingredients to support your body:

  • High-quality Type I & III Bovine-based Collagen, certified Halaal at source

  • Vitamin C, Zinc and Manganese to rebuild the triple-helix collagen

  • Extra BCAA’s (Leucine, Valine and Isoleucine) to stimulate protein building in muscle and possibly reduce muscle breakdown.

  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and source of Sulphur.

  • Glucosamine to build and repair cartilage.

  • Chondroitin is a vital component of cartilage, giving it elasticity.

  • Hyaluronic Acid to help skin stretch and flex and reduce skin wrinkles & lines. It also helps with the reduction of hyperpigmentation and blemishes.

  • Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that reduces the effects of sun damage, alcohol, smoking and stress.

  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues.

  • Zinc helps immune system and metabolism function.

  • Vitamin K2 contributes to skin health and bone metabolism.

  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant needed for immune health.

  • Manganese helps the body form connective tissue & bones.

  • Selenium is a nutrient that plays a key role in maintaining thyroid hormone metabolism and DNA synthesis.

  • Vitamin D3 for strengthening bones and muscles and boosting immunity.

  • Astaxanthin has been linked to healthier skin and endurance.

  • Biotin helps improve skin's hydration, smoothness and appearance.

DEFIANCE™ has been developed to defy the status quo. To take Collagen to the next level. So that you can confidently defy aging, defy joint pain, defy poor mobility.

Each portion has been conveniently packaged in its own sachet, so that you know you are getting the right amount. Take the unflavoured variant with your morning coffee or enjoy the watermelon-mint flavour (sugar-free, of course) with cold water on the go.

For more information, please contact us at info@sprezzatura.net


Edwin Govender

Lead Formulation Pharmacist at Sprezzatura (a division of Torus Health Care Pty Ltd)

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