Could a collagen supplement help with the ageing process?

There has been much talk in the media recently about collagen drinks and the effect they have on your skin. There are now supplements on the market that claim to replace collagen and to make you look younger by giving the skin back its elasticity.

Local beauty therapist Lynne Baker from Calla Salon, near Newbury, has designed one such drink from her own kitchen and after five years of development, it has just reached the market.

Having spent years in pain with joint problems and osteo-arthritis, Lynne set about seeing if there was something she could do that would enable her to avoid surgery where possible. Her research led her to collagen and she decided to create a new high-potency supplement drink called Calla-Coll which she formulated at home.

Using bovine collagen and Pure Peptide and Hyaluronic Acid, Calla-Coll’s ingredients also include 10,000mg of Type I and Type III collagen plus Vitamin C, Vitamins B5, B6, B7 and B12, Copper Gluconate, and Silica. Lynne says that just 25ml a day can help give the body a wide range of health benefits including smoother, plumper, brighter skin; stronger hair and nails; reducing joint pain and increasing joint mobility.

Lynne says: “Once you reach the age of 20, the body’s natural collagen production begins to slow down, resulting in lines and wrinkles and wear and tear on the entire body. Most of the time, skincare is limited by the fact that there is only so much it can do when applied to the outside of the skin. It can only really be at its most effective when it can start work from the inside.”

She added: “We’re all living longer, but that’s no good if you’re ageing badly. It struck me that we need to take more preventative measures to help our health, rather than waiting until things start to hurt.

“I wanted to create something that would mean that people could stop taking painkillers and anti-inflammatories and to help people to repair the body. I researched what happens to skin when it ages and it was evident that helping the production of collagen would help. It’s everywhere in your body; it’s the ‘scaffolding’ that holds your body together – it’s not found in plants.”

Calla-Coll tastes of berries and can be either taken on its own or added to a smoothie to help with the body’s production of collagen. Lynne adds: “People don’t want to take tablets or have to spend time mixing powder with water. I wanted it to be simple and pleasant, plus to ensure that the bottles are as ecologically sound as possible.”

The product launch sees a dream come true for Lynne who knew from a young age that she wanted to be a beauty therapist but had successful careers in both nursing and IT before she launched Calla Salon in 2008.

It’s now available online or from selected beauty salons, hair salons, osteopaths, personal trainers, and nutritional therapists Since its launch, it’s already proved popular among beauty experts and exceeds all European and Swedish standards. The collagen is also sourced from organic, free range, grass fed, and non-GMO cows. Early anecdotal evidence has shown that the product can help the health of gums, nails and hair, reducing blood sugars, as well as general health.

Calla-Coll retails at £45 and contains BOVINE collagen and is therefore not suitable for vegans and vegetarians. For more information, please visit calladistribution.co.uk or facebook.com/CallaColl/

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