BY: Lively Staff

June 6, 2017

Collagen Beauty Greens

What are Collagen Beauty Greens?

Collagen Beauty Greens combine non-GMO marine collagen with raw organic greens, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics that nourish the skin’s firmness, hydration, and elasticity.  Collagen Beauty Greens support overall health and wellness, hair, skin and nails while helping to reduce the signs of aging. Our Beauty Greens are made with a unique blend of nutritious ingredients that benefit your body from the inside out, including organic greens (wheat grass, spinach, alfalfa leaf, kale and barley grass), 80mg of hyaluronic acid, 10g of collagen and 2B CFU of spore probiotic baccillus coagulans. collagen beauty greens

Benefits of Collagen Beauty Greens

Collagen Beauty Greens promote collagen formation, which aids in skin smoothness, elasticity, and hydration, as well as helps strengthen hair and nails.  Collagen Beauty Greens are perfect for anyone interested in adding whole, organic nutrients into their diet while improving overall wellness.

Benefits of Collagen

Promotes Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is responsible for supporting skin elasticity, stronger hair and nails.  Studies have shown that 2.5-5 grams of collagen hydrolysate used for eight weeks by women aged 35-55 significantly improved skin elasticity and hydration, reduced skin dryness, and had virtually no side effects (9). 

Supports Bone and Joint Health

Collagen has been shown to improve joint health as a result of its gel consistency and ability to replenish ligaments and tendons surrounding joints.  Studies have shown that collagen allows the joints to move with ease and can help to promote joint comfort in aging adults and supports overall joint strength (10).  

Aids in Digestion

When eaten with other proteins or carbohydrates, collagen aids in digestion as a result of the gelatin in collagen that helps to break down foods.  The thickening properties of gelatin also hold water in the intestines where it is needed to help encourage elimination (13).  Gelatin is most beneficial for improving the lining in the digestive tract and combatting intestinal damage which ultimately prevents permeability (14).  Research has shown that collagen encourages a healthy inflammatory response, and can aid in digestive comfort (11). 

Contributes to Weight Management

Collagen has been shown to aid in weight management due to its glycine content.  Glycine, an important amino acid in collagen, has been shown to promote the building of lean muscle mass and convert essential nutrients (12).  Glycine has also been shown to help maintain a healthy body as a result of the roles it plays in the digestive and central nervous systems.  One of glycine’s most important roles is helping form muscle tissue by converting glucose into energy that feeds muscle cells.  Research shows that glycine can help slow effects of aging since it replenishes healthy DNA and RNA cells, as well as improve how the body uses antioxidants (12). 

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Working hyaluronic acid into a daily routine could offer improvements in joint health (1), skin hydration (1), and overall skin tone and texture (2).  On average, people have about 15g of hyaluronic acid in their body, however, throughout each day about one-third of the body’s hyaluronic acid is lost and replaced (4).  By consuming foods and beverages rich in hyaluronic acid, or taking a supplement like Vital Proteins Beauty Greens, you help to improve your skin and joints as you replenish what your body lost.  Other foods rich in hyaluronic acid include:

  • Lemons
  • Bone broth
  • Blueberries
  • Bell peppers
  • Mangoes
  • Guavas
  • Bananas

Hyaluronic Acid for Glowing Skin

Studies have shown that dehydration in skin is prompted by “intrinsic” and “extrinsic” aging, which means that, in addition to natural aging processes, day-to-day exposure to the outside elements (2) can also have an effect on our appearance. Research has shown that subjects who added hyaluronic acid into their daily regimen significantly improved the signs of normal aging (3).  

Hyaluronic acid is a key player in maintaining skin hydration, due to it’s capabilities of reducing water loss in sun-damaged skin (2).  Studies have shown that hyaluronic acid supplements directly help to increase skin moisture in the form of skin smoothness, tone and texture (6).

Hyaluronic Acid for Joint Health

Hyaluronic acid is abundant in our youth, but as we age, the amount that naturally occurs in the body diminishes. Found in between the joints, hyaluronic acid acts as a buffer for the joint itself. Increasing the amount of hyaluronic acid in our diet through supplemental use us one way to ensure joints move better! The FDA has approved hyaluronic acid to be used in aiding improvement of joint health. (5). Using lower doses of hyaluronic acid can also aid in reducing joint stiffness as well (1). 

Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can be consumed through food or supplements and help to balance the ecosystem of the gut.  When the gut is healthy, so is our ability to fight off colds and infections, maintain a more optimal weight and improve digestion (8).  Eating foods rich in probiotics can contribute greatly to healthy digestion.  Studies have shown that probiotics improve the absorption of many integral nutrients in the body such as iron, zinc, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and copper (4).  

Benefits of Greens

Benefits of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is packed with vital proteins such as Vitamins A, C, E, and Chlorophyll, which is important in ridding the body of toxins.  Studies also suggest that Chlorophyll can play a role in weight management as a result of its hormones cholecystokinin, ghrelin, and insulin, which help us feel fuller (27).  Research has shown that wheatgrass can also support digestion due to its antioxidant properties (28).

Benefits of Spinach

This leafy green does more than just taste great in a salad!  Spinach contains several vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamin C, and Iron.  Spinach is rich in antioxidants, and helps to eliminate free radicals from the body (15).  Studies have shown that spinach is also high in zeaxanthin and lutein, which can help fight skin damage caused by harmful sun rays (16).

Benefits of Alfalfa

Alfalfa is a major player in the antioxidant game.  Containing a variety of nutrients including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Copper, alfalfa is rich in bioactive plant compounds (18).  Research has shown that alfalfa can help maintain cells and improve the body’s ability to fight free radicals.  Not only does it help to fight free radicals, alfalfa can also slow the production of them altogether (17). 

Benefits of Kale

Kale is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods, containing massive amounts of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C (19).  Packed with antioxidants, the nutrients in kale can help protect the body from toxins and improve the elimination of free radicals from the body (20).  Kale is also extremely high in beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that encourages the production of Vitamin A within the body (21).  As if these health benefits weren’t enough, kale can also influence weight management, as a result of its water content and low calories, which create a low energy density.  Paired with it’s protein and fiber content, kale’s low energy density can influence weight loss (22). 

Benefits of Barley Grass

Barley grass is high in selenium, which is not only an antioxidant, but also aids in skin health and elasticity.  It can also promote skin moisture that is lost as a result of external elements (23). Barley grass contains Vitamins B1, B2, B12, magnesium, and iron, which offer several benefits to the body.  The B vitamins are integral in supporting overall mood and energy levels, as well as eliminating toxins (24).  The magnesium in barley grass is essential in muscle health, as it allows the muscles to relax and contract, making general movement smoother (29).  Iron aids the body in maintaining energy levels since it helps to carry enough oxygen to cells and allows the body to effectively digest protein while absorbing vital nutrients (30). 

 
Scoop some extra nutrition into your day with Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens to enhance your natural beauty and overall wellness.  Collagen Beauty Greens are easily blendable and can be added to a variety of foods and beverages such as smoothies, soups, energy bars, or just water.  Try the Collagen Beauty Greens to add an extra boost to your wellness regimen.
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Recipe

Collagen Beauty Greens can be used in a variety of food and drink recipes, like our Beauty Greens and Matcha Latte.

Beauty Greens and Matcha Latte
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 14oz. Canned light coconut milk
  2. 1 c. Unsweetened almond milk
  3. 3 tbsp. Raw honey
  4. 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  5. ½ tsp. Almond extract
  6. 2 Matcha green tea bags
  7. 2 Scoops Collagen Beauty Greens
Instructions
  1. 1. Stir the coconut milk, almond milk, honey, vanilla extract, almond extract and Collagen Beauty Greens in a pot and bring to almost a boil
  2. 2. Carefully pour into a mug and allow Matcha green tea bag to steep for 2 minutes
  3. 3. Allow to cool slightly if needed and enjoy.
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