When mbg set out to create a collagen preparation, we knew that no old formula would do it. One of the most important components of the powder had to be antioxidants, as antioxidants are vital for maintaining natural collagen levels. You see, collagen supplements can improve your body's fibroblasts, the little things in cells that produce collagen and elastin, and promote your own natural collagen production. * And from there, these new healthy collagen and elastin cells need support, or risk being damaged by the plethora of things that break down collagen in the body. * Hence antioxidants.
First, the collagen powder contains vitamin C. Your body cannot produce collagen effectively without the antioxidant. * Vitamin C can actually promote fibroblast production, damage collagen DNA, and regulate collagen synthesis or the way collagen is made. * "Vitamin C is an important cofactor in the synthesis of collagen and elastin (which helps) to give your skin a plump and youthful appearance," says Dr. Keira Barr, dermatologist with double board certification. * It is also paired with Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin that works together with Vitamin C and makes each other stronger and more effective in the body. "When vitamins C and E are paired, they offer a powerful antioxidant combination," said two-certified dermatologist Brendan Camp, MD. "Together, they are able to fight UV-induced sun damage more effectively than (when used alone)." "
It doesn't stop there, there is sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS or generally simply called sulforaphane). The antioxidant properties of this ingredient are very different from the typical antioxidants. Instead of absorbing free radicals itself, it supports enzymes in the body that can neutralize free radicals internally. * Read: It turns your cells into their own free radical fighters.
Then there are the famous anti-inflammatory agents curcumin and L-glutamine. Because systemic inflammation in the body can "trigger" a never ending cycle of free radical damage (uh, oxidative stress), controlling this response is essential. *