Health starts from within! Exercising or adapting a diet according to your body structure are examples to reach a healthier body, but there are other options to keep you healthy from within. Food or vitamin supplements are an optional add-on that can improve your health. The new trend of vitamin supplements that are 100% vegan is the best and safest way to boost your vitality. I have found two vegan supplements that besides giving vitality, they are considered a major contributor to reduce physical signs of ageing. One is called Glutathione, being incredibly anti-oxidant, and the other, Collagen, which became extremely popular for its regenerating properties. Find out more about these two vegan supplements.
A balanced diet is important to give all the nutrients our body needs, but as we age, our body doesn’t absorb vitamins as before and often we might need to take supplements to strengthen our health. I have always been a fierce adept at taking supplements. Why? Due to the stressful lifestyle we have in urban cities, our attempt to have a balanced diet fails and we end up feeling tired and dehydrated. Moreover, as I passed the 35 year old barrier, I felt my body more tired after exercising. Vitamin supplements have been giving me the strength my body needs to be energised and they have been contributing as well for a better skin.
Note: Before taking any supplements, always talk to your health practise team.
I always took my usual vitamin D and vitamin B supplements, but over the last months, I introduced new supplements that altogether help my skin to regenerate faster, but also boost my vitality and focus whilst working or studying. My kinesiology appointment last year also convinced me of how efficient vegan supplements are. I had to follow a specific diet and take natural supplements. It’s been now 6 months since the prescribed diet and supplements and my stomach cramps have reduced significantly. Seeing this improvement in my health, I then thought, what if I would try vegan collagen and glutathione to fight ageing?
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I had tried before marine collagen and it didn’t work for me. Every time I took it I had stomach cramps. This time with this new formula of vegan collagen I was more confident that my stomach would be fine with it. From the research of vegan supplements, I found one that I had never heard before: glutathione. I found out, glutathione is an essential antioxidant that prevents cells’ damage, being an excellent ally to fight against ageing.
“Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Its fibre-like structure is used to make connective tissue. Like the name implies, this type of tissue connects other tissues and is a major component of bone, skin, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. It helps to make tissues strong and resilient, able to withstand stretching.”in Harvard T.H. Chan – School of Public Health
As we age, we gradually loose collagen, resulting in more stiff bones and less elasticity on skin. Collagen has several advantages, such as:
- Reduces joints pains;
- Contributes for healthy bones;
- Stronger hair and nails;
- Helps strengthening muscles;
- Reduces wrinkles;
- Improves osteoporosis.
You might ask yourself now: Is animal collagen as effective as vegan collagen? Honestly, no. Animal collagen has amino-acids and nutrients that plants cannot replace it. However, science has evolved to a point where the main amino-acids that supply collagen can be recreated by plants. Vegan collagen has a powerful combination of plant based protein fibres that synthetize collagen at a level that produces visible results in increasing skin elasticity. Plus the fact that is paired with vitamin C, boosts the absorption of collagen when taking vegan collagen.
My veridic: The vegan collagen I bought from Amazon (picture above), has showed results after 3 weeks. I’m following the recommended directions of 1 capsule a day with food. I noticed that my skin is more smooth, has less marks, is less reactive to sunlight and my muscles are recovering faster from aching after exercising. My digestion has been smooth, no stomach cramps as it happened with marine collagen. I am definitely satisfied with this vegan supplement.
“Glutathione is a tripeptide made up of the amino acids: cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid. It is known as the master antioxidant in the body. It has two forms: one is in an oxidized state and the other in a reduced state. The reduced form (GSH) is the active state that is able to neutralize free radicals in the body. Liposomal glutathione refers to glutathione that has undergone a special process that encapsulates the glutathione molecule inside of a lipid. Doing this protects the glutathione and dramatically improves absorption. Natural glutathione is primarily made inside our cells.”In Researched Nutritionals
As we age, the levels of glutathione become low. Glutathione can be compared to lemons when used as a natural food preservative. Glutathione is like a natural preservative for cells, keeping them young and detoxified. Glutathione is an important component of our body that:
- Fights free radical damage;
- Reduces oxidation in the cells;
- Produces energy in the cells;
- Stops and reduces skin pigmentation.
Liposomal reduced glutathione has the power to recycle other antioxidants like vitamin C and E, stabilizing them to be absorb in their useful forms and help the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract to eliminate toxins. So after, a night-out of drinking and going late to bed, glutathione will have an important role to detoxify all the harm caused by a night-out.
How are glutathione supplements made? It’s an enzymatic process that combines 3 amino-acids: cysteine, glutamate, and glycine, that exist naturally in our bodies.
My verdict: I took L-glutathione reduced from beginning of January until end of February and the main result I saw was actually in the few spots of pigmentation I was starting to have on my face, due to a higher exposition to sunlight since I moved to Tenerife. Those few spots of pigmentation are barely visible now. In terms of energy, I didn’t feel that much difference.
WHO WINS: COLLAGEN OR GLUTATHIONE?
I prefer collagen, because as a super active woman, collagen gives me more strength to deal with the tiring days and my skin looks more plumped. Although, I would always alternate between collagen and glutathione. For example, if your concern is pigmentation, I would choose glutathione instead of collagen. You can take both as well, but I would take them in different meals to optimize absorption.
🙂 Thank you for reading and keep yourself healthy!