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For anyone looking to add more collagen into their diet, this beauty supplement delivers a hefty dose of the skin-saving protein. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or have a medical condition.
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If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it’s likely riddled with beauty and food bloggers alike singing the praises of ingestible collagen. Now available in a variety of flavors and forms, for anyone looking to get back to basics (and/or not break the bank) NeoCell Super Powder Collagen ($15) is a great, straightforward collagen powder.
First, a quick skin care science lesson. Collagen is an essential protein for the entire body, from bones to joints, and of course, skin. It’s responsible for creating a strong, healthy support structure and ensuring skin stays smooth, supple and wrinkle-free. Unfortunately for all of us, collagen production starts to slow at age 25, and a multitude of external factors (sun exposure, poor diet, pollution) only make matters worse.
Enter ingestible collagen, said to help replenish your body’s natural reserves and deliver a laundry list of both health and beauty benefits—think stronger nails, thicker hair and more youthful skin. Still, not all formulas are created equal. This powder earned my vote for the super clean ingredient list containing only grass-fed, bovine collagen that’s gluten-, soy- and GMO- free, as well as paleo-friendly. One serving delivers 6,600mg of bioactive collagen (it’s formulated in a way that your body can readily and easily absorb and benefit from it).
I followed the package directions to mix a scoop into a glass of water or juice. Though it is odorless and flavorless, it does make water taste a little off, but nothing that’s not drinkable. It’s recommended to take on an empty stomach, so I chose to drink mine while working out; the protein in the collagen definitely made me feel much less hungry than I normally would. I’m now drinking it daily and paying close attention to any changes in my skin, hair or nails. For anyone looking to see what this collagen craze is all about, this powder is a great way to go.
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