Collagen supplements are all the rage these days. Enter any drugstore or departmental store and you’re bound to catch sight of collagen supplements in one form or the other.

What does collagen do and why do we need these supplements anyway?

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in our bodies and it actually makes up 30% of the total protein found in the skin, bones, joints, cartilage, blood vessels, tendons and teeth. That’s basically everything we need to look and feel good. In fact, collagen is so important (especially if you want youthful bouncy skin) because collagen connects and supports our bodily tissues. When we produce less collagen, we get more wrinkles! Aha!

Here are some amazing (and scary) facts about collagen depletion:

1. When we hit 25, collagen levels begin to drop

2. By 45, 30% of the collagen levels in our bodies would have been diminished over time

So it’s really no surprise that if you’re using anti-ageing skincare, you should also care internally for your skin and collagen supplements is just one of those ways you can (other than consuming a healthy diet rich in vitamins and essential minerals of course).

A couple of months back, I was sent the Ultimate Colla-gen Gold by NewScience Laboratories to review. Afterall, prevention is better than cure and I think it’s never too early to start on anti-ageing efforts especially since we live in such fast paced, high stress times.

Anyway, I really have to give props to NewScience Laboratories and Absolute PR for this beautifully packaged surprise in the mail! Can you believe that they used an adorable Burberry scarf to wrap this gift furoshiki style! How sweet!

There are tons of collagen products in the market from creams to dietary supplements.

Why should we choose to consume it via a dietary supplement instead of applying it direct to skin?

Collagen creams can’t help you generate or replace lost collagen in your body. The collagen molecules from these creams are way too large to be absorbed through the skin. All it does is temporarily moisturize your skin. So I’d say this is a pretty short term solution to get younger skin.

So why not another type of collagen dietary supplement? Why choose Ultimate Colla-gen?

That’s because not all collagen supplements are created equal. In fact, what makes any dietary supplement effective is if it is absorbed by the body efficiently.

NewScience Laboratories has partnered with a Korean manufacturer and after extensive R&D have created Ultimate Colla-gen which contains collagen proteins that are way smaller than ordinary collagen proteins which are derived from animals.

There are two ranges of Ultimate Colla-gen Gold and Plus. Gold promises to nurture joints, bones and skin while Plus nurtures skin, hair and nails.

If you’re on a diet, you’ll be glad to know that each sachet contains just 38kcal so it doesn’t disrupt your eating healthy habits as well!

My trial box set was the Ultimate Colla-gen Gold range which was meant for ladies who are in their golden years. But I find that this is also extremely helpful since I live quite an active lifestyle. I constantly strain my joints while running at gym and carrying heavy loads at work on my own, so while it’s targeted at the older ladies, for women like me who are constantly pushing myself to the physical limit, this can be really a God-send as well!

Ultimate Colla-gen Gold boasts 5,000mg of pure nano sized premium hydrolyzed Collagen and also contains a host of other useful ingredients essential for maintaining and producing collagen, preventing cartilage degeneration, aids in producing cartilage structures around joints and forms Keratin and Elastin.

I know it sounds like a miracle product, but this would be too good to be true if it was all instant. Daily consumption for three months is the recommended time frame before the effects can be observed. So this requires some diligence and discipline!

Where can you purchase Ultimate Colla-gen?

Both Ultimate Colla-gen Plus and Gold can be purchased from Nishino Pharmacy outlets, Pharmex Healthcare outlets, Robinsons, Pan Derma Clinique@Great World City and selected SASA outlets at $88 per box of 30 sachets (one month’s supply).