ITOH Collagen Supplement
These days, it’s hard to stroll pass a pharmacy or drugstore without chancing a product/supplement that contains collagen. My first experience with collagen was this yummy grape flavoured drink Tense Up by Fancl. This was back in 2005! At that time, I didn’t really know what it does, except that it seemed to give me good skin and my friends all swear by it.
So, what is collagen?
Collagen is a gelatin fiber. It acts as an adhesive and as a combination tissue that contains skin, bone, ligament, cartilage, and blood vessels. Collagen is extremely important as it makes up 30% of the proteins in the body.
Collagen is predominately found in the skin. It is collected from both animal and fish skin. If you have trouble with dry skin, wrinkles, speckles, sagging skin, damaged hair, or broken nails, that might mean that you have a collagen deficiency. Both hair and nails are also included as indicators since they are both considered as part of the skin. Collagen is also found in ligaments and joints of our body, so it really isn’t just a beauty/esthetic substance.
Collagen drinks and powder supplements are very popular in Japan. Over the years, I have tried my fair share of collagen supplements by Fancl, DHC, Meiji and even GNC’s Taut. The difference in prices usually vary depending on the amount of collagen available and the type of collagen. Collagen extracted from fish skin is by far the most costly (based on my previous research).
Two weeks back, I was provided with a box of ITOH Collagen to try. This is highly recommended by Kevin from 女人我最大, a popular Taiwanese variety show that often introduces fabulous beauty related products.
Each box contains 14 satchets of 3000mg collagen. These collagen are extracted from healthy pigskin and cartilage, which are tested by Japan SPF standard. Fat and gelatin are also removed using high purification technology, making the collagen tasteless and safe.
This collagen can be consumed with food such as soup, juices, drinks such as coffee, tea or milk. It can be added to hot or cold drinks, but I would recommend avoiding hot drinks as the heat may cause the collagen to restrain from absorption.
It is recommended to take 1 – 3 satchets daily. Best times to consume collagen for maximum absorption is on an empty stomach first thing in the morning or just before bedtime. I have been taking these the last 2 weeks (1 satchet a day) and although I don’t see a significant improvement in my skin, I like knowing that I am building up collagen in my body. This is more like a health supplement than a beauty supplement to me. What I love most about this product is the fact that it is truly tasteless, so much so I can even take it on it’s own without adding to any juice. I usually add it to my juices every morning.
ITOH Collagen is available at all Guardian for $49.
Hope this was helpful.