My introduction to collagen supplementation was through a desire to help improve my skin but it is the longevity benefits that have kept me hooked on this particular brand and here’s why…

As I approach my 40s I think more and more about how I can support my skin in a natural way. Our collagen production, the thing that keeps our skin looking firm and youthful, starts to dwindle in our late twenties and early thirties. But it’s when you start to reach your 40s that you really begin to see the effects of this. And as much as we all wish sometimes that we could apply a magic potion to our face that will result in smoother, younger looking skin – it’s actually much more important and effective to look at supplementing our collagen loss. Having reviewed a long list of different supplements (such is the benefit of being a wellness Editor) I started to work out exactly what I wanted from my own collagen supplement; effective; science-backed; sustainable; and easy to use. This is where Correxiko comes in. 

Correxiko is sustainably sourced marine based collagen supplement, founded by a Gastroenterologist Doctor, Dr Dinuk, who witnessed the remarkable healing benefits in using collagen post-surgery. He created Correxiko after witnessing the amazing healing effects that taking collagen had on his patients’ recovery. He went in search of the perfect collagen to recommend but after much research couldn’t find anything at the standard that he would want for himself, his family or his patients. And so Correxiko was born. I now use it daily, adding it to either coffee or my morning smoothie. And, although I started taking collagen to help improve my skin, Dr Dinuk also explained to me the amazing benefits it also has on my body and how, especially for women entering perimenopause and menopause, it is essential for everything from my bones to my gut lining, and of course, my skin and hair too. Just a quick stat for you – women have around 50% less collagen post menopause than at the start of menopause.

What is Collagen

Collagen is our most common protein and is found throughout our bodies (it accounts for 30% of our body’s protein). It is super important when it comes to keeping our skin, hair, nails, joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, veins, arteries, heart, brain, liver, gut, healthy! We’re born with high amounts of collagen, which is why babies have such plump smooth skin, but as we age our body collagen levels naturally fall steadily every year. You can get collagen from foods like bone broth and chicken skin, but collagen supplements are a much more efficient way to get our collagen intake these days as we tend to not actually eat the parts of the animal that are rich in collagen anymore (ie the cartilage). 

Collagen For Longevity + To Support and Active Lifestyle

Although I was drawn to try collagen to help fight the signs of aging, it is actually its longevity benefits that have meant that I would now never start a day without adding Correxiko’s collagen to my morning routine. I love to run and in order for my body to keep on running well into middle age I need to take care of my joints. Supplementing with collagen has been shown to help build muscle, repair tissue and fight joint inflammation, and even strengthen joints and ligaments as well as accelerating injury recovery time.One study in 2017 by the University of Freiburg, Department of Sport and Sport Science, Germany – evaluated the use of collagen peptides in reducing pain in athletes with functional knee problems during sport. And found that the supplementation of collagen peptides in young adults with functional knee problems led to a statistically significant improvement of activity-related joint pain. That’s all the evidence I need to make sure that I add two tablespoons of Correxiko’s powder to my morning smoothie! And that is not all, osteoporosis and reduced bone density is one of the leading causes of death in older women and is largely associated with the loss of oestrogen that has a severe impact on the strength of our bones. However, a study done by the Department of Nutrition in Florida State University showed compared postmenopausal women taking collagen peptides with calcium and Vitamin D, versus a control group with only calcium and Vitamin D. Evaluating results after one year showed the study group’s results support the addition of Collagen peptides in reducing bone loss in postmenopausal women.

How I Take My Collagen

I love to take my collagen in the morning with either my morning smoothie or coffee. The powder dissolves so easily in liquid, so I have also used it in herbal teas, lemon with water and soups, so there are plenty of options. If you have tried flavoured collagen before and have not enjoyed it, Correxiko’s collagen is free of artificial sweeteners, flavourings or sugar and doesn’t have any noticeable taste to it, which makes it super versatile and easy to add to just about anything. I actually really love it in my coffee as it makes it taste much smoother and slightly creamy, as I drink coffee every morning, it is such a hassle-free way to incorporate it into my usual morning routine. 

My Smoothie Recipe:

1 banana

1 cup kale

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

(1 handful of any blackberries / goji berries / frozen wild blueberries I can get my hands on)

2 cups Plenish oat milk

2 tbsp Correxiko Collagen Powder

2 tbsp Form Nutrition

1 tsp Free Soul Greens

1 tbsp Flaxseed