Collagen | FAQ

I’ve received loads of questions about collagen since sharing the discount code with you all, and even more since the competition launched and so I’ve decided to collate all info here, and if there is anything you would still like to know that is not covered here please feel free to ask me.

Firstly, I’ve had a few people say, “please tell me about your collagen” — I do not sell this collagen, it’s a brand I’ve tried and tested and enjoy (there are a few others I like and would also recommend), and, like all other products and services I love, am sharing it with you because I truly think everyone over 30 should be taking collagen. The benefits are just truly incredible. I have used collagen for over a year and have seen first-hand the benefits in my own health. Areas I’ve noticed improvements are in my gut health, hair, skin & nails. There is more information in the videos on my Instagram highlights folder.

Let’s start with what collagen is;

Collagen is a protein found in the body of all animals, including humans. It makes up connective tissue, such as skin, tendons, cartilage, organs, and bones.

When collagen is hydrolyzed, it’s broken down into smaller, easy-to-process particles. Those particles are used in products designed to heal everything from skin on the outside to joint pain on the inside.

There are also several foods you can eat to increase your collagen intake, including pork skin and bone broth. Consuming collagen may have a variety of health benefits, from relieving joint pain to improving skin health. Source

Collagen is often called the body’s scaffolding. “It’s the glue that holds the body together,” says New York dermatologist Whitney Bowe, author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out. She says collagen makes up about 75% of the dry weight of your skin, providing volume that keeps skin looking plump and keeps lines at bay. It’s also rich in in the amino acids proline and glycine, which you need to maintain and repair your tendons, bones, and joints. “As we get older, we break it down faster than we can replace it,” she says, noting that we begin to lose about 1% of our collagen per year in our mid-20s and lose as much as 30% during the first 5 years of menopause. Injecting collagen has fallen out of favor in many medical skin care practices, since it doesn’t last as long as other fillers and tends to prompt allergic reactions. And when it’s put on the skin, it doesn’t absorb well, Bowe says. When she learned a few years ago that people were eating it instead, she was skeptical. But she has since changed her mind.
“Just in the last few years, there have been some impressive studies showing that ingestible collagen can indeed impact the appearance of skin,” says Bowe.

One 2014 study of 69 women ages 35 to 55 found that those who took 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen daily for 8 weeks showed a lot of improvement in skin elasticity, compared with those who didn’t take it.

Another found that women who took 1 gram per day of a chicken-derived collagen supplement for 12 weeks had 76% less dryness, 12% fewer visible wrinkles, better blood flow in the skin, and a 6% higher collagen content. And a 2019 review of eight studies including 805 patients concluded that “preliminary results are promising for the short and long-term use of oral collagen supplements for wound healing and skin aging.” As a protein source alone, collagen is an excellent one, packing in more protein per calorie than other sources while containing less sodium and sugar. And Moyad finds the evidence suggesting it may improve body composition, joint health, and healing rates intriguing. Source

Now to answer some FAQ:

Q: What is pure hydrolysed collagen?

A: Packed with 8 essential amino acids to support optimal cell renewal, as part of a balanced diet, a high-quality collagen supplement can help you recover faster from exercise and even improve digestive health.

Benefits of Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides:

  • Powerful natural joint & cartilage support
  • Relieves arthritis symptoms & joint pain
  • Anti-ageing benefits for skin
  • Promotes strong nails, healthy hair & better skin elasticity
  • Improves digestion
  • Potent anti-inflammatory effects
  • Reduces wrinkles & improves skin elasticity
  • Strengthens arteries
  • Promotes muscle mass
  • Promotes organ health
  • Promotes better sleep

Q: Does it have hormones? A: The Harvest Table sources its bovine collagen with full traceability. Every batch of their collagen can be traced to full veterinary records ensuring that the animals were properly cared for and were not subject to hormone treatments.
Q: What measurable results have you seen since taking collagen?
A: My gut health has improved drastically. My lash tech can’t believe how fast my lashes grow or how many I have, my hair is thicker, longer and healthier than it’s been in years, and my skin glows from the inside out. .
Q: How do you take it?
A: I have it in my coffee daily. I love the bulletproof creamer as its enabled me to cut cremora out of my diet. I have 2 ts collagen creamer and 1 tbs pure collagen a day, and have 2-3 coffees a day (so I’m getting more than recommend daily allowance- by the 3rd coffee I wouldn’t add the pure collagen. .
Q: do I need both the creamer and the pure collagen?
A: No. it’s just how I prefer taking mine. One of the other is fine but remember that the creamer has only 1/2 the amount of collagen so you would then need to use a lot more of only using the creamer, in order to get your RDA.

Q: Does it help you lose weight?

A: I don’t think taking collagen would help you lose weight, necessarily, however it certainly helps me feel fuller and satiated for longer, therefore helping curb snacking or eating more.

Q: Is it halaal?
A: Yes The Harvest Table range is halaal.
Q: How frequently do you have it?
A: I take it daily and believe it’s best used daily so that the amino acids can rebuild effectively
Q: What is collagen and why should I take it if my body makes it?
A: Collagen is the bodies most abundant protein. From our early 20s our natural collagen production slows and thus contributes to the natural aging process; causing our skin to sag and wrinkle, our bones and joints to weaken and stiffen, and our hair to become thinner. “Taking collagen is associated with a number of health benefits and very few known risks. To start, supplements may improve skin health by reducing wrinkles and dryness. They may also help increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss, and relieve joint pain.”
Q: What does it taste like?
A: I don’t notice any smell or flavour from this particular collagen brand and that’s half the reason it’s one of my favs. I’ve also heard from dozens of you who have tried it who have said the same

Another incredible benefit we have noted is that since Justin has been taking the Collagen Turmeric Latte he has felt a huge improvement in the dull pain he used to have from a recurring stomach ulcer. He literally stopped feeling any symptoms of the ulcer after 3 days of taking the latte daily.

Typical Nutritional Information: per 16 g serving of pure hydrolysed collagen powder

  • Energy (kJ): 244
  • Protein (g): 15
  • Glycaemic Carbohydrates (g): 0.32
  • Total Fat (g): 0
  • Dietary Fibre (g): 0
  • Total Sodium (mg): 45

In an effort to reach out and help those most drastically affected by Covid19 and our county’s lockdown, The Harvest Table has also added CityHope as a “product” on their site and pledged to match every R350 food parcel that we raise up to 100 parcels. Each parcel feeds a family of 4 for up to 3 weeks 🤗🌈✨🙏🏼 so please consider adding that to your cart – it’s a beautiful way to help our country. Collectively we could feed 800 people for 3 weeks 😭 – together we can do much 🤝 .

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I am well aware there is no scientific research proving that collagen has the results people claim it does. There are limited studies that have shown that where collagen has been present in some medications, some of the above-mentioned side effects/benefits have been noted in scientific studies, however there are not enough of these studies to make these findings significant. The collagen industry has come under fire from some dieticians who point out that all the studies that have taken place are funded by those companies producing collagen, and therefore are the ones who would benefit from positive results. This doesn’t surprise or concern me at all as I wouldn’t imagine any old Joe would jump at the opportunity of spending their hard-earned money on investing in scientific testing in order to see the results, if they didn’t stand to benefit in some way. The testing has to start somewhere. I am also not claiming that collagen has been the sole reason for an improvement in my skin, I do invest in good products and enjoy procedures that all improve and impact my skin, however I can honestly say that in combination, I’ve never been happier with my skin, hair and nails. These are my personal experiences.

All thoughts and feelings written above are 100% my own and not influenced in any way by my affiliate partnership with the brand.

Author: Shan Fourie

Shan Fourie is a busy mom of three, based in Ballito, and is a full-time lifestyle blogger/Content Creator. With over 14 years of experience in marketing, Shan began blogging in 2018, and embarked into full-time content creation in 2021. Shan uses her platform to share brands, businesses as well as to raise awareness and funds for causes and initiatives close to her heart. Somewhat of an activist, Shan has helped bring people together for multiple causes, including A21 Walk for Freedom, multiple Bone Marrow & Blood drives, a peaceful protest to stop NetCare Alberlito from closing its paeds ward, as well as other movements she is passionate about. Her biggest focus this year is on raising funds, alongside The Rise Up Movement, for a GBV safe house in Kwadukuza, along with a lab for facilitating rape-kits on site, instead of having to send them to Pretoria. Shan is an official Ambassador for (a) The SA Bone Marrow Registry, (b) the Red Movement (a movement intent on eradicating period poverty), and (c) and a partner of the Rise Up Movement - an NPO that stands against GBV, Child abuse, and Human Trafficking. Shan was a Mrs South Africa 2022 finalist, 2023 CANSA ambassador for Mrs South Africa, and Discovery Bank was her gold sponsor. Shan is also the official Wellness influencer for Gateway Theatre of Shopping and The Pencil Club Umhlanga. Shan believes that wellness is all-encompassing - mental, physical and emotional. She believes it is important to keep your life clean of toxicity. Self-care is super important to her.

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