What Do Japanese Women Know About Liquid Collagen That You Don't?

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 18 Sep, 2015
Japanese women use a variety of natural products, including liquid collagen, to care for their skin.
Japanese women use a variety of natural products, including liquid collagen, to care for their skin.
Japanese women have long been admired for their beautiful skin. Smooth and healthy, their complexions seem to be ageless, remaining even-toned and wrinkle-free even as they age into their 40's and 50's, and beyond.
Japanese women credit a variety of factors for their ability to age so gracefully, including a well-balanced diet, exercise, keeping stress to a minimum, and protecting and caring for the skin. This last factor is especially important, since the majority of the damage that our skin suffers is due to external forces, including over-exposure to the sun and environmental pollution.
Fighting Nature with ... Nature?

Natural medicine is a very important part of culture in Japan and throughout Asia. Natural extracts, oils and creams are applied to the skin, hair and nails to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect. Many natural substances are also ingested as foods or supplements. In many cases, ingesting certain nutrients and substances is better than simply applying them topical, since the entire body can benefit.
Natural supplements and botanical extracts are a hallmark of skin care throughout Japan and the East.
Natural supplements and botanical extracts are a hallmark of skin care throughout Japan and the East.
Japanese culture has embraced supplementation as a step in improving and maintaining their overall health and preserving their youth and beauty. Vitamins and botanicals have always been popular, as have more unusual substances such as powdered pearls. One of the more popular ingestible supplements that has been gaining in popularity in Japan and throughout Asia is liquid collagen.
Keeping it Together with Collagen

Skin, tendons, and ligaments all contain high concentrations of a protein called collagen. Collagen is a very abundant protein in the human body; the skin alone is made of almost 70% collagen. If you are familiar at all with anti-aging treatments, you've probably heard of collagen and perhaps even used topical products containing it. But why is collagen so important to keeping the skin youthful?

Collagen  functions throughout the body as a kind of structural framework for cell production and renewal. When we are children, our collagen levels are at their highest, which is why we are so flexible and have such smooth, plump skin. As we age, though, collagen production slows down and, by the time we reach our late 20's, production has completely stopped. As collagen slowly begins to decline, and as external factors chip away at the remaining collagen in our bodies, the effects of the loss begin to show. Our joints become stiffer, our injuries heal more slowly, and our skin begins to lose elasticity and smooth, youthful appearance.

Collagen is now an ingredient in many anti-aging creams, and it has also been used as an injection by dermatologists for decades. One of the newest forms of collagen supplementation is liquid collagen, a drinkable form of this important protein that may actually help boost any remaining collagen production in the body.
Liquid collagen replenishes the body's stores, improving the skin's tone and texture, and protecting it from future damage.
Liquid collagen replenishes the body's stores, improving the skin's tone and texture, and protecting it from future damage.
Introducing ... Liquid Collagen!

Liquid collagen, also known as   ingestible collagen   or hydrolyzed collagen, has been slowly making its way from Asia into Europe and the United States. This drinkable form of collagen protein is sourced from either animals or fish, with fish being considered the highest quality because it is easier for the body to absorb more completely. Collagen drinks, such as   LAC Taut collagen drink , contain a number of antioxidants and vitamins that work with the collagen to maximize its positive effects on the body.

Liquid collagen supplements help to improve the levels of collagen in the body that deplete as we age. Consuming liquid collagen supplements has been shown to improve the condition of the skin all over the body, improving the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the face and neck. Liquid collagen also benefits the hair and nails.
Liquid collagen supplementation can also benefit your body's ability to function physically, strengthening connective tissues throughout the body and reducing joint pain and stiffness.

Wisdom from the East

Aging is a part of life, one that cannot be avoided. It can, however, be made decidedly more pleasant and enjoyable. The Japanese, like many in Asia, have taken this approach to aging, finding ways to maintaining their beauty and vitality that are universally beneficial to the body as a whole. Working with nature and embracing natural supplementation, Japanese women have embraced supplements in every form, including ingestible and liquid forms, to get the most benefit out of each. Though the quest for the "Fountain of Youth" took place in the West, it is from the East that the true secret weapon in fighting aging and preserving youth has emerged:   liquid collagen .

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What does it take to achieve glamorous looks and a youthful complexion worthy of the red carpet? Celebrities often have access to a team of hair and makeup pros who can glam them up at a moment’s notice, but they also cling to their fair share of anti-aging beauty secrets – collagen drinks being one of them.

The likes of Drew Barrymore, Lady Gaga, and the Kardashian sisters swear by these nutrient-rich beauty drinks. Below are some of the reasons why more and more celebrities are incorporating collagen drinks into their routine.

1.   Repair, strengthen, and rejuvenate skin with collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is a major structural protein, making up about 75% of our skin. Skin with healthy collagen levels looks smooth, plump, and youthful. After the age of 25, however, collagen production slows and you start to lose approximately 1.5% of your collagen each year. The breakdown of collagen causes the skin to get thinner and leads to the formation of wrinkles.

Collagen gives the skin its strength and smooth appearance, so it’s crucial to protect and promote collagen growth. The active collagen fragments in collagen drinks are absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body and to the skin. Skin cells called fibroblasts produce collagen. 

Collagen drinks containing hydrolyzed collagen promote collagen synthesis by stimulating these fibroblasts to produce new collagen. Clinical studies shows ingesting 10,000mg a day for a period of 8 weeks help to increase skin thickness and collagen density, reduce wrinkles. See Clinical studies.


2.   Hydrolyzed collagen can be absorbed into the bloodstream, and stay in the dermis of our skin

In their natural state, collagen molecules are too big to penetrate the skin’s surface, so the effectiveness of many topical collagen products is limited. Collagen molecules are also too large for your body to absorb when ingested. The process of hydrolysis breaks collagen down into fragments that are small enough for your digestive enzymes to break down completely. Hydrolyzed collagen consists of small peptides with low molecular weight that are easily digested, absorbed, and distributed throughout the body.

 While traditional collagen serums only penetrate the top layer of the skin, hydrolyzed collagen is more easily absorbed by the body and can thus boost collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. A 1999 study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatology showed that orally administered hydrolyzed collagen was digested and more than 90% of it was absorbed within 6 hours, with measurable accumulation in the skin and cartilage.


3.   Collagen drinks are better than powder or pills

Collagen supplements come in all forms, including tablets, capsules, chewables, softgels, powders, and even marshmallows. The problem with collagen pills and powders is that they could pass through your digestive system without being broken down. Pills are also hard for some people to swallow. Moreover, they typically contain fillers, binders, stabilizers, and chelating agents, making them less potent than liquid supplements.

The secret to success with collagen supplementation is taking collagen in liquid form. Collagen drinks are absorbed into your bloodstream faster than other supplements because the collagen is already dissolved in the liquid. Collagen drinks are also a lot more convenient than pills and powders. They come ready-made in small bottles that you can easily carry in your purse, so you can drink them on the go. No messes or mixing necessary.  Additionally, collagen drinks are a lot more potent than other collagen supplements, so you can get a higher dose of collagen.


4.   The higher the potency, the better

While there is no recommended daily allowance for collagen, high-end supplements typically contain more than 5,000mg of collagen. For maximum results, drinking a collagen supplement with at least 7,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen is recommended. Anything less than that simply isn’t potent enough. LAC Taut® Premium Collagen drink contains 13,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen per 1.7oz bottle,  which is two to six times the concentration of other collagen drink brands.


5.   There’s more to collagen drink benefits than meets the eye

In the first few weeks of taking a liquid collagen supplement, you might not notice any physical differences in your skin, but skin readings would suggest otherwise. Skin graphs showing the facial images of a 60 year old woman who drank one bottle of LAC Taut® Premium Collagen every night for the first 8 nights and then every other night after that showed a noticeable increase in skin thickness and hydration levels after just four weeks.

Drinking high-potency marine hydrolyzed collagen is also shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Several controlled clinical studies have been performed that prove the efficacy and benefits of collagen peptides in the reduction of wrinkles. A study conducted by Rousselot SAS France showed a 30% decrease in the formation of deep wrinkles after supplementation with 10g of hydrolyzed collagen. In another study published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging, daily supplementation with 1g of hydrolyzed collagen for 12 weeks led to a significant reduction in skin dryness and wrinkles. The authors of the study suggested that dietary supplementation with hydrolyzed collagen can physiologically counteract natural and photo-aging processes. Hydrolyzed collagen is an important weapon in the fight against wrinkles and aging skin.


So the question is "Can we drink our wrinkles away?"

Yes we can! 

Drink Your Way to Firmer Younger-Looking Skin with Taut® Collagen

LAC Taut® Premium Collagen drink contains 13,000mg marine hydrolyzed collagen with active ingredients that work together synergistically to make your skin look younger and healthier while boosting hydration and elasticity. In addition to hydrolyzed marine collagen, LAC Taut® Premium Collagen contains key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, Vitamin C, and Co10. The drink contains collagen peptides that can be readily absorbed and penetrate the dermis layer of the skin to produce new collagen. Drink one bottle a day for three weeks to see the most intense, visible results.

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Collagen from cows, pigs and chickens are extracted from their skin, tendons and cartilage. They are mainly Type II collagen (for joints and tendons) and very little Type I.

Fish collagen, also known as ‘ marine collagen ’, is extracted from either the meat or scales of cold sea fish and is primarily Type I and Type III collagen. 

Fish collagen has been shown to have superior “ bioavailability ”: the rate at which it is absorbed into the blood stream through our intestinal wall.  This means that fish (marine) collagen enters the bloodstream more quickly than other types of collagen, so it is the best source of collagen for your skin. 

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