With all the claims made by skin care products and supplements in the market, it’s easy to get slightly befuddled about what to pick and even sceptical as to whether they actually work.
We’ve created a list of reasons, backed by reliable clinical research and evidence, explaining why Nutrova Collagen+Antioxidants does work when you’re looking for naturally healthier and better looking skin.
#1 – It has collagen peptides in the right amount and in the most efficient arrangement
You probably know that collagen is our skin’s main protein, and is largely responsible for its structure (since it makes up about 70% of the structure). You may have also heard that our skin’s production of collagen dramatically decreases during our 20’s – which is why dullness, roughness and premature ageing are quite common problems thereon.1
The good news is that we can replenish the collagen in our skin by consuming it through the food we eat. The bad news is that the form that it is present in, within most dietary sources, isn’t always helpful. In its native form, collagen doesn’t necessarily get broken down by our body into the specific size that’s required by our skin – it’s highly likely to break down into chains of amino acids that also get used for other purposes, in addition to eventually forming collagen.2, 3
That’s why Nutrova Collagen+Antioxidants uses collagen peptides, which are the building blocks of collagen, in a size that’s been clinically proven to get directly taken up by the skin and stimulate the production of more collagen.4, 5
Moreover, each sachet contains 5 grams of these collagen peptides – the amount that studies have identified as the optimal dose needed, to make a significant difference to the skin’s hydration, elasticity and texture.6, 7
There’s also a reason each box contains 30 sachets. Clinical research has demonstrated that our skin needs to be supplied with collagen peptides daily for at least four weeks for an improvement in our skin’s health and appearance. That’s what drives the product’s results of smoother, more hydrated and generally better looking skin.
#2: It doesn’t just repair and strengthen the skin’s structure, but also protects it from further harm
While the collagen peptides in the product serve to replenish our skin’s collagen and improve its structure, it’s also important to protect our skin from harmful factors. Otherwise, factors like the sun’s UV rays, pollution etc. create microscopic damage in the skin’s deeper layers that builds up over time.
This can be prevented by powerful antioxidants. Coming from natural sources, in the highest quality, each naturally-sourced antioxidant in the drink is renowned for its uniquely beneficial properties.8, 9
Most know of the strong antioxidant powers of green tea; the green tea extract used in Nutrova Collagen+Antioxidants contains a highly pure form of its antioxidants.
Another of its natural antioxidants, lycopene, which is extracted from tomatoes (and is, incidentally, what gives the fruit and our drink their colour), is pretty powerful itself. It actually lines up against the uppermost layer of the skin’s surface and neutralises free radicals (generated by the sun’s UV rays entering our skin) right there – this saves the other antioxidants from fighting free radical damage, leaving them free to carry out their other benefits.10-12
Grape seed extract is another nutrient that’s revered for its immensely strong powers by virtue of the family of antioxidants it contains, called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). OPCs are very effective antioxidants, and basic research has shown that they help maintain healthy collagen.5, 13
#3 – Its selection of ingredients work well individually, but even better together
We’ve mentioned that lycopene (from tomatoes) neutralises free radicals before they reach further into the skin’s structure, and that its grape seed extract helps maintain healthy collagen. The two aren’t completely unrelated: it’s largely because of the lycopene’s free-radical-neutralisation that the grape seed is better able to protect the skin, thus maintaining healthy collagen.
There’s more. Lycopene is more than a powerful skin protector; it even triggers the production of collagen, making it an excellent aid to the collagen peptides in the skin.11
Speaking of collagen-building ingredients, the vitamin C present in the drink is actually required by our skin in order for it to produce collagen. Its presence makes it that much easier for our skin to create more of the protein.1
In addition to vitamin C, the nutritional drink also contains vitamin E. Both of these vitamins work together in protecting our skin from free radical damage, since they actually make up our body’s antioxidant system.2, 9
All of this is backed by (real) science.
All of the ingredients and their dosage in the product have been clinically proven to do exactly as claimed: lead to visibly healthier skin. It’s also important to specify, in light of the various online articles that announce new claims made by science almost every day, to us, “clinically proven” refers to sound scientific data. It takes extensive research to verify and correlate facts borne from various scientific studies. Only when an observation meets a statistically significant number and remains true across studies found in medical journals, each fitting all the criteria of a reliable study, can it be deemed scientifically sound.
Nutrova Collagen+Antioxidants is entirely made up of scientifically-sound ingredients. If you ask us, that’s our favourite reason it actually works.
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12. Sesso HD, et al. The American journal of clinical nutrition 2004, 79(1): 47-53.
13. Yamakoshi J, et al. Phytother Res 2004, 18(11): 895-899.