WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATURAL ASTAXANTHIN AND SYNTHETIC ASTAXANTHIN?
Natural and synthetic Astaxanthin have the same chemical formulation, but synthetic Astaxanthin (while marketed as ‘nature identical’) has a totally different molecular structure, rendering it 20 to 50 times less efficacious than natural Astaxanthin. Ingenious Beauty Ultimate Collagen+ only ever uses natural Astaxanthin.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLLAGEN SHOTS, TABLETS AND CAPSULES?
Unlike collagen shots or tablets, Ultimate Collagen+ demonstrates a very high level of bioavailability.
Generally, supplements in liquid format are much more readily broken down, and quickly absorbed by the body. With pills, the binding ingredients used to hold nutrients ‘together’ can prevent them from breaking down completely”.
Other collagen products in the form of shots or hydrolysate tablets are guilty of ‘over dosing’ because very few collagen peptides are able to pass through the stomach and reach the small intestine unless they are protected from our stomach acid. Collagen shots break down in the stomach into their constituent amino acid parts losing their efficacy, while tablets are too starchy to break down fully.
WHAT IS BIOAVAILABILITY?
In pharmacology, bioavailability (BA) is a subcategory of absorption and is the amount of an administered dose of unchanged dosage that reaches the systemic circulation. Essentially this means how much of the supplement is able to be absorbed before it’s broken down by your body’s digestive processes: Ultimate Collagen+ has been specially formulated to ensure your body is able to derive maximum benefit.
WHAT DOES ENTERIC MEAN?
The enteric capsule that houses Ultimate Collagen+ is so-called because it is resistant to the pH of stomach acid and the protein degrading action of the pepsin. The capsule bypasses the stomach’s digestive acids and is delivered whole to the small intestine. It then responds to the change in pH of the small intestine and disintegrates: safely delivering the marine collagen peptide, hyaluronic acid and astaxanthin undamaged to the site of nutrient absorption.
WHAT IS A CAROTENOID?
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are organic (red, orange and yellow) pigments that are found in the chloroplasts and chromoplasts of plants and some other photosynthetic organisms. Carotenoids serve two key roles in plants and algae: they absorb light energy for use in photosynthesis, but more importantly they protect chlorophyll from photo damage. Many carotenoids have vitamin A activity (meaning that they can be converted to retinal in the body, this benefits eye health), and these and other carotenoids can also act as antioxidants.
HOW DOES IT WORK TO PROTECT FROM UV DAMAGE, AND DOES IT PROTECT FROM GROUND LEVEL OZONE?
One of the main causes of ageing, UltraViolet rays, induce the production of in situ radical oxygen species (ROS) (known as free radicals). Free radicals destroy the collagen matrix in the dermis.
UVA rays are responsible for much of the damage done by photo-ageing, they penetrate deep into the dermis where the damage to collagen fibres leads to wrinkle formation.
Astaxanthin naturally reduces free radicals (ROS) in the body, whilst also protecting the cells against oxidation; unlike other antioxidants, due to its unique molecular structure Astaxanthin can never become a pro-oxidant in the body. In this way, Astaxanthin protects the body from solar radiation and free radical pollutants.
DOES IT WORK ON HYPERPIGMENTATION?
Yes, UVB rays are the main cause behind inflammation and melanin production; Astaxanthin has been shown to improve and reduce wrinkles, freckles and spots.
WHAT’S DA? (MOLECULAR WEIGHT)
It stands for Dalton, and is a unit of measuring molecular weight. The average Dalton weight of Ultimate Collagen+’s marine collagen peptide is below 2,000 Da, many other brands use a collagen peptide of 5,000 Da or higher, and this larger molecule means the collagen is often too large to be absorbed by the small intestine before it has been broken down into constituent amino acid parts by the body’s digestive processes. By contrast, 2,000 Da is an ideal molecular weight for the rapid absorption and bioavailability of collagen peptide.
WHAT’S “OVER DOSING”?
Over dosing is including a high amount of low-grade collagen in a product, with the hope that at least some collagen will be absorbed by the body. Ultimate Collagen+ uses a molecularly accurate dose of collagen so that it has proven higher absorption levels than competitor products.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Compared to competitors’ pricing on a daily basis, Ultimate Collagen+ not only offers a vastly superior product, with higher absorption levels (via the use of enteric capsules, and a smaller, higher grade, more readily absorbed molecular weight marine collagen peptide), it is also reasonably priced. Try the maths for yourself: divide the total price by the number of days on the treatment to work out how much your treatment costs per day. Ultimate Collagen+ works out at a reasonable £1.88 per day.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
There are no known side effects from the consumption of Ultimate Collagen+ capsules but people with known allergies to protein, or who are pregnant or breast-feeding, should not take this supplement without medical advice.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Many people report improvements within 10 days of beginning to take Ultimate Collagen+, most will see a result after 20 days. Individual results may vary.
WHY DON'T I SEE ANY IMPROVEMENT?
If, after 40 days, Ultimate Collagen+ does not appear to be working for you, firstly do not be disheartened. There may be a slight deficiency in one or more vital nutrients. To fully utilise marine collagen peptide you need other nutrients such as: Vitamin C, Zinc, activated Vitamin B6, Chromium, and Manganese. Equally if the marine collagen peptide is being used to form the basis of bone then to become bone it will also need the minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Silica.
If you are finding this is the case with you, do not worry, you are unique! Please contact us or if you prefer your own practitioner. Either way we can help you get the absolute maximum out this ingenious supplement. It is important to realise that each one of us has a different metabolism and an off the shelf multi-vitamin and mineral may not be of the standard required.
WHAT QUANTITY IS THERE OF EACH INGREDIENT IN THE CAPSULES?
Spread across 3 capsules:
Marine Peptide Collagen – 800mg
Hyaluronic Acid – 50mg
Natural Astaxanthin – 4mg
CAN I TAKE THE CAPSULES IF I AM ALLERGIC TO SHELLFISH?
Yes. No shellfish or crustaceans are used in the manufacturing/production of Ultimate Collagen+.
WHAT TYPE OF FISH IS USED?