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    Choc Coconut Bounty Smoothie

    Switch Nutrition, 3 August 2021

    Ingredients 1 serve Switch Nutrition Protein Switch 1 frozen banana 1 Medjool date 1 cup coconut milk 1 Tbsp cashew butter 1 tsp desiccated coconut 1 tsp cacao nibs ½ cup water Ice Method Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour smoothie into a glass and top with coconut flakes and cacao nibs (optional).

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    Choc Vitality Bircher Muesli

    Switch Nutrition, 18 July 2021

    Ingredients 1 serve Vitality Switch - Chocolate 1 Cup Rolled Oats ¼ Cup Shredded Coconut 1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds 1 Tbsp Pepitas 1 Cup Milk (Almond or Coconut) Method Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir through milk, cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve topped with yoghurt, fresh fruit and extra seeds.

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  • 5 surefire ways to increase energy all day

    5 surefire ways to increase energy all day

    Switch Nutrition, 12 July 2021

    5 SUREFIRE WAYS TO INCREASE ENERGY ALL DAY In a world where being highly motivated, focussed and energised are daily requirements to succeed, we need all the help we can get…and some days coffee alone just doesn’t cut it! In this article we will look at the top 5 ways to increase energy all day. 1. Sleep Sleep – This might sound strange but sleep duration and quality is the most effective predictor of energy the next day. If you are feeling lethargic, tired or irritable, sleep should be your priority. Simply achieving 7.5 hours of unbroken quality sleep can be life changing for daily energy and motivation. Here are some quick tips to get the best sleep. Sleep before midnight is 2x more beneficial than after midnight. Plan to be in bed 8 hours before you need to wake up. 30 mins to doze off and get settled. Use Magnesium which has been shown to improve sleep quality and increase energy through the day. Read a book to wind down. Don’t rely on digital games, social media or watching TV. Don’t eat within 2 hours of bedtime. The digestion and blood sugar fluctuations can prevent getting to sleep and staying asleep. Don’t drink too much water before bed. Getting up to go to the toilet can disrupt quality sleep. Reduce alcohol. Even though it is a sedative it can reduce deep sleep where recovery happens. Reduce caffeine and stimulants after 2pm. Caffeine will still be in your system 6-8 hours after consumption. Use Ashwagandha. This Ayurvedic herb has been shown to reduce cortisol and promote better sleep quality. Pro Tip: Switch Nutrition Adrenal Switch™ is your go to product containing Ashwagandha and Magnesium to reduce stress, improve sleep and increase energy the next day! 2. Caffeine Still KING for energy… however, you can get too much of a good thing and certain forms are better than others. Yes, caffeine boosts energy, alertness, focus, motivation, and performance. However, too much caffeine can cause a crash, tiredness, diarrhoea and an increasing dependence or addiction. It is not uncommon for people to start with 100mg (1 cup of coffee) and before long need 300mg (triple shot) to get the same benefit. This is called adrenal resistance. Your body is producing adrenaline in response to the caffeine, but you are not responding to it as well. This can be unhealthy as your adrenals are working overtime to call up the energy, but your brain and muscles are not picking up the phone. Natural caffeine provides all the benefits of synthetic caffeine anhydrous but has a smoother, longer lasting feeling without the crash or chemical residues of synthetic caffeine. You will find natural caffeine in Switch Nutrition Coffee Switch™ (for your coffee lovers), Power Switch™ (Pre-Workout) and Thermal Switch™ (for the fat burning energy chaser). 3. Move Regular exercise is far more effective at boosting energy than a remaining sedentary and conserving energy. Moving at regular intervals helps boost blood flow and improve insulin sensitivity which results in more energy being utilised by your working muscles and your brain. In fact, one study found that sedentary people with persistent tiredness and fatigue reduced their tiredness by 65% with regular exercise. In another study just 10 minutes of walking increased energy more than a sugary snack. So, get away from your desk for 10 minutes each hour and go for a walk or do some movement that increases your heart rate and improves your blood flow. 4. Nootropics There is a new class of botanical compounds that help enhance focus and mental energy while reducing fatigue. They are called Nootropics! Nootropic is the term given to a compound that boosts cognitive function. Some nootropics are gabanergic (calming) and others are adrenergic (excitatory). Some boost mood, focus, mind-muscle connection, and others enhance learning or memory recall. EnXtra&reg EnXtra® - Alpina Galanga is the source of this NEW patented natural compound that amplifies the benefit of caffeine by 30% for up to 5 hours without jitters or a crash. It is thought to act as an adaptogen allowing your body and brain to respond positively to stimulants and stress. EnXtra® boosts dopamine receptors and down regulates adenosine. This means it may enhance motivation, happiness, satisfaction and focus while reducing fatigue and tiredness. EnXtra® has been shown to increase alertness with or without caffeine by 100% over placebo. In 2019 it won the prestigious Nutraingredients Best New Ingredient Award. You should make sure this ingredient is in your next pre-workout or focus supplement. Hordenine Hordenine – Found in Hordeum vulgare, this neuro stimulant works by inhibiting MAO (MonoAmine Oxidase). This inhibition reduces the metabolism and breakdown of catecholamines (adrenaline, dopamine etc). Simply put, Hordenine keeps you focused and motivated for longer. In a 2009 study hordenine showed to peak energy at 60 – 90 minutes after consumption and significantly increase energy burned over placebo. You will find hordenine in Thermal Switch™ & Power Switch™. Theobromine Theobromine – Found in Theobroma cacao (chocolate), this unique stimulant also possesses vasodilating benefits. This means it may boost your energy and focus while enhancing blood flow for greater muscle performance and recovery. In addition to this, Theobromine has bronchodilation benefits that may support better respiratory performance. Theobromine can be found in the following big hitting energy formulas… Coffee Switch™, Thermal Switch™ & Power Switch™. NeuroFactor® NeuroFactor® - Coffea Arabica Fruit Extract is the source of this highly researched ingredient. It has been shown in clinical trials to boost BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor) by 143%. BDNF is a protein peptide that helps improve the architecture of the brain to boost its processing speed and memory recall. In fact, as we age, lowered levels of BDNF is thought to result in lowered mental performance and potential onset of age-related cognitive decline and a decrease in mental energy. Neurofactor® may be more helpful for learning and memory. However, it does help support focus and energy so it’s a nice addition to your pre-workout (Power Switch™), thermogenic (Thermal Switch™) or nootropic coffee supplement (Coffee Switch™). Ketones Exogenous Ketones are a recent supplement super star. They entered the market in 2017 and have continued to show promise in study after study. They work by essentially putting your body into a temporary state of ketosis even if you aren’t following a ketogenic diet. Once the ketones are circulating in your body they not only provide energy to your cells but they signal certain processes to occur. Up Regulate Mitochondrial Biogenesis – Ketones signal your body to produce more new healthy mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of your cells. This is where your energy gets converted from fats and some carbs. Down Regulate Ghrelin – Ghrelin is a hunger hormone. Ketones have the ability to reduce ghrelin which can significantly reduce cravings and hunger. This may stop you looking for that quick fix snack. Increase BDNF – Like NeuroFactor®, ketones can boost brain function, and like MCT oil, they pass through the blood brain barrier providing energy to your brain to boost alertness and focus without stimulation of your central nervous system and without an increase in blood pressure or heart rate. You will find Ketones in Keto Switch™ or a precursor to ketones in MCT Oil Powder. They both help boost mood, focus, energy and productivity. 5. Eat Wholefoods Nutritious healthy balanced meals can make all the difference to your daily energy needs. When you eat rubbish, you will feel rubbish. What goes up must come down. What I mean by this is too many simple carbs or sugary foods can temporarily boost energy and will increase blood sugar. However, once insulin comes in and disperses the sugar into storage (sometimes fat cells), your blood sugars crash, your mood crashes, your energy crashes and you become grumpy, tired and less productive. Eating meals high in quality protein (30% total calories), good fats (30% total calories) and a moderate amount of complex carbohydrates (40% of total calories) with around 5 – 10g of fibre (per meal) and loads of colourful veges and some fruit, will set you up for consistently good energy all day. If you can’t get enough greens or plant diversity in your diet, then consider supplementing with a great energy superfood formula Vitality Switch™. The name says it all… VITALITY!! All day energy and exuberance for life. It’s also worth mentioning certain artificial colours and preservatives have been linked to fatigue, tiredness, loss of performance and overall health decline. Be sure to minimise the bright colour artificially sweetened drinks in favour of natural options where possible. Pro Tip: Do not consume caffeine or a combination of caffeine and other nootropics too close to bed as they can disrupt your sleep. Quality sleep leads to quality brain function, less sugar cravings, better cortisol rhythm and greater energy. 😊 Disclaimer: The above article is merely a guide and is in no way a recommendation or a treatment protocol for any health conditions or diseases. You should always consult with a qualified health care provider before changing your supplement, training, or nutritional strategy. Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods must not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, anyone consuming prescription medication or children under the age of 15 unless advised by a qualified health care provider.

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  • Boosting your daily hydration

    Boosting your daily hydration

    Isaac Kerr, 27 April 2020

    Staying hydrated is one of the key aspects to living a healthy lifestyle. Use these tips and tricks to amplify the way to consume liquids and feel great!

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  • What Is Creatine And What Does It Do?

    What Is Creatine And What Does It Do?

    Steph Hofer, 1 October 2021

    Whether you're an athlete, serious about weight training or just looking to get more out of your workouts, creatine is definitely a supplement that you should consider taking. As New Zealand's first choice supplement store, we stock dozens of creatine supplements from the world’s highest quality brands. If you're already a creatine convert, head over to our creatine supplement selection to find one that fits your lifestyle and workouts. In this guide, we'll explain exactly what creatine is, what benefits it can bring to your workout and nutrition regimen, and how you should take it to optimise its effects. For those still wondering “what is creatine exactly?” and if you should be taking it, keep reading to find out everything you need to know. What is creatine? Creatine is an organic acid that occurs naturally in the body. It's mostly stored in skeletal muscle, where it acts as an energy reserve for intense bursts of activity such as sprinting or lifting weights. It has the ability to rapidly produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is used as energy for all cells in the body, primarily muscle. Thanks to this unique trait, creatine is known to have numerous benefits for strength training and other potential applications as well.  Creatine was discovered in 1832 and initially isolated in pure form by researchers in the mid-1800s. Today, creatine is available as a dietary supplement and remains one of the most popular sports supplements on the market. How creatine works So, how does creatine work? When your body is working intensely, it relies on ATP for energy. However, ATP can only supply energy at a specific rate. So if you're pushing your muscles to their maximum, your body depletes its energy stores faster than they can be replenished. This is when creatine comes into play. When ATP is depleted, creatine phosphate (CP) stores are broken down to form more ATP for energy. This reaction produces a lot of energy quickly, which is what you need for explosive and powerful movement. Most adults store around 120g of creatine in their bodies, but you can increase this through supplementation. Essentially, by taking creatine, you can increase the total pool of CP in your body, which can be broken down to create ATP during workouts — giving you more energy for more effective workouts. The different forms of creatine You've probably seen many different forms of creatine supplements on the market. But which one should you choose? Creatine monohydrate is the most extensively studied and common form of creatine supplement available. It has been researched for over 20 years and is well known to be safe. Creatine hydrochloride (HCL) is another popular option. It's claimed to be more water-soluble than creatine monohydrate, allowing it to dissolve in the body more quickly. If you experience bloating or digestive discomfort from creatine monohydrate, then this may be a good option to consider. Creatine citrate, creatine phosphate, magnesium creatine chelate and Kre-Alkalyn (buffered creatine) are also commonly available, but there's not been as much research done to support their use. Several major supplement brands offer their own formulations of creatine. As long as you're buying from a reputable brand, then you can be confident that the creatine is at least 99% pure. Any supplements that are labelled as "creapure" promise 99.9% purity. Some creatine supplements are micronised, which means they're ground up into finer particles. This allows the supplement to dissolve in liquids more easily and can make it easier for you to mix your creatine powder with water or a sports drink. If you're not keen on the powder texture of standard creatine monohydrate supplements, you might like to try creatine capsules. Capsules can be a convenient way to take creatine, especially if you're in a loading phase and taking high doses. The benefits of creatine Creatine has numerous benefits that can enhance your strength and performance in training, particularly during weightlifting or high-intensity interval workouts. Creatine can provide a boost in strength and endurance so you can push yourself harder for longer. Creatine benefits muscle recovery between sets and exercises so you can train harder, lift heavier weights or do more reps with a given weight. It can help create new muscle tissue and increase lean body mass. In turn, this helps improve overall body composition and boosts your metabolism. Creatine helps pull excess water into the muscles, allowing them to swell and look bigger. As well as providing psychological benefits such as increased confidence in the gym, this can help with muscle growth and performance. Taking a creatine supplement can increase your energy levels and improve mental focus, allowing you to push yourself further during training so you can get the most out of your workouts. Creatine has also been shown to have neuroprotective effects as well as benefits for cognitive performance. Are there any side effects of taking creatine? Creatine is considered highly safe, and its side effects are typically mild. However, some people experience mild stomach discomfort or cramping when taking creatine, especially at higher doses (20+ grams per day). It's also a good idea to take creatine with a large glass of water and plenty of sodium (salt) since it pulls more fluid into the muscles. You can minimise any potential adverse creatine side effects by talking to your healthcare provider, following dosage directions and increasing your water intake. You might also like to experiment with taking creatine at different times of the day, such as before or after training. Most creatine supplements also contain other ingredients such as magnesium, dextrose or rice flour. These can help reduce any potential side effects further by providing more water and carbohydrate for better uptake into muscle tissue. Who should take creatine? Creatine is best suited for people who are regularly participating in intense workouts or weightlifting sessions. It can also enhance the performance of endurance athletes since it provides more energy for muscle contractions, which allows you to work harder for longer periods of time. Creatine is a safe and well-tolerated supplement with numerous benefits, so anyone with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle may improve their health and be able to push themselves harder physically by adding it to their daily routine. However, creatine supplements should be avoided if you are pregnant or breastfeeding since there is a lack of research in this area. You should also avoid taking creatine if you have a history of kidney disease or liver problems since it can increase the workload on these organs and lead to health complications. Always consult a health professional before taking any form of supplements.  How to take creatine Creatine can be taken before or after training. We recommend taking it after your workout as this is generally better tolerated and can help reduce any stomach issues. You can increase the effectiveness of your creatine supplement by taking it with a meal that contains carbohydrates and protein. This will help improve uptake into muscle cells and reduce any potential side effects of taking creatine on an empty stomach. You can take creatine alone or in combination with other supplements such as protein powders, post-workouts and weight gainers. A dose of around 5g per day (1.5g for HCL) will usually suffice. An easy and popular way to do this is to mix your creatine with your other supplements and add it into a smoothie. It's important to drink plenty of water with your dose since this can help improve uptake into muscle tissue and reduce any potential side effects. Avoid taking creatine with caffeinated drinks such as coffee since this can limit creatine uptake into muscle cells and reduce its benefits. Creatine can be taken daily for indefinite periods of time without any adverse health effects. However, it's less effective if you take the same dose every day over weeks or months at a time. This is because your body will eventually adapt to the dose, which leads to less uptake into muscle tissue. How to cycle creatine This leads us to cycling. Cycling creatine is an effective way to get the most out of creatine supplementation. To do this, you can simply take a one-month break every few months or follow a loading and maintenance cycle as follows: Creatine loading phase Creatine loading helps increase the uptake of creatine into muscle cells, which makes it more effective at boosting strength, energy and endurance during training. Loading with 20g per day for up to five days is considered safe and most people will experience significant results from a creatine overload phase, even if they are already taking a regular dose on a daily basis. Maintenance phase After the loading phase, continue taking your regular dose of around 5g per day for at least one week. Then, reduce your dosage to one or two servings per week as a maintenance dose. Time off After about three months of this cycle, stop taking creatine for around four weeks and then begin the loading phase again, after which you can continue with this creatine cycle on and off. When to take creatine A common question many people have when they first start taking this supplement is when to take creatine for best results. You may be wondering if you can get the same benefits from taking it before or after your workout. The main benefit of taking creatine after your training session is that this provides a boost in energy. It helps improve muscle recovery afterwards, so you will be able to train harder and more frequently throughout the week. Taking creatine before your training session doesn't work as well for most people since it can lead to muscle cramping and, occasionally, nausea. If this happens, you won't be able to train as hard or you may even have to end your workout early. However, some people may experience better results when taking creatine before their workout rather than after, so it's a good idea to experiment with both options and see which works best for you. It's best not to take creatine on rest days as this can make you feel bloated, weigh down your performance in the gym and lead to poor sleep. How to train on creatine When using creatine, you should aim to train intensely for at least one hour in order to activate all your muscle cells and get the most benefit from taking it. Combining creatine supplementation with resistance training will give you optimal results — this type of exercise helps increase the uptake of creatine into muscles to help improve strength and endurance. However, you can take creatine before or after any kind of workout to give you more energy, reduce your recovery time and improve your strength, power and endurance during training. Creatine can also be combined with other supplements to give you even better results. These include pre-workout supplements, protein powders, amino acids and carbohydrate powders. Can I take creatine while cutting? Creatine supplementation can be effective for weight loss since it helps promote muscle growth, strength and endurance during resistance training. If you're cutting, then creatine may help reduce any potential losses in lean tissue since taking it is associated with higher rates of protein synthesis and retention of muscle glycogen. Creatine may also be helpful for preventing any weight loss from slowing down as you get closer to your target. It is an excellent supplement to take if you're trying to lose fat while maintaining or even building lean tissue. Using creatine while cutting can also suppress your appetite, so it's easier to stick with a calorie deficit for weight loss. Get creatine supplements from Sportsfuel to supercharge your workouts Creatine is safe, effective and is one of the best supplements for boosting your strength, power and endurance during training. At Sportsfuel, we offer one of the widest ranges of supplements and sports nutrition in New Zealand, including all the top brands. To find out which is best for your training goals, take a look at our range of creatine supplements online today. References: 1. Wang, C., Lin, S., Hsu, S., Yang, M. and Chan, K., 2017. Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Muscle Strength and Optimal Individual Post-Activation Potentiation Time of the Upper Body in Canoeists. Nutrients, 9(11), p.1169. 2. Cooke, M., Rybalka, E., Williams, A., Cribb, P. and Hayes, A., 2009. Creatine supplementation enhances muscle force recovery after eccentrically-induced muscle damage in healthy individuals. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 6(1). 3. Olsen, S., Aagaard, P., Kadi, F., Tufekovic, G., Verney, J., Olesen, J., Suetta, C. and Kjaer, M., 2006. Creatine supplementation augments the increase in satellite cell and myonuclei number in human skeletal muscle induced by strength training. The Journal of Physiology, 573(2), pp.525-534. 4. Powers ME, Arnold BL, Weltman AL, et al. Creatine Supplementation Increases Total Body Water Without Altering Fluid Distribution. J Athl Train. 2003;38(1):44-50. 5. Avgerinos KI, Spyrou N, Bougioukas KI, Kapogiannis D. Effects of creatine supplementation on cognitive function of healthy individuals: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Exp Gerontol. 2018;108:166-173. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2018.04.013 6. Beal MF. Neuroprotective effects of creatine. Amino Acids. 2011 May;40(5):1305-13. doi: 10.1007/s00726-011-0851-0. Epub 2011 Mar 30. PMID: 21448659. { "@context": "https://schema.org", "@type": "FAQPage", "mainEntity": [{ "@type": "Question", "name": "What is creatine?", "acceptedAnswer": { "@type": "Answer", "text": "Creatine is an organic acid that occurs naturally in the body. It's mostly stored in skeletal muscle, where it acts as an energy reserve for intense bursts of activity such as sprinting or lifting weights. 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  • The Women's Wellness Brand Who Are Doing Things Differently

    The Women's Wellness Brand Who Are Doing Things Differently

    Eve Wellness, 7 September 2021

    Reader, meet Eve. If you ever needed a friend who you could talk to about anything and everything to do with your health, hormones, and happiness - she’s your gal. In 2018, we conducted a survey of over 14,000 women to better understand their hormones and overall health so we could paint a picture of how women in New Zealand feel in themselves, and what role their bodies play in the determining of moods and wellness. What we found was astonishing and more insightful than we could ever have imagined. We found that there’s a real and present gap in knowledge when it comes to hormone health and the understanding we have with the fluctuations in our hormones and how that leads to changes in our bodies, minds, and emotions. What’s more, a whopping 87% of those surveyed reported experiencing signs of hormone imbalance on a regular basis. This means that most women often don’t feel like themselves and, to us, that’s just not good enough! So, with the backing of scientists and a kick-ass research team, Eve was born to both provide women with insight into our health with at-home testing kits, and help us all address concerns that arise with our new range of nutritional support products. Our hormones are like super powers - we just need to know how to harness them. And once we do, there’s no stopping us. Over the years, our eager audience has turned into a smart, vibrant, and engaged community who learn more about their health from Eve while at the same time giving us real insights into the health of New Zealand women. For people throughout New Zealand and beyond, Eve provides support, knowledge, and our shared learnings to those of us wanting to understand aspects of wellbeing, and how our hormone picture is a cornerstone of our health. We are all unique and once we know how to tune in with our body and know what it’s saying when it’s talking to us, we can address the root of some of the most common concerns that we face today: low energy, menstrual issues, mental health challenges, cramping and pain, weight issues, headaches, low libido, skin concerns, and irregular periods. Too often we are told or expected to accept these experiences as part of owning a uterus but here at Eve, we don’t think you need to live with it - we know you can really live as a woman empowered and in charge. Now, let’s meet our products! Period Pal For anyone who has a period, this daily dose of nutrients including ashwaganda, vitex, and gingko biloba encourages a drama-free, balanced cycle. If you, like 40% of women asked, experience severe PMS, then Period Pal is here to help. Chill Pills Meditation in a bottle. What could be better! Made from 100% Vanuatu Kava, one Chill Pill capsule will support your body and mind to stop racing and find calm. Three capsules take things up a notch and help ease your body to sleep if the worries of the day are hanging around a little too heavy. Morning Person Think of this as coffee but without the side-effects. Clean, happy energy that helps to combat fatigue. Fast-acting B-vitamins help turn food into fuel and Panax Ginseng is an immediate energy and focus booster. While we’re reaping the benefits of that, the adaptogenic herb Rhodiola Rosea is behind the scenes to rebuild better all-round energy levels. Take Me With The Pill Did you know that being on the pill means we need more nutrients than when we’re not? Designed for anyone on hormonal contraception, the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics in Take Me With The Pill get your nutrient stores back to optimal levels so that all the processes in your body that need nutrients to work effectively (so, everything) have enough fuel to do so! All of our supplements are veggie-friendly and if you’re in any doubt about which are for you, we’re always on hand to help. Together with Eve, you can find ways to be at one with your body so you always know what you need, and when you need it. Let’s start living life to the fullest, there’s nothing holding us back.

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  • What is collagen and why do we need it?

    What is collagen and why do we need it?

    BePure, 7 September 2021

    The term collagen comes from the Greek word κολλα (kolla), meaning “glue” which makes sense because collagen is the glue of our body. It’s strong, springy, fibrous and is found in our body’s tissue. It’s actually the most abundant protein in our body. As we age, we produce less and less of it which is why, on a cosmetic-level, we lose a bit of our skin’s ‘bounce’ the older we get and why our joints need more love. However, when we consume collagen-rich food or supplements, the proteins break down into amino acids (glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, hydroxylysine, and arginine) and form that "glue" that our body needs. And we all want more ‘glue’. But not all sources of collagen are created equal... so let’s look at everything to know about collagen so you can make an informed choice about what’s right for you. What to look for in a quality collagen supplement 1. The Type Of Collagen There are at least 28 different types of collagen but the ones that form the bulk of the collagen in our body are types 1, 2, and 3. They support our body in different ways. Type 1 Collagen is found in marine, bovine, and egg collagen - Type 1 is easily absorbed, the most efficiently absorbed of all types, up to 1.5 x more. Marine collagen is more bioavailable and enters our bloodstream quickly and easily. Type 1 collagen accounts for up to 90% of the collagen in our body and can improve our joints, skin, organs, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, and bones. With all of those benefits, it’s no wonder we want to keep our stores high. Type 1 marine collagen is the type of collagen used in BePure Collagen+. And it’s sustainably sourced! Type 2 Collagen is also found in bovine as well as chicken collagen and makes up approximately 10% of the collagen in the body. It’s mainly located in our cartilage so supports the health of our joints. Small amounts of Type 3 Collagen are found in porcine and bovine collagen and is found in our body tissue. This is the type that determines the elasticity of our skin, our lungs, the strength of our intestinal walls, and the walls of our blood vessels. It’s use comes into play for building muscle and healing wounds. 2. The Molecular Weight of the Collagen The size of the collagen (its molecular weight) also matters because the smaller the molecule, the easier it is for our body to absorb it. Unfortunately, there’s no point in taking supplements of any kind if they’re not able to be absorbed so looking for products that are bioavailable should always be at the top of your list. To get into the science for a second, the molecular weight of something is measured by daltons (Da). When it comes to collagen, the ideal Da is <3,000. BePure Collagen+ is 2,000 Da. You might be thinking that if we get collagen from beef, pork, chicken, and fish then why can’t we just eat that instead? While it’s always good to eat healthy proteins like this, when it comes to collagen intake, the Da of collagen in, say, fish skin, is closer to 300,000 so, collagen-wise, isn’t the most efficient or effective route to take. That’s why we would recommend a fish or bone broth as another great source of collagen. 3. The Dose of Collagen per serve In order to see the benefits of collagen in our skin, hair, and nails we want at least 10g of collagen a day for optimal effectiveness. It can help our skin by improving its texture, its elasticity, and reducing inflammation. What’s the plus in Collagen+? In addition to the highly bioavailable marine collagen peptides, BePure’s Collagen+ contains functional keratin, silica, zinc, Polypodium Leucomotos, and vitamin C. Of all of those, the least recognisable is probably Polypodium Leucomotos. This is an antioxidant that works to prevent inflammation, or inflammaging! In addition to supporting the prevention of conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, it acts a bit like an internal sunscreen to protect us from UV damage (of course you should always wear sunscreen, too). The vitamin C and bioflavonoids help with absorption so your collagen is working as hard as it can. The bottom line When looking for a collagen supplement, we want to make sure it’s: Bioavailable so we can absorb it effectively and efficiently The right type! Types 1, 2, and 3 are best for skin and joints The right molecular weight: So we can break it down and absorb it The right dose: We need 10g a day to see improvement in our skin, nails, and hair Added antioxidants: Anti-ageing from the inside out and added inflammatory properties BePure’s Collagen+ comes in two delicious, natural flavours: chai and vanilla. And, for a limited time until 19th September 2021 you can save 15%! With 30 servings per container, that’s just over $3 a serve! Mix into cold drinks or smoothies, or even just with water. We think you’ll love it.

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