Introducing Planet Health Qsilica Pro Collagen Vegan Tablets
Posted on 22 November 2017 by Leonie Satori
One of the most eagerly awaited supplements now finally on our shelves, Qsilica Pro Collagen contains nutrients for supporting growth of healthy luxurious hair and beautiful strong nails.
Qsilica Pro Collagen Vegan Tablets are made by Planet Health in Australia and contain wheat ceramides, vitamin C and mineral silica, three of the best nutritional ingredients to promote strong connective tissue. While many will use this supplement for improving the condition of hair, skin and nails, these ingredients are also beneficial for strengthening teeth, joints and bones.
Why we are excited to introduce Qsilica Pro Collagen to our shelves
Even with the abundance of supplements available on the market today, it is often challenging to get hold of certain quality supplements that provide therapeutic benefit without harming the environment. Which is why we tend to get a little overexcited when an Australian manufacturer releases a product that is vegan, Australian made and provides unique benefits for health and wellbeing.
What is collagen and what is it good for?
Collagen is a protein found in the connective tissue of animals. The most common form of collagen in foods is found in gelatin and the joints of large animals, this is where recently Paleo bone broth has become popular. Consuming collagen rich foods and supplements can support our own collagen production. Some use collagen foods and supplements purely for the aesthetics of good health - hair, skin and nails, other use collagen foods and supplements to help prevent or repair connective tissue injuries - joints, tendons and ligaments. As we are creatures held together with connective tissues, it makes sense that consuming foods and supplements that encourage the health of these tissues would be part of a healthy diet.
What are collagen supplements made from?
As a general rule, we see that most collagen supplements are made from animal products. We stock Vida Glow Natural Marine Collagen sachets, and these are made from the scales of Deep Sea Red Snapper. Other collagen supplements are made from marine sources, many do not state the true origin of ingredients, other older styles of collagen supplements are often from bovine origin.
Is this a vegan collagen supplement?
Those of you who have been carefully reading would have noted that the term 'vegan collagen' has not been used when mentioning Qsilica Pro Collagen. Ah, semantics you might say, but in reality, we haven't been able to find a vegan collagen supplement in Australia. The reason for this is, as mentioned earlier, collagen is a protein found in the connective tissues of animals and not something found plants.
So, what does 'Pro Collagen' mean?
Planet Health discerningly uses the term Pro Collagen to describe their hair, skin and nails formula. In medical terminology, 'pro' means before, preceding, in front of or the same as. From this definition, we can understand that the wheat ceramides, mineral silica and vitamin C in Qsilica Pro Collagen together help with the natural production of collagen. So rather than using an animal derived collagen in their formula, they have used plant and mineral based ingredients that are precursors to collagen manufacture - we think it's pretty smart.
What are ceramides?
Ceramides are a family of waxy molecules found in the membrane of healthy cells. Ceramides also make up a major part of the your skin's surface and help to prevent water loss and can help to create a barrier from microorganisms. Along with hyaluronic acid, ceramides are healthy skin's BFFs.
What is silica and what is it good for?
Technically, silica is a name given to a group of minerals containing silicon and oxygen. Silica is involved in the structural organisation glycoaminoglycans (or GAGs for short). These compounds support and maintain collagen and elastin production, making it ideal for health skin and connective tisues. It also plays a role in the cross-linking mechanism of collagen production and is said to contribute to the structural components of all connective tissue in the body.
What kinds of food are rich in silica and collagen?
Plant based silica rich foods often have an architectural component to them, indicating their value in structural tissues of the body. Vegetables such as cucumber, celery and snow peas are great for silica, as are oats, parsnips, strawberries, sunflower seeds, millet and sesame seeds.
Is this a gluten free supplement?
As this product contains ingredients derived from wheat, this product contains 50 micrograms of gluten per tablet. So this product is not gluten free.
Where can I buy Planet Health Qsilica Pro Collagen Vegan Tablets?
As you might have guessed, we proudly stock Qsilica Pro Collagen in our health store in the Northern Rivers NSW. For those of you not local to the area, you can also purchase this product through our online store and we will happily pack an ship your order to your location.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her Naturopathic clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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