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Sarah Charsley- March 2021 

How does sugar effect my skin and collagen production?

Collagen is often referred to as the ‘scaffolding of the body’. It’s a protein found in our skin, bones, teeth, joints, tendons and connective tissue (type 1 collagen) and soft cartilage (type 2 collagen).

Collagen is responsible for keeping our skin FIRM, SMOOTH AND YOUTHFUL. According to dermatologist Whitney Bowe, author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Our collagen makes up about 75% of the dry weight of our skin. 

      Can collagen make me look younger? 

The less collagen, the more wrinkled and looser our skin becomes. The bad news is that we start to lose 1% of our collagen every year from our mid-twenties. In the first 5 years of menopause women can be losing up to 30% a year!

When we eat sugar and refined carbohydrates such as white rice, white pasta and oats, they quickly breakdown into glucose causing the liver to release insulin. Insulin allows the glucose to enter our body’s cells where it can be USED FOR ENERGY.Eating too much sugar leads to excess glucose, which gets attached to fats or proteins through a process called glycation One of these proteins is, yep, you guessed it, collagen.

Does sugar effect collagen production?

Glycation is a chemical reaction that damages collagen molecules causing them to become misshapen, stiff and inflexible. As a result our skin loses its elasticity and signs of ageing like wrinkles, lines and discolouration start to appear.Glycation also causes inflammation, which in turn accelerates ageing. (Now you can see why a sweet tooth certainly doesn’t lead to sweet cheeks. Quite the opposite!)

The amazing benefits of collagen

Collagen has been shown to be beneficial for:Improving skin elasticityIncreasing skin hydrationReducing wrinklesHelping with arthritis and sport-related joint painAssisting wound healingCollagen is an Anti-Inflammatory 

Sugar is present in so many things its hard to avoid, natural sugar is unavoidable, but added sugar is preventable, and there are many other benefits to avoiding added sugar. 

Learn about sugar, sweeteners and natural sugar

We cant halt the aging process, but we can certainly help make it a graceful process. 

The small difference make a big difference 

How can I boost my collagen production?

Not surprising that people are keen to find ways to replace lost collagen in order to improve the appearance of their skin and slow the signs of ageing.

For centuries, Chinese women, aware of the importance of collagen for skin and joint health, have consumed foods rich in THIS YOUTH-PROMOTING PROTIEN, like pig’s feet and donkey skin.In the 1980s people began having collagen injections to increase the plumpness of their skin and lips and to rid themselves of fine lines and wrinkles.

Fortunately, there are now less invasive ways to boost our collagen supply.

Enzymatic Hydrolysed Marine Collagen

There are two types of nutritional collagen, bovine and marine. (For more information about the different types of nutritional collagen check out this blogpost). We recommend supplementing with Enzymatic Hydrolysed Marine Collagen, the type you’ll find in most of our products.

The process of hydrolysation makes the it more easily absorbed by the body (bioavailable). We add bovine collagen to our Cinnamon Swirl Smoothie Bowl as both types of collagen come from parts of the animal that would otherwise go to waste, making them eco-friendly and sustainable collagen sources.

Our Collagen Coffee contains 4000mg of collagen – that's a lot more collagen than is found in most supplements. This means you'll be receiving a meaningful dose of collagen with each drink. 

How do I slow down my skin's ageing process?

Remember, the higher our blood sugar levels the quicker we age, because as we've seen sugar destroys collagen. To slow down the ageing process and stop the effects of sugar showing on our skin, we need to do everything in our power to slow down the glycation process.

This means cutting out the carbage – foods that are high in carbs but pack no nutritional punch.Oddly, fructose is more active in glycation than sucrose, so you also need to avoid fruit juices and eating too much fruit.We recommend following a low-carb, low-GI diet. Eating enough fibre is also important as fibre helps prevent glycation. So TRY TO INCLUDE HIGH FIBRE FOODS IN YOUR DIET such as green veg, lentils, beans and chickpeas.

4500mg OF Enzymatic hydrolysed marine collagen peptide in our Acai Berry smoothie bowl mix

Why not kill two birds with one smoothie bowl and start the day with a dairy free Ketonika Super Berry Mix or Cinnamon Swirl? Both of our smoothie bowls are high in natural fibre and collagen protein to combat signs of ageing and promote healthy, youthful, radiant skin.

4000mg of Enzymatic hydrolysed marine collagen peptide in our coffee

Coffee is an easy way to get a good amount of natural collagen in your diet without breaking a sweat

6000mg of hydrolysed bovine collagen peptide in our cinnamon smoothie bowl mix

Our dairy free cinnamon smoothie bowl mix has a huge amount of hydrolysed collagen, and because it doesn’t have a taste or odour its easy to integrate into your diet.

References to some science research and sites regarding collagen. 


The not-so-sweet truth about glycation (and how it’s ageing you)

Oral Collagen Supplementation: A Systematic Review of Dermatological Applications Ingestion of BioCell Collagen(®)

The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out, Whitney Bowe,   

Does sugar look so appealing now? 

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