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Collagen dessert - delicious recipes rich in the protein of youth

Discover tasty and easy-to-make collagen dessert recipes from a nutritionist.

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Mmm, tasty dessert - good. Tasty, nutritious dessert - better. Tasty, nutritious dessert with collagen - best!"

With Natu.Care's refined collagen flavours, we'll show you how to conjure up tasty, easy-to-make desserts loaded with collagen and other nutrients.

The recipes were prepared by clinical nutritionist Aleksandra Cudna-Bartnicka (and we taste-tested!).

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From this article you will learn:

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  • How to use collagen in recipes.
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  • How to compose nutritious and tasty desserts.
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  • Why it's a good idea to supplement with collagen.
  • Why it's a good idea to supplement with collagen.

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Collagen mango-maracuja cheesecakes

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Recipe for 3 servings

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Ingredients:

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  • President cheesecake 200 g (1 cup)
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  • kvarg or vanilla skyr 200 g (1 package)
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  • mango 250 g (1 piece) or 250 g (½ tin) prepared mango pulp
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  • Lemon juice 15 g (1 tsp)
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  • erythritol 10 g (2 teaspoons)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, mango-maracuja 1 sachet
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  • Gelatin 12 g (1.5 tsp)
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  • water 35 g (2 tbsp)
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Preparation:

  • Cut the mango in half along the stone, slice into a grid and scoop out the flesh. Blend in a blender to a smooth mousse.
  • Prepare.
  • In a large bowl, place mango pulp, cheesecake curd, kvarg/skyr, mango-maracuja collagen, lemon juice, erythritol and blend until smooth.
  • Dissolve the gelatine in cold water and set aside for 10 minutes. After this time, heat it slightly in a saucepan/microwave (do not bring it to the boil as it will lose its gelling properties). Leave to cool for a while, then add a tablespoon of the cheesecake mixture to it, stirring thoroughly all the time. After a while, add another two tablespoons and combine with the rest of the cheesecake mixture. Blend.
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  • Transfer the cheesecake mixture into the baking trays and place in the fridge overnight.
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One cheesecake is only 170 kcal, so if you're on a diet and craving something sweet - be sure to try this recipe. Mango and passion fruit cheesecakes are also ideal for people who work out and want a high level of protein in their diet. A whole serving is up to 40g of sweet protein - without a gram of added sugar.

Macronutrients per 1 serving: 183 kcal, protein 17 g, fat 3 g, carbohydrate 22 g

Cacao Milkshake

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Report for 1 serving

Ingredients:

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  • milk or vegetable drink, e.g. soy 280 g (1.2 cups)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, cacao
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  • avocado 70 g (½ piece)
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  • blueberries 60 g (1 large handful)
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  • raspberries 80 g (1 large handful)
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  • banana 60 g (½ piece)
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Preparation:

  • Place all ingredients in the cup of a blender and blend until smooth
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Avocados are a great source of alpha-linolenic acid, or omega-3 fatty acids, plus they contain powerful neuroprotective antioxidants (ideal for the elderly). The healthy fats in avocados prevent further loss of joint cartilage and reduce pain in arthritis.

Blueberries and raspberries contain, among other things, quercetin, anthocyanins and phenolic acids, which exhibit strong anti-inflammatory effects, reducing joint damage associated with the inflammation that occurs there.

Macronutrients per 1 serving: 356 kcal, protein 12 g, fat 16 g, carbohydrate 47 g

Collagen jelly for healthy joints

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Rescription for 1 serving

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Ingredients:

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  • water 150 g (2/3 cup) 
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  • gelatin 10 g (2 teaspoons)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, mango-maracuja
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  • vanilla syrup 60 g (3 tbsp)
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  • raspberries 40 g (handful)
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Preparation:

  • Dissolve the gelatine in water, set aside for a minute, then heat slightly in a saucepan/microwave (be careful not to boil it as it will lose its gelling properties). 
  • Pour the collagen into a tall glass of water, mix thoroughly and add the dissolved gelatine.
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  • Place in the fridge for a few hours to set the jelly
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  • Place the vanilla skyr and a handful of raspberries on top of the jelly
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This jelly is a great source of proline - an amino acid that helps rebuild joint cartilage, which will work well for people who train hard and seniors. Raspberries are a treasure trove of vitamin C, which will further support the body's natural collagen production. They also have a high satiety index and pair deliciously with vanilla cream.

Macronutrients per 1 serving: 77 kcal, protein 10 g, fat 0 g, carbohydrate 9 g

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Power balls à la Ferrero Rocher

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Recipe for approx. 14 balls

Ingredients:

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  • dates 70 g (½ cup)
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  • hazelnuts 90 g (½ cup) + 40 g to coat
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  • Oatmeal 60 g (½ cup)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, cocoa 1 sachet
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  • cacao 10 g (1 tbsp)
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  • canned coconut milk 20 g (2 tbsp)
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Preparation:

  • Pour hot water over the dates and set aside for half an hour; 
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  • Place the nuts and oatmeal in the cup of a food processor or coffee grinder and grind into fine pieces.
  • Add the oatmeal.
  • Add the drained dates, coconut milk, sachet of cacao collagen and cacao. Blend again in a blender.
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  • Form balls with wet hands and coat in crushed nuts. Eat immediately or leave to chill.
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Power balls are a great option for an energy boost during sports, such as hiking, cycling or running, when you need a carbohydrate shot for proper muscle function, but don't want to eat empty calories. Power balls are a great source of fibre, magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.

Macronutrients per 1 ball: 90 kcal, protein 2 g, fat 6 g, carbohydrate 9 g

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Collagen bars without baking

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Recipe for 6 bars

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Ingredients:

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  • dates 75 g (½ cup)
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  • banana 120 g (1 piece)
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  • peanut butter 55 g (2.5 tbsp)
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  • Oatmeal 180 g (1.5 cups)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, cacao 1 sachet
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  • Dried cranberries 25 g (handful)
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  • walnuts 25 g (handful)
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Preparation:

  • Pour hot water over the dates and set aside for 20 minutes. After this time, blend them in a blender with the banana. 
  • Prepare.
  • Place the oatmeal in a bowl, add the blended dates and banana, peanut butter, cocoa collagen, cranberries and chopped walnuts, mix thoroughly. 
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  • Layer the dish with baking paper and spread the mixture into the bars, patting down the surface. 
  • Place the dish in the fridge for about an hour, then remove and cut into smaller pieces. 

These oat bars will give you a boost of energy. They're perfect for a second breakfast - they're a great source of fibre, B vitamins, omega-3 acids and magnesium. If you need a boost of energy and a dose of concentration at school, college, work - this is the perfect snack for you. It will also come in handy during a long bike ride or a mountain hike.

Macronutrients per 1 bar: 261 kcal, protein 7 g, fat 10 g, carbohydrates 40 g

Mango sticky rice

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Report for 1 serving

Ingredients:

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  • sticky rice (can be for sushi or basmati) 60 g (½ cup)
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  • water 180 g (¾ cup)
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  • canned light coconut milk 135 g (½ cup)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, mango-maracuja 1 sachet
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  • xylitol 28 g (4 teaspoons)
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  • mango 120 g (½ piece)
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  • sesame a pinch
  • almond flakes pinch
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Preparation:

  • Pour water over the rice and cook for about 10 minutes on a low heat. Remove from the cooker, cover with a lid and leave to stand for 15 minutes to allow the rice to absorb all the water.
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  • Mix 60g of coconut milk in a bowl with a sachet of mango-maracuja collagen. You can use a milk frother.
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  • Pour 75 g of canned coconut milk over cooked rice and add xylitol. Mix the whole mixture and set aside. 
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  • Place the rice in a bowl, add the diced mango, sprinkle with sesame seeds and almond flakes. Finally, pour over the sauce made from collagen and coconut milk. 

Mango is a source of dietary fibre and water, so it can be useful in the fight against constipation. As well as this, it contains a range of vitamins - A, C, E - and minerals - magnesium, potassium and calcium. Mangoes are also abundant in zeaxanthin and lutein, which enable the organ of vision to function properly.

Macronutrients per 1 serving: 562 kcal, protein 8 g, fat 21 g, carbohydrate 97 g

Collagen chia pudding

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Recipe for 1-2 portions

Ingredients:

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  • Chia seeds 16 g (4 teaspoons)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, cacao 1 sachet
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  • Vegetable milk/drink 250 ml (1 glass)
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  • vanilla sugar 150 g (1 packet)
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  • chocolate 12 g (2 cubes) 
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  • favourite nuts 10 g (1 tbsp)
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  • favourite fruit - as much as you like
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Preparation:

  • Combine the milk/vegetable drink, collagen and chia seeds in a bowl, set aside in the fridge overnight or for 4 hours.
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  • Into a jar or bowl, alternate spooning the collagen mixture first and then spooning the vanilla skyroot over it.
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  • Cut your favourite nuts and sprinkle them over the dessert.
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  • Place your favourite fruit.
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The chia seeds swell and thicken the cocoa mass for several hours. This gives the dessert a pleasant texture. These small, inconspicuous seeds are a treasure trove of omega acids, protein, fibre, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and zinc. Chia is a natural antioxidant that, among other things, prevents premature skin ageing and supports cardiovascular health.

Macronutrients for the whole recipe: 500 kcal, protein 30 g, fat 20 g, carbohydrate 48 g

Mangomisu

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Report for 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

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  • mango 250 g (1 piece)
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  • President cheesecake 300 g
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  • mango pulp - 200 g (½ can)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, mango-maracuja 2 sachets
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  • Water 125 ml (½ glass)
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  • erythritol 15 g (1 tsp)
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  • gelatin 5 g (1 teaspoon) and 15 ml water to dissolve
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  • biscotti (e.g. savoiardi) 55 g (8 pieces)
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Preparation:

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  • Mix the cheesecake with the mango pulp, 1 sachet of mango-maracuja collagen and erythritol to a smooth paste.
  • Mix the mango pulp, 1 sachet of mango-maracuja collagen and the erythritol to a smooth paste.
  • Dissolve the gelatine in 15 ml of cold water and leave for 10 minutes. Then heat it in a saucepan (be careful not to boil it - it will lose its gelling properties). Cool, add it to the cheesecake mixture and blend again. 
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  • Pour water into a bowl and dissolve 1 sachet of Rise&Shine collagen in it. Dip the sponge cakes in the collagen and place side by side in the dish to form the bottom for the mangomis.
  • Pour the entire cheesecake mixture over the sponge cake layer. Decorate the top with crumbled sponge cake and diced mango.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture over the top.
  • Place the whole in the fridge for approx. 4 hours, until the mixture has gently set.
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This dessert is a real bomb... a collagen bomb! A great, light, refreshing option for hot days that will support the health of your joints, hair, skin and nails. And the mango fruit itself? Not only is it naturally delicious and sweet, it's also loaded with fibre, vitamins and antioxidants to prevent ageing and support body regeneration.

Macronutrients per 1 serving: 275 kcal, protein 11 g, fat 5 g, carbohydrates 46 g

Chocolate smoothie bowl

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Report for 1 serving

Ingredients:

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  • frozen banana 120 g (1 piece)
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  • frozen mango 80 g (1 cup)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, cacao
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  • chia seeds 5 g (1 teaspoon)
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  • vegetable drink/milk 50 g (⅓ cup)
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*optional: raspberries, dark chocolate to sprinkle

Preparation:

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  • Place all ingredients in the cup of a blender and blend until smooth
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The Velvet Bowl is a refreshing, light snack or dessert with a solid serving of 5g of collagen, healthy fats, minerals and digestible carbohydrate sources for added energy. It's a great base to which you can add your favourite toppings or whatever you fancy.

Macronutrients per 1 serving (without additives): 200 kcal, protein 4 g, fat 3 g, carbohydrates

Collagen cacao

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Report for 1 serving

Ingredients:

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  • Vegetable milk/beverage e.g. soya 300 g (1.2 cups)
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  • Natu.Care Collagen Premium 5000 mg, cacao
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  • cinnamon 2.5 g (½ teaspoon)
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  • cardamom 1 g (pinch)
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Preparation:

  • Gently heat the milk until warm but not boiling, pour into a mug.
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  • Add the collagen, cinnamon and cardamom and mix thoroughly - you can do this with a milk frother.
  • Add the collagen, cinnamon and cardamom and mix thoroughly - you can do this with a milk frother.

The drink contains high-quality Dutch cacao, which gives the Cacao Bloom collagen a distinct flavour. Cinnamon reduces the absorption of glucose, thus lowering the concentration of this sugar in the blood, which will particularly benefit people with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Both cinnamon and cardamom are spices that are excellent for stimulating digestive processes.

Macronutrients per 1 serving: 124 kcal, protein 9 g, fat 5 g, carbohydrate 10 g

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Why is it worth supplementing with collagen?

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After 25 years of age your body's natural collagen production begins to declineand. This is why the first wrinkles appear at this age and the skin loses its firmness. It is then worth considering collagen supplementation.

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Taking hydrolysed fish collagen in a minimum 2,500 mg serving for 3 months has an impact on how your hair, skin and nailsand look. Collagen is also an ally of joints, bones and muscles  - to keep you fit and active for as long as possible.

How does collagen affect your body?

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skin

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Hair

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Motion system

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  • improves hydration levels,
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  • increases elasticity and tone,
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  • reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
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  • can reduce imperfections (e.g. pimples),
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  • reduces the appearance of cellulite,
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  • helps the skin to heal (e.g. after acne; scars, stretch marks).
  • gives them a strong structure,
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  • reduces damage to the hair follicle,
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  • prevents damage to the hair shaft,
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  • can slow down the greying process,
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  • can prevent hair thinning,
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  • improves the condition of the scalp by increasing its moisture level,
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  • gives flexibility to the nail plate,
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  • can accelerate growth,
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  • reduces unevenness of the nail plate,
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  • can increase the hardness of the nail plate,
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  • improves the hydration of the skin around the nails,
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  • supports the proper function of joints,
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  • rebuilds cartilage tissue,
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  • improves joint flexibility,
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  • helps muscle regeneration and endurance,
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  • increases bone density,
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  • can prevent osteoporosis,
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  • can reduce joint pain,
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Nina Wawryszuk specialises in sports supplementation, strength training and psychosomatics. On a daily basis, in addition to writing articles for Natu.Care, as a personal trainer she helps athletes improve their performance through training, diet and supplementation.

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Emilia Moskal specialises in medical and psychological texts, including content for medical entities. She is a fan of simple language and reader-friendly communication. At Natu.Care, she writes educational articles.

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