PRO V GUARD
BIO ACTIVE COLLAGEN PLUS
FOR OPTIMUM CONNECTIVE TISSUE HEALTH
with hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate
WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in animals. It is fibrous, structural proteins comprising of a right-handed bundle of three parallel, left-handed polyproline II-type helices. Much progress has been made in elucidating the structure of collagen triple helices and the physicochemical basis for their stability.
Different sources of collagen
Collagen is a protein structure that has initially been scientifically described and sequenced by scientists in the 1940's. The structure of collagen is the same for all forms of collagen – whether it comes from fish, cattle or chickens, or humans, it all looks and is structurally the same. This means that the source of the collagen is irrelevant – what does matter is how pure it is as well as how it is absorbed and how effectively it is utilised to replace and promote the synthesis of new collagen. Also it does matter how effectively the formula can assit with the prevention of protein glycation and the further breakdown of collagen structures inside the body. The older we get, our bodies lose the ability to produce collagen, which means that if we want to replace or prevent further loss we have to supplement our bodies with collagen. However it is also important to help the body regain its ability to do so.
WHAT IS COLLAGEN PLUS?
Collagen Plus is a dietary collagen supplement – containing a hydrolysed form of collagen fortified with amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, scientifically bio-engineered to work on different metabolic levels to promote the synthesis of collagen proteins in the human body. It also contains hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate to contribute to skin and joint hydration and health and thus has anti-ageing properties..
WHAT MAKES COLLAGEN PLUS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PRODUCTS?
Collagen Plus addresses all of the most important processes that contribute to the production, replacement, preservation and protection of newly formed collagen structures in the body. It does not simply comprise of a raw source collagen - but in fact contains a combination of high quality hydrolysed collagen with added nutrients that form part of a scientifically bio-engineered formula carefully put together by our biochemist to deliver a powerful and most effective product.
BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN PLUS
It is ideal for men and women
Hydrolysed Collagen (Type II) of high quality fortified with Amino Acids that are easily absorbed
Vitamins and cofactors to promote the synthesis of new collagen post absorption
Important nutrients to reduce the breakdown of collagen associated with stress and ageing
Enhance the production of collagen by assisting in restful sleep
Promotes Wellness and Beauty
Maintain strong teeth and gums
Promotes normal function of the cardiovascular and nervous systems
Assists normal bone function through development and growth
Improves joint mobility and cartilage thickness in joints
Activates energy production
Contributes to reduced tiredness and fatigue by promoting restful sleep
Contains anti-stress and anti-ageing properties
Promotes skin beauty and elasticity
Contributes to normal skin tonicity and hydration
May help to reduce the visible signs of ageing and skin dryness
Enhances hair strength and thickness
Assists with normal fat and protein metabolism
Reduces the risk of joint and cartilage injury
Supports an improved recovery rate post physical activity
Contributes to normal muscle function
Promotes restful sleep
Proprietary Hydrolysed Collagen Complex (15g)
Hyaloronic Acid, Chondroitin Sulfate, Hydroxyproline [Collagen], L-Glysine, Multi-Vitamin Nutrient Complex (14.5gram), Calcium-D-pantothenate (25%), Vit B12 (25%)(as Methyl Cobalbumin 0.1%), Riboflavine (25%), Thiamine HCL (25%), Vit C (60mg), Glucose Monohydrate (†), Maltodextrin (†), Magnesium AAC (†), Zinc Gluconate (†), CoQ10 (30mg)
Chondroitin is a component of human connective tissues found in cartilage and bone. In supplements, chondroitin sulfate usually comes from animal cartilage.
Reduces pain and inflammation, improves joint function and slows progression of osteoarthritis (OA).
What we know: Believed to enhance the shock-absorbing properties of collagen and block enzymes that break down cartilage. Helps cartilage retain water and may reverse cartilage loss when used with glucosamine.
The largest study to date, the 2006 Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) looked at 1,600 people with knee OA. The first phase found that a small subset of patients with moderate-to-severe arthritis experienced significant pain relief from combined glucosamine and chondroitin. The 2008 phase found that glucosamine and chondroitin, together or alone, did not slow joint damage. And in the two-year-long 2010 phase, glucosamine and chondroitin were found as effective for knee OA as celecoxib (Celebrex).
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA), also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, is a carbohydrate, more specifically a mucopolysaccharide occurring naturally throughout the human body. It can be several thousands of sugars (carbohydrates) long. When not bound to other molecules, it binds to water giving it a stiff viscous quality similar to "Jello". This viscous Gel is one of the most heavily researched substances in medicine today with thousands of trials mostly in the fields of orthopaedics and eye surgery. Its function in the body is, amongst other things, to bind water and to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Its consistency and tissue-friendliness allows it to be beneficial in skin-care products as an excellent moisturiser. Because HA is one of the most hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules in nature with numerous benefits for the human body it can be described as "nature's moisturizer.
Hyaluronic Acid Benefits for the Body?
If we compare the joints of the human body to an auto mobile engine, the joint fluid in the body mimics the oil in a car engine. At regular intervals we replace the oil in our car engines because the heat and friction breakdowns the oils viscosity. The oil becomes thinner and less able to protect the metal surfaces from excessive wear. Hyaluronic acid benefits our joints in the same way. As we age the viscosity of the joint fluid lessens. HA helps to maintain normal joint cushioning.
Scalp Tissue and Hair Follicles
Structurally the scalp is identical to the skin tissue located throughout the body except it also contains about 100,000 hair follicles that give rise to hair. Actually the hair and the hair follicle are a derivative of skin tissue. There are two distinctive skin layers, one, the epidermis (outer layer) which gives rise to the protective shield of the body and the other, the dermal layer (deep layer) which makes up the bulk of the skin and is where the hair follicle is located. This dermal layer is composed of connective tissue and the connective tissue, with its gelatinous fluid like characteristics provides support, nourishes and hydrates the deep layers of the scalp. The result is healthy lustrous hair and a moisturized scalp. Again, all of this is made possible because of the presence of HA in the scalp.
The lips are a core of skeletal muscle covered by skin tissue. The dermal layer of the lips is composed primarily of connective tissue and its components hyaluronic acid and collagen that give the structure (shape) and plumpness to the lips. The HA binds to water creating a gelatinous fluid that hydrates the surrounding tissue and keeps the collagen (responsible for keeping the skin tight) nourished and healthy. The result is healthy well hydrated and plump lips that are well protected from the environment.
Haluronic acid is highly concentrated inside the eyeball. The fluid inside the eye called the vitreous humor is composed almost completely of hyaluronic acid. The HA gives the fluid inside the eye a viscous gel like property. This gel acts as a shock absorber for the eye and also serves to transport nutrients into the eye. HA has been directly injected into the eye during procedures to help maintain the shape of the eye during surgery. It has been said that after the 5th decade of life, our eyes stop producing the much needed hyaluronic acid resulting in various eye needs.
Although Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can be found naturally in most every cell in the body, it is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin tissue. Almost 50% of the bodies HA is found here. It is found in both the deep underlying dermal areas as well as the visible epidermal top layers. Young skin is smooth and elastic and contains large amounts of HA that helps keep the skin stay young and healthy. The HA provides continuous moisture to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water. With age, the ability of the skin to produce HA decreases. Hyaluronic acid acts as a space filler by binding to water and thus keeping the skin wrinkle-free
It works as an antioxidant
Though not technically an antioxidant (like vitamins C and E, for example), zinc is a key part of your skin’s dietary defence squad. The mineral lessens the formation of damaging free radicals and protects skin's lipids (fats) and fibroblasts—the cells that make collagen, your skin’s support structure—when skin is exposed to UV light, pollution and other skin-agers.
It helps heal and rejuvenate skin
When you cut yourself, zinc goes to work. First, the amount of the mineral in the skin surrounding the cut increases as enzymes and proteins ramp up to protect against infection, control inflammation and produce new cells and transport them to close up the broken skin. But even healthy, intact skin relies on zinc for new cell production and the function of cell membranes.
It is natures master antioxidant. It plays a central role in the electron transport chain and acts as a free radical-scavenging antioxidant. Playing a crucial role in anti-ageing and energy production.
Enzymes that regulate DNA replication and repair need the antioxidant power of magnesium to do their job. Without it, the skin is subject to a host of wrinkle-producing malefactors such as free radical damage and inflammation. The book "The Magnesium Miracle" cites a study showing that skin cells grown without magnesium were twice as likely to suffer attacks from free radicals. Without DNA repair and with continued onslaught from pesky free radicals, it's only a matter of time before fine lines and wrinkles begin showing up.
GLYSINE AND HYDROXYPROLINE
Why do we add additional amino acids to our formula?
In collagen, the collagen helix (or type-2 helix), consists of a triple helix made of the repetitious amino acid sequence glycine, proline or hydroxyproline. Each of the three chains is stabilized by the amino acids proline and hydroxyproline. RS Collagen Plus is fortified with these amino acids to enhance the synthesis of new collagen proteins in skin, cartilage and various parts of the body – making Collagen Plus a superior combination of nutrients with proven and incomparable efficacy.